Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly Comp @ Morchard Road

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Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly Comp @ Morchard Road Results :

1st  Martin Turner 55lb 5oz

2nd Pete Slade 50lb

3rd Stephen Craker 41lb 2oz

4th Richard Jefferies 40lb 1oz

5th Martin Hawker 29lb 14oz

14 anglers fished our first competition on this prolific carp fishery.Conditions were rather windy and quite cold. Martin Turner drew peg 5, and caught 25 small carp on pole fished red maggots over micro pellets. The second placed angler was Pete who fished on peg 10 , he landed a similar number of fish on pole and feeder tactics.  Stephen Craker fished on the point on peg 12, he used tip and long pole for 3rd place. Richard Jefferies 4th place was top weight on the road bank , he caught on a cage feeder. Next months competition is at Wooda Lakes on 10th Feb.

North Devon Match Group Winter League No.4 Results :@ Morchard Road, Lake View :

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North Devon Match Group Winter League No.4 Results :@ Morchard Road, Lake View :

1st  Chris Morris 50lb 4oz

2nd Neilsen Jeffery 48lb

3rd  Paul Morris 34lb 12oz

4th  Stuartshelley Burridge 30lb 9oz

5th  Martin Turner 25lb 7oz

6th  John Lisle 23lb 13oz

7th Pete Slade 18lb 4oz
Our first match of 2019 was fished in relatively mild ,still conditions on the prolific Lake View fishery , expectations, amongst the 21 anglers was not high after some indifferent results of late, but several reasonable catches were recorded. Top of the pile was  Chris Morris who drew peg 1 on the first point, his 50lb catch of 25 carp was made on maggot over groundbait on a long pole. Neilsen Jeffery ran a close second of the next peg on pole and feeder tactics, Third place went to Paul Morris on the outlet pipe swim, Stuartshelley Burridge fished a tidy match alternating pole and tip off the point on peg 20 for 4th place.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy New Year to all readers of North Devon Angling News many thanks to all who have provided me with new reports and images throughout the year. I was going to do a full review of 2018 but then news came in and I thought its all there on the site to see anyway. Looking back it was a good year if you were a flexible angler targeting the vast range of species available. I reported on big shark off Ilfracombe, big nets of silver fish, fifty pound plus carp and humble flounder. I intend to carry on doing the same next year.  The weather will of course play its part each season so lets hope we get a fair mix in 2019. No beasts and no droughts but if we do then just make the best of whats on offer. A special thanks to my sponsors below:-

* MATCH REPORT * Wooda lakes

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A big thank you to the 21 anglers who turned out to fish Wooda Lakes Annual Fur ‘n Feather Match, fished across their Mixed Match and Carp match lakes. With mild weather the fishing ought to have been excellent, but with an influx of cold water it made for tough fishing for most. With the carp holed up tight, the silver fish at least gave sport for some, while others just enjoyed the day out, the occasional drizzle and banter…. the John “I’m admitting to 10lb, but your carp are bigger” Lisle and Pete “I only have 10lb” Slade banter continued after the match!

Overall winner on the day was Neilsen Jeffrey, pegged on the wood side of the Carp Match lake, weighing in 53lb 2oz of carp caught mainly on the pole. Second was Kevin Shears, from the point on the Mixed match lake, with 40lb 4oz. Third was Lewis Jones with 37lb 12oz at the far end of the Carp Match lake.
Pools was paid out to:
Neilsen Jeffrey – overall winner 53lb 2oz
Kevin Shears – winner Mixed lake 40lb 4oz
Lewis Jones – winner Carp match lake 37lb 12oz
Martin Crouch – r/up Mixed lake 29lb 10oz
Rich Dennis – r/up Carp match lake 34lb 15oz

The blind pairs was a tight encounter with Kevin Shears and Rich Dennis on 75lb 3oz just beating Mat Sampson and Neilsen Jeffrey on 72lb 6oz. Kevin and Rich picking up a crate of beer each for their win.

The mystery weight (of 12lb 1oz) was won by Ian Croxton with 12lb 2oz, who picked up a bottle of bubbly.

All anglers also picked up a selection of prizes from 1st place down to the wooden spoon.

Full results:

Mixed match lake

Peg 1 – Mat Sampson 19lb 4oz
Peg 2 – Peter Horton 14lb 7oz
Peg 3 – Peter Seward 16lb 2oz
Peg 4 – Mick Seward 6lb 13oz
peg 5 – Stephen Craker 16lb 13oz
Peg 6 – Simon Allen 7lb 11oz
Peg 7 – Kevin Wilton 4lb 12oz
Peg 8 – Ian Croxton 12lb 2oz
Peg 9 – Martin Crouch 29lb 10oz
Peg 10 – Kevin Shears 40lb 4oz
Peg 11 – John Forster 10lb 4oz

Carp match lake

Peg 12 – Rich Dennis 34lb 15oz
Peg 13 – Keith Copeland 30lb 6oz
Peg 15 – Shaun Stenton 10lb 2oz
peg 16 – Tom Downing 18lb
Peg 17 – Martin Turner 21lb 3oz
Peg 18 – Neilsen Jeffrey 53lb 2oz
Peg 19 – Kev Grant 5lb 12oz
Peg 20 – Lewis Jones 37lb 12oz
Peg 21 – John Lisle 11lb 4oz
peg 22 – Pete Slade 9lb 14oz

Stafford Moor Christmas Match

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Stafford Moors Christmas Match on Tanners and Woodpecker lakestook place on a miserable grey day for anglers but not too bad for fishing I suspect. The winner of the Christmas Match 2018 was Mr Andy Dare who bagged himself 107lb 9oz from peg 1 on Tanners lake well done Andy! In second place was Mark Cullerton with 81lb 10oz from peg 20 on Woodpecker lake. In third place was Tom Downing peg 10 on Tanners with 99lb 5oz. In forth place was Nathan Underwood with 62lb 9oz from peg 16 on Woodpecker lake.

Final Bideford & District AC monthly competition and Christmas Match at Tarka Swims

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Many thanks to Martin Turner for his regular news updates from Bideford Angling Club and North Devon Match Group

Final BDAC monthly competition and Christmas Match at Tarka Swims

Results

1st John Lisle 10lb 6oz

2nd Antony Bentley 7lb 10oz

3rd Stephen Craker 7lb 2oz

4th Martin Turner 1lb 4oz

5th Pete Slade 9oz

6th Keith Copland 6oz

16 Anglers took part in the last event of the year on Tarka Swims, George’s Lake. John landed 2 nice carp in the margins of peg M on pole fished bread for his second consecutive victory, John won himself a £25 tackle voucher ,generously donated by Summerlands Tackle and £45 pool money along with some nail varnish and hand cream! in the secret Santa draw . Antony Bentley also landed 2 carp on peg Q on sweetcorn on the tip for 2nd spot, Stephen Craker took 3rd place on the adjacent peg P with a nice carp and a decent bream also on the tip. Martin ended the series with 4th off peg H with a small carp ,bream and perch to a groundbait feeder.Pete drew a shallower peg X and scratched around for 22 tiny perch for 5th overall.The final standings in the league are 1st Martin Turner 111points 2nd John Lisle 98 3rd Steve Bailey 80 4th Keith Copland 59 6th Pete Slade 49. The golden peg pot is carried forward to the first match of 2019 on Morchard Road on the 13th January.

