Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly Competition

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Bideford and District Angling Club
Coarse section monthly competition
1st Keith Copland 59 lb 13oz
2nd Nathan Underwood 32lb 6oz
3r Darren Polden 28lb 15oz
4th Stephen Sheller 27lb 8oz
5th Martin Turner 25lb 2oz
6th Rhys Eyles 24lb 10oz
21 members fished.
George’s lake was the venue for our April competition, the sun shone and the birds sang ! Spring has finally sprung after a very wet period.
Committee member, Keith sat on peg 12 and fished the pole with corn over micros and caught a great net of mainly carp
Second spot went to, league leader, Nathan on peg 9
with another net of carp, this time on paste on the pole.
Darren moves up to 8th place in the year long league
with his third place mixed net on peg 21.
Stephen boosted his mixed bag ,off peg 4 , with a good carp , to take fourth place. His catch fell mainly to soft pellets and micros.

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

B.D.A.C Rod and reel match results at Tarka date 22.10.23

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B.D.A.C Rod and reel match results at Tarka date 22.10.23 .

Today was the first of a 3 match series, the weather today was some what mixed with some rain and some sunshine at times. Fishing was hard at times, but still some good weights was weighed in. 1st place today went to Keith Copland on peg 9 with a good net of fish for 25lbs 13oz on the feeder, 2nd place went to Richard Jefferies on peg 14 with 23lbs 10oz fishing a pellet waggler, 3rd place was Stephen Paul Sheller on peg 21 with 23lbs 4oz and 4th place went to Martin Turner on peg 16 with 22lbs 9oz.

The next Rod and Reel match will be at Tarka on the 26.11.23.


Bideford and District Angling Club Junior event No. 3

Bideford and District Angling Club
Junior event No. 3
1st Brodie Allen 14lb 8oz
2nd Lewis Hathaway 9lb 4oz
3rd Leo Davies 7lb 14oz
4th Eric Snudden 3lb 9oz
4th Hector Snudden 3lb 9oz
6th Willow Davies 2lb 10oz
7th Imogen Babb 1lb 14oz
8th Albi Clements 15oz
The forecast for wind and heavy rain kept some of our regular youngsters away for this,the third event of the summer series ; however the weather wasn’t as bad as predicted and pegs 7 to 14 offered a degree of shelter.
Some nice catches were made with Brodie’s net of pole caught carp top wieght on the day,
Second place went to Lewis on peg 7, sweetcorn on the pole tactics.
Leo fished pellets on a method feeder for third.
Our next event is on Saturday August 5th.

Bideford & District AC Monthly Coarse Section competition results:

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1st Nathan Underwood  34lb 7oz
2nd Dave Wood 25lb 14oz
3rd Keith Mountjoy 24lb 3oz
4th Kevin Shears  23lb 5oz
5th Paul Elworthy 22lb 4oz
6th John Lisle 19lb 6oz
7th Graham Currington  18lb 1oz
19 fished
Another very close match was enjoyed by most , the weather was mild and dry until the last hour.
The ropes off , ensured that a variety of techniques were able to be used , despite this the pole has dominated.
Last year’s winner Nathan moved into first position in the league with a convincing victory on peg 9, pole fished bread in the margins has accounted for a fine net of carp. Dave has fished similarly for second spot on peg 13.
Committee member Keith has fished with soft pellet on the long pole in open water on peg 6 for third and a section win.
Kevin’s fourth position was mainly silver fish on maggot off peg 10.

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section September monthly competition

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1st Nathan Underwood  39lb 9oz
2nd John Lisle  38lb
3rd Keith Copland 28lb 11oz
4th Paul Elworhty  28lb 1oz
5th Les Polden  27lb 14oz
6th Colin Cherrington. 26lb 8oz
7th Roger Ackroyd  23lb 10oz
8th Cyril Found  23lb 2oz
22 anglers fished.
The weather held and we enjoyed a mild day with a southerly breeze. The ‘unstoppable’ Nathan has drawn the golden peg 18, and fished his paste on the long pole technique for yet another victory!
John ,on peg 13, fell just short for his second place, another pole and paste carp net.
Keith was best of the rest off peg 11, another carp net this time cage feeder and maggot.
Paul’s trip up from Tiverton produced the best silvers net to pole and maggot on peg 6, and 4th spot.
The league leader ,Craig ,saw his lead reduced to just 2 points, to in form Nathan.

Bideford & District Angling Club Midweek Competition

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Midweek Evening Competition No 8
Results :
1st Kevin Shears 21lb 12oz
2nd Martin Turner 18lb 15oz
3rd Stephen Craker  16lb 10oz
4th Les Polden  16lb 4oz
4th Natahn Underwood  16lb 4oz
6th Mike Snudden  12lb 6oz
7th Richard Jefferies  10lb 1oz
8th Cyril Found  9lb 12oz
16 fished.
This evening’s 3hour event was won by Kevin on peg 2 in the shallower end , his mixed bag was taken on caster and maggot on the pole, Martin’s second place net off peg 19 was made up of mainly bream and tench.
Stephen fished on peg 4 with soft pellet for 3rd. Nathan’s joint 4th with Les insurers he retains pole position in the league with 2 matches remaining.

Bideford & District Angling Club – Monthly Coarse Match result

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August Monthly competition Tarka Swims Results:

1st Kevin Shears 47lb 9oz

2nd Nathan Underwood 33lb 13oz

3rd Colin Cherrington 29lb 10oz

4th Les Polden  26lb 10oz

5th Craig Lamey  26lb 7oz

6th Tyler Scott  26lb 3oz

7th David Anstey  25lb 4oz

20 fished . Tarka has again produced a fantastic match, dominated by in form Kevin who again drew peg 19 . His worm and groundbait approach on the short pole proved perfect. Nathan , despite lossing several carp, finished second using similar tactics on peg 16. Colin on peg 1 ended up third with a mainly carp net from the shallower peg. The drop in temperature and brisk westerly did little to stop fish from feeding , our next match is ,as always , the second Sunday of the month.



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Cold North and East winds combined with high pressure seldom bring good results for sea anglers at this time of year. The wind is forecast to back to the South later in the month when sport should improve.

Bideford Rover results

1st Dick Talbot flounder 1lb 7oz

2nd Dick Talbot flounder 1lb 5oz

Dick caught his brace of flounder from the River Torridge estuary to win first and second in the clubs. monthly rover.

Triple Hook Club Suspend competitions.

Barnstaple’s Triple Hook Club have made the decision to suspend all competitions until 2021 when the COVID situation has eased.

Combe Martin SAC

Combe Martin SAC are holding a monthly competitions for the first half of their club year. At present Rob Sciones is leading the event with a small eyed ray of 9lb 10oz.