Big Bags From Stafford Moor

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The latest  open match at Stafford Moor was held on Tanners and Woodpecker Lakes with a full house and continental payout.
Sam Powell was top  angler with a bag of  261lb 15oz from peg 1 on Woodpecker lake fishing long pole.
In 2nd place was Paul Goulding (lodge guest) with 216lb 8oz from peg 4 on Tanners.
In 3rd place was Dave Romain with 182lb 7oz from peg 20 on Woodpecker
  Next weeks Sunday match is already full  but there are still have some  this Wednesday so please Jo at Stafford Moor know if you would like to join the match.

2020 Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Match Report

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An excellent report as always on Bideford Angling Clubs Match Season from Martin Turner.
2020 Bideford and District Angling Club Coarse Section Match Secretary Report :
As I sit here another 1500 deaths in the UK has been announced on the news, I can only reflect on how lucky we were to have been able to have fished some of our scheduled events:
Our calendar opened with a trip to Morchard Road , this small venue rarely fails to produce and Keith Copland took the honours on a cold windswept day with an impressive 50lb net. February’s comp was held at Millpark , I almost cancelled as we were in the eye of storm “Ciara” ,the normally prolific water fished very hard in the difficult conditions , John Lisle mastered it on the day with a nice net of chub and carp. The March event went ahead on Wooda Lakes ,although we didn’t know at the time, we were staring down the barrels of a Covid 19 lockdown. My 55lb net was enough for victory , our youngest competitor Thomas Scott came home second.
Our worst fears were confirmed shortly after this and we didnt meet up again until the beginning of June, I tentatively arranged an evening sweepstake on Tarka , 13 turned up and David Bailey showed us how to do it with 20lb in the 3 hours. Aware that it was possible to fish matches in a safe manner I decided to run the Evening Series. Keith Copland led early stages with Tyler Scott close behind , Matt Cross won the second with David Bailey winning the third with 20lb from peg 19. Peg 2 produced the winner in match 4 for Martin Hawker, although Keith Mountjoy’s ,soft pellet approach, second place saw him begin to take command of the league at the halfway stage. Britney Shears won the next 2, almost ‘full house ‘ evening comps . Richard Jefferies , ‘yank and bank’ BDAC pest control officer put 18lb on the scales to win number 7. The final match in the foreshortened series included the pairs match, was fished on July 28th,we almost ran out of daylight but the conclusion was a victory in the pairs for Thomas Scott and Kev Shears with a combined total of 27lb 11oz .
My second overall on the night ensured victory in the overall standings 73 points to Keith Mountjoy 60 ,Kev Shears 56.
The Wednesday Evening Series again proved very popular with an average of 20 members turning up per match, the average catch 6.7 lb compared to 3.1 lb in 2019 , a great improvement , testament to the fantastic efforts of our fishery management team.
Our Monthly matches restarted in June on Tarka, Keith Mountjoy scored a victory with 20lb 10oz , young member Tyler Scott was a close second with 19lb 3oz. The July and August Competition saw veteran Colin Cherrington banished the Tarka jinx with 30lb nets to win both.
John West’s men from Plymouth Club came up for a rescheduled one leg interclub match, It was agreed that ,as we weren’t able to accommodate them on Tarka ,we would challenge them on Stuart Sharpe’s Wooda Lakes .The prolific fishery didn’t disappoint and BDAC ran out convincing winners 407lb to PDCAC 203lb . Bidefords Matt Cross showed us his catch and release technique with an empty 3rdkeepnet allowing winner Brintey to sneak in with 74lb off lake 1 , Captain John was top scorer for Plymouth with 67lb .
September’s comp back on Tarka was attended by 23 anglers , Kev Shears prevented Colin from the hat-trick but Mr Cherrington won the October match which proved to be our last match of 2020, with another 30lb net, this time off peg 12.
The final points in the 8 match series : Martin Turner 74 Steve Bailey and Colin Cherrington 47 Richard Jefferies 46 .
Our thanks must again go to all those people who made it possible for us to enjoy our sport .
I hope you are all staying safe and lets hope we can get together again very soon , wishing you all a Happy New Year.
Martin , Match Secretary.

North Devon Match Group Winter League No. 4

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North Devon Match Group Winter League No. 4 Wooda Lakes Results:
1st Shaun Stenton 68-14,

2nd Craig Crash Lamey 48-07,
3rd Colin Cherrington 47-08,
4th Tom Downing 45-15,
5th Nathan Underwood 45-11,
6th Paul Morris 45-07,
7th Chris Morris 45-00
8th Stephen Craker 26-08.
Today’s match was held at the ever popular wooda Lakes complex with 24 anglers in attendance. With all of the lakes frozen over in the lead up to the match, fishing was always going to be a bit tricky for some. Nathan kindly went out and broke the ice on most of the pegs on the first couple of lakes the day before to make it a little easier to sort this morning so a big thankyou to him! A milder night Lastnight helped thaw a lot of the ice but a few pegs remained covered to break in the morning. Top spot on the day was Shaun who fished a really tidy match on peg 17 lake 4 on the long pole around the island. Fishing bread, corn and maggots over micros. 2nd was Craig from peg 15 on lake 3 fishing maggots to the back of the lillly bed and 3rd overall was Colin, also on lake 3 peg8 fishing 8mm soft pellets down to the stick ups. Lake 1, unfortunately fished the harder of the 3 but winning the lake was ian gray from peg 1with 21-08.

