Sea Angling – Competition Results

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Appledore Shipbuilders

Sixteen members of Appledore Shipbuilders fished a blustery day to compete in their monthly rover. Chris Boon was the winner with a bass of 4lb 12oz. David Atkinson runner up with a gilthead bream of 2lb 105/8oz and third Andrew Atkinson with a smoothound of 6lb 4oz.

Andrew Atkinson – smoothound 6lb 4oz


Stephen Found secured first and second in Bideford Angling Clubs monthly Rover tempting thin lipped grey mullet of 4lb 103/4oz and 4lb 8oz. In third place was Dick Talbot with a dogfish of 2lb 12oz and forth Andrew Clements with a thick lipped grey mullet of 3lb 10oz.

Bideford & District Angling Club – Mid Week Result

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Many thanks to Martin Turner for his regular updates on Bideford Club Coarse events. For more details on Bideford Club visit my club page on link below.


BDAC Summer evening league round 4 results:

Martin Hawker

15lb 14oz

Keith Mountjoy

15lb 1oz

Stephen Craker

14lb 6oz

David Bailey

13lb 1oz

Stuart Sharp

12lb 7oz

Martin Turner

12lb 1oz

Steve Ashton

10lb 2oz ,

18 fished. Tonight’s 3 hour evening match was won by, committee member , Martin on peg 2 . His net of good quality carp fell to pole fished bread and corn , Keith continues his run with another 2nd. place to push him well clear at the top of the league. Keith used soft pellets for skimmers on peg 13 , Stephen finished a close 3rd on unfancied peg 22. Tonight’s weather was mild and breezy leading to a close match.

Bideford Angling Clubs Midweek Evening Match

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Bideford Angling Clubs Midweek Evening Match


1st David Bailey   19lb 9oz

2nd Keith Mountjoy  14lb 4oz

3rd Matt Cross  13lb 8oz

4th Martin Turner 12lb 3oz

5th Kevin Shears   11lb15oz

6th David Anstey  9lb 1oz

After a fine hot day 17 club members enjoyed a pleasant evening on George’s lake in the 3rd round of our evening series, good nets were brought to the scales the best was David on peg 19 almost 20lb of skimmers, carp and tench on the method feeder with banded pellets, Keith finished 2nd with a pole caught net of smaller skimmers and a single carp on soft pellet from the un-fancied peg 3. Matt had a late carp on peg 9 to secure 3rd place, Keith Mountjoy now leads the league with 27 points,

Match Fishing Results

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Matt Cross won Bideford Angling Clubs midweek evening match at Tarka Swims with  17lb 8oz. In runner up spot was Keith Mountjoy with 15lb 2oz and third Keith Copland with 15lb 1oz. Fourth was Martin Turner with 13lb 2oz and fifth Adam Wheeler with 13lb 1oz. Most fish were caught using pole and pellet tactics.

North Devon Match Groups Match at Oaktree was won convincingly by Tom Downing with 88lb 14oz. In runner up spot was Nathan Underwood with 42lb 13oz and in third Tim Brown with 40lb 6oz and fourth Martin Turner with 39lb 10oz.

Tom Downing with 88lb 14oz.

The latest Open match at Stafford Moor saw Chris Davis secure victory with an impressive haul of 238lb. In runner up place was Des Shipp with 194lb 11oz and third James Cooper with 182lb 13oz.

Chris Davis secure victory with an impressive haul of 238lb

Sea Angling Update

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Several colourful wrasse have been caught by anglers fishing the rocky coastline near Ilfracombe with Paul Lorrimore landing a beautiful fish of 3lb 15oz.

Antony Smith took the top two spots in Bideford Angling Clubs twenty four hour sea rover with smoothound scaling 9lb 12.5oz and 9lb 9oz. In third place was Tarrant Wotton with a bass of 6lb 7oz.

Bideford Monthly Coarse Match

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Results: BDAC Coarse Section Monthly Competition.

1st Keith Mountjoy 20lb 10oz

2nd Tyler Scott  19lb 3oz

3rd Matt Cross 12lb 10oz

4th Martin Turner  11lb 12oz

5th Martin Rushton  10lb 3oz

6th Steve Bailey 9lb 1oz

17 anglers fished , Tarka Swims , George’s lake was used for this months match, the forecast rain held off but humid conditions led to a tough day . Keith drew peg 16 and had a nice net of mainly bream and skimmers, on soft pellet on 11metre pole for victory over the consistent Tyler on peg 18, Matt managed to land 5 carp and lose 5 on peg 2 for 3rd spot.

