North Devon Match Group Championship No. 10 @ Darracott Reservoir

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An impressive win for Tom Downing at Darracott not often there is such a large winning margin! Well done Tom!

1st Tom Downing 20lb 1oz

2nd Martin Crouch 3lb 15oz

3rd Martin Turner 3lb 6oz

4th  Michael Blake 3lb 0oz

5th StuartShelly Burridge 2lb 3oz

16 fished

Tom Downing drew peg 11 in the middle of the dam wall and totally dominated the match with a lovely net of whip caught rudd on maggot. The rest of the field were left in the wake on a cold ,hard, clear venue. Martin Crouch managed to scratch around on the feeder with fluoro pinkies of peg 8 for 2nd , Martin Turner drew opposite on peg 17 and managed a few small roach on a sliding float for 3rd . With very few fish caught on the pole line Michael Blake ,opted for the feeder and despite losing a large carp early , took enough for 4th spot.

Tarka Swims BDAC Coarse Section monthly competition.

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Tarka Swims Bideford & District AC Coarse Section monthly competition.

1st Martin Turner 9lb 13oz

2nd Pete Slade 4lb 15 1/2oz

3rd Richard Jefferies 4lb 15 1/4oz

4th Steve Bailey 4lb 4oz .

Sunday’s 5 hour match was fished by 9 members in damp,cooler conditions. Martin Turner anded a good carp after 40 mins on peg P this fish, along with 2 skimmer bream on 6mm pellet on the bomb gave him victory. Pete Slade on peg H landed a good net of silver fish to beat  Richard Jefferies by a mere quarter ounce for 2nd place.

North Devon Match Group Winter League No.1 Wooda Fishery

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Results

1st  Neilsen Jeffery 84lb 1oz

2nd Paul Morris 73lb 11oz

3rd  Shaun Stenton 65lb 4oz

4th  Christopher Morris 63lb 8oz

5th Martin Turner 48lb 4oz

6th Mark Richard 45lb 11oz .

15 fished.We used the 2 lower match lakes on the prolific complex and enjoyed a dry still autumnal day. Neilsen Jeffery got his winter league campaign off to a great start with a net of pole caught carp from the roadside bank on the bottom lake , Paul Morris was next peg and landed his 2nd place catch on both method feeder and pole. Shaun Stenton used similar tactics on the first lake for 3rd place  Christopher Morris was 4th from the opposite bank.

Bideford Angling Club – Versus Plymouth CAC

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Bideford hosted this inter-club match – report from Martin Turner

Bideford 48lb 12oz Plymouth 32lb 15oz Bideford win over 2 legs 152lb 11oz to 101lb 9oz.

Individuals

1st Martin Turner 20lb 9oz

2nd Ian Sedgewick 10lb 11oz

3rd John Moore 9lb 13oz

4th Dell Colman 9lb 9oz

5th Steve Bailey 8lb 12oz

6th Martin Rushton 7lb 10oz

Tarka fished very hard and the 18 competitors struggled for bites, Martin Turner only caught a few roach on the pole but managed to find 3 carp on the banded pellet on a straight lead on peg I for 1st place .A single late carp and a bream on the pole on peg M was enough for 2nd spot for Ian, 3rd and 4th places were also single carp on the pole for Plymouth members John and Dell. We hope to make this an annual fixture.

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Upper Tamar Pallatrax carp pairs

Woods and Ford win the Upper Tamar Pallatrax carp pairs and scoop £2000……
Nigel Woods and Richard Ford from Launceston, Cornwall, won the Pallatrax carp pairs competition at Upper Tamar Lake on the 28-30 September. They chose peg 6 which was a shallow peg and fished really well over the weekend to land 5 carp for 72lbs 10oz to scoop the £2000 top prize.

Karl and Alfie Yates (Bude) were second winning £1000 with 4 fish for 52lb 9oz and Allan Jones and Matthew Pepperell (Bude) were third winning £500 with 4 fish for 46lb 8oz.

The largest fish of the weekend was Richard Ford with a 20lb 5oz mirror carp

Inter-club match Bude Canal Angling Association versus North Devon Match Group

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Inter-club match Bude Canal Angling Association versus North Devon Match Group Results BCAA 140-5 points NDMG 112-5 pts After 2 legs the teams tied on points 276-5, As holders NDMG retain the cup.

Top individuals

1st Christopher Morris  20lb 5oz

2nd  Simon John Allen 15lb 15oz

3rd Martin Turner 11lb

4th Matthew Sampson 9lb 6oz .

Stiff, cold westerly sea breeze made for some tricky fishing conditions, Christopher Morris NDMG fished the tip and waggler on the top basin for a terrific winning weight. 2nd and 3rd places were decided on the bottom basin,where both team captains Simon John Allen  and Martin Turner battled it out on adjoining pegs. Bude’s captain came out on top and helped his team secure a clear victory on the day.

North Devon Match Group Championship No 9 @ Lakeview Morchard Rd.

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North Devon Match Group Championship No 9 @ Lakeview Morchard Rd.

Results

1st Duncan Edwards 82lb

2nd Kevin Shears 63lb 10oz

3rd Neilsen Jeffery 39lb 4oz

4th Paul Elworthy 29lb 10oz

5th Martin Turner 27lb 9oz.

16 anglers fished. Duncan Edwards drew on the unfancied road side bank and had a good start on the pole with paste then switched to a feeder casting between the 2 islands, his winning weight was well clear of 2nd place Kevin Shears who drew on the same bank and fished the pole as did third placed Neilsen Jeffery. Conditions were fairly bright and breezy with a distinct autumnal feel.

Stafford Moors September Pairs Festival 2018

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The worthy winners of Stafford Moors September Pairs Festival 2018 with a fab combined weight of 620lb 10oz and 5 points is Pete Upperton and Robbie Taylor (GURU) well done guys ! In second place with 5 points and a total combined weight of 408lb 12oz was Adam Lee and Mark Goddard, in third place with 5 points and a combined weight of 382lb7oz was Lee Werrett and Andy Neil, in fourth place with 6 points and a combined total weight of 347lb 12 oz was Steve Ford and Craig Edmunds aka ‘trigger’ MOSELLA UK. Thank you to everyone who took part was a fab turn out of 80 entrants (a full house).

Stafford Moor -Open Result

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Some stunning nets as usual at Stafford Moor – Report from Joanne Combes

Open match today on Tanners & Woodpecker lakes. 32 anglers fished today our winner was Darren Painter with a great weight of 176lb 09oz off peg 11 on Woodys well done Darren! In second place was Ben Evenden with a weight of 174lb 8oz from peg 2 on Tanners well done Ben! In third place was Martin Heard with a weight of 152lb 14oz fishing peg 4 on Tanners well done Martin! In fourth place was Dodgy with a weight of 133lb 13oz fishing peg 5 on Woodys well done Dodgy! Top silver weight of the day was Phill Hardwick with a total weight of 32lb 13oz.

Bideford Coarse Section Monthly Competition Results

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Bideford Coarse Section Monthly Competition Results

1st Steve Bailey 11lb 4oz

2nd Antony Bentley 7lb 1oz

3rd Martin Turner 5lb 8oz

4th Kevin Shears 5lb 6 3/4oz

5th Ian Sedgewick 5lb 6oz

6th Colin Gorman  4lb 3oz .

16 members took part in the match on George’s Lake at Tarka Swims, although we all enjoyed a pleasant autumnal day the fish proved hard to catch and Steve Bailey, who once again drew the golden peg, made no mistakes in winning for the second month in a row with a catch of small bream and a single carp. Antony Bentley drew on peg L and landed a single carp for 2nd place . 3rd was Martin Turner who landed a bag of small skimmer bream in the deeper peg J on the pole with caster. Kevin had an all roach catch on peg F for 4th spot.

North Devon Match Group – Final Match

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Some super nets of small silver fish from Upper Tamar Lake a fine match and specimen fish venue.

The final Summer League on Upper Tamar Cornish Bank.

