2020 Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Match Report

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An excellent report as always on Bideford Angling Clubs Match Season from Martin Turner.
2020 Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Match Secretary Report :
As I sit here another 1500 deaths in the UK has been announced on the news, I can only reflect on how lucky we were to have been able to have fished some of our scheduled events:
Our calendar opened with a trip to Morchard Road , this small venue rarely fails to produce and Keith Copland took the honours on a cold windswept day with an impressive 50lb net. February’s comp was held at Millpark , I almost cancelled as we were in the eye of storm “Ciara” ,the normally prolific water fished very hard in the difficult conditions , John Lisle mastered it on the day with a nice net of chub and carp. The March event went ahead on Wooda Lakes ,although we didn’t know at the time, we were staring down the barrels of a Covid 19 lockdown. My 55lb net was enough for victory , our youngest competitor Thomas Scott came home second.
Our worst fears were confirmed shortly after this and we didnt meet up again until the beginning of June, I tentatively arranged an evening sweepstake on Tarka , 13 turned up and David Bailey showed us how to do it with 20lb in the 3 hours. Aware that it was possible to fish matches in a safe manner I decided to run the Evening Series. Keith Copland led early stages with Tyler Scott close behind , Matt Cross won the second with David Bailey winning the third with 20lb from peg 19. Peg 2 produced the winner in match 4 for Martin Hawker, although Keith Mountjoy’s ,soft pellet approach, second place saw him begin to take command of the league at the halfway stage. Britney Shears won the next 2, almost ‘full house ‘ evening comps . Richard Jefferies , ‘yank and bank’ BDAC pest control officer put 18lb on the scales to win number 7. The final match in the foreshortened series included the pairs match, was fished on July 28th,we almost ran out of daylight but the conclusion was a victory in the pairs for Thomas Scott and Kev Shears with a combined total of 27lb 11oz .
My second overall on the night ensured victory in the overall standings 73 points to Keith Mountjoy 60 ,Kev Shears 56.
The Wednesday Evening Series again proved very popular with an average of 20 members turning up per match, the average catch 6.7 lb compared to 3.1 lb in 2019 , a great improvement , testament to the fantastic efforts of our fishery management team.
Our Monthly matches restarted in June on Tarka, Keith Mountjoy scored a victory with 20lb 10oz , young member Tyler Scott was a close second with 19lb 3oz. The July and August Competition saw veteran Colin Cherrington banished the Tarka jinx with 30lb nets to win both.
John West’s men from Plymouth Club came up for a rescheduled one leg interclub match, It was agreed that ,as we weren’t able to accommodate them on Tarka ,we would challenge them on Stuart Sharpe’s Wooda Lakes .The prolific fishery didn’t disappoint and BDAC ran out convincing winners 407lb to PDCAC 203lb . Bidefords Matt Cross showed us his catch and release technique with an empty 3rdkeepnet allowing winner Brintey to sneak in with 74lb off lake 1 , Captain John was top scorer for Plymouth with 67lb .
September’s comp back on Tarka was attended by 23 anglers , Kev Shears prevented Colin from the hat-trick but Mr Cherrington won the October match which proved to be our last match of 2020, with another 30lb net, this time off peg 12.
The final points in the 8 match series : Martin Turner 74 Steve Bailey and Colin Cherrington 47 Richard Jefferies 46 .
Our thanks must again go to all those people who made it possible for us to enjoy our sport .
I hope you are all staying safe and lets hope we can get together again very soon , wishing you all a Happy New Year.
Martin , Match Secretary.


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Bideford Rover Results

1st Julien Stainer  Dogfish 2lb 13.5oz 94.791%

2nd Jon Stevens Pouting 1lb 5oz 87.5%

3rd Paul Downing Whiting (bait) 15oz 62.5%

18 Anglers fished the January rover
Many people reported that the fishing was a struggle and that that the cold NE Wind had put a lot of fish off from feeding.
There were some good fish weighed in with the Winning fish being a 1lb 14oz 4dr Whiting caught by Andrew Atkinson
Second and third with Poutings of 1lb 6oz 4 dr and 1lb 2oz 12dr was James Atkinson.
Combe Martin SAC December Results
David Brooke won the December competition with a specimen conger of 26lb 10oz.
Runner up Kevin Legge with his bass of 10lb 12oz and third Mark Jones with a conger of 23lb 2oz.
General round up.
The bitter cold North East Wind has undoubtedly impacted upon both the fishes willingness to feed and the anglers enthusiasm to chase them.  Despite this a few fish have been caught including a few codling to 6lb.
Ross Stanway – 6lb plus codling

Jamie Steward with a pleasing codling.


Bideford and District Angling Club Monthly Coarse Section Competition : Tarka Swims Results

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Bideford and District Angling Club Monthly Coarse Section Competition : Tarka Swims Results

1st Colin Carolyn Cherrington. 30lb 12oz

2nd Keith Mountjoy 18lb 15oz

3rd Reg Sutton 17lb 9oz

4th Craig Crash Lamey 17lb 1oz

5th Tyler Scott 15lb 10oz 6th

B section winner Kevin Debbie Shears 13lb 2oz A Section winner Steve Ashton 6lb .