Tamar Christmas Match Winner

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Congratulations to Tubertini & Bait-Tech recent signing Norman Martin.

Norman fished the Tamar Christmas Match yesterday, managing to beat the 41 strong field & even stronger weather conditions to win the match overall.

Norman fished his relatively sheltered peg on the whip, putting 250+ small roach & perch in the net for a 25lb 12oz total, whilst others on the 82 acre venue struggled with the conditions.

This finishes off a great season at Tamar for Norm, where he has a couple of match wins, Summer League runner up (on weight count back), Preston Pairs Festival 3rd place under his belt.

North Devon Tackle Christmas Match

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Christmas Match yesterday at Wooda Lakes in horrible wet and windy conditions. The match was spread over two lakes, lakes 3 and 4. The winner on lake 3 was Simon Poynter  with 73lb 2oz and runner up was Kevin Wilton with 61lb 2oz. The winner on lake 4 was Barry Lee with 61lb 12oz and runner up was Dean Vickery with 58lb 6oz. Overall winner on the day was Simon Poynter.

North Devon Match Group Winter League No 3 @ Oaktree Fishery Results

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North Devon Match Group Winter League No 3 @ Oaktree Fishery Results

1st Kevin Shears 41lb 8oz

2nd Tom Downing 38lb 5oz

3rd  John Forster  25lb 11oz

4th Ken Cocks    25lb 8oz

5th Martin Turner 24lb 14oz

6th  Stuartshelley Burridge 20lb 4oz

The 20 anglers that attended this event were pegged on both top and bottom ponds . The fishing proved tricky in the wet blustery conditions, Kevin has once again come out on top with a 7 fish catch, from an un-fancied peg on the top pond dam ,to pole and corn . Tom Downing has drawn on the bottom on peg 19 and landed a similar catch on feeder and pole for 2nd. John Forster fished the feeder on peg 7 casting to the island for 3rd. 4th spot was Ken Cocks also on the top pond on peg 7.

Winter League Chills but still ton up bags!

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The third match of the Winter Teams league at Stafford Moor was a cold one yet Mark Cullerton still managed a stunning bag of carp totalling 141lb 11oz.

Team Baittech won the event with 6 points and a total weight of 326lb 2oz.

Nick Jones, Mark Cullerton, Tom Downing and Ben Evenden

Joanne Combes thanks all who fished the Match with the  next winter league match on December 9th.

The fisheries Christmas match is on on Sunday 23rd December including some complementary nibbles.

North Devon Match Group Championship No.11 @ Stafford Moor.

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North Devon Match Group Championship No.11 @ Stafford Moor.

Results

1st Kevin Shears 54lb 13oz

2nd Dave Downton 48lb 3oz

3rd Paul Morris 44lb 9oz

4th Martin Turner 41lb 11oz

5th Peter Slade 41lb 7oz

6th John Forster 41lb 3oz

7th Simon John Allen 40lb 6oz

8th John Bailey 33lb 8oz

31 anglers fished. Cold bright frosty conditions did not deter the venues carp from feeding in, what turned out to be a closely fought contest.The match was one of the best attended that we have organised . Kevin Shears won the event from unfancied peg 19 on Oak lake with an 18 fish net taken on the bomb and bread.Venue regular Dave landed 9 larger fish on the method feeder and maggot from peg 14 on Woodies for 2nd. Paul Morris took 3rd spot from peg 16 on Oak with feeder and pole tactics . Martin Turner also on Oak, peg 11 ,managed to secure 4th place with a 16 fish pole and maggot caught net.

North Devon Winter League No 2 fished on Mill Park , Berrynarbor .

North Devon Match Group enjoyed a day fishing for the silver fish for which this venue has gained a reputation for some stunning nets.

1st Martin Turner 17lb 15oz

2nd Martin Crouch 15lb 14oz

3rd Richard Jefferies 13lb 6oz

4th  Paul Elworthy 9lb 15oz

5th Neilsen Jeffery 9lb 14oz.

Twelve fished Conditions in near perfect although light rain dampened the competitors at the weigh in. The larger roach which normally dominate the the frame proved more difficult to tempt Martin Turner  managed to land a decent net of them on peg 2 for 1st place , using long pole with hemp ,casters and tares . Martin Crouch’s first visit to the venue was rewarded with a waggler caught net for 2nd place , which included a fine near double common carp, landed on the stream side peg 10. Richard Jefferies on the adjacent peg 9 also landed a carp and some skimmers on the tip for 3rd spot. Paul Elworthy alternated between tip and pole on peg 1 for 4th place.

MAINLINE BAITS CARP OPENS UPPER TAMAR LAKE

Upper Tamar
Carp
Competitions announcement
South West Lakes Trust is delighted to announce a new sponsor for its carp competitions in
2019.
The Trust has
teamed up with Carp fishing giants Mainline to offer a new series for
competitors branded the
‘Mainline Baits Carp Open’.
There will be three Mainline Carp Opens in 2019 which will run on the following dates: 29-31 March, 5
-7 July and 4-6 October. The series is based at 81acre complex Upper Tamar
Lake on the Cornwall and Devon border which is stocked with carp to 36lbs.
Ben Smeeth, Head of Angling for South West Lakes Trust, said, ‘I am absolutely delighted
to be involved with Mainline Baits for these competitions moving forwards. When the
opportunity arose to work together and after discussions
went really well it was an easy decision for me to make. I am excited by what Mainline can offer and look forward to
building something special for everyone involved. Mainline Baits are arguably the largest supplier of carp fishing bait in the UK and across the world and already they have agreed to putting up some great prizes for 2019 which will benefit everyone who enters one of thecompetitions’.
Kev Knight from Mainline Baits, said,
“Having heard about the great competitions and carp matches that Ben, Gary and team of volunteer bailiffs had been providing
down at Tamar Lakes, we were more than happy to be able to lend our support and sponsorship of the Carp Open events. Funnily enough we’ve attracted a number of good anglers from Devon, Cornwall and the south west over the years, making some good friends along the way. So it was no surprise to us that a ‘friendly’ atmosphere is one the things the Carp Open at Tamar is best known for –
so we’re very proud to be helping these events continue.”
Each competition will offer competitors a chance to win a share of £3500 in prize money.
The winners will scoop £2000, runners up £1000 and third place £500. There will be section prizes sponsored by Mainline and also goody bags for everyone who enters with some fantastic Mainline products in each one! Bookings are now being taken for the 2019 competitions on 01566 771930. for more information, please contact:
Annabel Underwood
Public Relations and Campaigns Officer
South West Lakes Trust
01566 771930
aunderwood@swlakestrust.org.uk

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

http://www.northdevontackle.co.uk

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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Ben Smeeth

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, fishing the long pole with corn , Neilsen used similar tactics also from the deeper water on Oak peg 14 for second. Tom was top weight on Woodpecker, his catch for 3rd overall on peg 19 was mainly waggler and pellet at depth. Phil landed 58lb 4oz for 4th off woodpecker 15. John was 5th with waggler caught 53lb 2oz on Woodpecker 10. Young Kier made the frame with 42lb 13oz from Oak 16.