Results

1st Shaun Stenton  44lb 8oz

2nd Nathan Underwood  38lb 8oz

3rd Chris Morris  31lb 10oz

4th Wayne Mitchell 30lb 12oz

5th Duncan Edwards  30lb 6oz

6th Kevin Shears 30lb 2oz

The 14 anglers who took the long walk up the Cornish bank enjoyed hot still conditions and landed an average of 25lb a man. Shaun Stenton landed 50 odd skimmers on the tip on worm for a convincing victory. Nathan Underwood fished the long pole and long whip with groundbait and worms to land a mixed net including several large perch for 2nd place, Third placed Chris Morris landed a similar net also on pole and whip tactics

The top 3 final summer league positions are Neilsen Jeffery 160pts Martin Turner 115pts Chris Morris 90pts.

Bideford Triumph in Inter-club Match

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Bideford’s Coarse Section travelled to Plymouth Coarse Angling Club’s lakes at Cadover on Bodmin , for the first leg of the inter club event. Bideford came out on top with a total weight of 103lb 15oz to PDCAC 76lb 10oz . The comp was fished in great spirits and super autumn weather, several large carp were landed and a few more lost, although top individual was an all roach net of 33lb 2oz for Martin Turner 2nd was Ronnie Moore with a 2 carp net plus silvers for 25lb 15oz , Rober Rand landed an 18lb carp plus some silvers for 24lb 14oz and 3rd , 4th place with 3 skimmer bream and 2 carp was Colin Gorman with 24lb 4oz. We look forward to hosting PDCAC in the return leg on September 29th at Tarka Swims.

North Devon Match Group Championship No 8 Melbury Reservoir Results

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Many thanks once again to Martin Turner for his latest report from the North Devon match Group.

1st Martin Turner  38lb 1oz

2nd John Lisle 35lb 1oz

3rd Paul Elworthy 29lb 10oz

4th Neilsen Jeffery  26lb 7oz

5th Stuartshelly Burridge 13lb 11oz .

Conditions proved to be challenging for the 12 competitors, driving rain made fishing uncomfortable, despite this some good nets were taken. Martin came out tops with a net of sizeable skimmer ,roach and hybrids from peg 4 on the roadside. He took most of his fish on caster on the long pole over hemp and groundbait in 15ft of water. John took 2nd spot with a feeder caught net from peg 12 on the grass bank at the end of the dam. Johns, mainly skimmer net, fell to pellets and corn. Paul had a slow start on peg 3 but eventually caught 20 skimmers plus some big eels on the cage feeder on maggot for third just pipping Neilsen who’s 4th place on the windswept dam peg 10 of also included a large eel and some lovely rudd.

Bideford Angling Club – Latest Match Result

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Tarka Swims Monthly Comp.

1st Steve Bailey 42lb 5oz

2nd Colin Gorman  34lb 15oz

3rd Tyler Scott   20lb 4oz

4th Martin Rushton  18lb 7oz

5th Martin Turner  15lb 2oz

Silver winner  Richard Jefferies  8lb 8oz .

Todays match was fished by 15 competitors, in heavy rain showers, Steve drew on peg P. ,which was the golden peg on the day and therefore added a bonus £50 to his winnings. He fished into the dense weedbed and managed to extract some big carp on the pole on pellets and corn. Colin Gorman who finished in second spot, drew on the opposite corner on peg L, he has fished a method feeder with banded robin red pellets for 7 good carp, Junior member Tyler Scott who drew on peg K did very well to land 2 large carp on the pole for third place,  Martin Turner fished the straight lead to land 4 carp on peg I for fourth place. The Silvers prize went to Richard Jefferies with a feeder caught net of skimmer bream from peg R. The overall standings with 4 matches remaining Martin Tuner 88 John Lisle 70 Steve Bailey 59

North Devon Tackle Club – Match Result

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Darracott Reservoir Results 12/08/18

Winner on the day was Norman Martin
Norman fished a combination of the method feeder & the whip for a total of 31lb 7oz which included a 14lb 3oz carp.

2nd was day from the shallow end was Dean Vickery who put 200+ small roach / rudd on the scales for a 18lb 1oz total.

3rd  was Peter Seward who had a 15lb 7oz mixed bag.

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North Devon Match Group Summer League No. 5

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 Horwood Lakes

1st Neilsen Jeffery 85lb 8oz

2nd John Lisle 64lb 2oz

3rd John Forster 34lb 3oz

4th  Paul Ware 24lb

5th  Paul Elworthy 23lb.

The great weather continues and the latest round of the summer league was fished on the 2 carp lakes at Horwood , in hot conditions. Neilsen Jeffery has caught a great net from peg 5 ,mostly on the pole on paste over hemp , John Lisle  ,on the next peg, also used paste for his second placed bag. Third placed John Forster was also on the favoured early pegs on the first lake. On the top lake, travelling partners Paul Ware  and Paul Elworthy fought a close match for 4th and 5th, separated by a mere pound after 6 hours.

Adam Wheeler Wins Three Match Junior Series – Bideford Angling Club

Congratulations go to Bideford angling Club for organising a series of Junior Angling Matches on their home water Tarka Swims. The future of angling rests with these young people who will hopefully embrace a pastime that will bring a lifetime of enjoyment. Many thanks to Martin Turner for the report.

Results @ Junior match/coaching session No.3

1st Ruari Hewitt 8lb 2oz

2nd Will Richards 6lb 6oz

3rd Brooke Copp 3lb 9oz

4th Adam Wheeler 2lb 14oz

Ruari has fished with maggots on peg P for a nice bag of bream. Will, on the next peg, fished with a ledgered pellet and caught a lovely mirror carp for second place. Brooke fished with a feeder and landed a fine bream for third on peg R. 11 different young anglers have fished the, closely contested, 3 match series and Adam Wheeler has come out winner of the Junior Cup,with a points total of 30 ,in 2nd spot Tyler Scott on 29, 3rd Brooke Copp on 28, 4th Ruari Hewitt 24 5th Tomas Scott 22. Thank you all ,helpers and fishers, and Summerlands Tackle for your support.

Final Midweek Comp Tarka Swims & Junior Event

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Summer is passing by all too quickly  and Bideford’s Evening League coming to an end is an indication of this. I have enjoyed receiving weekly updates from Martin Turner on this and must thank him for all the reports and images. Its also good to see the Junior events being well supported.

1st Ian Owen 28lb 1oz

2nd Martin Turner  17lb 14oz

3rd Cavan Patterson 13lb 15oz

4th joint Ron Rhoads  Colin Gorman 10lb 1oz

6th Martin Hawker 8lb 8oz

18 fished. Another warm summer evening was enjoyed by our members.Ian landed 3 large carp on the pole on float fished caster on peg U for top weight on the night and in the series, Ian finished the league in joint 4th place. Martin’s second place was secured with 2 carp and some skimmers on peg Q , this ensured that he retained the overall league title with 85 points, Cavan landed a single carp of 13lb 15oz on peg I for 3rd spot.

The final league positions are :

Martin Turner 85pts

Stephen Craker 79pts

Peter Slade 70pts

Keith Copland & Ian Owen 64pts

  Junior competition /teach in event.

1st Adam Wheeler 7lb 10oz

2nd Tom Scott 5lb 2 1/2oz

3rd Tyler Scott 4lb 12oz

4th Will 1lb 2oz 5th Maya 1lb

6th Brooke 7th Grace .

The decision to use the deeper pegs ,for our second Junior event, proved right, as some nice bags of fish were landed by our enthusiastic younger members.Adam was top weight with a lovely net of skimmer bream caught on the pole on red maggots of peg P. Second ,on the next peg Q, was younger of the Scott brothers ,Tom with a similar bag taken on a 4mtr. whip. In 3rd place on peg N was Tyler with another bream net taken on the long pole, Back up weights were roach and perch Brooke, unluckily, lost a winning carp after a 10 min battle on a whip.The 3 hour event was fished in blazing sunny conditions.The current league table ,with , one match remaining is a dead heat for 1st spot, on 21 points, between Adam  Tom ,and Tyler. Many thanks to all the helpers and to Summerlands Tackle for their generous help with prizes.

