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Results North Devon Match Group Championship No.6 Oaktree Fishery

1st Paul Morris 77lb 15oz

2nd Stuart Shelley Burridge  61lb 13oz

3rd Keith Copland 59lb 9oz

4th John Lacy 46lb 8oz

5th Kevin Shears   40lb 7oz

6th Pete Slade 37lb 6oz

16 anglers fished this event held in damp windy conditions, both lakes were used and the top 4 weights all came from the top pond , In form Paul Morris fished the long pole shallow with 8mm pellets and 6mm down the edge on peg 9 for clear victory, Stuart Shelley Burridge landed a good net of carp on the next peg using method feeder and pole in the margins for 2nd spot .Keith Copland came in third with a similar catch from middle of the dam on peg 2, Johns catch was enough 4th , a paste catch of skimmers and carp.Top weight on the bottom pond and 5th overall was Kevin’s catch on soft pellet, Pete’s net fell to dobbed bread.

North Devon Match Group – Melbury

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North Devon Match Group Summer League No.3 @ Melbury Reservoir

1st  Paul Elworthy 50lb 12oz

2nd  Stuart Shelley Burridge 22lb 2oz

3rd Kevin Shears  21lb 2oz

4th Colin Cherrington 20lb 6oz

5th Pete Slade 20lb 5oz

6th Mark Richards 18lb 5oz

14 anglers took part in the event ,,conditions were mild and wet, good nets of both skimmer bream and quality roach featured from all around the lake. Veteran Paul Elworthy took full advantage of a reasonable draw to completely dominate the match with a faultless display of feeder fishing from peg 1 , 2nd spot was more closely fought , Pauls travelling partner Stuart Shelley  took it with another feeder catch from peg 10 by the hole in the wall. Kevin came in third next peg to the winner also with a feeder catch. .Colin’s 4th place is worthy of a mention from peg 9 ,not normally in the draw bag, and his 1st visit to the venue .

North Devon Match Group versus Bude Canal Angling Club @ Killock Fishery Results

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May 26th  results : North Devon Match Group versus Bude Canal Angling Club @ Killock Fishery


1st Simon John Allen  Bude 60lb 12oz

2nd Ian Gray  Bude 38lb 2oz

3rd Colin Cherrington  NDMG 36lb 14oz

4th Neilsen Jeffery NDMG 33lb 14oz

5th Steve Whitehouse Bude 29lb 1oz

6th Kevin Hill 21lb 7oz ,

The first leg of our annual interclub was contested on 2 of the lakes at Killock Farm. A hearty breakfast was served in the Atlantic Highway Cafe, before the two teams of 12 braved the 5 hours of misty rain .Bude team captain Simon John Allen led his team to a well fought victory, 157 points to 143 . Simon took the individual honours with a great catch on the pole on the bottom pool. Ian also of Bude, took best weight on the top lake and second in the match on the method feeder. Top weight for North Devon and third in the match was Colin with a pole caught net on peg 16 ,on meat. The cafe also served up a fine after match spread , a good day was had by all ,we look forward to our return match on the canal.

North Devon Match Group Championship No.5 @ Killock Lakes

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1st  Neilsen Jeffery 64lb 5oz

2nd Colin Cherrington 49lb 11oz

3rd Pete Slade 40lb 9oz

4th Paul Elworthy 38lb 0oz

5th Kevin Shears 34lb 0oz

6th Stephen Craker 25lb 2oz

17 anglers took part in this event, held in hot still conditions Neilsen Jeffery has extended his lead in the championship with another fine performance on the pole from peg 17, he netted 15 carp on corn for clear victory ,Colin Cherrington’s first visit to the venue was rewarded with a 12 fish catch from the margins of peg 4 for 2nd spot. 3rd place went to in form Pete Slade with another pole caught carp net.

Next week the North Devon Match Group Fish the first leg of their annual inter-club match against Bude Canal Anglers on the same venue.

North Devon Match Group – Result Upper Tamar

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North Devon Match Group Summer League No. 2 @ Upper Tamar Devon Bank Results

1st Pete Slade 30lb 5oz

2nd Paul Elworthy 30lb 4oz

3rd Martin Crouch 24lb 14oz

4th Shaun Stenton  20lb 8oz

5th Tom Downing 18lb 7oz

6th Chris Morris 17lb 9oz

7th Ian Cosmic Croxton 15ib 11oz

8th  Andy Seery 13lb 13oz

18 members of the North Devon Match Group gathered on the banks of the South West Lakes Trust Upper Tamar Lake to fish their 2nd summer League match ,Conditions, although bright, wererather chilly in the NNW breeze. Pete drew end peg down the Devon arm and fished at 5metres to amass 250 mainly roach he has fed 2 pints of casters and similar amount of hempseed plus the odd nugget of groundbait for victory, just beating Paul, by 1oz ! Paul has drawn to the right of the gorse bush and fish his favoured Micros and corn feeder approach for a nice net of better skimmers, Third spot went to Martin next peg to Pete using similar tactics.Section winners were Chris Morris and Shaun Stenton both adopted feeder tactics.

