Stafford Moor Open – Result

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1st place was Tom Downing Team (Baitech /HC Floats )with 261lb  6oz from peg 11 on a Woodpecker lake

2nd place was Paul Morris with 184lb 3oz from peg 14 on Tanners

3rd place was Vic Bush ( MOSELLA UK) with 143lb 12oz from peg 4 on Woodpecker lake

4th place was Martin Heard ( MOSELLA UK) with 155lb 5oz from peg 10 on Tanners lake

Stafford Moors Mid Week  open match on Tanners and Woodpecker Lakes 

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Stafford Moors Mid Week  open match on Tanners and Woodpecker Lakes

1st place was Paul Morris with 190lb 4oz from peg 6 on a Tanners lake

2nd place was Vic Bush ( MOSELLA UK) with 177lb 6oz from peg 15 on Woodpecker lake

3rd place was Andy Dare with 154lb from peg 10 on Tanners lake

4th place was Paul Casson with 153lb 3oz from peg 13 on Woodpecker lake

Dave Stockton with 234lb 4oz ! Thats a good net!

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Wow some stunning weights during Sundays Open Match at Stafford Moor. The match was held on Tanners and Woodpecker Lakes.

1st place was Dave Stockton with 234lb 4oz from peg 4 on Woodpecker lake

2nd place was Lee Jan with 188lb 5oz from peg 1 on Tanners lake

3rd place was Ben Evenden with 175lb 15oz from peg 17 on Woodpecker lake

4th place was Kev O with 133lb 6oz from peg 5 on Tanners lake

Full match sheet is attached below

Carp Catches in Rain or Shine at Stafford Moor

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Tara, Mark & Nigel fished  on Lodge Lake on swims 1 and 2, they had 45 carp out between them ! Including Tara’s 28lb beauty all caught on Sticky baits Manilla and banoffee boilies and Manilla Over particles.

(Below) Karl Hutchinson had nine fish  up to 24lb from the inlet swim on Beatties lake caught on raspberry flavour boilies

(Below)Nicholas Billett Nicholas Billett fished on swim 7 on lodge lake then moved to swim 2 on the dam wall, Nick had 5 fish out all caught on Sticky Bits 20mm Krill boilies.

Tony Welch  fished on swim 14 (beach 1) up on lodge lake at the weekend Tony had 5 fish out in 24 hours all caught on Essential baits b5 flouro pop,ups

Stafford Moor Fund Raising Match

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Forty two anglers descended upon Stafford Moor Fishery to take part in a fund raising match organised by North Devon match angler Neilsen Jeffery.

I was privileged to have been invited to take part once again as the event is run every other year and has raised thousands of pounds for good local causes.

The match was fished over three of the complex’s lakes; Oaktree, Tanners and Woodpecker.

The draw was from 8.00am and there was plenty of friendly banter and greetings from the start as competitors arrived. Today was a mixture of dedicated match anglers, carp anglers and pleasure anglers. Match fishing is not my normal forte but I always enjoy trying and there is a great amount to be learnt from anglings different branches.

The competition is a pairs match drawn out the previous weekend at Summerlands Tackle where anglers congregated to discuss pre match tactics and swap angling tales of which there are always plenty!

The draw is of course a vital part of the match angler’s day as this will to some extent determine the winners and losers.

My partner on the day was Dave Downton a regular visitor to Stafford Moor and considered a local expert. We drew pegs 5 and 6 on Oak lake and Dave kindly put me on the better peg.

I am always amazed at the amount of gear match anglers carry with vast arrays of poles, rods, nets and angling paraphernalia. I felt very under gunned with my rucksack, pair of rods and canvas chair!

There was plenty of time before the match started to tackle up and prepare and even a bit of time to chat and compare notes as this was as much a social occasion as a match.

At 10:30 however it was down to business as the water was peppered with free offerings and a range of hook baits and tackles. My own tactics were to use a straight running lead with pellet on the hook feeding steadily catapulting half a dozen pellets at regular intervals. To my surprise the rod tip lurched around after only two minutes!