North Devon Match Group Championship No.7 Highampton Fishery Results

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1st Nathan Underwood 67lb 6oz

2nd  Martin Turner 53lb 1oz

3rd John Lisle 47lb 1oz

4th Neilsen Jeffery 45lb 2oz

5th John Forster 43lb 8oz

6th Stephen Craker 38lb 8oz

7th Ken Cocks 37lb 14oz

Another scorching weekend lead to a close match , Nathan lead from the start catching steady on BOG paste on the pole from peg 8 beside the stanchions in the deeper water. Martin managed 2nd, fishing the pellet waggler up to the island on peg 11 . John lost several fish but landed 11 in the reeds on peg 13 for 3rd , all on paste on the pole. Neilsen Jeffery drew outside the chalet on peg 4 and had some big fish in the shallow margins on hard pellets for 4th spot.

Mill Park – Stunning nets of silver from tranquil waters

I caught my first coarse fish from Mill Park Pond near Berrynarbor whilst in my early teens a tiny perch with bristling spiky fins and bold stripes. It took a worm suspended beneath an orange tipped quill float in a scene that could have been lifted direct from the pages of Crabtree that evocative book that inspired many young anglers in that age long before computer games and mobile phones. I spent many hours fishing at Mill Pond as a youngster fascinated by the mysterious quality of its tree shaded waters.

Roach, perch, bream and eels were our target as young anglers and it was generally simplistic fishing with float fished maggot or worms. As we grew older we sometimes tried for the carp that glided through the water on sunny days appearing almost blue as the shafts of sunlight penetrated the water. I caught my first carp from water on float-fished sweetcorn in 1981 a fish that took close to an hour to bring to the net on just 3lb b.s line. In the early eighties I went on to catch several carp from the lake to almost twenty pounds. The pond also produced several big perch during those years the biggest I heard of was found washed up dead and weighed 4lb 10oz a fish that was at the time very close to the British Record.

Whilst I always had affection for Mill Park or Mill Pond as we knew it then my visits dwindled as my fishing focus changed and the pond of my youth fell into decline with silting issues and dwindling stocks of fish. In recent seasons I was pleased to hear of good catches of roach, skimmer bream and carp.

I was recently delighted to receive an invitation to visit the lake once again and seized the opportunity to revisit my early memories of fishing. Knowing that the lake held good numbers of silver fish I decided to invite three match angling friends to fish the pond on a summers evening. I would tag along with my camera and attempt to capture some of the ponds magic. They would undoubtedly be far more able to show of the fantastic fishing available than myself.

I am always wary of revisiting childhood abodes as time and maturity can sometimes shatter those treasured memories. Fortunately Mill Park has retained its charm and many of the features from my youth remained unchanged whilst the addition of a few water lilies, sympathetic bank work and de-silting has if anything enhanced the water.

Martin Turner, Neilsen Jeffrey and John Forster are all keen match anglers and all enjoy regular success on the local circuit. On this summer evening in early July I joined them in the swims I had fished all those years ago. Sunlight streamed through the trees into the greenish opaque waters. Carp basked on the surface in the warm sunshine. The quaking of ducks echoed across the water. It was as if time had stood still for over forty years.

Martin and Neilsen had elected to fish side by side, Neilsen using feeder fishing tactics whilst Martin pole fishing with tares feeding hempseed. I was absorbed immediately watching the quiver tip as it shook and pulled round and the float as it sat optimistically before darting beneath the surface.

It was fascinating to watch these masters of their craft at work as they constantly made tiny adjustments to their set ups as the fickle fish appeared to constantly change in their willingness to take the bait. It was Martin whose tactics appeared to win over on this evening with quality roach responding to constant feeding with just a few grains of hemp every cast. At times the water seemed to shimmer silver sided roach fed in frenzy beneath the calm surface. Steady feeding seemed to be the key to consistent success with a few grains of hemp fed each cast with Martin getting into steady rhythm of feed, hook fish, unhook, feed and repeat.

Martin Turner with 1lb plus roach

Martin handed me the pole for five minutes and I swung a couple of roach to hand experiencing the sensation of pole elastic and a lack of running line.

A few yards along the bank John Forster was using pole tactics to winkle out roach from beside a lily pad. He also made brief contact with a carp that smashed the light tackle as it surged for freedom.

After close to three hours fishing it was time to check the total catch and take a couple of pictures. The owners had allowed us to use keep-nets for this friendly evening demonstration of fishing tactics. Martin, Neilsen and John caught well over thirty pounds, all four of us then retired to Mill Parks on site bar for a lengthy discussion on fishing over a well earned cool pint.

Mill Parks campsite is set in a stunning valley with modern well-maintained facilities. The lake is stocked with carp, roach, bream and chub. As a site for summer camping with excellent fishing it comes highly recommended. It is especially suited for young anglers who should be able to catch their first fish with ease and delight in the excitement of that unique contact with nature that can lead to a lifetime of joy.

Out of season Mill Park offers superb roach fishing with regular matches staged with some stunning nets of silver fish winning matches.

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly Competition Result

Tarka Swims

1st Martin Turner 43lb 2oz

2nd John Lisle 13lb 8oz

3rd Steve Bailey 11lb 8oz

4th Ian Sedgewick 10lb 15oz

4th Keith Copland 8lb 1oz

5th Ian Owen 6lb 11oz

12 fished . Another weekend of scorching temperatures saw some good sport , Martin Turner landed 17lb of bream and 4 carp for a winning total on favoured peg I , he caught on pellet waggler and long pole shallow with maggot. John had a good bream and a carp on peg Q for second , club secretary Steve landed a nice net of small bream and one carp off peg S for third , fourth spot was filled by Ian who lost several carp but landed 2 on bread from peg X. Keith’s all bream net won the silvers pot.The halftime icecreams from Reg Sutton were most welcome ! Due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ the evening match on Wednesday will be postponed and re fished on the evening of the 1st August.

NORTH DEVON TACKLE CLUB – AWAY WEEKEND

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BAKE TWO DAYER 2018

Looks like North Devon Tackle Club and a great weekend at Bake Lakes. Many thanks to Barry Lee for sending this excellent summary. The images are great and give a good idea of what a fun weekend it was!

What a great weekend, maybe not so much on the fishing front, but the company, banter & beer made up for that!!!

It was good to see some of the anglers that normally struggle to catch a few, Mick Seward weighing in 70lb+ over the two days and in particular Terry Ramsden who went on to win his 2nd ever fishing match yesterday with 77-14…. well done chaps!

A big “thank you” to Andy Seery for supplying us all with prizes…. in fact this years top 2 were using So Simple pellets & groundbait.
If you ever want any So Simple products, take a look at Andy’s facebook page or send him a message.

So Simple Bait Company “Home of the Gonut”

Team results:

1st – 28 points
Kevin Wilton
Baz ‘no longer the 4th’  Barry Lee
Mick Seward

2nd – 45 points
Norman Martin

Terry Ramsdan
Mark Seward

3rd – 54 points
Simon Poynter
Andrew Haynes
Peter Seward

4th – 56 points Dean Vickery
Andy Grattan
Kev Grant

5th & wooden spoon – 57 points
Gord Maeers
Jim
Dion Martin

Individual Overall

1st Barry Lee 144-1
2nd  Gord Maeers 135-2
3rd Norman Martin 101-10
4th Terry Ramsden 85-6
5th Simon Poynter 81-2
6th Mick Seward 70-15
7th  Kev Grant 64-6
8th Kevin Wilton 61-1
9th  Dean Vickery 45-15
10th  Andrew Haynes 40-8
11th Mark Seward 33-8
12th Dion Martin 29-0
13th Andy Gratton 26-1
14th Peter Seward 22-10
15th & Boobie Prize Jim 16-2

Best Match Weight
Gord Maeers 81-8

Biggest Fish
Kevin Wilton 12-15 (Ghost Carp)

Best Silvers Weight

Simon Poynter 10-5 of lovingly caught pairs of eye’s, only to be beaten by Peter Seward with 10-6 of mistakenly caught skimmers!!!! (i’m not bitter!!!!!)🤣

Biggest Hangover

Dion Martin

Best Battle Scar
Peter Seward

Best Joe Pasquale Impersonator
Also winning Best Belly Slide, Most Drunk, Most Helium Consumed, Best Elvis, Most Shots Purchased….. and many more!!! 😂
Norman Martin

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Bideford Host Junior Fishing Event

Bideford Angling Club hosted the first of three Junior Events at their Tarka Swims Lake. many Thanks to Martin Turner for his report below and for his efforts in introducing a future generation to angling. Further events take place on July 21st and August 4th.

