Cofton Cup Fishing Competition

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I was sent this from Cofton Holidays a venue near Dawlish whilst not North Devon it might be of interest to some of the areas anglers.

63lb net wins top spot in the prestigious

South Devon’s highly regarded coarse fishing destination, Cofton Holidays, has crowned Andy Everill as winner of its spring Cofton Cup Fishing competition.

A keen fisherman, this is Andy’s third title at Cofton having previously won Cofton Cup II and Cofton Cup V. The multi award-winning holiday park, hosted the sixth competition on its Mamhead Match Lake over five days of intensive fishing. The field was narrowed down from 36 anglers in the opening rounds to 14 in the final, with the remainder battling it out for the Plate competition.

Competing against 14 experienced anglers, Andy Everill scooped the Cofton Cup and £500 in the final with a total of 63.02lb from Peg 25. Andy also walked away with the prize for the heaviest fish of the week; during his qualifying heat on day three, Andy landed a carp weighing in at a whopping 11.03lb, earning him another £50.

Runner-up, Steve Bond, achieved a total haul of 49.04lb from Peg 22, earning him £250. Previous Cofton Cup winner Bob Rand at Peg 10 earned £150 in third place with a net of 43.10lb.

In the Plate competition, Nigel Stanley came out on top with a catch of 39.06lb from Peg 14, earning him Plate Champion and £100. Dave Walton came in 2nd with his 35lb net from Peg 26 earning him £50, and Craig Smith came 3rd and won a £50 meal voucher with his 32.03lb net from Peg 25.

The competition was fierce and was made even more challenging by the wet and windy weather conditions. The event saw three qualifiers take place over the course of the week, culminating in Friday’s grand final:

Qualifier 1 results

1st – Geoff Boardman, Peg 15, 39.06lb

2nd – Michael Nunn, Peg 13, 63.13lb

3rd – Steve Bond, Peg 21, 54.08lb

4th – Stephen Bridel, Peg 3, 45.12lb

Best Runner Up – Phil Stickland, Peg 8, 42.09lb

Best Runner Up – Benny Johnson, Peg 5, 36.15lb

Qualifier 2 results

1st – Graham Nicklin, Peg 10, 51.09lb

2nd – Gary Hennessy, Peg 22, 43.02lb

3rd – Bob Rand, Peg 3, 39.06lb

4th – John Simpson, Peg 15, 35.05lb

Qualifier 3 results

1st – Andy Everill, Peg 3, 51.09lb

2nd – Lee Prophet, Peg 22, 65.07lb

3rd – Paul Bland, Peg 17, 49.02lb

4th – Steven Prophet, Peg 10, 36.06lb

Luke Broderick, Cofton Holidays Fisheries Manager, was thrilled with the competition: “As ever, the week has been tremendous fun and we’ve seen some outstanding fishing in what has been very testing conditions. In light of recent circumstances and events, it has been amazing to meet up in a Covid safe environment and see some familiar, friendly faces that we haven’t seen for a while. A big well done to everyone who took part in the competition and a massive congratulations to Andy Everill on his back-to-back wins. Is there anyone out there that can beat him?”

Cofton Holidays boasts five fishing lakes making it an ideal destination for any angling fan. To meet the demand for fishing holidays, Cofton will be revealing its new luxury fishing lodges later this year, just a minute’s walk from the lakes, featuring special storage areas for angling equipment.

Following its success, the Cofton Cup Fishing Competition will return in September. Places have already been snapped up, so bookings for the 2022 competitions have been opened to keen anglers who must stay at Cofton Holidays in order to compete. Cofton Cup VIII will run from 25th April 2022 and Cofton Cup IX will run from 10th October 2022.

Located close to the Exe Estuary and the seaside town of Teignmouth, Cofton’s five lakes are in the perfect location to enjoy a relaxing fishing holiday. Suitable for all angling abilities, the lakes are filled with carp varying in size including mirror carp, common carp and koi-cross commons. With 71 pegs to choose from, including pegs with disabled facilities, anglers are sure to find a favourite spot.

To book your holiday and your place for either of these competitions, visit or call 01626 890111.

Set within 80 acres of glorious Devon countryside, Cofton Holidays has been a family-run holiday park for over 40 years. Guests return year after year to enjoy its beautiful and convenient location, extensive facilities and wide choice of accommodation types for all the family.

