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Match Results 2019

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Points Table 2019

1st Points 27th January 2019 Grand Western Canal

The opening match of the new year was held, yesterday, along the canal stretch at Tidcombe where a total of 29 anglers braved the elements to do battle. Conditions were not conducive for big weights owing to a really strong and gusty NW wind which was interspersed with bouts of hailstones. This was later superceded by stints of glaring sun which made float spotting really hard for many. 

   However, in spite of the weather, there were some decent fish caught including skimmers and good sized roach. Winner on the day, from peg 1, pegged halfway down the straight from Authors footbridge, was Eric Priest with a weight of 3.180kg. Eric fished the punch over liquidised bread using a 7m pole and caught 3 skimmers and roach to 8oz in the first hour. After that, bites were that of tiny roach plus 2 perch on worm.

   In 2nd place, from peg 13, by the 1st set of wires at Tidcombe, was Anthony Edwards with a weight of 2.860kg. Anthony had a great first 2 hours catching 7 small skimmers and lots of small roach on the punch and he also managed to land a small jack pike. Bites got progressively harder to come by as the match went on which seems to be the norm in match conditions.

   3rd spot went to Paul Marks from peg 28, near the milestone, with a weight of 2.080kg. Paul's catch included 2 small skimmers, one decent roach and over 40 small roach all caught on the punch over liquidised bread.

Section Winners

   Section A   

   1st   Pete Kingdon   (peg 5)   1.540kg   ( 2 small skimmers and some good roach )

   2nd Phil Madden     ( peg 3)  1.120kg   ( 2 good skimmers and decent perch )

   Section B

   1st   Mike Edwards  ( peg 12)  1.280kg  ( 2 skimmers, 1 good roach and some small roach)

   2nd Paul Elworthy  ( peg 20)  1.010kg   ( an all small-roach catch )

   Section C

   1st   Bruce Hunt  ( peg 27)   1.100kg   ( all small roach catch )

   2nd Steve Manley  ( peg 21)  1.050kg  ( all small roach catch )

   Well done to everyone, next week's match is Tiverton v Exeter at the canal basin, all club members may fish, just sign up in the usual way. Draw:  Basin 8.30am, fishing 10 till 3pm. Please note car parking charges will apply unfortunately.


Tiverton V. Exeter 3rd February 2019 
Grand Western Canal

Following the coldest night of the year to date and the 29 anglers turning up to an ice-ridden canal basin and minus 5 degrees, the day was not going to be an easy one. Once drawn for pegs, the age- old ritual of ice breaking began where the guys helped one another to clear a swim. Then it was a case of fishing for a bite, eskimo style. The majority of fish caught were tiny roach and it was a case of who could catch the most, bearing in mind the really bright sunshine and the accompanying abundance of pedestrians.

   It's been many years since the annual interclub with Exeter was last fished and hopefully this will be the start of many more to come. Taking the best 10 weights on each side, Tiverton ended up clear winners on the day with a total of 8.240kg with Exeter following up with an honourable 3.560kg. 

   Individual placings were as follows :

From a peg near wooden bridge, Elliot Fay was the only angler who found some decent sized roach to win the match with 1.860kg all on the favoured bread punch. Well done Elliot !

   In 2nd place, 3 pegs away from Elliot, came Paul Elworthy with 1.800kg again using punch over liquidise. Paul caught well over 100 tiny roach so was kept really busy in the 5 hour match.

  3rd spot went to Anthony Edwards with 1.330kg. Anthony was drawn 4 pegs back from broken bridge and managed 105 tiny roach in total, again on punch.

  4th place went to Paul Marks with 1.280kg. Paul was pegged next to Elliot but, apart from one 4oz roach, could only catch the smaller variety of roach. 

Section Winners

Section A     

   1st   Mike Edwards   1.180kg   ( 75 tiny roach )

   2nd Paul Sagar        0.680kg 

Section B

   1st   Ray King     0.630kg

   2nd Duncan Hill  0.460kg

   Well done to everyone !

Next week's clubbie is at Manley, draw 8.30am Manley bridge, fishing 10am till 3pm, book in in the usual way at Culm valley angling.