This afternoons junior event took place at Tarka Swims in hot conditions. Rory took the honours with 2lb 14oz of roach and perch on peg D,joint second Tyler and his French exchange student Martin both on 2lb, joint fourth went to Brooke and Thomas, on 1lb 14oz ,nets in this 3 hour event were mainly made up with roach perch and rudd .Thank you to Summerlands Tackle for providing the prizes and bait.

Bideford – Midweek Series No.8 Tarka Swims results

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Midweek Series No.8 Tarka Swims results

1st Keith Copland 20lb 5oz

2nd Stephen Craker 13lb 7oz

3rd Pete Slade 11lb 7oz

4th  Rob Rhoads 6lb 15oz

5th Martin Turner 6lb 8oz .

12 anglers fished this match, conditions were a little cooler than of late and the carp were a bit more obliging , for some ! Keith drew the corner peg L and lost the first tussle with the beasts in the weed , but managed to extract the next two for just short of 20lbs ,both took maggots fished on the pole. Stephen had the early lead with a good carp from peg U plus some tench and skimmers ,but came in second . Pete drew on peg I and found a late carp on luncheon meat plus some skimmers for third . Ron also fished with meat on peg M for 4th spot.

Big Bags from Stafford Moor

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There have been some stunning nets of fish in recent matches at Stafford Moor despite the hot sunny conditions that can put fish off the feed.

Paul Casson  bagged himself an incredible 347lb 6oz from Stafford Moor’s Woodpecker Lake to secure top spot in the fisherys latest Open Match.  In second place was Dodgy Who bagged himself 151lb 15oz from peg 20 on Tanners lake fishing paste shallow well done Dodge ! In 3rd place was Stuart Kennedy who bagged  308lb 5oz from peg 13.

North Devon Match Group Summer League No 4 Results

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1st Neilsen Jeffery 43lb

2nd John Bailey 41lb 4oz

3rd  Paul Elworthy 40lb 4oz

4th  Martin Turner 29lb 4oz

5th Paul Ware26lb 8oz.

Jennetts Resevoir was the venue for our 4th summer league event. Neilsen amassed a superb net of red fins on the whip on caster at half depth from peg 1 to win , at the other end of the venue ,in the shallow pegs John landed a 10lb carp on the pole after an hour then added another 30lbs of silvers to take second, , Paul chose to fish the waggler with corn over groundbait and also had a fantastic 40lb net ,this time of bream for 3rd spot. The forecast, much needed rain fell for most of the day but cleared for our weigh in .

Stafford Open Match Latest

Open match on Tanners and Woodpecker lakes with a continental payout.  winner on the day Zac Newton who bagged himself an impressive 344lb 1oz from peg 16 on Tanners lake fishing shallow on the pole 8mm pellets . In second place was Paul Morris who had 269lb 15oz from peg 18 on Woodpecker lake fishing down the edge /deck on the pole. In third place was  Dave Stockton who had 227lb 13oz from peg 5 on Tanners lake fishing the waggler.

North Devon Match Group Championship No.6 Upper Tamar Lake

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1st Paul Elworthy 40lb 4oz

2nd Christopher Morris  36lb 8oz

3rd Neilsen Jeffery 36lb 0oz

4th Nathan Underwood 26lb 10oz

5th Pete Slade 21lb 0oz .

The predicted 80% chance of rain proved to be correct and the 13 competitors in round 6 of the NDMG Championship got a good soaking! Paul stuck to his favoured tactic of groundbait feeder with sweetcorn, pegged on the pink buoy,for the winning net of bream and skimmers, Christopher used similar tactics,with maggot, from the peg on the gorse bush . Neilsen pushed close with his pole fished net of roach from the Devon arm .Nathan won the next peg battle with team mate Pete , they finished 5th and 6th with nets of skimmers caught on the pole .

Bideford & District Angling club – Mid week Coarse Match

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Evening comp round 4- Good to see smiles at the end…

1st  Ian Owen 18lb 10oz

2nd Pete Slade 12lb 11oz

3rd Stephen Craker 8lb 15oz

4th  Martin Turner 5lb 7oz

5th Colin Gorman 3lb 9oz

13 anglers fished in warm, still conditions . Ian Owen has drew on peg S and fished the pole over groundbait to land 2 carp and a good net of bream. This was Ian’s first victory on Tarka . Pete had a good carp of 12lb, after an hour, on bread flake to secure second spot of peg U. Stephen fished on peg B with worm, he lost 2 carp, but landed one for third.

NDMG Summer league No.3 Results

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1st Neilsen Jeffery 83lb 6oz

2nd Kevin Shears 56lb 14oz

3rd Martin Turner 49lb 8oz

4th Michael Blake 40lb 12oz

5th Andy Gray 37lb 8oz

6th Ian Owen 26lb 14oz .

Very hot conditions made for tricky fishing on Oaktree top pond for the 15 competitors, Neilsen Jeffery found some feeding margin specimens on peg 9. Kevin also caught some big carp in close on the pole from peg 3 in the middle of the dam. Martin Turner drew peg 17 and caught late in the match on a long pole shallow with pellets. Michael Blake caught on the pole and tip for 4th place.

Two Counties Festival 2018 Sponsored by Sensas & Matchcraft Tackle. UPPER TAMAR

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Two Counties Festival 2018
Sponsored by Sensas & Matchcraft Tackle.

Many thanks to Simon Poynter for the below results, report and fabulous images.
RESULTS
Day 1
(A) Section winner – Gavin Butler 33-5
(B) Section winner – Michael Buchwalder 37-1
(C) Section winner – Nick Jones 32-12
(D) Section winner – Vince Brown 46-4
(E) Section winner – Steve Clarke 36-5
(F) Section winner – Scott Russell 33-9
(G) Section winner – Tim Bruce 22-8
(H) Section winner – Christopher Morris 12-10
Day 2
(A) Section winner – Steve Cable 19-11
(B) Section winner – Tim Bruce 32-11
(C) Section winner – Richard Chave 33-3
(D) Section winner – Hadrian Whittle 38-12
(E) Section winner – Alex Murray 24-9
(F) Section winner – Gazza Thornton 30-0
(G) Section winner – Michael Buchwalder 35-5
(H) Section winner – Carl Steffen 39-3
Day 3
(A) Section winner – John Price 33-3
(B) Section winner – Gavin Butler 37-11
(C) Section winner – Michael Buchwalder 30-6
(D) Section winner – Chris Morris 34-8
(E) Section winner – Graham West 30-9
(F) Section winner – Rory Jones 27-4
(G) Section winner – Richard Chave 20-6
(H) Section winner – Zac Newton 29-2
Matchcraft 4 rod holder winners:
Vince Brown, Carl Steffen & Gavin Butler
Biggest Perch:
Vince Brown 3-15
Best Match Weight in Festival:
Vince Brown 46-4
Mystery Weight Prize (18lb 13oz)
Boz Phillips 18-12

Two Counties Festival 2018
Sponsored by Sensas & Matchcraft Tackle.