The award-winning, 5 star graded park is 20 minutes from the M5 Exeter and is ideal for family holidays in Devon. Dawlish Warren beach is 30 minutes’ walk through nature trails and the indoor and outdoor attractions of South Devon, Exeter and Dartmoor are all within easy reach.

Visitors to Cofton can choose from a range of holiday homes, cottages and lodges in the heart of the main park, or cottages and apartments on the estuary-view Eastdon Estate. Cofton also offers a choice of pitches for touring caravan holidays including hard-standing and RV pitches.

Cofton is open all year and can offer centrally-heated accommodation for all-weather holidays.

Stafford Moor – Open

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Open Match on Tanners & Woodpecker Lakes with a continental payout.
Some fabulous weights.
Top weight of the day from Steve ford with 206lb 11oz from peg 17 on Woodpecker Lake.
In 2nd place was Sam Powell with 203lb 12oz from peg 20 on Tanners Lake
In third place was Colin Horwood with 204lb 5oz from peg 15 on Woodpecker Lake.


Well done to Bideford for their efforts in promoting angling to a young generation.

Junior event No. 3 Results Over 14s

1st Adam Wheeler 8lb 5oz

2nd Tyler Scott 7lb 10oz

3rd Thomas Scott 6lb 12oz

Under 14 age group 1st Charlie Heddon 10lb 3oz 2nd Brodie Allin 8lb 12oz .

Using pegs 4 to 11 the junior event produced some great catches, in this , the third match of the series. Top weight on the day was youngster Charlie with a lovely double figure net of skimmers and tench ( and terch! ) on peg 7 in the 3 hour competition . Prizes were kindly donated by BaitTech and Summerlands.

North Devon Match Group Result

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Many thanks to Tom Downing for his excellent report from the North Devon Match Group.
Eighteen of us ventured up the M5 to Durleigh Reservoir near Bridgewater. Upon arrival it was overcast with a slight ripple… Perfect Bream weather and spirits were high! There was plenty of fish caught all over with all anglers in attendance having an enjoyable days fishing! Even if the weather took a turn for the worse with a couple hours left with the wind picking right up and the heavens emptying slowing the sport down some what!
Winner on the day was Mathew Sampson from peg 16 with 90-03 caught on the cage feeder and a method later on at 40 m
2nd on the day was Tom Downing from peg 17 with 79-11 all caught on a hybrid feeder at 60m
3rd on the day was Keith Mountjoy 18 with 54-03 on a cage feeder at 55m.
Section winners were Dave Walton 54-01
And Ian Croxton (wants to catch Bream sing along out now) with 48-04!
Clear by the results that the pegs closer to the shallows were better but plenty of fish caught along the whole Bank! Certainly a venue we will be looking and booking again in the future! Next match is jennets Reservoir on the 18th!


Quay Sports are looking for experienced anglers to join their friendly team  at their new fishing tackle store – See Advert post below –

Job description

Company description

Quay Sports is a fishing tackle shop catering for all types of angling including carp, coarse, sea and game. We aim to provide a wide and extensive range of fishing tackle to the Devon area and online.

Job description

Quay Sports fishing tackle store require an enthusiastic and keen angler with an all-round knowledge of carp, coarse, match, sea & game fishing. Our busy Barnstaple based store needs another team member to help with daily tasks such as serving customers, offering guidance to customers, re-stocking and managing inventory, entering products onto a database, and various other store related jobs.

A good knowledge of angling is essential as we would expect the successful applicant to be able to offer advice to the customers on all aspects of angling.

Previous customer facing experience and I.T experience would also be advantageous.

We are looking for someone that has an approachable and cheerful character to fit in with our established and well harmonised team.

This is a permanent full time position with 28 days paid leave per annum.

In return we can offer an attractive salary working in a sector that you would love, great staff discounts and working within a friendly team.

Applications should include your CV but most importantly you’re angling knowledge and experience.

Reference ID: QS-1

Application deadline: 09/07/2021

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: From £16,700.00 per year depending on experience.

Applications should be initially by email to [email protected].