North Devon Match Group Championship No.3 @ Wooda Lakes

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North Devon Match Group Championship No.3 @ Wooda Lakes


1st James Grogan 37lb 8oz

2nd  Shaun Stenton 32lb 2oz

3rd Paul Elworthy 30lb 9oz

4th John Lisle 29lb 13oz

5th Neilsen Jeffery 29lb 11oz

6th Ian Brooks 28lb 8oz

7th Tom Downing  24lb 12oz

8th Pete Slade 22lb 2oz .

23 anglers fished . James Grogan drew peg 10 on lake 3 , he has fished around the margin reed beds on the pole, for around 20 carp and a convincing victory.  Shaun Stenton landed around 25 smaller fish on corner peg 6 on the top pool ,his second place fell to corn and paste on the pole. Maggot on the feeder tactics helped, consistent performer, Paul Elworthy into third place also on the top pool. Match organiser John fished with paste in the reed beds on lake 3 for 4th , top weight on the bottom pool and 5th overall was Neilsen Jeffery a pole and corn bag.

North Devon Match Group Winter League No 6 Results @ Lower Slade Reservoir

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Many thanks to Martin Turner for his regular reports on the adventures of the North Devon Match Group.

North Devon Match Group Winter League No 6 Results @ Lower Slade Reservoir

1st Paul Elworthy   16lb 12oz

2nd Mark Richards 12lb 10oz

3rd Nathan Underwood  11lb 12oz

4th Martin Turner  11lb 4oz

5th Neilsen Jeffery 11lb 1oz

13 anglers fished.Gale force winds and driving rains kept the attendance down but lead to a close match .Paul Elworthydrew a peg on the road side near the dam and fished a tidy match with a feeder at range, sweetcorn hookbait and micro pellets feed, to catch a dozen skimmer bream plus some better roach for a clear victory. The next 4 places were separated by around a pound and a half ,Mark came out second with a pole to hand catch of 70 roach he was also pegged on the road side.Nathan Underwood was pegged in the shallower section and was able to fish a longer pole than most, his 3rd placed net was also mainly roach. The final winter league positions for 2018/19 are Neilsen Jeffery 110pts second Martin Turner  105 joint 3rd Chris Morris and Paul Morris  65

North Devon Match Group Championship No.2 @ Jennetts Reservoir

North Devon Match Group Championship No.2 @ Jennetts Reservoir :


1st Neilsen Jeffery 26lb

2nd Mark Richards  22lb 14oz

3rd Kevin Shears 13lb 12oz

4th Graham Currington  13lb 5oz

5th Peter Slade 12lb 6oz

6th Andrew Gratton  10lb 12oz

The miild ,damp conditions locked perfect on the SWLakes Trust Reservoir in Bideford, but the shoals of roach and bream proved quite tricky to catch. The walk around the far side was worthwhile as the top 4 weights came off the higher numbered pegs.Neilsen Jeffery managed to sort them out on peg 10 on the point . He landed some nice bream on the groundbait feeder on red maggots, Mark Richards drew the end peg on the far side and had a great net, of mainly roach, on the pole on white maggot for 2nd . Kevin Shears was best of the rest with another feeder catch. The section A, near bank, winner was Peter Slade with a nice net of small roach, section B winner was Graham Currington  with a feeder and slider net on peg 9.


North Devon Match Group are generally a robust bunch fishing through the worst of the weather each month. Last Sunday they were however beaten buy a thick coating of ice when they turned up to fish at Oaktree Fishery forcing them two cancel.

Furzebray Carp Lakes were also frozen over at the weekend. A return to milder weather today should see all lakes fishable agin and after a few days I am sure the fish will respond by feeding hard. It would be good to get that picture of a carp in the snow here on North Devon Angling News. I hope  for the sake of all businesses relying upon angling for their income that we do not not get another Beast from the East this year.

North Devon Match Group first Championship Match of 2019

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North Devon Match Group had its first Championship match of 2019 at Stafford Moor today combined with our Champion of Champions from 2018, attendance was again good with 22 anglers fishing.

The match was evenly split between Oak and Woodpecker.
Winner on the day was Neilsen Jeffery with 76lb 11oz from peg 17 on woodpecker, all caught on corn from the margins.
Second place went to Nathan Underwood with 72lb 4oz from peg 3 on woodpecker and third went to Andrew Gratton with 60lb 4oz again from woodpecker.
Top weight on Oak was Paul Morris with 54lb and paul came second in the pools due to our continental pay out.
Oak was very close with Stuart Shelley Burridge, Craig Crash Lamey Kevin Shears’and Dodgy Hooks all within 5lb of Pauls weight.