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 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.

Bude Canal Angling Club v North Devon Match Group . Bude Canal Overall

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Bude Canal Angling Club v North Devon Match Group . Bude Canal Overall

1st  Adrian Hill 13lb 2oz

2nd Simon John Allen 10lb 8oz

3rd John Forster 10lb 3oz

4th  Stuartshelley Burridge 10lb

5th Ryan Wiltshire 8lb 2oz

6th Nathan Underwood 5lb 6oz

7th Christopher Morris 5lb 2oz

8th David Allen 4lb

Many thank’s again to Martin Turner for his weekly Match Fishing Reports.

24 fished, BCAC 163:5 NDMG 136:5 Brisk northerly breeze and bright conditions proved challenging for most but the Bude anglers adapted best and came out deserved winners. Top weight on the day went to Arnie on the bottom basin his catch of skimmers fell to bread on the feeder, Bude’s captain ,Simon put on a master class on the long pole for 2nd place, top weight for NDMG was John 3rd overall on the bottom basin. Thanks to Bude for hosting the event and we hope to hold the return leg on Tamar Lake in October.

North Devon Match Group Summer league No 6 . Lake View Morchard Road . Results:

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North Devon Match Group Summer league No 6 . Lake View Morchard Road . Results:

1st  Tom Downing 74lb 14oz

2nd Craig Crash Lamey 58lb 2oz

3rd John Lisle 51lb1oz

4th Martin Turner 46lb 11oz

5th John Forster 46lb 4oz

6th John Bailey 39lb 2oz

7th Nathan Underwood 29lb 10oz

8th Kevin Shears 29lb 4oz.

18 fished. Thomas has continued his remarkable run with another winning catch, he has drawn peg 9 on the roadside and fished a small hybrid feeder out to the island with micros , he also caught long and short on the pole, second place went to another of our younger anglers, Craig has mainly caught on the long pole on peg 2 , 3rd spot went to John his catch , unusually, was only 13 fish, all on corn in the margins on peg 5 in the channel.4th spot went to Martin on peg 7 bomb and pellets and pole. John drew peg 18 and landed his 5th place mainly on the method. The foreshortening summer league has been convincingly won by Thomas Downing with 180points joint second Nathan Underwood and Martin Turner both on 45 points.

North Devon Match Group Championship No 8 Melbury Reservoir. Results

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North Devon Match Group Championship No 8 Melbury Reservoir. Results

1st  Graham Colman 56lb 13oz

2nd Tom Downing 45lb 5oz

3rd Colin  Cherrington 34lb 14oz

4th Martin Turner 15lb 7oz

5th Paul Elworthy 15lb 6oz ,

Thirteen  fished, conditions were perfect overcast , warm and light winds, pegs 1,2and 3 on the far side of the dam have dominated, Graham on peg 2 has fished the open end feeder with corn at 40 turns, for a fantastic net of skimmers, big roach and rudd ,to win . Tom’s winning run came to an end but he still managed second on peg 3 another great net of silver fish ,on pole and feeder. Colin suffered cormorant trouble on his feeder line but still achieved 3rd place.

North Devon Match Group – Summer League Result

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North Devon Match Group Summer league No.5 Lakeview Morchard Road,

1st Tom Downing 76lb 8oz

2nd Andrew Gratton 59lb 5oz

3rd Kevin  Shears 52lb 9oz

4th Stephen Craker 51lb 1oz

5th Martin Turner 44lb 15oz

6th  Paul Morris 42lb 10oz

16 fished , Thundery conditions , Tom scored his 4th victory in a row, his 25 carp proved a decisive winning net, after a slow start he caught well in the latter stages on hard pellets in the margins from peg 17 , Andrew was best of the rest from peg 1, facing Tom , most of his catch fell to method feeder in open water, 3rd and 4th places came off the road side , .

North Devon Match Group Championship No 7 Darracott Reservoir results:

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Many thanks to Martin Turner for his regular match reports from both the North Devon Match Group and Bideford Club. Good to see a tight match with small silvers making up the weights instead of bulky carp. Whilst there is undoubtedly more rod bending in the commercial match’s full of carp there is more refined skill in extracting a net of small fish to compile a net.

North Devon Match Group Championship No 7 Darracott Reservoir results:

1st Tom Downing 9lb 6oz

2nd Mark Richards 8lb 2oz

3rd John Forster 7lb 12oz

4th Graham Currington 6lb 3oz

5th Graham Colman 5lb 5oz .

12 fished, Warm conditions led to a close match , Tom’s run continues with another victory from the far side with a great net of mainly small rudd taken on a whip, Mark found some better quality roach on the long pole for second place, John led the way for those who elected to concentrate on the feeder, his 3rd spot came to pellets on the first peg over the dam,

North Devon Match Group Summer league No. 4 Highampton lakes Results :

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North Devon Match Group Summer league No. 4 Highampton lakes Results :

1st

Tom Downing

59lb 2oz

2nd

Graham Currington

39 lb 14oz

3rd

Nathan Underwood

38lb 12oz

4th

Andrew Gratton

37lb 14oz .

Fished by 16 anglers, very windy conditions , Tom has fished the method feeder and pole in the margins for a convincing victory on peg 8, the next 3places were much closer Graham came out best on peg 10 using similar tactics, Nathan just behind from peg 1 , top weight on the smaller lake was section winner

Mark Richards

with 30lb 7oz.