Bideford & District Angling Club Coarse Section November Monthly Competition

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Many thanks to Martin Turner for his weekly updates on Bideford Competitions and North Devon Match Group

Tarka Swims

1st Colin Gorman 10lb 9oz

2nd John Lisle     8lb 2oz

3rd Steve Bailey 7lb 3oz

4th Matt Cross  4lb 13oz .

10 anglers braved the cold windy conditions for the penultimate match of our season.Colin found two carp prepared to feed on peg P for victory , he caught on maggot on the pole close in, John used similar tactics on peg M for a single large carp for 2nd. Steve secured 3rd with a another nice carp on corn on a cage feeder from peg G, Matt adopted waggler tactics on peg Q for the silvers prize, his catch include a specimen bream of 4lb 8oz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Devon Match Group Winter League Winter League No.2 Millpark

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1st Martin Turner -28lb 5oz

2nd John Lacey – 24lb 7oz

3rd Peter Slade – 7lb 12oz

4th Ben Hathaway – 6lb 8oz.

Martin drew on the stream side and fished a 10mtr pole with hemp,tares and casters for roach, he also had a bonus carp mid match on a method feeder , John on the next peg got of to a good start on the pole over groundbait, finishing with a great net of roach and bream. Pete could not find the bonus roach but still managed third spot with a net of nearly 300 small roach. Floating leaves and a mid match down pour made fishing difficult at times.

North Devon Match Group Championship No 10 Melbury Reservoir Results

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1stPaul Elworthy 42lb 3oz

2nd Tom Downing 18lb 4oz

3rd John Lisle 14lb 15oz

4th Kier Durrant 14lb 6oz

5th Neilsen Jeffery 13lb 10oz

Todays winner, Paul was on peg 4 on the far side of the dam,he amassed an exceptional net of skimmers and roach on the tip with micro pellet and sweetcorn. Tom took the second spot from peg 3 also using feeder tactics, John drew on the middle of the dam and fished short on the tip for a bag of quality roach.

Some stunning nets of fish from Melbury a water that produced a some stunning perch during the 1990’s.

Stafford Moor October Festival Result

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Worthy winner of Stafford Moor’s October festival 2017 with a perfect score of 4 points. Total weight of 415lb 6oz Congratulations to Steve Ford (Mosella uk / Old Ghostb) what a fabulous week at Stafford Moor!
In second place with only 5 points and a total weight of 345lb 11oz was  ‘Grisly ginger Adams’Pete Upperton. Jo at Stafford Moor comments “well done Pete & thank you so much for being such a sport!”
In 3rd place with 6 points & a total weight of 278lb 14oz was London angler Mick Keeper.
The Stafford Moor Team thank  everyone who fished the October festival.

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BIDEFORD _Monthly Coarse Section Comp. Tarka Swims

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Monthly Coarse Section Comp. Tarka Swims

1st Steve Bailey 17lb 3oz

2nd Colin Gorman 6lb 6oz

3rd Martin Turner 3lb 6oz .

Coarse section Secretary Steve Bailey fished his first match after surgery on both wrists, he pulled the golden peg P out of the bag and went on to win with 2 nice carp on a float ledger, Colin landed a good carp which almost pulled his rod into the depths of peg R, Martin landed one carp and lost one on the corner peg L on pole fished luncheon meat. Pete Slade scooped 4th and the silver pool with a net of small roach.

Below -Every fish counts!!!

North Devon Match Group – Results

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Bude Canal Anglers Versus North Devon Match Group. Bude canal

1st  Wayne Mitchell 23lb 4oz

2nd Nathan Underwood11lb 10oz

3rd Kevin Shears 11lb 7oz

4th John Lacey 9lb 9oz

5th Simon John Allen 8lb

6th Andy Gray 7lb 15oz .

Bude 183.5 points NDMG 222.5 Overall NDMG win by 128 points.


After a hearty breakfast in the Brendon Arms 28 anglers tackled the canal in very wet conditions, this lasted until lunch time.  Wayne drew peg 42 just before the bird hide and after several looks across on worm switched to maggot at 15mtrs on the far bank landed 2 fine carp to easily take first spot. Nathan fished the waggler and pole with maggot on the first peg in the top basin 27 for a lovely net of roach and skimmers,for second. Kevin Shears took 3rd from the bottom basin peg 16. North Devon Match Group took 8 of the top 12 places helping them victory, After the match the Brendon Arms provided welcome refreshment.

Sunday October 1st –  Match at Clawford was a bit of a washout with only John Lacey and Neilsen Jeffery fishing ! Never mind had a lovely day with good company. We fished adjoining pegs on Edwards lake and made it a five hour match. I managed to take the pound weighing in 108lb 8 oz and John weighed in 80lb 8oz.

Stafford Moor – September Pairs Festival 2017

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The  winners with just 6 points and a total combined weight of 418lb 5oz were Craig Edmunds aka ‘ Trigger’ (Mosella Uk) and partner Steve Ford (Mosella UK / Old Ghost) well done guys! Also all with only 6 points but weight difference In 2nd place was Mark Cullerton & Chris Hancock , in 3rd place was Martin Heard & Ian Rowney, in 4th place was Pete Upperton & Robbie Taylor.

Bideford September Coarse Section Monthly Competition Results

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September Coarse Section Monthly Competition Results

1st Keith Copland 14lb 3oz

2nd Martin Turner 13lb 10oz

3rd Colin Gorman  9lb 12oz .

The match was held at Tarka Swims in blustery autumnal conditions, Keith drew peg H and took 2 good carp on bomb and pellet plus some small perch , for victory. 2nd was Martin with some late fish on maggot on a long pole on peg J. Colin finished in 3rd with 2 carp on prawn.

