Bideford & District Angling Club Rod N Reel Match Result

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B.D.A.C Rod and Reel match results date 26.5.24 at Tarka. Today the weather was a bit sunny with a few showers and fishing was steady. 1st place today went to Richard jefferies on peg 10 with a weight of 34lbs 8oz mainly carp, 2nd place when to Stephen Paul Sheller on peg 6 with 33lbs 15oz and 3rd place was Keith copland on peg 8 with 23lbs 13oz. The next Rod and Reel match will be on the 23.6.24.

Bideford & District Angling Club Midweek Series Heat 2

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Hard to believe its got to that time of year already. So much so that I forgot to report on heat 1.

1st Nathan Underwood 34 lb 9oz
2nd David Bailey 24lb
3rd Mike Snudden 23 lb 10oz
4th Craig Crash Lamey 20lb 11oz
14 members fished.
A rather damp evening proved tough going for some, Nathan has bounced back to form with a convincing victory from peg 13 , paste fished into the weed bed was his chosen tactic.
David has made a successful return with a lovely net of mainly silver fish on maggot from peg 8 for 2nd spot.
Mike has caught on worms on the pole on peg 5 for 3rd place.

 The final of Stafford Moors May Festival 2024

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 The final of Stafford Moors May Festival 2024

The consistently high weights caught during matches at this superb venue never cease to amaze.

Joanne Combes wrote :-
 Our worthy winner is ……… Steve Ford who had a total weight of 954lb 4oz with 5 points a huge well done to you! 🥇
In second place was Lee Werrett with a total weight of 740lb 7oz and a total of 6 points well done! 🥈
In 3rd place was Ben Evenden with a total weight of 731lb 5oz and a total of 6 points well done! 🥉
Just want to say what a fantastic week it has been with the company and weights this week wow some fab weights all week. The total amount of fish caught this week was 36,590 lb !!!!!!!!! Wow that’s a few fish ! 🎣
Thank you so much to all the guys who helped weigh in this week your help is so appreciated ❤️

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.

Stafford Moor Match Fishing Latest

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 Winner of Stafford Moors first Open of the New season was Colin Horwood who bagged 241lb 3oz from peg 1 on Tanners.
In 2nd place was Steve Hayman with 209lb 6oz from peg 12 on Woodpecker lake
In 3rd place was Steve Shaw with 167lb 1oz from peg 16 on Tanners lake
In 4th place was lodge guest Paul Golding with 198lb 14oz from peg 11 on Woodpecker lake.

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse section monthly competition

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Bideford and District Angling Club

Coarse section monthly competition


1st Kevin Shears 39lb 2oz

2nd Nathan Underwood  31lb 9oz

3rd John Lisle 22lb 1oz

4th Martin Turner 19lb 14oz

5th Colin Cherrington 17lb 6oz

6th Richard Dennis 12lb 13oz

22 members fished.

A cold north westerly breeze blowing up towards the shallows greeted the competitors for this, the second match of our year-long league.

The old order was restored with the Kevin and Nathan show.!

Kev’s drawn peg 15 , one of the more sheltered spots , and pole fished maggots and sweetcorn hookbaits for a clear victory, Nathan, defending league champion , has fished on peg 9 , for second spot.

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse section monthly competition Results:

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Bideford and District Angling Club

Coarse section monthly competition


1st Stephen Paul  Sheller 44lb 11oz

2nd Martin Turner 31lb 10oz

3rd Paul Elworthy   25lb 13oz

4th Craig Crash Lamey 22lb 12oz

5th Keith Mountjoy 21lb 7oz

6th Colin Cherrington 14lb 10oz

Bideford Club members welcomed in the new season with their first competition on George’s lake, Tarka Swims.
Typical winter conditions prevailed, cold and sleety showers, greeted the 20 members who booked in and braved the elements.
The winner, Stephen  found some large carp on peg 10 on the pole, pegging back the early lead set by Martin and Keith on the opposite side of the lake.
Martin, on peg 17 ,settled for the second spot using bomb and bread tactics.
Paul had some larger carp on peg 18 on the feeder with maggot for 3rd.
The shallower section was won by Warren Thornton with a fine near double figure carp.

Coarse fishing end of year newsletter December 2023 – South West lakes Trust

Coarse fishing end of year newsletter
December 2023

Dear fellow anglers,

Where has 2023 gone? Another brilliant year of angling on our coarse fishing venues has flown by. There have certainly been some highlights this year and it has been fantastic to see the reports and photos sent in of people’s captures this year.

It was a great start to the year for pike fishing on College Lake, with the lake recently allowing limited pike fishing tickets through the winter season. All the anglers that took up the opportunity to pike fish the lake had a great time with multiple fish caught over the colder months. These tickets are available again this year, please ring the office for details on 01566 771930.

New format a success for Mainline Baits

Soon, spring was upon us and with the pike season coming to a close the other species started to wake up in in the reservoirs with multiple catch reports coming in from Argal and Upper Tamar in early March.

The end of March saw the return of the Mainline Baits Pairs competitions on Upper Tamar. There was a rule change this year on how the final result is taken, where a pair can register their three biggest fish and the final weight is taken from that. This led to a much more competitive and close competition which could be won at any time by anyone.