21 Anglers fished , conditions improved throughout the day and Colin has continued his great run on Tarka and this victory has pushed him into joint 2nd place in the league with 2 matches remaining. His catch of carp and skimmers was taken on peg 9 on the pole and paste. Opposite him on peg 18 was second placed Keith ,his catch was also taken on the pole but with soft pellets. Reg managed 3rd spot on peg 13 another pole catch this time on maggot. Craig on peg 16 also had carp and skimmers on the pole for 4th spot. Junior member Tyler on peg 6 came in 5th ,his catch included an 8lb 12oz carp.

Bideford Angling Club Monthly Rover

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Re-scheduling the October Rover to avoid storm Alex proved a wise decision for Bideford Angling Club with members enjoying improved weather and some good fishing. Phil Vanstone lead the way with a superb ballad Wrasse of 5lb 5oz a superb fish for the North Devon Coast.

The flounder were also all North Devon fish which bodes well for the coming months of the flounder fishing season.

1st Phil Vanstone wrasse 5lb 5oz 106.250%

2nd Andrew Clements flounder 1lb 15oz 1/4 97.656%

3rd Stephen Found flounder 1lb 13 1/4oz 91.406%

4th Andrew Clements flounder 1lb 12oz 87.500%

5th Antony Smith flounder 1lb 8oz 76.562%

6th Stephen Found flounder 1lb 7 3/4oz 74.218%

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section monthly competition on Tarka Swims Results:

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Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section monthly competition on Tarka Swims Results:

1st Kev Shears 22lb 1oz

2nd Colin Cherrington 21lb 1oz

3rd Martin Turner 16lb 7oz

4th Steve Ashton 16lb 3oz

5th Richard Jefferies 13lb

6th John Lisle 12lb 15oz

7th Stephen Craker 12lb 12oz

8th Keith Mountjoy 11lb 4oz

23 fished. A classic Indian summer day led to a close match on George’s lake , Kevin fished the pole with maggot on peg 13 , a late run of skimmers brought him victory, over Colin’s mainly carp net on peg 16 , third was another mixed pole net on peg 11 , Steve has caught mainly on the feeder on peg 17 for fourth spot. Richard’s bread on the pole method was fifth.

Bank Holiday Festival results (members only)

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Bank Holiday Festival results (members only)

1st Stephen Found Thornback Ray 13lb 15 1/4 160.509%

2nd Andrew Clements Thornback Ray 11lb 5 1/2 126.041%

3rd Stephen Found Thornback Ray 10lb 7 1/4 116.145%

4th Andrew Clements Bass 7lb 8 1/2 107.589%

Well done guys its been really hard work, congratulations to Steve on a new club record Thornback. Other fish caught Andrew Clements thornback 9lb 7 1/2 Jon Stevens Bull Huss 8lb 7oz and a smooth hound 8lb 2 1/2oz  Antony Smith Bass 5lb 4oz.

Decisive victory for Bideford Angling Club

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Bideford & District Angling Club versus Plymouth & District Coarse Angling Club. Wooda lakes 12 aside , BDAC 407lb PDCAC 203lb , Individuals
1st Kevin Shears 74lb 6oz
2nd Matt Cross 68lb 5oz
3rd John West 67lb 1oz
4th Richard Jefferies 65lb 4oz
5th Stephen Craker 57lb 7oz
6th Martin Turner 57lb 6oz
Kevin Shears led the team to a decisive victory with his pole caught net of carp on peg 2 ,on lake 1 , Matt was 2nd on lake 4 he would probably have topped 100lb but unfortunately lost his 3rd net through a ripped hole. John was the only Plymouth angler to make the top.8, his third place was on lake 4 nextdoor to Matt, A day of great weather added to a good match, and we hope that next year we can return to the 2-leg event. Many thanks to Stuart Sharp for allowing the  use Wooda Lakes for the Match ,
Phil Vanstone, Dave Merrett and 19 others

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section August Competition, Tarka Swims ,

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Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section August Competition, Tarka Swims ,

1st Colin  Cherrington 31lb 10oz

2nd Martin Turner 26lb 9oz

3rd Kevin Shears 19lb 14oz

4th Les Polden 15lb 6oz

5th Martin Rushton 12lb 1oz

6th Stephen Craker 9lb 10oz

7th Keith Mountjoy 8lb 15oz.

8th Thomas Scott 8lb 14oz ,

22 fished. Conditions were very hot and still, Colin has won consecutive monthly matches this time on peg 26 fishing the pole for a good net of carp. Martin’s second place came off peg 12 fishing shallow with sloppy groundbait for a small fish net, Kevin’s found better bream and skimmers on the pole on for third off peg 8. Les continues his run with another pole caught bag from peg 11.