Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly competition @ Tarka Swims George’s lake,

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Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly competition @ Tarka Swims George’s Lake

1st Reg Sutton 34lb 6oz

2nd Martin Turner 18lb 11oz

3rd Thomas Scott 16lb 7oz

4th Bernie Blight 11lb 10oz

5th Richard Jefferies 8lb 5oz

6th John Lisle 5lb 8oz ,

13 fished. Reg Sutton drew the golden peg P and fished with maggot on a groundbait feeder, he has landed 7 good carp, for a convincing victory, well done Reg. Second on the day was Martin Turner on peg M , a last gasp bream of 4lb was just enough to pip Thomas into 3rd. Thomas has fished corn in the margins on peg Z .Bernie has fished on peg Q for 4th place.

The Cyril Petherick Memorial Results

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Many Thanks to Nathan for sending me the results of Bideford Clubs regular competitions

Cyril Petherick competition results.
Thanks to everyone for fishing we had a really good turn out (43 angler’s) it seemed the weather played ball but the fish didn’t as much.
1st Nathan Clements flounder   1lb 11oz
2nd Dick Talbot flounder  1lb 11oz
3rd Dick Talbot flounder  1lb 9 1/2oz

Cyril Petherick was a prominent character in the local angling community with his tackle shop at the top of the High Street. He was Bideford Clubs respected President for several years. I have fond memories of Cyril and his wife Elsie. I asked Dick Talbot if he could write a few words about Cyril for this report as I know Cyril would be honoured that his name is remembered each year as members fish in the competition.

Dick Talbot writes

“Cyril was a stalwart of the club and I and many others had photos taken outside the shop in the High Street he was always there to help juniors often giving them bits of tackle. Cyril and his wife Elsie always used to fish the comps together they used to fish with the Bottomley’s on many occasions.”  

Mary and Harry Bottomley were prominent West Country Anglers who had a strong connection with Bideford Angling Club, from what I can recall they enjoyed considerable success with flounder on South Devon Rivers such as the Teign)

Cyril was very committed to the angling politics of the day and served on the National Federation of Sea Anglers representing North Devon and attending many meetings across the South West often in South Devon. I believe he also wrote a regular angling column in the North Devon Journal for several years before handing over to Des Clements.

Bass of a Life Time

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Richard Jefferies fished a mark on the Lower Taw & Torridge Estuary and landed a fine bass of 13lb a fish that is undoubtedly the fish of a lifetime.

Bideford ANGLING CLUB -24 hour results
1st Julien Stainer bull Huss 11lb 12 1/2 117.812%
2nd Andrew Clements flounder 2lb 4 3/4 114. 843%
3rd Andrew Clements flounder 2lb 2 3/4 108.593%

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly [email protected] Tarka Swims George’s lake: Results

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Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly [email protected] Tarka Swims George’s lake: Results

1st Martin Turner 33lb 3oz

2nd Thomas Scott (junior) 29lb

3rd John Lisle 20lb 6oz

4th Kevin Shears 18lb 9oz

5th Stephen Craker 13lb 6oz

6th Tyler Scott (junior) 12lb 15oz Joint

7th Nathan Underwood and Ian Sedgwick 12lb 6oz

16 anglers fished, Today’s match produced a very close result , Martin’s catch on peg R , was made up of 6 large carp, caught on 8mm pellets and bread, tipped the balance. Junior member Thomas Scott has really sorted out the notorious peg L and had a terrific bag of mainly carp on red maggots on the pole for second overall. John Lisle has come in third another carp net and fourth with a great net of silverfish and small carp was Kevin Shears. Fifth spot went to Stephen Craker a long pole and punch, Tyler Scott came in 6th. Weather was damp and breezy this seems to have encouraged the larger carp to feed.

Sea Fishing Results

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Stephen Found secured top spot in Bideford Angling Clubs Monthly Sea Rover with a specimen thick lipped grey mullet of 4lb 63/4oz. In runner up spot was Julien Stainer with a conger of 19lb 111/2oz and third Paul Downing with a dogfish of 2lb. Forth Terry Dymond with a wrasse of 3lb 5oz.

Josh Atkinson took first and second in Appledore Shipbuilders monthly rover with small eyed ray scaling 9lb 12oz and 8lb 3/4oz. In third was Chris Slade with a smoothound of 9lb 123/4oz.


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Tarrant Wotton secured victory in Bideford Angling Clubs annual Sea Angling Festival catching a fine specimen trigger fish weighing 3lb 81/2oz. Steve Baker was runner up with a bull huss of 11lb 31/4oz and Andrew Clements third with a thick lipped grey mullet of 4lb 21/2oz. Rick Eavis won the Saturday prize with a mackerel of 1lb 3/4oz. Amongst the other fish caught was a bass of 6lb 8/1/2oz to the rod of Stuart Taylor. The winners shared a prize fund of £380. Twenty Three Anglers took Part.


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Bideford Angling Club member Dick Talbot landed this fine rockling of 1lb 15.5oz during a recent visit to the rocky shoreline. The fish took a whole joey mackerel. This would be a great fish to catch during Bidefords Open Fishing Festival that started yesterday.