North Devon Match Group Victory

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North Devon Match Group Versus Bideford Angling Club at Stafford Moor

Bideford Angling Club at Stafford Moor Fishery using willow and oak
With 12 anglers on each
Top weight on the day was Tom Downing
Oak lake
1st Tom downing 180lb 15oz
2nd Darren polden 143lb 2oz
3rd Phillip Bailey 131lb 15oz
4th Keith Mountjoy 113lb 12oz
1st Nathan Underwood 130lb 10oz
2nd Steve Johnson 122lb 8oz
3rd Christopher Morris 109lb 14oz
4th Kevin Shears 102lb 15oz
A big well done to everyone that’s helped weighing the boards photos
Winning on the day was North Devon Match Group with 185 points and Bideford having 126 points

Bideford & District Angling Club Midweek Series Heat 2

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Hard to believe its got to that time of year already. So much so that I forgot to report on heat 1.

1st Nathan Underwood 34 lb 9oz
2nd David Bailey 24lb
3rd Mike Snudden 23 lb 10oz
4th Craig Crash Lamey 20lb 11oz
14 members fished.
A rather damp evening proved tough going for some, Nathan has bounced back to form with a convincing victory from peg 13 , paste fished into the weed bed was his chosen tactic.
David has made a successful return with a lovely net of mainly silver fish on maggot from peg 8 for 2nd spot.
Mike has caught on worms on the pole on peg 5 for 3rd place.

 The final of Stafford Moors May Festival 2024

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 The final of Stafford Moors May Festival 2024

The consistently high weights caught during matches at this superb venue never cease to amaze.

Joanne Combes wrote :-
 Our worthy winner is ……… Steve Ford who had a total weight of 954lb 4oz with 5 points a huge well done to you! 🥇
In second place was Lee Werrett with a total weight of 740lb 7oz and a total of 6 points well done! 🥈
In 3rd place was Ben Evenden with a total weight of 731lb 5oz and a total of 6 points well done! 🥉
Just want to say what a fantastic week it has been with the company and weights this week wow some fab weights all week. The total amount of fish caught this week was 36,590 lb !!!!!!!!! Wow that’s a few fish ! 🎣
Thank you so much to all the guys who helped weigh in this week your help is so appreciated ❤️

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly Competition

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Bideford and District Angling Club
Coarse section monthly competition
1st Keith Copland 59 lb 13oz
2nd Nathan Underwood 32lb 6oz
3r Darren Polden 28lb 15oz
4th Stephen Sheller 27lb 8oz
5th Martin Turner 25lb 2oz
6th Rhys Eyles 24lb 10oz
21 members fished.
George’s lake was the venue for our April competition, the sun shone and the birds sang ! Spring has finally sprung after a very wet period.
Committee member, Keith sat on peg 12 and fished the pole with corn over micros and caught a great net of mainly carp
Second spot went to, league leader, Nathan on peg 9
with another net of carp, this time on paste on the pole.
Darren moves up to 8th place in the year long league
with his third place mixed net on peg 21.
Stephen boosted his mixed bag ,off peg 4 , with a good carp , to take fourth place. His catch fell mainly to soft pellets and micros.

Stafford Moor Match Fishing Latest

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 Winner of Stafford Moors first Open of the New season was Colin Horwood who bagged 241lb 3oz from peg 1 on Tanners.
In 2nd place was Steve Hayman with 209lb 6oz from peg 12 on Woodpecker lake
In 3rd place was Steve Shaw with 167lb 1oz from peg 16 on Tanners lake
In 4th place was lodge guest Paul Golding with 198lb 14oz from peg 11 on Woodpecker lake.


North Devon’s anglers will be shocked and saddened by the closure of Quay Sports. The shop has been a real boon to angling in North Devon over the past three years and its closure will certainly have a detrimental impact. I wish all at the Quay Sports the best for the future.

Due to rising costs and diminishing brand supplier margins the Quay Sports Fishing Tackle store will be closing permanently on Friday 5th July 2024.
The import, retail and wholesale side of the business will continue as normal as we have done for many years and we will look to expand this side of the business.
Gift cards will need to be redeemed in store prior to end of day Friday 5th of July 2024.
We will continue to stock bait up until this date.
We will be discounting ALL of the stock as from today by 10% so please pop in for a bargain.
Shop opening hours will be Monday to Friday 9am till 5pm until closure.
We would like to thank all of our customers for their support over the last 3 years.