Over the year we offer three pairs competitions on Upper Tamar with £3,500 of prize money up for grabs. All anglers get a goody bag from the match sponsor Mainline Baits. We look forward to running these again in 2024 (dates to be announced at the start of the year).

Upper Tamar on top form for matches

Springtime also marked the start of the matches on Upper Tamar. Upper Tamar is such an amazing venue and once again it showed its form with some cracking weights of bream, perch and roach from the matches through the year, it’s no wonder it is regarded as one of the best venues in the country. It was great to see familiar faces this year and once again there was some top banter to go with it.

The match calendar for Upper Tamar is already full for 2024, we apologise for any disappointment. There are still dates available for Jennetts and a couple of other venues, please get in touch for details.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the match organisers and competitors for their support in 2023. We hope 2024 will bring another successful year of matches on our reservoirs and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Get Fishing Awards at Porth and Darracott

As summer started, plans were well under way to try to show a wider audience just how amazing our sport is. Through the month of August, we aimed to roll out the Angling Trust ‘Get Fishing Awards’ at Porth and Darracott. This was a gateway for newcomers to try fishing and have the confidence and knowledge to get out there and go fishing by gaining a Bronze, Silver and Gold award after three sessions.

A massive thank you to the volunteers who helped at the events, we aim to carry on these sort of events in 2024 and plans are in place to try and kick on from this to encourage more into the sport.

Carp removal project at Roadford Lake

September saw the start of the carp removal project at Roadford Lake. Due to fish spawning in the first week of May we had to put a hold on it until September. This gave the opportunity for people to fish the 700+ acre venuefor carp for the first time.

Due to agreements and legislation when Roadford was created, the lake can only be run as a brown trout fishery. Therefore, the aim of the project is to remove carp to improve the brown trout fishing and at the same time use the fish to improve the stocks in some of our reservoirs. Throughout September, over 200 carp were caught and moved to other venues to improve the stocks of the lakes.

Pike, Catch and stock: a busy end to the year! 

As the year draws to an end it has seen the matches finish on the venues until next year, the pike season has started again, the day tickets have moved onto the Catch app and we have invested in some new stock for the lakes, with over £15,000 of carp being stocked (including this stunning mirror at Melbury, below).

A big thank you to all those that took part in the season ticket survey.

Notable catches and results on the lakes

There have been some notable catches and results on the lakes this year. Longham has been on fine form producing a bream of 20lb to Chris Harrison and a new lake record 48lb 4oz carp to Alan Thurlow.

Lee Kerry was crowned the Feeder Masters champion for the third time at Upper Tamar. The close competition was won with a winning weight of 65lb 10oz after two days, beating second place and last year’s champion Zak Williams by 2lb 6oz.

Lower Tamar has once again produced some fantastic bream (see photo below) with multiple double figure fish getting caught through the year. The lake has also been producing some cracking 30lb carp and some great tench to over 7lb.

Trenchford has had a great start to the winter with a 24lb pike making Julian Fraser’s day, it was his first ever pike! Porth and Argal have seen some stunning carp landed this year, Jennetts has been producing some lovely carp with a good number being over 20lb and the silver fish fishing has been fantastic on the venue with a 20lb plus bag of silvers not uncommon.

There are many other great catches on the lakes this year but we can’t list them all.


Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse section Final Monthly, and Xmas competition.

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Bideford and District Angling Club
Coarse section Final Monthly, and Xmas competition.
1st kevin Shears 37lb 8oz
2nd Warren Thornton 34lb 15oz
3rd Colin Cherrington 30lb 14oz
4th Stephen Paul Sheller 29lb 12oz
5th Roger Ackroyd  28lb 15oz
6th Les Polden 17lb 12oz
15 members fished.

George’s lake Tarka Swims was the venue for our final competition for 2023 . It has ,once again , produced a good close finish, despite the strong gusting South Westerly winds and heavy showers.

Kevin has led the field with a pole and corn approach on peg 14, Warren has fished in a similar fashion on adjoining peg 13.

Colin’s 3rd place was taken on peg 10.

Our Overall Champion for 2023 is Nathan Underwood with 126 points , second Kevin Shears 115 and 3rd Les Polden 105.

Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Monthly Competition

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Bideford and District Angling Club
Coarse section monthly competition
. November 12th

1st Martin Turner 48lb 5oz

2nd Keith Copland 26lb12oz

3rd Colin Cherrington 26lb 5oz

4th Craig lamey 25lb 6oz

5th Les Polden 24lb 13oz

6th Stephen Paul Sheller 24lb 4oz

15 members fished.

Remembrance Sunday produced another close match on George’s lake , Tarka Swims.
Match organiser Martin made use of an empty peg next door, his all carp catch was made using bomb and pellet and short pole tactics on peg number 18.
The rest of the field was very close , with 2lb separating the next 5 places.
Keith on peg 13 came in second with a pole catch closely followed by Colin on adjoining peg 12.
Conditions were blustery and wet although the sky brightened briefly for our weight in .
Next competition is the rod n reel 26th November, followed by our Christmas match on 10th December.
Reminder if you book in to our competitions please inform the organisers if you are unable to attend.