RESULTS

Day 1

(A) Section winner – Gavin Butler 33-5
(B) Section winner – Michael Buchwalder 37-1
(C) Section winner – Nick Jones 32-12
(D) Section winner – Vince Brown 46-4

(E) Section winner – Steve Clarke 36-5
(F) Section winner – Scott Russell 33-9
(G) Section winner – Tim Bruce 22-8
(H) Section winner – Christopher Morris 12-10

Day 2

(A) Section winner – Steve Cable 19-11
(B) Section winner – Tim Bruce 32-11
(C) Section winner – Richard Chave 33-3
(D) Section winner – Hadrian Whittle 38-12

(E) Section winner – Alex Murray 24-9
(F) Section winner – Gazza Thornton 30-0
(G) Section winner – Michael Buchwalder 35-5
(H) Section winner – Carl Steffen 39-3

Day 3

(A) Section winner – John Price 33-3
(B) Section winner – Gavin Butler 37-11
(C) Section winner – Michael Buchwalder 30-6
(D) Section winner – Chris Morris 34-8

(E) Section winner – Graham West 30-9
(F) Section winner – Rory Jones 27-4
(G) Section winner – Richard Chave 20-6
(H) Section winner – Zac Newton 29-2

Matchcraft 4 rod holder winners:
Vince Brown, Carl Steffen & Gavin Butler

Biggest Perch:
Vince Brown 3-15

Best Match Weight in Festival:
Vince Brown 46-4

Mystery Weight Prize (18lb 13oz)
Boz Phillips 18-12

Best Match Weight in Festival:
Vince Brown 46-4

Mystery Weight Prize (18lb 13oz)
Boz Phillips 18-12

OVERALL POSITIONS:

1st Michael Buchwalder 3pts (102-12)

2nd Gavin Butler 4pts (98-7)
3rd Tim Bruce 4pts (76-4)
4th Chris Morris 4pts (72-1)

5th Hadrian Whittle 5pts (98-14)
6th Carl Steffen 5pts (98-11)
7th Graham West 5pts (88-1)
8th Richard Chave 5pts (71-00)

9th Steve Cable 6pts (59-10)

10th Rory Jones 7pts (69-1)
11th Alex Bates 7pts (65-15)

12th Mark Charnell 8pts (66-15)

13th Nick Jones 9pts (77-5)
14th Scott Russell 9pts (74-8)
15th Ben Lawrence 9pts (70-7)
16th Josh Pace 9pts (67-1)
17th Zac Newton 9pts (63-6)
18th John Waples 9pts (46-9)

19th Vince Brown 10pts (81-10)
20th Keith Gooderham 10pts (60-14)
21st Duncan Hill 10pts (59-13)

22nd Nigel Garrett 11pts (64-15)
23rd John Price 11pts (61-4)
24th Darren Lawrence 11pts (54-2)

25th Steven Lipsy Hughes 12pts (62-15)
26th Rob Chambers 12pts (56-14)
27th Steve Lovell 12pts (51-1)
28th Peter Thomas 12pts (47-1)

29th Steve Clarke 13pts (68-12)
30th Jim Lawrie 13pts (62-6)
31st Gazza Thornton 13pts (60-9)
32nd Rob Fuller 13pts (52-2)
33rd Boz Phillips 13pts (48-4)

34th Alex Bradley 14pts (54-0)
35th Trevor Vernalls 14pts (52-15)
36th Rob Hewison 14pts (51-12)
37th Peter Wills 14pts (48-3)

38th Dave Walton 15pts (51-2)
39th Norman Martin 15pts (39-9)

40th Scott Puddy 16pts (50-5)
41st Matt Rowntree 16pts (47-3)

42nd Trevor Stacey 17pts (34-15)
43rd Adrian Ball 17pts (34-0)
44th Pete Patton 17pts (33-4)

45th Ricky Knott 18pts (36-0)
46th Mick Lane 18pts (34-11)

47th Alan Keleher 19pts (30-11)

Anglers placed 48th to 56th did not finish.

Massive congratulations to Preston Innovations backed Michael Buchwalder who showed his true class to win the 2018 Two Counties Festival on his first visit to the venue.
Michael recorded 3 section wins & had over 100lb of silvers along the way.

A few “thanks”…

Many thanks to Ben and the S.W.L.T staff (Bob the boatman & Gary) without them there would not be a festival.

Massive thank you to Bram Brandwijk at Matchcraft Tackle over in Holland, for his kind sponsorship of this years event, moving forward Bram has (today) agreed to sponsor the 2019 event which is great news!

Thanks to Sensas UK & M5 Angling for sponsoring fantastic Sensas prizes Simon Hebditch I will be in touch ref next year!!

Thank you to Steven Lipsy Hughes for keeping us all entertained one way or another over the three days, thanks also for doing a “whip round” for me, feeling humbled as a result mate – your really shouldn’t have, but thank you.

Above all thank you to you guys (the anglers on the festival) who make it what it is, a pleasure to run & I am sure a pleasure to fish!

NDMG v Bude Canal Anglers

Many thanks for the below report from Martin Turner

NDMG v Bude Canal Anglers

. Individual Results

1st Simon John Allen 34lb 4oz

2nd Andy Gray 29lb 6oz

3rd Kevin Shears 27lb 4oz

4th Paul Morris  26lb 14oz

5th Paul Ware  26lb 10oz .

North Devon Match Group hosted the first leg of our annual inter club event on Killock Lakes , the 12 a side match was fished in hot humid conditions which led to a close match. Pole fishing dominated with Simon John Allen coming out on top for Bude Anglers, but this sterling performance by their captain was not enough to prevent NDMG from winning on the day 164 points to 136 , over 350lb of fish were landed, and we all look forward to the return leg in September, thanks to all competitors and Killock Farm Shop for breakfasts and after match snack.

Bideford Midweek Evening Match results

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Bideford Midweek Evening
Match results

1st Martin Turner 12lb 15oz

2nd Colin Gorman 10lb 8oz

3rd Peter Slade 3lb 5oz

4th  Martin Rushton 2lb 8oz

5th Cavan Paterson 2lb .

Thirteen anglers fished the second evening comp in the Tarka evening league. Martin drew peg B in the shallows and landed one carp on bread and some tench and skimmers on pole fished, worm and maggot to secure victory .2nd placed Colin drew on the deeper peg I he had a good carp and some bream on the method with robin red pellets,Pete Slade fished with luncheon meat on peg S for his third spot Martin landed a nice bream on peg H on the open end feeder for fourth.

North Devon Match Group Championship No 5 Killock Lakes. Results

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North Devon Match Group Championship No 5 Killock Lakes. Results

1st Neilsen Jeffery 77lb 14oz

2nd Kevin Shears 47lb 5oz

3rd John Lisle 40lb 5oz

4th Christopher Morris 28lb 12oz

5th John Forster 27lb 2oz .

North Devon Match Group  members fished the prolific Killock lake in warm dry conditions , the carp were more interested in spawning than feeding , despite this Neilsen was able to catch steadily on corn on the pole for a convincing win. Second spot was Kevin who used similar tactics and John’s third placed bag fell to paste also on the pole.Next week this venue is being used for the first leg of our annual interclub event against Bude Canal Anglers.

Stafford Moor May Festival 2018

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Stafford Moor May Festival 2018 – Report from Joanne Combes

Our Worthy winner of our May festival 2018 with a perfect score of 4 points with a total weight of 434lb 13oz is Mr Steve Ford (MOSELLA UK / MARUKYU well done Steve well proud of you !!! In close second place with also 4 points and a total weight of 327lb 14oz is Chris Cameron ( MIDDY/ BAIT TECH) well done Chris! In third place was Ian Rowney with 6 points and a total weight of 375lb 1oz well done Ian!  What a week, thank you so much for your continued support it’s amazing we feel truly blessed to have you all supporting us thank you so much also for supporting the JO-OP it’s been one of the best supported weeks we have had , I can continue to buy new stock all the time we are supported so thank you been great to meet some new guys and to see the regular faces. We have an open match this Sunday if you would like to join us please let me know Jo

Martin Turner Wins Two Matches

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Coarse Section Monthly Comp Results May 13th Tarka Swims.