The day was punctuated  by hot sunshine and heavy rain showers. As the match progressed my rod tip was pulled round on a regular basis and I was to end up with 18 carp for 58lb 15oz, I also had five come off which was a little frustrating but all part of the game. I am sure that individual dramas unfolded all around the lake with lost fish, broken poles and other misfortunes!

As is so often the case the five hour match flashed past in no time and when the whistle blew it seemed hard to believe that the days fishing was done.

I followed the weighing party around all three lakes taking a picture of each smiling competitor with their nets of fish.

What a fantastic venue Stafford Moor has matured into with easy access around the lakes, walkways all surfaced with chippings. There is a fine mix of fishing available for match anglers, pleasure anglers and specimen carp anglers.

The Results :-
1st– Kevin Shears – 76lb of carp, 10lb of silvers total – 86lb
         Ian Brookes – 65lb 10oz  of carp, 8lb 10oz silvers total  – 74lb 4oz
Combined total – 160lb 4oz
2nd– Dean Willoughby – 57lb 7oz of carp ,  15oz silver Total 58lb 6oz
         Mark Taylor – 83lb 12oz ,  12oz silvers total – 84lb 8oz
Combined total – 142lb 14oz
3rd– Dave Willoughby – 57lb 4oz carp, Total –  57lb 4oz
       Steve Ford – 72lb 15oz carp, 1lb 2oz silvers Total – 74lb 1oz
Combined total – 131lb 5oz.
Individuals –
Tanners 1st– Kevin Shears – 86lb
              2nd– Mark Taylor – 84lb 8oz
Oaktree  1st– Steve Ford – 74lb 1oz
                            2nd– Wayne Thomas – 58lb 15oz
Woodpecker 1st– Tom Downing – 102lb
                            2nd– Rich Harman – 64lb 4oz
Silver Fish winner – Craig Lamey – 13lb 12oz

Neilsen Jeffery thanks all the competitors for taking part and gives special thanks to Joanne and Paul Coombes for hosting the event and making everyone welcome. Thanks also to Martin Cox Angling, Drennan Tackle and Summerlands Tackle and Jo and Paul Coombes who all donated prizes.

The event raised a total of £2,159 for a defibrillator to be installed at Stafford Moor and a contribution the Appledore Lifeboat.

The total weight of fish caught was 1682lb 10oz and the nearest guess to this was made by Sian Gillespie who guessed 1683lb and wins £25.

Stafford Moor Over 50″s Festival

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Many thanks for the report from Jo at Stafford Moor complete with emojis and humour.

Wow what a week it has been ! It’s been such a funny week with you all the geriatrics club ! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 had guys loosing things , don’t know what lake they were on the day before 🤪 lost envelopes 🤪 leave the shop then pop back as they forgot what peg they r on 🤪 it’s been like this all week but so funny thank you for making it such fun, now down to the nitty gritty 👍 A huge thank you to Vic Bush (MOSSELLA) UK for sponsoring our festivals and giving out such fantastic prizes so appreciated Vic 💕👍

Our worthy winner who has scored a hat trick wow what can we say you Andy Dare you r a legend what an angler and such a fab bloke you won with just 5 points and a total weight of 359lb 14oz well done Andy !

In second place with a total score of 5 points and total weight of 287lb 14oz is Alec Bishop well done Alec 👍

In third place with also just 5 points and a total weight of 260lb 8oz was Dave Kent well done Dave 👍

Stafford Carp are on the munch!

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(Below)Gary Veale  had six fish out from Albert square up on lodge lake 3 were mid 20’s all caught on Mainline cell pop ups over a Scattering of 10mm, 15mm Cell & response pellets.

(Below) Trevor Cornwell who had 4 fish out from ‘big fish corner’ swim 4 on Beatties lake including a new personal best  of 31lb 11oz caught on Sticky Baits Krill boilies.

(Below) Tony Welch and his friend Shaun  had a great report of 48 fish out in 24 hours between them from swims 8 (fraggle rock) and 9 (the angle) this was a session before they have spawned so having a right old munch up caught on Essential Baits.