North Devon Match Group Final Summer League Upper Tamar Devon Arm

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North Devon Match Group Final Summer League Upper Tamar Devon Arm

1st Paul Elworthy 39lb 12oz

2nd Neilsen Jeffery 31lb

3rd Andy Seery 25lb 4oz

4th Martin Turner 18lb 12oz .

Paul drew on the entrance of the Devon Arm and fished the open end feeder with corn to amass almost 40lb of skimmers, Neilsen fished on the next peg with a 3.5mtr whip, for second spot and took over 300 small perch and roach, Andy had a similar net on a 4.5 mtr using maggot and groundbait for 3rd. Conditions were rather challenging with strong winds and constant rain , The Summer League concluded with this match Neilsen ran out the winner on 122pts 2nd Paul Elworthy 110 3rd Martin Turner 105 4th Chris Morris 90

North Devon Match Group Championship No 8 Darracott Reservoir Results

Many thanks to Martin Turner’s weekly updates on North Devon Match Group and Bideford Angling Club Matches

1st   Paul Elworthy 19lb 10oz

2nd  Neilsen Jeffery 16lb 11oz

3rd   Martin Turner 15lb 1oz

4th   Andy Gray 13lb 6oz

5th   John Lacey 13lb 1oz .

Paul drew a peg on the far bank and made the most of the deeper water with pole and corn for a winning bag of skimmers, Neilsen drew the end peg and fished worms on a small feeder for 2nd, Martins net was made up of roach and rudd.

Note Summerlands Tackle sell permits for South West Lakes Trust Fisheries.

Bumper Weights at Stafford Moor

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There have been some stunning weights at Stafford Moor Recently with the cooler changeable weather encouraging the fish to feed hard.

The top six weights in Stafford Moors latest Mid week open all topped the ton with the top weight doubling this at 206lb 11oz.

1st  DEREK BRADSHAW Peg 6 Tanners: 206lbs 11oz

2nd  KEV OSBOURNE Peg 9 Woodpecker: 174lbs 9oz

3rd  ADAM PALMER Peg 20 Woodpecker: 139lbs 9oz

4th   ROB COOMBES Peg 20 Tanners: 122lbs 13oz

5th   MARTIN HEARD Peg 7 Woodpecker: 118lbs 5oz

6th   GEOFF WOODS Peg 18 Woodpecker: 103lbs 10oz

Sunday Open Match August 13th

1st  ROB COOMBES Peg 10 Woodpecker: 114lbs 8oz

2nd  SAM POWELL Peg 15 Tanners: 113lbs 12oz

3rd    DAVE STOCKTON Peg 12 Woodpecker: 100lbs 11oz

Bidefords Monthly Coarse Match

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Results

1st Keith Copland 18lb 11oz

2nd Martin Turner 16lb 9oz

3rd Martin Hawker 12lb 6oz

4th John Lisle 10lb 2oz

After a week of indifferent weather , our members were rewarded with a pleasant summers day. Keith took the honours on peg S with 2 large carp and some perch, he also scooped the golden peg for a bonus’ payday’ . Martin Turner took 2 carp and 2 bream on peg P for 2nd , Martin Hawker had 2 carp on the pole in corner peg M. The silvers bag went to John with 2 big bream and some perch.

North Devon Match Group Summer League Horwood Fishery Result

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North Devon Match Group Summer League Horwood Fishery

Result 1st Paul Elworthy 54lb 10oz

2nd James Grogan 36lb 1oz

3rd John Lacey 27lb 12oz

4th  Neilsen Jeffery 26lb 11oz .

Paul fished on peg 2 with double red maggot on the pole, James came second on the next peg using pole and tip. John took 3rd spot from the end peg on the top lake using paste on the tip.

Bideford Clubs Final Midweek Match Result.

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The final midweek evening comp at Tarka Swims.

1st Craig Crash Lamey 15lb 9oz

2nd Martin Turner 10lb 1oz

3rd Cavan Patterson 6lb 13oz

4th June Hawker 4lb 4oz

A dozen hardy souls braved a wet night at Tarka for the last of Bideford Angling Clubs10 match series, Craig took the honours with 2 carp tench and roach from the un-fancied peg G , Craig caught on cheese on the lead, Martin was second on peg G with a good bream and a late carp on 8mm pellet.  Cavan had a nice carp on the next peg for third.

In the final points tally Keith Copland was unable to defend his lead and Martins 11 points gave him final victory with 66 Keith 64 Cavan 60 Colin Gorman 58 Peter Slade 56. Craig 55

STAFFORD MOOR – FISHO WINNER – 209lb 3oz!!!!

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Many Match anglers would be delighted to top 100lb; Steve Shaw fished a match at the Prolific Stafford Moor to double this weight!

Winner of Stafford Moors Fisho Festival 2017 was Steve Shaw (MOSELLA) who won from peg 1 on Tanners lake with 203lb 8oz!
Twenty anglers contested the competition on Tanners Lake.
Steve won £1000  and the four section winners won £295 each with second in section winners received £140 each.

Bideford Angling Club – Penultimate Summer Evening Match

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1st Martin Turner 10lb 8oz

2nd David Bailey 7lb 9oz

3rd Craig Crash Lamey 6lb 1oz

Martin caught a large carp on luncheon meat on the pole plus a pound of small fish on peg B ,this result moves him in to 2nd place in the league with one match remaining, David took his mirror carp on a bunch of red maggots on peg S , Craig came third with a late fully scaled mirror carp on the tip on pellet. Keith Copland still leads the league with 60 points ,next weeks comp is the final one in the evening league.

North Devon Match Group Championship

NDMG Championship No 7 was held Held at Highampton Fishery .

1st Neilsen Jeffery 60lb 8oz

2nd Phil Jones 40lb 9oz

3rd  Martin Turner 39lb 11oz

Section A Kevin Shears 31lb 9oz

Section B John Lisle 24lb 1oz, .

14 anglers fished the comp, conditions were breezy,warm and damp. Neilsen fished with paste on the long pole for a convincing victory, new member Phil landed his 2nd place bag on the method feeder, Martin was third on banded pellet on pole and tip.

Bidefords Evening comp on Tarka Swims

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Bidefords Evening comp on Tarka Swims was won by Colin Gorman on peg E with a weight of 10lb 9oz, one good bream and a carp on prawn, fished on a method feeder, 2nd place went to Craig Crash Lamey on peg X with 9lb 3oz, Craig unfortunately landed a large carp after time which would have been enough for victory. 3rd place went to Pete Slade on peg A.

12 people enjoyed another warm evening and our league leader is Keith Copland on 50 closely followed by Peter and Colin both on 46

Bideford Monthly Coarse match Result

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Keith Copeland won Bideford’s Monthly Coarse Match at Tarka Swims with 14lb 14oz a bag that contained two good-sized carp. Martin Turner was runner up with three carp for a total of 12lb and John Lisle third with 4lb 11oz.

