Old Trophies bring back a few memories

We had a bit of a lockdown clear out like many others and in the shed was a box of old trophies many of them from a while back. Whilst Pauline suggested it was a shame to throw them out I decided the re-cycling centre would be their resting place but just to preserve them a bit longer I took a few photos. I hope the images bring back a few happy memories.

Lynton Rodbenders, Barnstaple Rod N Reelers, THe National Federation of Sea Anglers. Wyvern Division, South West Federation of Sea Anglers

( Above)Peter King was the owner of the tackle shop in Bear Street Barnstaple and an active member of several North Devon Sea Angling Clubs. He was also a keen salmon angler.

(Above) A selection of trophies from the Ilfracombe Fishing Festival that was organised by the Ilfracombe and District Angling Club. Looking back those week long festivals were amongst the happiest days of my fishing life.

The North Devon Sea Angling Association ran a competition league encouraging friendly competition between the regions many clubs.

Combe Martin SAC competitions back in the 1970’s were all bag weight competitions like most clubs of the time. My 52lb 13oz haul set a club record for a 6 hour match. 6 mullet and 3 conger if I remember correctly from Camels Eye!
(Above) Pauline pointed out that I really have been fishing the North Devon Coast for a long time!

Barnstaple & District Angling Club

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Barnstaple & District Angling Club is one of North Devon oldest clubs and has a rich history stretching back to its formation in 1941. The club is now primarily and a Coarse and Game Fishing Club with a beat on the Lower Taw just above the tide and an old quarry lake near South Molton. Details below.
Secretary,  Sheridan Toms,     Upcott Farm  Brayford. EX32 7QA.   Tel. 01598 710857
Membership Secretary,  Colin Ashby.    Tel 01271 323017       e-mail   the [email protected]
Treasurer , Jim Crawford . Tel 01237 476887    e-mail  [email protected]
Vice Chairman & Facebook Contact,  Alan Jump,  Tel 07548108350    e-mail    [email protected]
Chairman, John Webber.  Tel 07740 786003      e-mail    [email protected]
The club owns on the river Taw  near three miles of fishing on the left hand bank  (looking downstream) ending at the disused Old Iron railway bridge and 500 yards of the right hand bank ending at what is known as Big Pit.
The beat  commencing at Newbridge where the road  crosses the river on the A 377,  a mile or so past the village of Bishop’s Tawton towards Crediton. Post code. EX32 0EW
River is known for it’s  game fishing, salmon , sea trout & brown trout although coarse anglers could find  roach, dace and eels which have been recorded in the past.
The Clubs water at Newbridge
South Aller Pond, is our coarse fishery.
South Aller Pond
Club has stocked pond over the years and it contains carp, tench, bream, roach, rudd, perch, eels & silver fish.
Membership of club is £50 for seniors and Juniors £15 which allows members to fish both venues.
More history of B&DAA can be found in my book available from “The Little Egret Press”.

History of the club

John Webber sent me a few details relating to the clubs long history and some of its founder members.

Details of reforming the club attached  July 15th 1941.
I know of two original members
Dr. Harper, the President was a well know GP in  Barnstaple. His surgery was opposite which is now the goods entrance into Green Lanes shopping area, Boutport Street.
The Harper Ward at the ND Hospital was named after him.
Dr. Harper had a hut below my house where he came to relax and fish on the Yeo. The family  still own the wood and right hand bank fishing  here at Snapper. His wife, also an avid dry fly fisher woman, wrote a record of his life in the privately printed  book  ‘Dr. Richard Harper of Barnstaple’  which records his life story and includes his efforts for the health and well being of the poor of the town. 
The Chairman was H.S. Joyce.  Author of  several fishing books, such as ‘By Field and Stream’, ‘ Holiday Trout Fishing’, 
‘By Field & Stream’ and ‘A Trout Anglers Notebook’ plus many articles  in periodicals  of the day ‘ Game & Gun’, ‘The Fishing Gazette ‘
and  ‘Angling’
His son Peter was my next door neighbor here in at Snapper for many years and lent me his father’s  notes written on the back of wall paper due to paper shortages in the war years
Harry I understood  moved to Dorset and lived in a mill called the ‘White House’, which was left to the National Trust when he died and all his original books were then  bound in leather and gifted to them by his late grand-daughter Judith.
The forward to H. S .Joyces book Holiday Trout Fishing

Barnstaple & District AA AGM

Barnstaple and District Angling Association are one of North Devon longest running clubs with a rich history. They control fishing on a popular stretch of the River Taw with salmon and sea trout fishing. They also have coarse fishing at Aller Pond an atmospheric and tranquil water sited within woodland near South Molton.

(Above ) Newbridge on the River Taw B&DAA Club water.

(Above) South Aller Pond

On Monday November 13th a good proportion of the clubs membership gathered in Barnstaple’s Corner House for their AGM.

After the formalities of reports and election of officers members mingled and we swapped tales of local fishing history and prospects for the future. It was good to see that this long established club is still going strong.

Membership Secretary, Colin Ashby, 13 Green Meadow Drive, Barnstaple EX31 4HT. Tel. 01271 323017.
e- mail [email protected]

Club Secretary Sheridan Toms, Upcott Farm, Brayford, N.Devon EX32 7QA. Tel 01598 710857.

Chairman. John Webber e-mail [email protected]