Nathan dominates field in North Devon Match Group!

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Many thanks to Martin Turner for his regular North Devon Match Group Reports.

North Devon match Group Championship No 4 @ Highampton

1st  Nathan Underwood 124lb 2oz

2nd  Mark Richards 47lb 2oz

3rd Neilsen Jeffery 35lb 12oz

4th Paul Ware 33lb 8oz

5th Paul Elworthy 27lb 1oz

6th John Forster 21lb 11oz

18 Anglers fished this event held in glorious hot sunny conditions, we used both lakes and the fishing proved quite challenging for most. Local expert Nathan Underwood  took full advantage of a reasonable draw to completely dominate the field, he alternated between a method feeder and pole with paste on peg 10 on the larger lake. Mark Richards celebrated his 59th birthday with a hard earned 2nd place for the reed beds on peg 14 , 3rd spot went to Neilsen Jeffery on peg 21 on the smaller lake.

North Devon Tackle Club – Jennetts Match

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Match 3 Results
Jennetts Reservoir 7/4/19

Despite a chill in the air & an easterly wind, the lake fished well on the whole. Unfortunately the bigger bream did not show, but it was roach a plenty for most.

Winner on the day was Simon Poynter who put 40lb 10oz on the scales, fishing the pole at 11mtrs on the deck and deep shallow.

Top 5 on day:

1st Simon Poynter 40lb 10oz
2nd Norman Martin  36lb 3oz
3rd  Kevin Wilston 22lb 4oz
4th Peter Seward 19lb 14oz
Joint 5th
Barry Lee 19lb 6oz
Gord Maeers 19lb 6oz

NEXT MATCH Sunday 5th May Oaktree (Top Lake)

North Devon Match Group Summer League No 1 Stafford Moor Fishery .

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1st Paul Morris 167lb 5oz

2nd Nathan Underwood  159lb 13oz

3rd Tom Downing 147lb 10oz

4th  Bruce Hunt 112lb 9oz

5th Kevin Shears 94lb 4oz

6th Neilsen Jeffery 91lb 12oz

7th Ian Cosmic Croxton  85lb 9oz

8th  Stephen Craker 78lb 5oz

9th John Bailey 67lb 12oz

10th Colin Cherrington  66lb 11oz

11th Martin Turner  62lb 2oz

12th Pete Slade 51lb 6oz .

Lakes, Oak and Woodpecker on the fantastic Stafford Moor complex were used for the 26 peg event, Venue specialist Paul Morris drew on peg 2 on Woodies and fished the near shelf with the pole and 8mm pellets his 30 fish catch was enough for victory over his neighbour Nathan Underwood on peg 20, who pushed him close fishing the waggler out to the boards on the island. Nathan also fished and fed 8mm’s for second spot .  Tom Downing sat on peg 17 on Woodies and finished just short of the 150lbs for 3rd spot fishing the long pole into the margins.  Bruce Hunt was top weight on Oak and 4th overall his 35 fish catch fell to pole fished paste on peg 13, Britney Shears was 2nd on Oak 17 and 5th overall corn on the pole tactics. Neilsen Jeffery took 6th spot on Oak 7 with a corn in the margins approach. Many thanks to Paul and Jo for their hospitality today.

Mainline Baits Carp Pairs Open – Upper Tamar Lake

Report on the weekend from Ben Smeeth:

Our first Mainline Baits Carp open at Upper Tamar lake was a resounding success. The fishing was extremely tough but made for a really close competition which every pair of anglers could have won right up until the end!

33 pairs made the trip and the draw took place at 1pm with anglers choosing their swims in order. They also collected a Mainline Baits goody bag filled with some of their fantastic innovative products and a free 24 hour permit for Lower Tamar to use at their leisure.

The fishing was really hard, only 9 carp caught between everyone but this was great as a competition! The lake had been fishing so well leading up to the competition with fish to over 25lbs being caught regularly. The pressure of the competition and weather conditions really made it difficult for the anglers.

The winners were Dean and Dave Willoughby from Barnstaple. They banked a cracking 24lb 6oz common from peg 32 to take the £2000 top prize.

Runners up were Karl Yates and Allan Jones from Bude who managed 2 fish for 22lb 15oz and they collected £1000.

Third place finishers were Rich Ford and Nigel Woods from Launceston who had a cracking 21lb 10oz mirror.