Coarse Section Monthly Comp Results May 13th Tarka Swims. 1st Martin Turner 48lb 15oz 2nd Pete Slade 11lb 1oz 3rd John Lisle 9lb 11oz 4th Stephen Craker 9lb 6oz 5th Richard Jefferies 4lb 7oz 5th Colin Gorman 2lb 15oz Martin drew on peg P and caught 4 large carp on bread flake, this added to a nice net of skimmer bream taken on maggot over groundbait was enough for victory in the 5th match of the series. Pete drew on peg F and landed a late carp on the pole for second . John’s single large carp on luncheon meat was third . Stephen came in fourth with a nice bream and a carp off peg M. this also took the silvers pool, just pipping Richard who landed small bream on the feeder off peg S

1st Martin Turner 48lb 15oz

2nd Pete Slade 11lb 1oz

3rd John Lisle 9lb 11oz

4th Stephen Craker 9lb 6oz

5th Richard Jefferies 4lb 7oz

6th Colin Gorman  2lb 15oz

Martin Turner drew on peg P and caught 4 large carp on bread flake, this added to a nice net of skimmer bream taken on maggot over groundbait was enough for victory in the 5th match of the series. Pete drew on peg F and landed a late carp on the pole for second . John’s single large carp on luncheon meat was third . Stephen came in fourth with a nice bream and a carp off peg M. this also took the silvers pool, just pipping Richard who landed small bream on the feeder off peg S

(Above) Martins net of skimmer bream

Summer Evening League. Match No. 1 Tarka Swims Results

1st Martin Turner 17lb 10oz

2nd Craig Crash Lamey 11lb 13oz

3rd Stephen Craker 8lb 5oz

4th Ian Sedgewick 6lb 13oz

5th Keith Copland 5lb 4oz

6th Martin Hawker 4lb 12oz

15anglers fished. Martin drew corner peg M and caught 2 good carp on bread on the pole plus some skimmer bream for top spot in the first of the evening series. Craig drew on the point peg F and had a nice bag of small bream on the pole with maggot for second spot, new member Stephen landed a nice carp on a bunch of dead red maggot on peg U to take third spot, 15 anglers took part on a mild still evening.

Stafford Moor Open – Junior Angler Success

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An Open match  on Tanners and Woodpecker lakes. Had a full house of 40 anglers.

The weather was a horrible cold easterly wind with temperatures around 8 degrees today where is Spring !

Had a continental payout. Top weight of the day was from Ben Benjamin Broxson peg 19 on Tanners lake with 167lb 14oz fishing bomb and pellet and pole well done Ben ! In second place was Andy Dare peg 11 on woodpecker lake with 101lb 4oz, in third place was Chris Davis with 107lb 5oz from peg 2 on Tanners lake.

Its always great to see young anglers enjoying success as 13 year old Owen Newman did in this competition finishing a very creditable sixth and winning the silvers bag!

North Devon Match Group – Melbury Reservoir Summer League No 2

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1st John Lacy 8lb

2nd John Lisle 5lb 1oz

3rd John Bailey 4lb

4th Christopher Morris 2lb 14oz

Beautiful hot still weather greeted NDMG members for the second summer league match, bites were at a premium on the day and John Lacey took top spot on peg 1 on the dam, he fished on a small groundbait feeder with red maggot bait at close range for a net of good roach ,second placed John Lisle had 4 nice skimmers on the tip on worm from peg 6,John Bailey caught 8 roach on the waggler for 3rd.

Fine Perch Brace highlight of Match at Oaktree

Triple Hook Club enjoyed a great day at Oak Tree Fishery with some good bags of carp and other species. Highlight of the day was a fine brace of perch to Dennis Toleman weighing  2lb 2oz and 2lb 1oz.

1st Bruce Williams 29lb 4oz

2nd  Kevin Toleman 27lb 4oz both had carp at 9lbs

3rd  Dennis Toleman 24lb 2oz

Kevin and Rob Hancock both had 24lb bags

Stafford Open Result

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The latest match results at Stafford Moor show that the carp are now feeding hard as temperatures start to climb.

Dave Stockton took top spot in the Latest Stafford Moor Open bagging a creditable 222lb 3oz from Tanners Lake using pellet waggler tactics. Andy Dare was runner up with159lb 2oz and Robert Coombs third with 132lb 2oz.

Stafford Moor Match Result

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Tanners Top 4 & Silvers winner

1. Christopher John Lovell 105lb 2oz
2.  Tom Downing   89lb 1oz
3.  Paul Heywood  68lb 12oz
4. Adam Toomey 55lb 10oz

Silvers Winner – Simon John Allen 15lb 10oz

Woodpecker
1. Rob Dixon 84lb 11oz
2. Andy Dare  81lb 15oz
3. Nigel Rhodes 67lb 11oz
4. Dave Stockton 67lb 1oz

North Devon Match Group Championship No 4 Jennetts Reservoir

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Many Thanks to Martin Turner for the North Devon Match Group report from Jennetts Reservoir where they enjoyed to fabulous silver fish sport.

1st  Martin Turner  28lb 9oz

2nd  Christopher Morris 25lb 11oz

3rd   Kevin Shears 18lb 11oz

4th   John Lacy 18lb 6oz

5th    Peter Slade 17lb 9oz ,

A mild spring day with April showers , made for good sport on the South West Lake Trusts Jennetts Reservoir in Bideford. The bream failed to show in numbers but the roach fed well. Martin Turner landed quality fish on hemp and caster on the pole and whip from peg 8 , beside the elderberry bush , Christopher Morris had a similar net from peg 12 near the point also on the pole. Kevin drew end peg on the far bank for 3rd just pipping John Lacy who drew peg 4 near the dam.

Carp Match at Stafford Moor – Results

Report from Joanne Combes at Stafford Moor

Hey well done to everyone who entered our first ever Pairs carp competition here at Stafford Moor. A huge apology from Paul & I for not being present we just needed a break before the crazy season kicks in especially Paul but the guys were left in more than capable hands with Peter Randle and Wayne Grinney and Wayne’s dad Paul who cooked the barbecue thank you so much for looking after everyone.

1st prize Winners were Mark Downing and Wayne Grinney who between them had 12 fish out and a total weight of 194lb 10oz well done guys ! Mark fished on swim 6 (the outlet ) up on lodge while Wayne fished swim 6 (rodi bush) on Beatties. Caught on Sticky Baits Manilla.

In second place 🥈 was Aaron Rundle and Michael Toms who between them had 7 fish out and had a total weight of 147lb 2oz well done ! Aaron fished on swim 8 (the inlet) on Beatties lake and Michael fished swim 3 (spit bay) up on Lodge lake.

In third place was Jason A Hammond and Jack Gabriel who between them had 6 fish and a total weight of 119lb 4oz well done! Jason fished swim 7(the beach right side) on Beatties and Jack fished on swim 10 (outback) up on lodge lake.

Our largest fish winner was also Jason Hammond who had a 26lb 8oz beauty well done Jase !

Jo thanks  all for being a part of Stafford Moors Carp Comps more are coming up !! Will keep you all posted thank you Paul & Jo

Jason Hammond with the events biggest a 26lb 8oz beauty

Coarse Section Monthly Comp. Results April 8th Tarka Swims

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1st Martin Turner 22lb 1oz

2nd Ian Owen 14lb 15oz

3rd John Lisle 14lb 6oz

4th Peter Slade 11lb 14oz (silvers)

5th Stephen Craker 6lb 6oz

6th Antony Bentley 5lb 5oz

Fifteen anglers showed up to fish the first match on Tarka since last year on a lovely warm spring day that tempted a few carp to show, Martin Turner  drew the shallow end on peg X and fished bread on a long pole for victory with 4 carp . Ian Owen caught 2 good mirror carp on a method feeder on peg Q for second, John had a big common on the next peg on a pole for third. Pete Slade took fourth and the silver bag with a nice net of skimmer bream from the deeper peg N on the long pole and soft pellet.

North Devon Tackle Club Match – Jennetts

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Jennetts Reservoir

Top 4
1st  Simon Poynter 27lb 10oz
2nd  Kevin Wilton 22lb 15oz
3rd Andy Gratton 22lb 6oz
4th  Steve Maynard 6lb 1oz

Nice to see the top 4 weights spread across the lake yesterday, also on varying methods…..

Simon caught on the long pole targeting larger fish, Kev was 2nd fishing for roach shallow on the pole, a close 3rd was Andy who fished the whip, with two bream and a perch included in his total, 4th place went to Steve who fished long pole for roach & skimmers.

North Devon Match Group Summer League No.1 Wooda Lakes

The pictures below sum up the Spring so far. Many thanks to Martin Turner for his new report from the enduring North Devon Match Group!

1st Kevin Shears 57lb 12oz

2nd Christopher Morris 52lb 13oz

3rd Martin Turner 42lb 13oz

4th Tom Downing 41lb 11oz

5th Paul Morris  41lb 6oz

6th Nathan Underwood 31lb 2oz .

Silvers  James Grogan 7lb 1oz .