Keith fished with double maggot on peg M using a pole in the margins he landed 2 good carp to register his 1st victory.

Martin Turner caught 3 carp on running line tactics using banded pellets for 2nd.

John Lisle landed one carp on corn for 3rd , Matt Cross had a fine perch of 2lb 3oz along with roach to take the silvers bag.

Current points John Lisle 98 Martin Turner 81 Steve Bailey 65

Bideford Mid Week Match – Result

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Midweek result from Bideford Club supplied by Martin Turner.

Tarka Swims

1st Kevin Shears 23lb 3oz

2nd Ian Owen 14lb

3rd  Craig Crash Lamey10lb 11oz

4th Colin Gorman 4lb 2oz

5th Kieth Copland 3lb 5oz

Kevin won the match from peg x with 2 large pole caught carp on corn, Ian landed a good carp on the final whistle to add to his bream to push Craig into 3rd.

North Devon Match Group Summer league

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No 3 Upper Tamar Devon Bank.

1st Neilsen Jeffery 30lb 9oz

2nd Martin Turner 27lb 12oz

3rd Christopher Morris 23lb 13oz

4th Paul Ware  21lb 12oz

5th Paul Elworthy 20lb 11oz


Neilsen fished a 5mt whip , near the bench peg on the Devon arm, with groundbait and caster, Martin caught a mainly roach net shallow on hemp. Chris fished a top kit to hand for 3rd and Paul’s 4th place was a feeder caught net of bream.

Bideford and District Angling Club midweek coarse competition.

Match No 5 results

1st Chris Lovell 22Lb 8oz ,

2nd Colin Gorman 21Lb ,

3rd John Lovell 15Lb 8oz ,

4th Pete Slade 4Lb 8oz.

It was a very wet match 9 anglers braved the weather , hence no pictures taken , it turned out to be the Lovell show & Mr Gorman did not read the script. Well done all.

Match report from Martin Turner who was away catching barbel on the River Severn, ( Below) How could I resist putting up a picture of a barbel a first for North Devon Angling News!!

A first Twelve months – Thank You

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I was going to put up a few highlights from the past year but on reflection this would be difficult as there are so many and I would undoubtedly over look so many so perhaps I should just encourage you to take a look back over your particular area of interest. And don’t forget  to send your latest news and images. If you want to comment you can always do so via the Facebook or twitter feed or even using the telephone.

Bideford – Mid Week Result

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Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Midweek Competition. No4 Results

1st Martin Turner 13lb 3oz

2nd Colin Gorman 6lb 15oz

3rd Peter Slade 4lb 2oz.

15 anglers turned up to fish our regular 3 hour evening comp on the longest day. Martin landed 2 of the larger Tarka carp on a banded 8mm pellet for first place. Colin managed to land one good carp on prawn bait ,whilst Peter caught on bread on peg B. Rhys Eyles still leads the league with 33pts

Stafford Moor Charity Match – Fished beneath blue Skies

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Thirty-Eight anglers raised £3156.75 for Appledore Life Boat and Devon Air Ambulance in a charity match at the prolific Stafford Moor Fishery.

The winning pair were Kevin Shears and Scott Bowden (Above) with a stunning combined weight of 198lb 10oz. In runner up spot were Simon McCarthy and Simon Clarke with 157lb third were Phil Jones and Martin Heard with 146lb 11oz. Individual winner on Tanners Lake was Simon McCarthy with 130lb and individual winner on Woodpecker was Paul Ware with102lb 12oz. Match organiser Neilsen Jeffery gave thanks to fishery owners Joanne and Paul Coombes who made all competitors very welcome. Special thanks was also extended to the events sponsors Summerland’s Tackle, Stafford Moor, Martin Cox Angling Supplies and Adrian Marshall who supplied a fantastic array of prizes.

Joanne Coombes
Dave Downton plays a carp that helped towards a net of 49lb 8oz.
Tom Downing landed 99lb 8oz
A pleasing ghost carp part of my 33lb 12oz net
A cracking carp for Keith Mountjoy
Simon McCarthy with part of his Individual winning bag.
Kevin Shears

The excitement of the weigh in.

Event organizer Neilsen Jeffery presents Simon McCarthy with a cheque for the Appledore LIfeboat totaling £802.12p
Winners -Kevin Shears and Scott Bowden

Bideford Coarse Section Monthly Competition

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Tarka Swims Results

1st Peter Slade 10lb 10oz

2nd Keith Copland 10lb 3oz

3rd John Lisle 6lb 14oz

4th Chris Lovell 2lb 12oz.

Peter drew peg Q and caught a carp and bream on luncheon meat and bread in the margins. Keith took 2nd with a carp on double red maggot in the margins on the pole.Conditions were blustery and warm. Chris Lovell scooped the silver pool with a bream of 2lb 12oz on a feeder.

North Devon Match Group summer league No2 Oaktree top

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NDMG summer league No2 Oaktree top 

1st Paul Morris 63lb 2oz

2nd John Lovell 43lb 5oz

3rd Martin Turner 40lb 2oz

4th Christopher Morris 39lb 15oz

6th John Forster 39lb 1oz

Well done to Paul who fished a very tidy match starting on banded pellet fished shallow on the long pole and later switching to maggot in the margins over groundbait, John fished meat and corn on the pole to finish 2nd ,Martin had 7 carp on meat over hemp for 3rd, Paul Elworthy took the silvers pool with 21lb 1oz of skimmers, conditions were warm and wet, this did not stop half the field landing nets of more than 30lb.

Bideford Mid Week Match

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Midweek comp at Tarka Swims

1st Kieth Copland peg B 15lb 10oz

2nd Cavan Patterson peg F 15oz

3rd Rhys Eyles peg S 10oz.

The match was very well attended but did not fish well. Several large carp were lost luckily Kieth managed to land 2 on double red maggot fished near the lilly pads, on the pole  Cavan fished the pole on peg F for a small carp,tench roach and perch,Rhys Eyles had a nice roach .Pete Slade hooked and landed his fish , unfortunately after the whistle!

North Devon Match Group v Bude

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Martin Turner Reports :-
North Devon Match Group hosted the first leg of the annual inter-club competition on Clawford Fisheries using 3 lakes . Paul Ware landed a fine catch of carp on luncheon meat in the margins of peg 12 on JR,s for 98lb 4oz, 2nd also on JRs was Neilsen Jeffery similar tactics for a net of 87lb 2oz , 3rd place was taken on Edwards lake by Christopher Morris using pellets on the long-pole for a weight of 64lb 6oz , Default sections went to Mathew Sampson Kevin Shears and Paul Morris.  NDMG take a good lead, of 220 points to 131 points, to the return leg on the canal in September. After a very warm thundery day, John and Wanda laid on a most welcome fine spread. Many thanks to all for making a memorable day.