Bideford Angling Club – Mid Week Match

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Midweek Evening Series No.1

Tarka Swims Results

1st Keith Copland 14lb 9oz

2nd Tyler Scott 13lb 8oz

3rd Stuart Sharp 13lb 7oz

4th  Richard Jefferies 12lb 4oz

5th  Martin Turner 9lb 13oz

6th Steve Ashton 8lb 7oz

13 fished . Keith takes an early lead in the summer league with a pole caught carp net on corn off peg 24, Junior member Tyler’s 2nd place bag was mostly of bream , pole on peg 16. Stuart’s 3rd place net fell to pole and running line tactics on peg 19, conditions were extremely wet although mild. Lets hope for better weather in future rounds,

SEA ANGLING – Round Up Sea Competitions return!

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Eighteen seniors fishing in Appledore Shipbuilders monthly Rover that was won by Jazza John with a bull huss of 10lb 2oz. James Atkinson took second and third with small eyed ray of 8lb 8oz and 7lb 7oz.

Bideford Angling Clubs Rover was won by Paul Downing who caught a smoothound of 9lb 10oz. Stephen Found was runner up with a bull huss of 9lb 4.25oz and Tarrant Wotton third with a smoothound of 8lb 12oz. Forth place went to Tom Downing with a smoothound of 8lb 6oz and fifth Tony Gooch with a huss of 7lb 2oz. Pail Ackland was sixth with a smoothound of 6lb 13oz.

Bideford Angling Club – A warm Tribute to (Art) Arthur

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Bideford Angling Club members are saddened at the death of Arthur Johns aged 71 who had been a keen member since joining as a junior in the early sixties.  He was a keen sea angler and specialised in catching the wily grey mullet. He was the secretary of the North Devon Sea Angling League for over twenty years and I enjoyed my regular chats with him when collating reports for the NDJ.

Many thanks to Bideford Angling Clubs Pete Skinner who sent me this warm tribute to Arthur.

(Above) Michael Squires (Left) and Arthur Johns – Two greatly missed members of Bideford Angling Club.

Arthur (Art) Johns 1949 – 2020 (71) Arthur first joined the club in the 1960s as a junior before joining the merchant navy, he rejoined in the mid 70s and has remained a member ever since. He was a hard worker for the club and held many posts in his time including junior cup organiser, Xmas comp and festival organiser, fish recorder and cup custodian, Chairman , president and Vice President the post he held when he passed away, he also worked hard for the club when we had our clubhouse behind the bar and various other jobs. He was secretary of the North Devon Sea Angling league for over 20 years, a job he was very proud of. Arthur was a keen sea angler, fishing a lot with his great friend Mike Squires, another Angling club stalwart who sadly passed away a short time ago, after which Arthur stopped fishing, he told me once that it wasn’t the same anymore, Arthur liked all types of fishing but he particularly enjoyed the intricacies if mullet fishing at which he excelled, winning many club competitions with specimens of the species. He was a great member of the club, with a keen interest in encouraging youngsters into our sport, he will be sorely missed.


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(Above)Tarka Swims – General Coarse Lake – Bream, carp, tench, perch and roach.

Bideford Club was founded in the early sixties and is one of North Devons’s largest and most successful clubs with a multi discipline membership. The club runs two lakes for the use of members and has done a great deal to promote angling for local juniors.

The clubs lakes are disabled friendly, with all platforms being accessible.They are currently in the process of replacing  existing platforms, with specific wheelchair friendly ones as recommended by the British disabled Angling association, who have accredited our site.

They run regular Coarse, Sea and Game fishing competitions.

Membership can be obtained by contacting Pete Skinner :-  [email protected]

or by calling into Summerlands Tackle or Anglers Heaven. 

 2020 season. These must be paid before fishing TARKA swims or entering club run competitions.

Juniors Under 12. Free

Juniors. 12—18. £5 Sea , game competitions  £10

Concessions 65+. £5 TARKA new members. £55 Concessions 65+.

£50 ( 1st year only) TARKA existing. £30

Concessions 65+. £25

(Above) Karens Lake – Carp