Bideford & District Angling Club Presentation night

Bideford and District Angling Club held their presentation night at Bideford Conservative Club  Friday February 23rd with close to forty members attending. I was privileged to join in presenting several awards along with Simon McCarthy from Summerlands Tackle. The evening was very enjoyable and a very positive vibe was apparent as members cheered the winners and added the occasional good natured banter to proceedings. It was very encouraging to hear of a very healthy number of Junior anglers taking part during the summer Coarse series. Many thanks to Adam Wheeler for taking some excellent pictures of the evening.

Bideford’s Triumphant Coarse Fishing Team who beat Plymouth in their annual inter-club Match

Season 2023 / 24

Matchmans Cup  

 Nathan Underwood 

126 points


Kevin Shears

 115 points.

Junior winner

 Brodie Allin

57 points

Junior runner-up

Ted Blight

48 points

Evening series


Nathan Underwood

119 points

Evening Runner-up 

Richard Jefferies

107 points

Pairs trophy winners

Roger Ackroyd

Craig Lamey

Top weight in competition

Darren Polden 71lbs 

 Stephen Found 55 pts

Valentine bowl – most points in the monthly Rover.

Nathan Clements Gilthead bream 8lb 2 1/4 203.515%

Stephanie Vanstone  – Best specimen caught from the shore.

 Stephen Found Thornback Ray 13lb 10 151.388%

Jason Talbot Memorial plate – Best specimen ray caught from the shore.

 Tony Gussin Conger 14lb 5 71.562%

Snake plate – best specimen Conger caught from the shore.

 Nathan Clements Gilthead bream 8lb 2 1/4oz

Best round fish from the shore 

Stephen Found Flounder 2lb 4oz 112.5%

Best specimen flat fish caught from the shore 

 Stephen Found Smoothhound 14lb 5oz 143.125%

Best specimen shark from the shore.

 Nathan Clements Small-eyed Ray 10lb 4oz 1/2 114.236%

Winner of end of season competition  

 Paul Ackland 4lb 1oz

Big Mike Memorial vase

Stephen Found total of 1160.118%

Species challenge cup

In the game fishing section John Mc Cullam and Terry Dymond dominated the results collecting five awards between them.

(Above) John Mc Cullam


(Above) Terry Dymond


Tom Wade’s Anglers Heaven is situated close to Bideford’s Pannier Market with convenient free parking close by. Tom is a keen sea angler who has been at Anglers Heaven for nine years working closely with local angling clubs including Bideford and District Angling Club providing a valuable location for obtaining club membership allowing access to the clubs fishing lakes at Tarka Swims. He sells fresh bait for both Coarse and sea angling.

Tom Wade of Anglers Heaven

The shop carries an extensive range of tackle including Pure-fishing and other popular brands. He is a stockist for Century Rods with a good number of beach rods available to examine in the shop. Toms main focus is sea angling with an impressive display of images pinned upon the shop wall.

It is vital that local tackle shops are supported as they are a valuable meeting place for anglers giving a service that cannot be replicated on-line. With local advice on where, when to fish and what tackle is required.

In addition the shop carries a wide range of air rifles.

Bideford Angling Club – Mid week Match

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Bideford and District Angling Club Evening Series match No 6 Results;

1st Kevin Shears 20lb 13oz

2nd Martin Turner 17lb 10 oz

3rd Les Polden 16lb 7oz

4th Stuart Sharp 14lb 15oz

5th David Bailey 13lb12oz

6th  David Anstey 11lb 8oz

7th Tom Scott 11lb

18 anglers fished , As the evenings begin to draw in and the league draws to a conclusion, Kevin’s back to back wins from peg 17 has pushed him well up the table. His net of pole caught skimmers and carp were taken on soft pellet, Martin’s pole caught net of smaller fish were mainly taken on caster over groundbait at 10 metres on peg 4, Les has returned to matches after a long lay off and managed third on peg 18 , with 2 matches remaining we hope for clear skies.

Bideford – Mid Week Result

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Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Midweek Competition. No4 Results

1st Martin Turner 13lb 3oz

2nd Colin Gorman 6lb 15oz

3rd Peter Slade 4lb 2oz.

15 anglers turned up to fish our regular 3 hour evening comp on the longest day. Martin landed 2 of the larger Tarka carp on a banded 8mm pellet for first place. Colin managed to land one good carp on prawn bait ,whilst Peter caught on bread on peg B. Rhys Eyles still leads the league with 33pts


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Andrew Atkinson secured victory in Appledore Shipbuilders Rover with a fine flounder of 2lb 21/4oz. In second and third place was Graham Snow with a flounder of 1lb105/8oz and 1lb 87/8oz. The Junior section was taken by Cleo Babb with a flounder of 1lb 1oz. Twenty seven keen members fished the event in a bitter East wind with temperatures barely above zero.

Andrew Atkinson – Flounder 2lb 21/4oz

Appledore hold their Christmas Competition at Heanton Court on the Taw Estuary next week fishing 9.00am until 1:30pm.

Monthly rover results 4/12/2016
1st Andy Clements flounder 1lb 13 1/4oz 91.406%
2nd Graham snow flounder 1lb 10 1/2oz  82.812%
3rd Graham snow flounder 1lb 8 3/4oz    77.343%
4th Andy Clements flounder 1lb 7 1/2oz   73.437%
5th Nathan Clements flounder 1lb 5 1/2oz  67.187%
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Dennis Toleman Triple Hook Clubs Open Flounder Competition with a flattie of 1lb 113/4oz. Robbie Hancock was runner up with a flounder of 1lb 101/2oz and third John Vaughan with a flounder of 1lb95/8oz.


Bideford’s Final Heat

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Bideford & District Angling Clubs mid-week summer league has come to an end all to soon I am sure for those who have enjoyed the weekly fishing on their home water.  Competition No10  was won by Matt Clare Cross with 12lb 10oz. In second was David Bailey with 8lb 12oz and in third Martin Turner on 4lb 12oz. Forth Craig Crash Lamey 3lb 4oz and fifth John Dyer…. Matt won the match on peg L with 2 pole caught carp, David Bailey took 2 fish on the lead on banded pellet.

Overall winner of the midweek series was John Lovell 82 pts 2nd Martin Turner 81pts 3rd David Bailey 4th Matt Clare Cross





Bideford Midweek Result


David Bailey winning catch

Bideford Angling Clubs Midweek Evening Match Tarka Swims saw David Bailey take first prize with 28lb 12oz.  Second was Matt Cross with 6lb 15oz and third Martin Hawker with 6lb 12oz.  John Lovell forth with  6lb 11oz and Craig Crash Lamey fifth with 2lb 9oz. Winner David Bailey took 5 carp on banded pellet fished on the lead. Second place was secured using pole and paste tactics.