North Devon Match Group Championship No 5 Clawford Fisheries

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Our match was held in bright and breezy conditions, Johns catch of carp to 6lbs was made on paste bait pole fished in the margins, Neilsen fished with similar tactics ,Paul took most of his fish on sweetcorn. We are looking forward to next weeks match which is our annual inter club against the Bude canal angling club. 2 teams of 14 will compete on 3 of the Clawford Fisheries lakes.
North Devon Match Group Championship No 5 Clawford Fisheries Fletchers
1st John Lisle 60lb
2nd Neilsen Jeffery 40lb 2oz
3rd Paul Ware 29lb 10oz
4th Andy Gray 22lb 8oz
 
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Stafford MoorMay Festival 2017 sponsored by Preston Innovations

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Worthy winner of The Stafford Moor May festival 2017 sponsored by Preston Innovations was Jimmy Guise; Timmy who had 6 points with a total winning weight of 463lb 9oz. In second place with 6 points and a total weight of 361lb 13oz was Perry Stone.  In third place with 7 points and a winning weight of 437lb 9oz was Lee Werrett (bait tech / Middy) well done to all the guys who fished the May festival 2017 and a big thank you to  sponsors Preston Innovations who kindly donated some prizes for the winners which was much appreciated by the team at Stafford Moor.

Bideford Match Result

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A beautiful day greeted an almost full house for Bidefords Monthly Coarse Match competition. Craig Lamey landed 4 large carp on banded pellet in the margins on the pole. John took 3 on the pole on peg D , Pete landed the largest on the day with a pole caught specimen on luncheon meat, it went 14lb 14oz off peg I. Several good bream,carp and a nice perch made up the backing weights.

1st   Craig Crash Lamey 53lb 12oz

2nd John Lovell 27lb 5oz

3rd   Pete Slade 22lb 4oz

North Devon Tackle Enjoy top sport at Jennets

 North Devon Tackle Club…Held their latest match at Jennets Reservoir where they enjoyed some great sport.
Norman Martin Won the match with 40lb 7oz. Runner up was Simon Poynter with 36lb 5oz and third Kevin Wilton with 31lb 7oz. Forth place went to Peter Seaward with 24lb 12oz.
Norman fished the venue a couple of weeks before the event and enjoyed success with a 19lb 14oz Carp.(Below)
In addition he landed 121lb of bream and 7lb of roach. (below)

Sunday Open Result Stafford Moor

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The latest open match on Tanners and Woodpecker lakes had a full complement  of 40 anglers fishing. The weather was glorious sunshine and bright blue skies. The match saw a continental payout and the  winner of the day was Gary Mealing peg 1 on Woodpecker lake with 154lb 4oz fishing 8mm pellet on the waggler well done Gary!

Second place was Alan Lambert peg 5 on Tanners with 111lb 15oz

Third place was Mick Simpson peg 18 on Woodpecker with 148lb 6oz

North Devon Match Group Summer League No.1 Upper Tamar Cornwall Bank

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Nathan Underwood

Many thanks to Martin Turner for his quality pictures and write up.

1st Nathan Underwood 37lb 1oz

2nd Christopher Morris 32lb 11oz

3rd Kier Durrant 25lb 4oz

The Cornish bank of Upper Tamar Lake hosted the 1st summer league of group, Nathan put an impressive 37lb 1oz of roach and perch on the scales for a convincing victory, he fished long pole and maggot over groundbait. Christopher drew peg 1 and had a similar catch also on the pole, Kier ,our youngest member took third on whip tactics.Several larger perch,bream and hybrids showed on feeder tactics on the middle pegs but not enough to trouble the end pegs.

Stafford Moor Open result

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The Open Match Sunday on Tanners and Woodpecker lakes attracted a field of 37 angers. Weather was described as awful cold, with wind and  rain ! There was a continental payout . The top weight was 165lb 13oz from Dave Stockton peg 3 on Tanners lake fishing 8mm pellet on the waggler well done Dave !

In 2nd place was Nigel Rhodes peg 18 on Woodpecker lake with 135lb 11oz

In 3rd place was Tony Rixon peg 13 on Tanners Lake with 133lb 8oz

In 4th place was Andy Dare peg 16 on Woodpecker lake with 106lb 15oz

In 5th place was Mark Layzelle peg 35 on Tanners with 96lb 14oz

6th place was Paul Heywood peg 2 on Woodpecker with 103lb 14oz

Triple Hook – Its silvers for Dennis at Darracott

Dennis Toleman secured victory in Triple Hook Clubs Slade Trophy Match fished at Darracott where he put together a net of silvers totaling 9lb 4oz. In runner up spot was John Vaughan with 6lb and third Kevin Hancock with 2lb.

Coarse Fishing at Darracott Reservoir

Darracott, Torrington, Devon EX38 7HL
Situated just outside Torrington, Darracott is a real mixed fishery. It is perfect for beginners or pleasure anglers and is loaded with plenty of fish. At 3 acres in size there are plenty of swims for you to choose from. The carp can be caught all over the lake but they do take surface baits in the warmer months which can be great fun. Mixed bags of up to 40lbs are common. There is some cracking perch and roach fishing to be had. The first swim is only 20 yards from the car park if you don’t want to walk too far.

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Stafford Moor – Match Results

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Open match here at Stafford Moor Fishery on Sunday 23rd April with 20 fishing on Woodpecker lake. Competitors had some  fabulous weights with the winner Gary Mealing Peg 17  bagging himself 155lb 8oz fishing 8mm pellet on the waggler.  In second place was Kevin Osbourne peg 2 with 144lb 2oz

In third place was Andy Dare peg 16 with 132lb

In forth place was Stewart Riddle peg 1 with 126lb 2oz

Our section winners were Steve Foreshaw peg 20 with 114lb 4oz and also Mark Lazelle peg 9 with 93lb 4oz

The next match is on Wednesday 26th April

Open Match Report From Stafford Moor

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Report From Joanne at Stafford Moor

Stafford Moor Fishery in Dolton,

we have just weighed the guys for our open match with 35 guys fishing on Tanners and Woodpecker. It was soooooooo cold today my hands are numb ! and that’s just weighing in !! Had a continental payout today .Our top weight of the day was from Gary Mealing peg 3 on Tanners lake with 205lb 2oz fishing 8mm pellet on the wag shallow well done Gal !