Despite our efforts that man Shears has secured yet another victory! Kevin drew on the road side on lake 4 and landed 20 carp on corn on the pole in the margins. Christopher drew on one of the reed beds on lake 3 for second also on corn on the pole. Martin was next peg to him , and caught on bread and maggots. The spring day started well for the 17 competitors but deteriorated in to sleet by the time we weighed in .Thanks to Start Sharp for allowing us to use both lakes and providing breakfast rolls.

Upper Tamar Pallatrax Carp Open March 2018

 

It was a very cold weekend at Upper Tamar lake for the Pallatrax Carp Open pairs competition. This was the first competition of 2018 with two more to follow in July and September.

There was £3500 up for grabs for the top three finishing pairs and no one could predict which swims would do well this time around. The weather had been frankly horrendous leading up to the weekend with more than two feet of snow covering the majority of the lake at the beginning of the week!

The sun did eventually come through on the Sunday during the last few hours of fishing and it was rather pleasant during the BBQ and presentations.

The anticipation and nervousness for the draw on Friday morning was evident with some anglers arriving to get a couple of laps around the lake in the hope of spotting a few fish!

A fantastic breakfast was provided by Wendy Shore and her team in the Froghopper café at Tamar and we were all set for the draw which started at 1pm. Anglers names were drawn in turn from the draw box and they chose their swims until everyone had picked. There were 30 pairs of anglers and they were then transported to their swims either by boat or trailer.

The horn sounded at 4pm to start the competition and the first fish was lost very quickly by Roy and Greg Jones from the quarry swim.

The first landed fish and an early lead was taken by Neil Merriman and Adrian Morgan from West Bay, peg 27, on the Cornwall Bank with a 7lb 13oz common. Just minutes after Mark Thomas and Phil Haggarty caught their first from peg 33 by the dam at 5lb 11oz.

This was followed on the first night by Mike Trew and Roger Smith, peg 23, on the Cornwall Bank who had an 8lb 7oz fish and Rob Champness and Kevin Smith who were on peg 18. They landed a 6lb 15oz fish. Rob and Kevin also lost a couple of fish during the night.

It was fishing really hard, as the March competition always does! The wind changed direction a couple of times and there was a mild frost both nights and cold wind during the days.

At 6:30 am on the Saturday Mark Thomas and Phil Haggarty caught their second fish which proved very decisive. A 13.09 pristine common gave them the lead from peg 33.

Jamie Rusling and Nick White moved into contention from peg 16 on the Devon Bank, they had a 13lb 5oz common.

Saturday evening provided a couple of fish, a lovely 15lb 14oz common for Jason and Leanne McEvoy from peg 21 to move them into second and Richard Chalke and Jamie Woods from the lookout tower banked a 7lb 6oz fish.

It was all to play for and anticipation of a few more fish which would change the entire competition around.

Saturday night went without any more action until early Sunday morning when Richard Chalke and Jamie Woods managed their second fish, this time at 10lb 6oz, to move into second less than 2lbs behind Haggarty and Thomas.

With the sun now shining we thoughts a few more would be caught but how wrong I could be!

The remainder of the competition didn’t provide any bites.

With every single pair in with a chance right up until the hooter at 1pm it made for a really close competition which was well contested and enjoyed by everyone. The presentations were made during the free BBQ for competitors provided by Gary Vogel, warden for Tamar Lake.

Only 9 fish were caught and we look forward to the July competition when there will be plenty more!

It was great to have some new champions and runners up. Congratulations to Mark Thomas and Phil Haggarty for winning and Jamie Woods and Richard Chalke for finishing second. 2016 runners up Jason and Leanne McEvoy won third place.

A huge thankyou to our fantastic marshall team Terry Reid, Bob Davey, Ian Ellis, Steve Gliddon, Amy Maunder, Roger Maher and Bob Oates and to warden Gary Vogel.

Full results:

7th – 1 fish for 6.15 in peg 18 was Rob Champness and Kevin Smith

6th – 1 fish for 7.13 in peg 27 was Neil Merriman and Adrian Morgan

5th – 1 fish for 8.07 in peg 23 was Mike Trew and Roger Smith

4th – 1 fish for 13.05 in peg 16 was Jamie Rusling and Nick White

3rd winning £500 with 1 fish for 15lb 14oz was Jason and Leanne McEvoy

2nd wining £1000 with 2 fish for 17lb 12oz was Jamie Woods and Richard Chalke

1st winning £2000 with 2 fish for 19lb 4oz was Mark Thomas and Phil Haggarty

Next competition: 6-8 July pairs

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Head of Angling

Stafford Moor 2018 – Silvers Festival

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Winner of Stafford Moors March Silvers Festival 2018 is Mark Goddard who won with just 5 points and a total weight of 98lb 8oz ! Mark also won the Largest bag of 37lb 9oz from peg 10 on Pines. In second place was  Des Shipp who had also 5 points with a total weight of 85lb 6oz.  In third place was Dave Smith with 9 points and a total weight of 82lb 15oz. Jo at Stafford Moor said “Thank you all so much for a fantastic week, really enjoyed seeing you all again and meeting some new faces. Thank you for your amazing support.

Spring Time

Its seems that spring is slow to arrive and just as we think its getting milder another cold snap is forecast. But any day now we will get that first real day of spring when warmth prevails and balmy air descends.

There are of course signs that spring is here as daffodils, primroses and celandine’s line the hedgerows and roadside verges. Frogs spawned a couple of months ago now and their spawn is already transforming into tadpoles. It will be soon be the turn of the toads to converge onto lakes and ponds their birdlike croak echoing around. Any time now we could glimpse that first sand martin and then that true harbinger of spring and summer the swallows.

As anglers we are of course very aware of nature that is around us and this is all part of what fishing is all about. I am always filled with optimism as the days grow longer and the chance to fish evening sessions in daylight arrives. Of course many plans are made and time is as ever less plentiful than desired. In just a couple of weeks the clocks spring forward.

There will be the chance to cast a fly across the river for spring salmon. Flick a dry fly upstream for wild brown trout or fish a buzzer on a Stillwater for hard fighting rainbows.

Carp anglers will relish the warming water knowing that carp will become more active and as a result will search for food maybe even coming onto the surface where a chum mixer will be slurped down with that delightful sound of summer evenings.

If you’re a sea angler your thoughts will be turning to bass, smoothound and ray. It will of course depend upon your favourite angling style what you seek. The bait angler will enjoy sitting back waiting for the nodding rod and screaming reel. The lure fisher will be more mobile searching for fish casting here and there searching for that electric tug on the line.

I could ramble on but I am sure you get the vibes that I am trying to convey that excitement at the arrival of new a season and fresh piscatorial adventures. I hope to report on your catches over these coming months, not just the fish but also an appreciation of all that angling means. So please feel free to send me your successes, stories and any images of the angling world you enjoy.

Many thanks go to those who sponsor this site and support this project.

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section monthly competition results

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Highampton Fishery

1st – Nathan Underwood 26lb 5oz

2nd – Craig Crash Lamey 12lb 15oz

3rd  – Martin Turner 8lb 7oz

4th – Keith Copland 2lb 15oz .

Damp,mild, conditions should have led to some bumper catches but the fish had other ideas. Our new member Nathan drew end peg 12 and fished a long pole with corn for a mixed bag of carp,tench and bream to take victory Craig  secured runner up spot from the next peg with a carp and roach catch on tip and pole. Martin some roach and a small carp for third place.

North Devon Match Group Championship No. 2 Millpark Results

North Devon Match Group Championship No. 2 Millpark Results

Many thanks to Martin once again for his report on the North Devon Match Groups match at Mill Pond. Some stunning nets of roach in this close run event. This has to be one of the best silver fish waters in the area! A venue I have many fond memories of as I caught my first coarse fish there almost fifty years ago!

1st Kevin Shears 29lb 6oz

2nd Pete Slade 27lb 4oz

3rd Martin Turner 27lb

4th Nathan Underwood 26lb 10oz


10 of our members enjoyed a rare mild early spring day on Millpark Berrynarbor, but try as we might we cannot put an end to Kevin’s remarkable run of wins!! He drew on the platform below the car park and amassed a super net of quality roach on caster on a short pole, Pete Slade drew on the stream side and took second spot with a 9lb carp and a nice net of skimmers and roach all on the pole and soft pellet, Martin came in third with an all roach net, Nathan’s bag included a nice chub.

