Competitors in Stafford Moors 2019 Silvers Festival battled against some seriously inclement weather conditions with heavy rain and gales throughout the week. The winner of the match was Preston Innovation’s sponsored Des Shipp with 98lb 7oz. In runner up spot with 80lb 12oz was Mark Goddard of Bait tech and third Terry Malloy with 70lb 6oz.
North Devon Match Group Championship No.3 @ Wooda Lakes
1st James Grogan 37lb 8oz
2nd Shaun Stenton 32lb 2oz
3rd Paul Elworthy 30lb 9oz
4th John Lisle 29lb 13oz
5th Neilsen Jeffery 29lb 11oz
6th Ian Brooks 28lb 8oz
7th Tom Downing 24lb 12oz
8th Pete Slade 22lb 2oz .
23 anglers fished . James Grogan drew peg 10 on lake 3 , he has fished around the margin reed beds on the pole, for around 20 carp and a convincing victory. Shaun Stenton landed around 25 smaller fish on corner peg 6 on the top pool ,his second place fell to corn and paste on the pole. Maggot on the feeder tactics helped, consistent performer, Paul Elworthy into third place also on the top pool. Match organiser John fished with paste in the reed beds on lake 3 for 4th , top weight on the bottom pool and 5th overall was Neilsen Jeffery a pole and corn bag.
Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly Competition Results @ Highampton Fishery
1st Nathan Underwood 38lb 8oz
2nd Martin Turner 31lb 13oz
3rd Steve Bailey 22lb 3oz
5th John Lisle 11lb 13oz
6th Ian Sedgewick 6lb 8oz
13 anglers fished the match that went ahead despite the strong North Westerly wind and squally showers. The reduced field allowed us to peg the leeward banks of both lakes meaning that most competitors had the wind off their backs. Nathan Underwood drew the point on the second lake and after catching 3 carp on paste on the pole , switched to the method feeder with a chocolate orange wafter to take a dozen more for a convincing victory. Martin Turner landed 8 slightly better fish on the fancied peg 4 on the 1st lake on 8mm pellet and bomb tactics for second place. 3rd spot went to club coarse section Chairman Steve Bailey on the 2nd lake, peg 8, margin pole carp catch on corn. The league after 3 matches stands as : Martin Turner 29 points John Lisle 27 , Richard Jefferies 20 Nathan Underwood 20
Many thanks to Martin Turner for his regular reports on the adventures of the North Devon Match Group.
North Devon Match Group Winter League No 6 Results @ Lower Slade Reservoir
1st Paul Elworthy 16lb 12oz
2nd Mark Richards 12lb 10oz
3rd Nathan Underwood 11lb 12oz
4th Martin Turner 11lb 4oz
5th Neilsen Jeffery 11lb 1oz
13 anglers fished.Gale force winds and driving rains kept the attendance down but lead to a close match .Paul Elworthydrew a peg on the road side near the dam and fished a tidy match with a feeder at range, sweetcorn hookbait and micro pellets feed, to catch a dozen skimmer bream plus some better roach for a clear victory. The next 4 places were separated by around a pound and a half ,Mark came out second with a pole to hand catch of 70 roach he was also pegged on the road side.Nathan Underwood was pegged in the shallower section and was able to fish a longer pole than most, his 3rd placed net was also mainly roach. The final winter league positions for 2018/19 are Neilsen Jeffery 110pts second Martin Turner 105 joint 3rd Chris Morris and Paul Morris 65
Last year I reported on a local angling clubs efforts to clean up their local sea angling venue following threats to close it off following unacceptable litter left by careless and uncaring anglers.
Sadly a year later I still get reports of issues relating to angling litter and whilst anglers are not exclusive in leaving litter they should be appreciative of the environment that is surely an integral part of what angling is about? I recently received this sad image of a popular North Devon Rock Mark the angler who sent this is to be commended for picking up the rubbish and removing it from the venue. We must all make every effort reduce litter and leave nothing at the waters edge accept memories.
Line is one of the major angling related litter issues and a new scheme is being launched to encourage responsible disposal. I will be speaking with local tackle shops and perhaps clubs to see if we can get access to the scheme here in North Devon.
Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme see link below :-
North Devon Match Group Championship No.2 @ Jennetts Reservoir :
1st Neilsen Jeffery 26lb
2nd Mark Richards 22lb 14oz
3rd Kevin Shears 13lb 12oz
4th Graham Currington 13lb 5oz
5th Peter Slade 12lb 6oz
6th Andrew Gratton 10lb 12oz
The miild ,damp conditions locked perfect on the SWLakes Trust Reservoir in Bideford, but the shoals of roach and bream proved quite tricky to catch. The walk around the far side was worthwhile as the top 4 weights came off the higher numbered pegs.Neilsen Jeffery managed to sort them out on peg 10 on the point . He landed some nice bream on the groundbait feeder on red maggots, Mark Richards drew the end peg on the far side and had a great net, of mainly roach, on the pole on white maggot for 2nd . Kevin Shears was best of the rest with another feeder catch. The section A, near bank, winner was Peter Slade with a nice net of small roach, section B winner was Graham Currington with a feeder and slider net on peg 9.
MATCH 1 SLADE RESERVOIR
A good turnout, with some new faces for the first match of North Devon Tackle Clubs New Year
Winner on the day was current Club Champion Kevin Wilton who fished a 6mtr whip all day catching roach, skimmers for a brilliant 22lb 3oz total
Top 5: Kevin Wilton 22lb 3oz
Simon Poynter 15lb 3oz
Mick Seaward 9lb 9oz
Stephen Barrell 8lb
Norman Martin 7lb 10oz
Well done to Barry Lee on landing a double figure pike, shame they don’t count, as he did well to land it on his roach gear!! Huge well done to Mick Seaward on coming 3rd.
Monthly Coarse Section Competition @ Wooda Lakes ,
1st John Lisle 61lb 1oz
2nd Kevin Shears 49lb 6oz
3rd Craig Crash Lamey 39lb 9oz
4th Stephen Craker 21lb 13oz
5th Nathan Underwood 21lb 8oz
6th David Bailey 19lb 8oz
7th Martin Turner 18lb 13oz
8th Paul Morris17lb 9oz
The match was held on the prolific Wooda complex , the 2 match lakes hosted the 22 competitors , the cold windy weather made fishing, for some ,quite tricky. The shallow end of the top lake produced the winner, John landed some of the larger carp fishing with paste at very close range beside the reed beds. Kevin had a hectic start catching over 30 carp from the dam end on lake 2 for 2nd. 3rd place was Craig with another pole catch on the top lake. Stephen Craker came in 4th with a pole and feeder catch from lake 2. John Lisle and Stephen Craker move into joint first in the championship on 19 points.
North Devon Match Group had its first Championship match of 2019 at Stafford Moor today combined with our Champion of Champions from 2018, attendance was again good with 22 anglers fishing.
The match was evenly split between Oak and Woodpecker.
Winner on the day was Neilsen Jeffery with 76lb 11oz from peg 17 on woodpecker, all caught on corn from the margins.
Second place went to Nathan Underwood with 72lb 4oz from peg 3 on woodpecker and third went to Andrew Gratton with 60lb 4oz again from woodpecker.
Top weight on Oak was Paul Morris with 54lb and paul came second in the pools due to our continental pay out.
Oak was very close with Stuart Shelley Burridge, Craig Crash Lamey Kevin Shears’and Dodgy Hooks all within 5lb of Pauls weight.