Appledore Shipbuilders and Bideford 24 hour Rover Results

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Michael Toogood’s terrific haul of eight spurdog that included seven double figure fish took the top three places in Appledore Shipbuilders twenty four hour rover. The three biggest scaled13lb 4oz, 12lb 8oz and 11lb 7oz. Cameron Atkinson landed a fine flounder of 2lb 4oz and returned the fish having heard of Michael’s staggering haul of spurs.


Phil Vanstone won Bideford and District Angling Clubs twenty four hour rover with a specimen whiting of 1lb 81/4oz. Dick Talbot was runner up with a whiting of 1lb 71/2oz and Phil Vanstone third with a bull huss of 8lb 15oz.

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Bideford Christmas – Competition Result

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There was an impressive entry in this Bideford and District Angling Clubs Christmas Match on the Torridge Estuary with 69 entrants casting their lines in search of flounder. Bideford give many thanks to their generous sponsors :-D+S Electric,Anglers Heaven,Summerlands Tackle,Honeys Butchers,The Bell Parkham,M.Watts and Sons,Ray Toms David Grigg+sons,Bideford Angling club,Kyile Blackmore and Ian Hooper.


Paul Downing+Lisa Downing worked extremely hard  getting all the prizes together and thanks to  Phil Vanstone for gathering the draw prizes and lovely food


1st  Lee Newcombe – Flounder 1lb 31/4oz
2nd Martin Johns – Flounder 1lb 23/4oz
3rd  Howard Lewis – Bass 3lb 13oz


1st Sam ray – Flounder 1lb 1/4oz
2nd Alyssa Williams – Flounder 141/4oz
3rd Tommy Taylor – 13oz

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Bideford Coarse section Christmas competition.

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Every fish counts in match fishing and Bideford Club members struggled to catch any fish at all in their Christmas competition at Tarka Swims.

Bideford Coarse section Christmas competition.

Tarka Swims Winner on the day and golden peg Antony Bentley 2nd John Lovell joint 3rd John Lisle/ Ian Owen. Very tough day but all competitors left with prizes. Antony caught several small roach on pole fished maggot, John Lovell had a similar catch, 2 carp were hooked but lost.The lake is due to receive some restocking this Wednesday so the future of this wonderful club asset is assured.

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Terry Dymond took top spot in Bideford Angling Clubs monthly rover with a flounder of 1lb 123/4oz. Paul Downing was second with a flounder of 1lb 10oz and Taz Wotton was third with a plaice of 1lb 81/4oz. In fourth was Andrew Clements with a plaice of 1lb 7oz and Lisa Downing was fifth with a flounder of 1lb 61/4oz.


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Appledore Shipbuilders monthly Rover attracted a field of 25 seniors and 4 juniors. Josh Atkinson won the competition with a fine flounder of 2lb 105/8oz. In second and third was James Atkinson with flounder of 2lb 75/8oz and 2lb 63/8oz. Junior winner was Nalani Knox with flounder weighing 2lb 4oz and 1lb 101/4oz.


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Dennis Toleman secured victory in Triple Hook Clubs RBL Shield with a flounder of 1lb 65/8oz. In runner up spot was Mark Beer with a flounder of 1lb 45/8oz.



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The flounder season is certainly underway now with Taz Wotton taking top spot in Bidefords monthly rover landing a flounder of 1lb 83/4oz.  Lee Watts secured second and third with flounder of 1lb 81/4oz and 1lb 7oz.

The club also held the Des Clements Memorial Competition that raised £25 for charity and was won by Taz Wotton with his flounder.

Jazza John secured the top three places in Appledore Shipbuilders Match weighing in flounder of 1lb 151/4oz, 1lb 11oz and 1lb 9oz. Jack Pike took the junior prize with a wrasse of 2lb 21/4oz.

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Bideford & District Angling Club Monthly Coarse Match at  Tarka Swims

1st John Lisle 28lb 10oz

2nd Matt Cross 15lb 11oz

3rd Steve Bailey 13lb 8oz

4th Ian Owen 10lb 15oz

5th Colin Gorman 10lb 4oz

John had, 5 good carp on the long pole using sweetcorn , Matt used similar tactics for 3 carp in the margins.

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Rory Hewitt and Henry Gayton won Bideford and District Angling Clubs Junior Pairs Match at Tarka Swims. Bideford are to be congratulated for all the sterling work they have undertaken to encourage young anglers. The club lake has been a huge benefit providing an ideal location close to Bideford at a very reasonable cost.


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Ben Smeeth Countryside and Angling Manager – Sent me these reports of stunning fish and images from our local South West Lakes Trust Waters

John Deprieelle spent some time on day ticket venue Lower Tamar last week and had this to say about his session:
‘Well the carp fishing didn’t go quite to plan so I took bailiff Bobs advice and went to the very end peg which looked great and had fish everywhere in front of me. I lost a big fish within 30 mins of casting out and that was it. I had a few bream though and this 9lb fish was the best of the bunch taken on an 8mm pinapple pop up. The sunset was amazing!’

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9lb bream

Ryan Wilshere caught this cracking 27.10 Common from day ticket venue Jennetts Reservoir recently. Ryan fished the far margin from the first few pegs and the fish fell to a Mainline Essential IB pop up fished over a scattering of essential cell boilies. (Below)

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Tarrant Wotton secured first and second prizes in Bideford;s Fishing Festival with  fine specimen smoothound scaling 13lb 3oz and 13lb 21/2oz. In third was Nathan Clements with a thick lipped grey mullet of 4lb 101/4oz and in forth Antony Smith with a conger of 21lb 5oz.
Thirty seniors fished the event and two juniors.
       This is the second year that Taz has secured top spot in Bideford;s popular fishing festival proving that he is undoubtedly one of North Devon’s top sea anglers.
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