(Above)Nathan Underwoods net included a fine chub a fish more often associated with running water!

North Devon Match Group Winter League No.5 Oaktree Fishery Results

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Many Thanks to Martin Turner for the Fortnightly NDMG Report

1st Kevin Shears 55lb 8oz

2nd John Lacy 43lb 2oz

3rd John Forster 34lb 6oz

4th Nathan Underwood 31lb 4oz

5th Martin Turner  24lb

6th John Lisle 22lb 8oz .,

20 anglers turn up on a very cold but  dry day, in the vain hope of beating Kevin .He drew peg 17 on the top  lake and once again   showed us all how its done !! Kevin fished the  pole with maggot for an all carp net, John Lacy also on the top lake caught his net of carp on sweetcorn on the pole, Top weight of the 10 anglers on the bottom pool was John Forster with a pole catch of small carp on ,corn and maggot. from unfancied peg 11, Nathan Underwood was on peg 7 on the bottom lake and took 4th spot with some nice carp on the pole ,all on red maggot.

North Devon Match Group – Result

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Results: NDMG 1st Round Championship and Champion of Champions.

1st Overall and champ of champ John Lisle 79lb 8oz

2nd Dave Downton  53lb 13oz

3rd Nathan Underwood  44lb 15oz

4th John Lacy 26lb 6oz

5th Kevin Shears 25lb 1oz

6th Andy Gray 17lb 6oz.

Many thanks to Martin Turner for the report and write up:-
Stafford Moor Fishery hosted our January Championship competition , the gale force winds and driving rain ,meant that fishing was less than comfortable for most! Despite this John fished a great match on the pole and sweetcorn on peg 18 on Oak lake, he landed 27 carp for a convincing victory over second placed Dave who landed 53lb of carp from peg 18 on Woodys lake ,Nathan took 3rd spot also from Woody’s peg 20.  John 4th from peg 9 Woodys.Second best weight on Oak and 5th overall was Kevin on peg 14.

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Championship No1. Harepie Fishery

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Results

1st Craig Crash Lamey 7lb 15oz

2nd Steve Bailey 5lb.

3rd – Joint – David Bailey 3lb 14oz

3rd – Martin Turner 3lb 14oz.

Members enjoyed a rare still and dry winters day, but the chilled waters meant that fish were hard to find , Craig caught 3 small carp plus some nice roach on maggot on the pole, coarse section secretary Steve drew peg 3 and managed 1 small carp and some nice silver fish also on pole fished red maggot for 2nd. David and Martin faced each other across the lake and both weighed in 3lb 14oz of small silver fish for joint third.

Wooda Lakes – Fur N Feather Result

Twenty anglers fished the 2017 Fur n Feather match held across lakes 3 and 4. With cold water coming into the lakes and a gusty wind, it was not easy fishing.

Kevin Shears (Above), pegged on the trackside on lake 4, took the win with 62lb 3oz of pole caught carp. Second overall was Paul Ware, on the point peg on lake 3, with 47lb 3oz. Martin Turner(Below) was third with 45lb 1oz from the wood side of lake 4.

The random pairs was won by Shaun Stenton and Kevin Shears with a total of 101lb.

All anglers went away with a range of prizes.

(Above) Christopher Morris

Lake 3
Christopher Morris 41lb 7oz (runner up lake 3)
Norman Martin 25lb 6oz
Mick Seaward 7lb
John Forster 18lb 6oz
Shaun Stenton 38lb 13oz
Paul Morris 17lb 10oz
Matt Sampson DNW
Barry Lee 13lb 8oz
Neilsen Jeffrey 15lb 8oz
Paul Ware 47lb 8oz (won lake 3)
Ian Owen 14lb 1oz

Lake 4
Kevin Shears 62lb 3oz (overall winner)
Kev Wilton 15lb 6oz
Nathan Underwood 16lb
Paul Elworthy 10lb 11oz
Ian Croxton 36lb 11oz
Martin Turner 45lb 1oz (won lake 4)
Garry Thornton 35lb
Peter Seaward 8lb 8oz
Keith Copeland 39lb 3oz

North Devon Match Group Winter League No.4 Morchard Rd.

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Results

1st Neilsen Jeffery 62lb 9oz

2nd  Christopher Morris 49lb 7oz

3rd  Michael Blake 46lb 9oz

4th Martin Turner  41lb 9oz

5th Paul Elworthy 37lb 4oz

6th Simon Maunder 34lb

Today’s conditions were very challenging, with bitter cold easterly wind making presentation difficult for the 16 competitors .

Neilsen’s catch of 40 carp was taken on peg17 with double red maggot on the pole over groundbait, Christopher used similar tactics for second spot, Michael’s catch of 29 carp came from peg 5 also on the pole with maggot . Martin Turner gives thanks to all for supporting the club and welcomes the new members .

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NDMG Championship No12 and Christmas competition

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 Once again many thanks to Martin Turner for his excellent and much appreciated reports from North Devon Match Group.

North Devon Match Groups Christmas Competition was held at Oaktree top and bottom lakes.

1st Kevin Shears 70lb 2oz

2nd Neilsen Jeffery 52lb 8oz

3rd Paul Elworthy 49lb 3oz

4th Peter Slade  39lb 6oz

5th Keith Copland 34lb 13oz

6th Phil Watters 29lb 5oz.

15 anglers turned up for our final match of the year , Kevin continued his tremendous form with a convincing victory from the outlet peg on the bottom pond his all carp catch fell to maggot over micros , Neilsen drew on the top lake and his with corn on the pole for 2nd spot ,which also ensured that he wins Matchman of the Year , Paul’s 3rd place catch from the bottom lake means that he finished 2nd in the Championship.Despite the damp blustery conditions most people managed a few fish and all left with a prize, Thanks to everyone for attending the matches this year ,Happy , Christmas and lets do it all again next year, may your elastics stretch far!!

Bideford Monthly – Match Result

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Many thanks to Martin Turner for his weekly reports.

Final monthly Coarse section competition results  Sundays final match was also our Christmas comp, we fished at the club lake ,Tarka swims, .Competitors were met with challenging conditions, and one fish caught in the last minute of the comp proved to be enough to clinch victory, for Martin Turner the mirror carp of 8lb took popped up bread on the straight lead on peg J, this fish didn’t prove to be significant in the overall points table , John Lisle wins the championship with 118pts 2nd Martin Turner 115 3rd Steve Baily on 87 4th Colin Gorman 79 The league has been well supported with 26 competitors over the last 16 months, our league begins again on Jan 8th on Harepie.

North Devon Match Group Result – Near 100lb despite winter chill

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North Devon Match Group Winter League No.3 Oaktree .

1st Kevin Shears 98lb 7oz

2nd Paul Morris 68lb 8oz

3rd Paul Elworthy 53lb 1oz

4th Richard Ogilvy 37lb

5th John Lisle 36lb 14oz

6th Christopher Morris 35lb 15oz

16 anglers fished the match and both lakes were used , Kevin won the match with a convincing near 100lb on peg 16 on the top lake, Kevin used corn over micros on the long pole, Paul Morris also used corn on the pole but with ground bait on top lake peg 10 . Paul Elworthy continues his good form with the top weight on the bottom pool for 3rd, pole again but maggot over ground bait, Richard made a welcome come back to match fishing, and took 4th spot.. 5th and 6th also came from the top lake.

North Devon Match Group Championship No.11 Stafford Moor Oak and Woodpecker

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North Devon Match Group Championship No.11 Stafford Moor Oak and Woodpecker

1st Kevin Shears 84lb 6oz

2nd Neilsen Jeffery  80lb 13oz

3rd  Tom Downing 60lb 15oz

4th Phil Watters 58lb 4oz

5th John Lacey 53lb 2oz

6th Kier Durrant 42lb 13oz

Silvers Bag – Norman Martin 9lb 15oz .

Cold, still conditions , greeted the 22 competitors who were pegged on 2 of the prolific lakes on the Stafford moor complex. Kevin’s victory was from peg 11 on Oak, fishi