North Devon Match Group Championship match No. 12 Wooda Lakes Results:

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1st Keith Mountjoy 55lb 3oz
2nd Nathan Underwood 46lb 11oz,
3rd Tom Downing 41lb
4th Kevin shears  34lb 2oz ,
5th Andrew Gratton 30lb 9oz,
6th Chris Morris 29lb 2oz
7th Peter Horton-West 26lb 10oz
8th Ian Croxton 24lb 3oz
Todays match was the final round of the Championship and clubs calendar year held at Wooda Lakes near Holsworthy and with the draw being done on the Friday before the match, the banter was in full flow whilst tucking into the bacon baps that Stuart Sharp always has ready for us! The weather leading up to the match certainly hadn’t helped the fishing with lots of rain over the last 48 hours but still plenty of fish caught to make for a good match all round. Keith took top spot on the day with a winning weight of 55-03 from lake 4 peg 22. Keith caught at 16 meters on the pole to the island feeding 6mm pellets and fishing maggots or corn on the hook with the odd fish on the bomb when the wind got up. Nathans weight of 46-11 also from lake 4 on peg 16, was good enough to take second overall. Nath’ has caught mainly down the edge on corn with a few down the middle on paste. Toms weight of 41lb was good enough to take 3rd overall and the top weight from lake 3 on peg 12 and caught mainly down the left hand edge on corn over micros. Top weight on lake one was from Andy Gratton on peg 6 with 30-09 respectively! A tricky day for a few but plenty of bites all round and I think we got away with the weather all things considered.
The final standings of the Championship are as follows;
1st Tom Downing 240points
2nd Martin Turner 140 points
3rd Nathan Underwood 120 points
And there we have it, a bit of disruptive year with a few matches cancelled due to Covid but lets hope the next one is a little more back to ‘normal’ . Have a good Christmas, stay safe and see you in January!

North Devon Match Group Winter League No. 2 Oaktree Fishery Results:

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North Devon Match Group Winter League No. 2 Oaktree Fishery Results:

1st Paul Elworthy 49lb 5oz

2nd Nathan Underwood 32lb 1oz

3rd Martin Turner 30lb 6oz

4th Paul Morris 27lb 6oz

5th Kevin Shears 24lb 7oz

6th Colin Cherrington 23lb 6oz

7th Steve Ashton 20lb 1oz

8th John Lisle 18lb 6oz .

16 anglers fished, Paul’s winning net of carp fell to red maggot on the pole from peg 12 on the bottom pond , Nathans second place was also from the bottom pond, peg 15. The next 4 weights came from the top ,Martin’s 6 carp net on peg 7 gave him 3rd place, the forecast conditions did not materialize, and a pleasant mild autumnal day was enjoyed. As the whole country moves back into full lock down this competition might be the last for some time.

North Devon Match Group versus Bude Canal Angling Club- North Devon Winners!

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North Devon Match Group versus Bude Canal Angling Club

Upper Tamar Lake Results : Individual

1st Stuartshelley Burridge 24lb 8oz

2nd Steve Maynard 23lb

3rd Tom Downing 18lb 9oz

4th Paul Elworthy 18lb 5oz

5th Martin Turner 17lb 11oz

6th Nathan Underwood 17lb 7oz

26 anglers fished , Team result NDMG 206 points Bude 145 points , The pleasant autumnal conditions provided for a good match, top weights were mainly skimmers on the feeder, but there were some good roach nets recorded to the pole. North Devon Match Group overturned the 30 point defect to win back the annual trophy 342 to 308 .

Stafford Moor – October Festival

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Worthy winner of Stafford Moors October Festival was Chris Cameron (Middy/Bait tech) with a total weight of 551lb 1oz and only 5 points who wins £1500 well done Chris

In 2nd place was Chris Davis with a total weight of 540lb 15oz with 6 Points who wins £1000 well done Chris

In 3rd place was Tommy Hillier with a total weight of 517lb 11oz with 6 Points who wins £750 well done

Our top silvers weight of the week was Johnny Gray who bagged 35lb 9oz from peg 17 on Tanners lake today well done Johnny

Our top overall weight of the week was from top bagger Tommy Hiller with 238lb 7oz from peg 20 on Tanners lake well done Tommy.

North Devon Match Group Winter League No.1 Wooda lakes ; Results

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North Devon Match Group Winter League No.1 Wooda lakes ; Results

1st Martin Turner 61lb 13oz

2nd Tim Brown 58lb 9oz

3rd Bruce Hunt 57lb 8oz

4th Graham Currington 51lb 1oz

5th John Lisle 48lb 2oz

6th Nathan Underwood 47lb 0oz .

Sell out 20 fished in atrocious conditions, constant heavy rain and gale force winds. The slightly more sheltered corner of lake 4 allowed winner , Martin to present corn and red maggot over micros in the margins. Second place Tim , fished the feeder to the island also on lake 4 , third spot and best weight on lake 3 was Tiverton’s Bruce Hunt.