2nd place was Nigel Rhodes peg 10 on Woodpecker with 140lb 4oz

3rd place was Mark Layzelle peg 1 tanner with 193lb 1oz

4th place was Martin Heard peg 17 Woodpecker with 136lb 9oz

5th place was Mike Ogorman peg 34 Tanners with 161lb 11oz

6th place was Richard James peg 2 Woodpecker with 127lb 5oz

Section winners were :
Tanners Dave Stockton peg 6 Tanners with 157lb 2oz & Tony Burslem peg 35 with 125lb 3oz

Woodpecker Paul Goulding peg 8 Woodpecker with 89lb 11oz & Roger Crago peg 16 Woodpecker with 78lb 15oz

North Devon Match Group April 16th Championship No4 Melbury Reservoir

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North Devon Match Group April 16th Championship No4 Melbury Reservoir

1st Paul Elworthy 32lb 15oz

2nd John Lisle 11lb

3rd Nathan Underwood 4lb 8oz

4th Martin Turner 3lb 9oz.

Paul fished a small groundbait feeder from a peg on the road side, his excellent catch consisted of skimmers and rudd. John had a similar bag from the next peg, The rest of the field struggled for odd bites in a cold westerly wind.

Stafford Moor – Sunday Open – Double Ton

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Stafford Moors Open match on Tanners and Woodpecker lakes, had a continental pay out .  The day commenced with glorious sunshine and then bitter cold and cloudy in the afternoon  Despite this lakes fished well especially Woodpecker !!!! A big well done to Phil Hardwick who bagged a fabulous weight of 255lb 6oz from peg 17 on Woodpecker fishing 8mm pellet fishing the Pole up the edge.

2nd place was: Martin Heard (Mosella) peg 11 Tanners with 124lb 4oz

3rd place was : Mark Layzelle peg 11 on Woodpecker with 190lb 4oz

4th place was : Tim Hagg peg 20 on Tanner with 91lb

5th place was :Paul Morris peg 1 on Woodpecker with 139lb

6th place was: Boz Phillips peg 25 on Tanner with 86lb 14oz

Our silvers winner of the day was Peter Randall with 31lb 8oz from peg 34 on Tanners

Bideford – Monthly Coarse Match

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Bideford And District Angling Clubs monthly competition  saw 14 anglers compete at Tarka Swims, where they were  reminded that we are still in early spring by the cool breeze, despite this some large fish were prepared to feed. Pete Slade landed a common carp of nearly 15lb, after an arm aching battle of well over an hour ,this secured victory. Most fish fell to pole fished maggot. John Lisle still leads the league with 70 points Steve Bailey 2nd on 58 April monthly comp

Tarka Swims

1st Pete Slade 14lb 13oz

2nd Steve Bailey 12lb 6oz

3rd John Lovell 12lb 3oz

4th Stuart Bailey 11lb 15oz

North Devon Match Group – Final Winter League- A smashing Match

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Final Winter League NDMG Morchard Road

1st Paul Ware 79lb 2oz

2nd Nathan Underwood 29lb 14oz

3rd Kevin Shears 28lb 8oz

4th Paul Elworthy 22lb 4oz

5th Andy Gray 21lb 5oz .

Many Thanks to Martin Turner for the report on this eventful match!

Kevin Shears 145 Nath 140 me 135 very

Winner of winter league Kevin Shears145 points 2nd Nathan Underwood140 points  3rd Martin Turner 135 points  The match was held in beautiful spring weather, although half the field really struggled , even the small rudd did not seem to feed. Nathan , and Paul Elworthy got off to great starts on paste on the pole ,as their swims dried up , Paul Ware began to catch in the neck of the Narrow section and continued till the end. As you can see the match was not without incident , Ben Hathaway’s peg was invaded by a boy racer in a red Ford !! Breaking his pole in the process!

217lb 5oz wins Stafford Moor Match!

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Stafford Moors open match on Sunday 2nd April saw a field of twenty eight fishing on Tanners and Woodpecker lakes. The event had a continental payout.
Here at the results:

1st was Mark Cullerton with 217lb 5oz from peg 11 on Woodpecker 6mm pellet down the edge

2nd Freddie Roberts with 150lb 5oz from peg 18 on Tanners feeding 6mm pellet down the edge

3rd Steve Ford 150lb 6oz from peg 16 on Woodpecker

Amazing Silver nets at Stafford Moor

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The winner of the Silvers festival at Stafford Moor was Des Shipp (PRESTON INNOVATIONS) who had only 5 points !  In second place was Adam Lee with 8 points and In third  Richard James with 9 points.   Some amazing silver fish nets weights during the five day festival a total of 3360lb which is an average of 23lb per angler per day.

Day 1

1st  DES SHIP Peg 11 Pines: 54lbs 8oz

2nd PAUL BURCKETT Peg 9 Pines: 50lbs 0oz

3rd  GARY SMITH Peg 10 Pines: 43lbs 1

Day 2

1st  ZAC NEWTON Peg 10 Pines: 40lbs 14oz

2nd MARK TAYLOR Peg 8 Pines: 39lbs 3oz

3rd ADAM LEE Peg 12 Pines: 38lbs 6oz

Day 3

1st  PETE BENNETT Peg 14 Pines: 43lbs 3oz

2nd RICHARD JAMES Peg 11 Pines: 38lbs 14oz

3rd  DES SHIP Peg 13 Tanners: 38lbs 10oz

Day 4

1st  BRUCE HUNT Peg 9 Pines: 61lbs 12oz

2nd KEITH NEEDHAM Peg 10 Pines: 52lbs 3oz

3rd  ADAM LEE Peg 12 Pines: 50lbs 13oz

A fine net of Stafford Silvers

Bideford and District Coarse Section Monthly Competition Highampton Lake

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Bideford and District Coarse Section Monthly Competition Highampton Lake

Results

1st John Lovell 53lb 12oz

2nd Colin Gorman 21lb 3oz

3rd Martin Turner 18lb 4oz

4th John Lisle 16lb 2oz

Blustery conditions proved tricky John found some large carp willing to feed in the margins on double corn, Colin fished with prawn bait on a feeder.

Silver Festival – Stafford Moor

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Weather conditions were much improved for the Final of Stafford Moors MFS Silver Festival but a bitter cold wind still lingered. The weights on the final day were excellent. ,Tanners fished well with Pines fishing even better! The top weight was 31lb 9oz from Colin Mercer who fished peg 12 on Pines fishing maggot over worm.  The Winner of the MFS Silvers Festival 2017 is Colin Mercer who had only 6 points! well done Colin.

Fishery owner Joanne Combes “What a fantastic week Paul and i have had with you all so much fun and laughter and fantastic weights,see you all next year!”