Bideford Angling Club – Evening League Result

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BDAC Evening Competition No.7 : Results

1st Mike Snudden  33lb 9oz

2nd Craig Crash Lamey   22lb 1oz

3rd Graham Curnow  20lb 6oz

4th Martin Turner 17lb 6oz

5th Keith Mountjoy 16lb 7oz

6th  David Bailey 16lb 3oz ,

20 fished on another fine summer evening on Georges lake , Mike on, peg 10, has landed a terrific bag of bream in the 3hour contest to secure his second win in the series. His short pole worm approach seems to find the quality silver fish. Elsewhere carp have put in an appearance, Craig’s 2nd place net off peg 15 consisted 4 decent carp on meat, just pipping Graham’s method feeder carp catch on peg 6. Over half the field have weighed in double figure catches. With 3 matches remaining Nathan clings on to the lead 74 points to Steve Johnson 73 , and Martin Turner on 70.


QUAY SPORTS  – Opened on Saturday, June,26th with its staff greeting over 100 customers.

Chris Connaughton & Nick Cole at Quay Sports

I called into the newly opened Quay Sports conveniently located on the Roundswell Industrial Estate close to Lidl’s and Sainsbury’s. To find an extensive range of tackle to cater for all disciplines and levels of expertise. The company has already established a strong online presence with its Roddarch Tackle label and is expanding to offer an over the counter service for local anglers. Owner Mark Potter is supported by store manager Chris Connaughton who is well known on the local carp scene. Nick Cole is a keen sea angler. Local companies like Lakebed Leads are well represented along with many mainstream brands. One of the benefits of a tackle shop is the increased interaction between anglers with rigs, tactics and locations often hot topics. There is also the advantage of being able to see and handle the available tackle before purchasing.

The shop offers a discount to all blue light emergency service workers. They also produce a guide to fishing for beginners at a cost of 50p with all proceeds going to the Children’s Hospice.


South West Lakes Trust hosted Mainline Baits Upper Tamar Carp Open Pairs Match with the £2000 first prize taken by John Kierle and Sam Fowler who banked nine carp for a total weight of 117lb. In runner up spot were Karl Yates and Allan Jones with four carp for 56lb 5oz winning £1000  and in third David Bellew and Josh Bellew with four carp for 51lb 15oz receiving £500.

Stafford Moor – League Match

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North Devon Winter/Summer League Summer League match 2 was on Saturday and fished on Woodys and Tanners at the the prolific Stafford Moor Fishery the competitors give  thanks to Jo and Paul for their superb  hospitality.
The match was fished in cloudy but warm weather.
Mark Layzell peg 3 225lb 11oz
Steve Ford peg 222lb 6oz
Section Winners
section 1 Nigel Rhodes 166lb 1oz
section 2 Jeb Atwood 99lb 1oz
section 3 Mark Hayman 221lb 5oz
section 1 Colin Horwood 122lb 8oz
section 2 Chris Davis 150lb 14oz
section3 Mark Taylor 148lb 9oz
Top 10 in the league to date after 2 matches
1 Mark Layzell 2 pts 354lb 11oz
2 Chris Davis 5 pts 289lb 4oz
3 Nigel Rhodes 6 pts 318lb 9oz
4 Mark Cullerton 7 pts 342lb
5 Sam Powell 7pts 277lb 14oz
6 Ben Evenden 8pts 310lb 4oz
7 Colin Horwood 8pts 212lb 4oz
8 Steve Ford 9pts 309lb 14oz
9 Mark Taylor 9pts 234lb 13oz
10 Kevin Wells 11pts 184lb 13oz

New Fishing Tackle Store for Barnstaple – Quay Sports

North Devons anglers have a new tackle store opening on Saturday, June 26th. Located at Roundswell near Sainsburys it will be a convenient stop off for local anglers. I look forward to visiting in the near future. The recent upsurge in angling participation following the COVID outbreak will hopefully ensure that this and other local angling outlets prosper.

I spoke with Chris Connaughton (Above) Saturday, 8am – 5pm. We have free goody bags with every purchase including a remix baits sample for the carpers 😉🤣. We have also made a guide to fishing for beginners which will be available for free with our starter kits but also able to purchase in store with proceeds going to charity. Saturday, 8am – 5pm. We have free goody bags with every purchase including a remix baits sample for the carpers 😉🤣. We have also made a guide to fishing for beginners which will be available for free with our starter kits but also able to purchase in store with proceeds going to charity.( Above) a well known local carp angler who works at the store and is excited by this exciting new development that caters for all disciplines.

Saturday, 8am – 5pm. We have free goody bags with every purchase including a remix baits sample for the carpers 😉🤣. We have also made a guide to fishing for beginners which will be available for free with our starter kits but also able to purchase in store with proceeds going to charity.