The stamp of fish was really good and it was a great weekend. The next Mainline Baits carp open pairs in on 5-7 July and is already filling up fast! Bookings can be made on 01566 771930

Ben Smeeth

North Devon Match Group Championship No.3 @ Wooda Lakes

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North Devon Match Group Championship No.3 @ Wooda Lakes


1st James Grogan 37lb 8oz

2nd  Shaun Stenton 32lb 2oz

3rd Paul Elworthy 30lb 9oz

4th John Lisle 29lb 13oz

5th Neilsen Jeffery 29lb 11oz

6th Ian Brooks 28lb 8oz

7th Tom Downing  24lb 12oz

8th Pete Slade 22lb 2oz .

23 anglers fished . James Grogan drew peg 10 on lake 3 , he has fished around the margin reed beds on the pole, for around 20 carp and a convincing victory.  Shaun Stenton landed around 25 smaller fish on corner peg 6 on the top pool ,his second place fell to corn and paste on the pole. Maggot on the feeder tactics helped, consistent performer, Paul Elworthy into third place also on the top pool. Match organiser John fished with paste in the reed beds on lake 3 for 4th , top weight on the bottom pool and 5th overall was Neilsen Jeffery a pole and corn bag.

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly Competition Results @ Highampton Fishery

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Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly Competition Results @ Highampton Fishery

1st   Nathan Underwood 38lb 8oz

2nd  Martin Turner 31lb 13oz

3rd  Steve Bailey 22lb 3oz

4th Richard Jefferies    17lb 3oz

5th John Lisle 11lb 13oz

6th Ian Sedgewick 6lb 8oz

13 anglers fished the match that went ahead despite the strong North Westerly wind and squally showers. The reduced field allowed us to peg the leeward banks of both lakes meaning that most competitors had the wind off their backs. Nathan Underwood drew the point on the second lake and after catching 3 carp on paste on the pole , switched to the method feeder with a chocolate orange wafter to take a dozen more for a convincing victory. Martin Turner landed 8 slightly better fish on the fancied peg 4 on the 1st lake on 8mm pellet and bomb tactics for second place. 3rd spot went to club coarse section Chairman Steve Bailey on the 2nd lake, peg 8, margin pole carp catch on corn. The league after 3 matches stands as : Martin Turner  29 points  John Lisle 27 ,  Richard Jefferies 20 Nathan Underwood 20

North Devon Match Group Winter League No 6 Results @ Lower Slade Reservoir

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Many thanks to Martin Turner for his regular reports on the adventures of the North Devon Match Group.

North Devon Match Group Winter League No 6 Results @ Lower Slade Reservoir

1st Paul Elworthy   16lb 12oz

2nd Mark Richards 12lb 10oz

3rd Nathan Underwood  11lb 12oz

4th Martin Turner  11lb 4oz

5th Neilsen Jeffery 11lb 1oz

13 anglers fished.Gale force winds and driving rains kept the attendance down but lead to a close match .Paul Elworthydrew a peg on the road side near the dam and fished a tidy match with a feeder at range, sweetcorn hookbait and micro pellets feed, to catch a dozen skimmer bream plus some better roach for a clear victory. The next 4 places were separated by around a pound and a half ,Mark came out second with a pole to hand catch of 70 roach he was also pegged on the road side.Nathan Underwood was pegged in the shallower section and was able to fish a longer pole than most, his 3rd placed net was also mainly roach. The final winter league positions for 2018/19 are Neilsen Jeffery 110pts second Martin Turner  105 joint 3rd Chris Morris and Paul Morris  65

Litter an ongoing issue

Last year I reported on a local angling clubs efforts to clean up their local sea angling venue following threats to close it off following unacceptable litter left by careless and uncaring anglers.

Litter a sad reflection!

Anglers embark on Beach Clean to show they care

Sadly a year later I still get reports of issues relating to angling litter and whilst anglers are not exclusive in leaving litter they should be appreciative of the environment that is surely an integral part of what angling is about? I recently received this sad image of a popular North Devon Rock Mark the angler who sent this is to be commended for picking up the rubbish and removing it from the venue. We must all make every effort reduce litter and leave nothing at the waters edge accept memories.

Line is one of the major angling related litter issues and a new scheme is being launched to encourage responsible disposal. I will be speaking with local tackle shops and perhaps clubs to see if we can get access to the scheme here in North Devon.

Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme see link below :-