The Top Ten below

  • COLIN MERCER (MERCE) Peg 12 Pines: 31lbs 9oz
  • MARTIN WEDLEY (CARPY MARTY) Peg 7 Pines: 28lbs 8oz
  • STEVE MARTIN (ROLIO) Peg 13 Pines: 27lbs 14oz
  • WAYNE KEARNEY (LONG TALL SALLY) Peg 4 Tanners: 27lbs 9oz
  • RICH HOSKISS Peg 9 Pines: 26lbs 4oz
  • DAVE JOHNSON (SILVER) Peg 36 Tanners: 26lbs 0oz
  • CHRIS HAINES (HAINSEY) Peg 10 Pines: 23lbs 15oz
  • MARK SAUNDERS Peg 8 Pines: 23lbs 11oz
  • ANDY BAYLEY Peg 34 Tanners: 23lbs 9oz
  • PETE BAILEY Peg 3 Pines: 22lbs 10oz

Stafford Moor Sunday Open

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The Sunday Open on Tanners lake was fished in heavy rain and gusting wind. Despite this  Mark Lazelle put together a winning net of 106lb 6oz  fishing 11mm pellet down the edge and cage feeder.

  1. MARK LAZELLE Peg 18 Tanners: 106lbs 6oz
  2. MARTIN HEARD Peg 35 Tanners: 69lbs 7oz
  3. MAL KING Peg 11 Tanners: 56lbs 6oz
  4. DUNCAN EDWARDS Peg 34 Tanners: 55lbs 11oz
  5. KEV OSBOURNE Peg 27 Tanners: 47lbs 0oz
  6. KEV SHEARS Peg 25 Tanners: 43lbs 7oz
  7. NATHAN UNDERWOOD Peg 6 Tanners: 38lbs 7oz
  8. ZAC NEWTON Peg 36 Tanners: 32lbs 13oz
  9. TONY BURSLEM Peg 1 Tanners: 31lbs 14oz
  10. IAN GRAY Peg 9 Tanners: 29lbs 2oz
  11. JOHN LACY Peg 13 Tanners: 28lbs 14oz
  12. MARK HAYMAN Peg 3 Tanners: 28lbs 12oz
  13. PHILL COLES Peg 32 Tanners: 11lbs 1oz

North Devon Match Group Championship No. 2 Jennetts Reservoir

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North Devon Match Group Championship No. 2 Jennetts Reservoir

(Above) Winner Martin Turner

Some stunning nets of silver fish from Jennetts Reservoir in North Devon Match Groups latest competition. A great test of the all round match anglers skill set.

1st Martin Turner 23lb 10oz

2nd Nielsen Jeffery 16lb 13oz

3rd Kevin Shears 14lb 10oz ,

Section Winners

Wayne Mitchell 13lb

kier Durrant  10lb 14oz

(Above) Nielsen Jeffery

(Above)Kevin Shears

A Message from Bideford Angling Club

Pete Skinner of Bideford & District Angling Club contacted me and asked me to stress that despite the closure of the clubhouse. Bideford and District Angling Club is very much still in existence, still running sea, game and coarse competitions and the Tarka swims lakes complex is still open and taking new memberships. All renewals and applications for membership can be made at Anglers Heaven, Market Place, Bideford. By kind consent of Tom Wade. The clubs results are a regular feature here on North Devon Angling News.

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly Competition

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Some surprisingly good weights despite a cold North East wind in the monthly match as reported by Martin Turner.
Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly Competition was held at Lake View Morchard Road.
Results
1st John Lisle 42lb 10oz
2nd Steve Bailey 32lb 13oz
3rd Kevin Shears 31lb 11oz
4th Antony Bentley 22lb 12oz.
Freezing cold easterly winds made the fishing very uncomfortable ,despite this some good catches were made , John caught 25 carp down the edge on maggot , Steve’s feeder caught net just pipped Kevin’s long pole corn catch.
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STAFFORD OPEN IN ARTIC BLAST

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The Open/league match on Tanners & Woodpecker lakes. Had a continental payout.

Competitors competed against both fellow anglers and difficult conditions as an icy cold wind brought arctic like conditions !!

Winner  was Andy Dare who fished on Woodpecker peg 11 with a weight of 27lb 9oz; fished Maggot down the edge.

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North Devon Match Group Winter League No4 Oaktree Lakes

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1st Andy Gray 56lb 13oz
2nd John Lisle 41lb 3rd
3rd Tom Downing 18lb 9oz
4th James Grogan 17lb 1oz
5th John Lovell 12lb 6oz
6th Ian Owen 10lb 12oz
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Martin Turner reports :- Interesting event using both top and bottom lakes , 7 anglers on each, cold easterly conditions ensured that fishing proved quite tough, Andy Gray found a dozen carp willing to take his pole fished maggot on the bottom of the near shelf , John Lisle took second with a similar bag from the margins on the bottom lake, Tom Downings near 20lb of skimmers on the top lake was taken on the long pole.
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NORTH DEVON TACKLE CLUB – WINNERS

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Kevin Wilton was North Devon Tackle Clubs club champion and received his award at the club first presentation night at Cedars Inn. Norman Martin was runner up and silverfish champion,Simon Poynter won biggest fish/best specimen cup with  17lb 9oz carp,and he also picked up overall weight cup.

The clubs  first match of the season is at Slade this on Sunday 5th  February.

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North Devon Match Group -Championship No 1 Champion of champions

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Championship No 1 Champion of champions

1st Kevin Shears 69lb

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2nd Neilsen Jeffery 59lb 4oz

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3rd Martin Turner 54lb 14oz

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4th Nathan Underwood 50lb 15oz

5th Ian ‘Cosmic’ Croxton 44lb 4oz

A very wet day !! Match held on Oak pool Stafford Moor , fished very well smallish carp dominated the catches , long pole fished corn or maggot proved the best tactics .

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Match next weekend on the bottom pond at Oaktree

Stafford Moor Open Result

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Stafford Moor Open/ League Match continental payout.

The match was on Oak Tree & Tanners with Twenty Competitors

The winner was Andy Dare on peg 12 with 99lb 9oz fishing 6mm down the edge .

In second place was Phill Waters peg 3 on Tanners with 40lb 1oz

In third place was Ian Croxton peg 9 on Oak with 78lb 3oz

The silvers winner was Ian Gray peg 36 Tanners with 10lb 8oz

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North Devon Match Group – Winter League 3 Mill Pond

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North Devon Match Group enjoyed some fine silver fish sport at Mill Pond Berrynarbor.

Kevin Shears landed a fantastic 38lb 10oz of roach and hybrids on caster over hemp on the long pole ,for a convincing victory. John Lisle took second with 4 carp on the method and pole, third Martin Turner had all roach on caster. Andy’s 4th place was boosted with a stunning chub.

1st Kevin Shears 38lb 10oz 2nd John Lisle 24lb 7oz 3rd Martin Turner 23lb 8oz 4th Andy Gray 11lb 7oz

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Kevin Shears – Stunning net of silvers

16121379_611165932400947_625320288_oJohn Lisle with one of his four carp