Stafford Moor Silvers Festival 2024

March Silvers Festival 2024 worthy winner at Stafford Moor winner was Ryan Shipp who scored a perfect 4 with a total weight of 178lb 6oz a huge well done to you Ryan.

In 2nd place was Geoff Vallence with a score of just 5 points and totall weight of 118lb 1oz.

In 3rd place was John Fuidge with 6 points and a total weight of 168lb 15oz.

Also John Fuidge won the largest weight of the week with 67lb 2oz from peg 11 on Woodpecker on day one.



Bideford & District Angling Club Presentation night

Bideford and District Angling Club held their presentation night at Bideford Conservative Club  Friday February 23rd with close to forty members attending. I was privileged to join in presenting several awards along with Simon McCarthy from Summerlands Tackle. The evening was very enjoyable and a very positive vibe was apparent as members cheered the winners and added the occasional good natured banter to proceedings. It was very encouraging to hear of a very healthy number of Junior anglers taking part during the summer Coarse series. Many thanks to Adam Wheeler for taking some excellent pictures of the evening.

Bideford’s Triumphant Coarse Fishing Team who beat Plymouth in their annual inter-club Match

Season 2023 / 24

Matchmans Cup  

 Nathan Underwood 

126 points


Kevin Shears

 115 points.

Junior winner

 Brodie Allin

57 points

Junior runner-up

Ted Blight

48 points

Evening series


Nathan Underwood

119 points

Evening Runner-up 

Richard Jefferies

107 points

Pairs trophy winners

Roger Ackroyd

Craig Lamey

Top weight in competition

Darren Polden 71lbs 

 Stephen Found 55 pts

Valentine bowl – most points in the monthly Rover.

Nathan Clements Gilthead bream 8lb 2 1/4 203.515%

Stephanie Vanstone  – Best specimen caught from the shore.

 Stephen Found Thornback Ray 13lb 10 151.388%

Jason Talbot Memorial plate – Best specimen ray caught from the shore.

 Tony Gussin Conger 14lb 5 71.562%

Snake plate – best specimen Conger caught from the shore.

 Nathan Clements Gilthead bream 8lb 2 1/4oz

Best round fish from the shore 

Stephen Found Flounder 2lb 4oz 112.5%

Best specimen flat fish caught from the shore 

 Stephen Found Smoothhound 14lb 5oz 143.125%

Best specimen shark from the shore.

 Nathan Clements Small-eyed Ray 10lb 4oz 1/2 114.236%

Winner of end of season competition  

 Paul Ackland 4lb 1oz

Big Mike Memorial vase

Stephen Found total of 1160.118%

Species challenge cup

In the game fishing section John Mc Cullam and Terry Dymond dominated the results collecting five awards between them.

(Above) John Mc Cullam


(Above) Terry Dymond

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse section monthly competition

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Bideford and District Angling Club

Coarse section monthly competition


1st Kevin Shears 39lb 2oz

2nd Nathan Underwood  31lb 9oz

3rd John Lisle 22lb 1oz

4th Martin Turner 19lb 14oz

5th Colin Cherrington 17lb 6oz

6th Richard Dennis 12lb 13oz

22 members fished.

A cold north westerly breeze blowing up towards the shallows greeted the competitors for this, the second match of our year-long league.

The old order was restored with the Kevin and Nathan show.!

Kev’s drawn peg 15 , one of the more sheltered spots , and pole fished maggots and sweetcorn hookbaits for a clear victory, Nathan, defending league champion , has fished on peg 9 , for second spot.

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse section monthly competition Results:

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Bideford and District Angling Club

Coarse section monthly competition


1st Stephen Paul  Sheller 44lb 11oz

2nd Martin Turner 31lb 10oz

3rd Paul Elworthy   25lb 13oz

4th Craig Crash Lamey 22lb 12oz

5th Keith Mountjoy 21lb 7oz

6th Colin Cherrington 14lb 10oz

Bideford Club members welcomed in the new season with their first competition on George’s lake, Tarka Swims.
Typical winter conditions prevailed, cold and sleety showers, greeted the 20 members who booked in and braved the elements.
The winner, Stephen  found some large carp on peg 10 on the pole, pegging back the early lead set by Martin and Keith on the opposite side of the lake.
Martin, on peg 17 ,settled for the second spot using bomb and bread tactics.
Paul had some larger carp on peg 18 on the feeder with maggot for 3rd.
The shallower section was won by Warren Thornton with a fine near double figure carp.