Bideford and District Angling Club Evening competition No.1

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Bideford and District Angling Club
Evening competition No.1
14 fished. Results:
1st Kevin Shears 18lb 1oz
2nd Martin Turner 17lb 2oz
3rd Nathan Underwood  16lb 13oz
4th Graham Currington  11lb 3oz
5th Keith Mountjoy 9lb 2oz
6th Mike Snudden 8lb
The earlier rain eased, a fine evening was enjoyed by the club members who turned up for ,this year’s, first midweek competition.
It was good to see such a close finish, with some great nets of skimmers showing again in our short 3 hour match.
Kevin drew on peg 21 and weighed in a lovely net of mainly small bream, caught on the short pole and maggot. Martin’s second place was taken on paste on peg 26 , Nathan has netted 3rd place off peg 17.

Bideford and District Angling Club monthly competition results :

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Bideford and District Angling Club monthly competition results :
Tarka Swims 20 fished.
1st Nathan Underwood  34lb 3oz
2nd Keith Copland 29lb 9oz
3rd Keith Mountjoy  18lb 14oz
4th Paul Elworthy  16lb 14oz
5th Steve Ashton 15lb15oz
6th Martin Turner 13lb 13oz
Conditions were warm with light southerly breeze.
Carp and tench have dominated this month’s match, top three wieghts have all fallen to strong pole tactics around the Lilly pads, corn meat and maggot hook baits. Nathan’s winning catch was made on peg 13 and Keith’s second place on the shallower peg 26.
This Wednesday see’s the start of our midweek evening series.

Bideford & Appledore Shipbuilders May Rover Results

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May rover results 

13 angler’s fished 5 fish caught 

1st Stephen Found Bull Huss 15lb 4 1/2oz  152.812%

2nd Nathan Clements Thornback Ray 7lb 12 1/2oz 86.485%

3rd Paul Ackland Smoothound 7lb 10 1/2oz 76.562%

4th Stephen Found Spotted Ray  3lb 4oz 72.222%

5th Antony Smith Thornback Ray 6lb 7oz 71.527%

Appledore Shipbuilders May Rover

12 Anglers fished the May Rover . Jazza John took the honours with a Smoothound of 8lb 6 1/2ozs. Second place went to Richard Boon with another Smoothound of 7lb 9ozs and Third was Chris Slade, also with a Smoothound of 7lb 8 1/2ozs.

Latest Sea Angling Results

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Appledore Shipbuilders Boat Competition

Seven anglers in 3 different boats fished the 1st Appledore Shipbuilders Boat competition of this year.
Winner was David Atkinson with a Bull Huss of 14lb 4ozs. Second and Third with Huss of 13lb 10ozs and 11lb 5ozs was Olly Whitmore.

Bideford Angling Club

Aprils 24 hour results
Eleven angler’s fished with one fish caught
1st Julien Stainer – Small Eyed Ray 9lb 9oz 106.250%

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section monthly competition Tarka Swims results

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Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section monthly competition Tarka Swims results, :
1st Paul Elworthy  25lb 10oz
2nd Roger Ackroyd  13 lb 12oz
3rd Craig Crash Lamey  13lb 1oz
4th Keith Copland 13lb 0oz
5th Keith Mountjoy 10lb 15oz
6th Martin Turner 10lb 1oz
23 anglers fished in a brisk South Easterly.
Paul’s trip up from Tiverton was worthwhile, he took top spot with nice net of carp ,tench and some silvers mainly on maggot over micros at 11metres. His catch was made on the golden peg ,11, meaning a handy bonus pickup.
Rogers 2nd placing was also a pole caught mixed net from peg 14 , The next 2 places came from shallower pegs 22 and 5.

Sea Angling Round-up

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Appledore Shipbuilders

11 members fished Appledore Shipbuilder’s April Rover and three fish were registered at the weigh in.
Andrew Atkinson secured the top three places with a ballan wrasse of 3lb 8.5oz and a brace of 2lb dogfish.

Bideford Angling Club 

April Rover results

1st Antony Smith Small Eyed Ray 8lb 1oz 89.583%

2nd Elliot Clements Dogfish 1lb 15 1/4oz  65.104%

Combe Martin SAC

Wayne Thomas took top spot in Combe Martin SAC’s April Rover with a boat caught small eyed ray of 7lb. Nick Phillips was runner up with a thick lipped grey mullet of 2lb 3.5oz.


Hopefully with the oncoming Spring and warmer temperatures sport will start to pick up along the coast. Smoothound will be caught from all the familiar marks over coming weeks along with a few bass. The estuary will be well worth trying for bass and mullet with the chance of gilthead bream.

Small eyed ray will be worth targeting from surf beaches with Woolacombe and Putsborough favourites.

Thick lipped grey mullet are already being caught from local harbours and offer excellent sport on light tackle.

Fly Fishing in saltwater is growing in popularity with bass and grey mullet offering some exciting and at times challenging opportunities from the estuary and local surf beaches.

Massive bull huss wins Bideford Competition

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Andrew Clements won Bideford Angling Clubs twenty-four hour rover with a massive Bull Huss scaling 15lb 11.25oz. The fish was caught from a North Devon rock mark and is one of the biggest huss caught from the North Devon coast in recent decades.

March 24 hour results 

1st Andrew Clements  Bull Huss 15lb 11oz 1/4 157.031%

2nd Antony Smith Dog 2lb 3oz 72.916%

3rd Antony Smith Dog  2lb 2oz  1/2 71.875%

Bideford and District Angling Club Monthly Coarse Competition results:

Tarka Swims 23 fished
1st Keith Mountjoy  21lb 4oz
2nd Martin Turner 17lb 10oz
3rd Stephen Craker  15lb 6oz
4rd Colin Gorman  14lb 9oz
5th Les Polden 14lb 1oz
6th Kevin Shears 13lb 7oz
A fantastic turn out , just 3 short of a full house, enjoyed an interesting day on our club lake. The forecast poor weather didn’t materialize and reasonable conditions prevailed.
The deeper pegs have once again dominant the main prize list. Last month’s winner Keith has made few mistakes to put another winning catch together on peg 9 , long pole tactics soft pellet over ground bait.
Martin , 2 pegs away on peg 11 , had a good carp, late, shallow to boost him into 2nd spot. 3rd place Stephen almost took the golden peg prize, fishing a long pole on peg 15. Committee member ,Colin had 3 good carp on peg 10 for 4th.
The next competition on Tarka will be on April 10th booking on will be required.

Sea Angling Results

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Bideford Angling Clubs twenty-four rover resulted in just one fish being registered at the end of the match. A dogfish scaling 1lb 15.75oz to the rod of Nathan Clements.

Appledore Shipbuilders February Rover was equally uninspiring with Josh Atkinson registering the winning fish a dogfish of 2lb.

Spring is often a lean time for the sea angler with winter species departing and fish of the warmer months yet to arrive. Early bass and ray could be worth targeting with bull huss likely from rock marks.