Martin Turner reports :- Interesting event using both top and bottom lakes , 7 anglers on each, cold easterly conditions ensured that fishing proved quite tough, Andy Gray found a dozen carp willing to take his pole fished maggot on the bottom of the near shelf , John Lisle took second with a similar bag from the margins on the bottom lake, Tom Downings near 20lb of skimmers on the top lake was taken on the long pole.
North Devon Match Group enjoyed some fine silver fish sport at Mill Pond Berrynarbor.
Kevin Shears landed a fantastic 38lb 10oz of roach and hybrids on caster over hemp on the long pole ,for a convincing victory. John Lisle took second with 4 carp on the method and pole, third Martin Turner had all roach on caster. Andy’s 4th place was boosted with a stunning chub.
1st Kevin Shears 38lb 10oz 2nd John Lisle 24lb 7oz 3rd Martin Turner 23lb 8oz 4th Andy Gray 11lb 7oz
Good match , 16 anglers turned out,both top and bottom lakes were used, slight frost and still conditions proved challenging, The winner Andy Gray has caught on pole fished maggot Paul Ware used similar tactics for second ,Final League Table 1st Martin Turner 290pts 2nd Thomas Downing 270pts 3rd Neilsen Jeffery 235pts
John Forster caught this fine brace of perch totalling 4lb 4oz on red maggot.
I have fond memories of Mill Pond near Berrynarbour as it was the venue from which I caught my first coarse fish over forty years ago. It is great to see the fishery returning to its former glory. I love the picture of Martins bulging net of silver among the carpet of crisp Autumn leaves. Well done Martin a great haul of silvers!
North Devon Match Groups Winter League No 1 at Mill Park
1st Martin Turner 28lb 5oz 2nd Nathan Underwood 16lb 14oz 3rd Pete Slade 14lb 1oz 4th Christopher Morris 12lb 8oz 5th Ben Hathaway 8lb 14oz
Martin’s Match Summary –
Fished a bit strange, the pegs on the road side were very tough , those of us on the boathouse area found some roach willing to feed.I caught some better quality roach on caster over hemp at 10 metres, Nathan had smaller roach over groundbait, whilst Pete had skimmers on soft pellet, and Chris fished a small cage feeder. The only carp caught was on bread by new member Ben Hathaway.
Members please do not forget AGM at The Barn Bickington on Thursday
North Devon Match Group Championship No 9 Tamar Lake Devon Bank
North Devon match Group members enjoyed some top rate silver fish sport at Upper Tamar fishing the Devon bank. Many thanks to Martin Turner who makes the effort to send me the results and image for each competition; much appreciated.
Neilsen Jeffery , winning catch mainly roach from the Devon Arm on the whip to hand, very close second Tom Downing with over 300 small perch and roach short line on the pole. Good back up weights on feeder and pole tactics in challenging conditions.
Bude Canal Angling Club Versus North Devon Match Group 2nd leg Bude canal
Result NDMG secured victory over Bude , 207 points to 199 in the return match on the canal , blustery conditions made fishing tricky for the 28 anglers, Nathan Underwood took top individual with 14lb 2oz from the deeper bottom basin on worm on the long pole, Neilsen Jeffery was 2nd with 11lb 2oz of skimmers on the tip on maggot also in the bottom basin 3rd place was Ian Gray top basin 10lb 9oz of roach on short pole, 4th with 9lb 10oz Paul Ware in the narrows Overal points NDMG 450 Bude 362.