2nd Points 10th February 2019 Grand Western Canal

Yesterday's match, which was held at Manley, turned out to be one of the hardest matches to date with only 3 anglers breaking a kilo. 28 anglers turned out to fish the match which was pegged on either side of Warnicombe bridge and comprised 3 sections with section A ( pegs 1-10) on the Tivvy side and the other 2 sections ( 11-29) back through Snakes wood. Conditions were not great following lots of cold rain and a fair wind on the day but most anglers stuck it out to scratch for points.

   Winner on the day from peg 5 in section A was Paul Sagar with a weight of 1.560kg. Paul caught a total of 18 roach which included a couple around the 8oz mark. Paul fished medium punch on a size 20 hook to 0.08 bottom over liquidise and alternated across 2 swims at 8m. Congratulations Paul !

   In 2nd place, from peg 18 in section B, was Gary Marshall with 1.190kg. Gary caught 6 small roach early on on the punch but when bites died he switched to worm and managed 6 perch and a bonus jack pike which was duly landed. Well done Gary!

   3rd spot went to Ray King from peg 10, section A, by Warnicombe bridge. Ray caught one 10oz skimmer and 6 roach all caught on 4mm punch over liquidise using a size 18 hook to 0.08 bottom. Ray fished the pole at 8m, well done Ray !

   Section Winners

   Section A   1st   Steve Manley      0.950kg

                     2nd  Gary Butler          0.600kg

   Section B   1st   Ali Robinson       0.940kg

                     2nd  Elliot Fay             0.700kg

   Section C   1st   Bruce Hunt         0.720kg

                    2nd  Anthony Edwards  0.580kg

Well done guys for a good job done and for earning mega club points which will go, hopefully, towards qualification for the clubmatch final in October.

   The next clubmatch is in 2 weeks time at Greenway when, hopefully, the fishing will be somewhat improved.


3rd Points 24th February 2019 Grand Western Canal

After the early morning fog had cleared, the sun came out and the 34 anglers who fished were basking in Spring- like temperatures. It felt like the tench would put in an appearance and that is exactly what happened. With the match pegged from Sellake bridge to Greenway bridge, it was the Sellake end which produced the top 3 placings ably headed  by Elliot Fay with a weight of 5.500kg. Fishing from peg 8 just on the edge of "Sellake bay", Elliot caught 4 tench and some small perch all on worm fished at 13 metres to the bottom of the far shelf. Rig comprised 0.15 mono direct to a size 14 hook. Well done Elliot !

   Runner up on the day, just 3 pegs away on peg 11, was Dave Higgs with a weight of 4.140kg. Dave fished the pole at 11m and caught 3 tench plus a few perch, again, on the worm using a size 14 hook tied to 4lb hooklength and 5lb mainline. Well done Dave!

   In 3rd spot, from peg 5, Pete Davey weighed in with 3.020kg. Pete's catch included a big male tench plus a small jack pike both caught on worm hookbait fished on a long pole. He also caught a few small roach on the punch. Well done Pete!

   In 4th place, from end peg 34 at the Greenway end, was Phil Tucker who caught 2 tench and a few perch , again on the worm fished at 9 metres. Phil also caught a dozen small roach on the bread punch over liquidised bread. Well done to Phil !

Section Winners

   Section A  ( 1 - 12 )   

   1st   Calvin Lemon   1.700kg

   2nd Paul Marks       1.520kg

   Section B  ( 13 - 23)

   1st   Matt Atkinson   1.580kg

   2nd Anthony Edwards  0.980kg

   Section C   ( 24-34 )

   1st   Ali Robinson   1.030kg

   2nd Richard Higgs  1.000kg   

   Well done to you guys !  After 3 matches, Anthony Edwards has taken an early lead in the points with a total of 28 out of a 30 maximum. Anthony is closely followed by Elliot Fay with 25 points and Ray King and Paul Marks both on 24 points.

   The next club match is in 2 weeks time at Tidcombe. Draw 8.30am Tidcombe bridge, fishing 10 till 3.



4th Points 10th March 2019 Grand Western Canal

  Fishing in gale force winds made bait presentation extremely difficult for the 26 anglers which turned out at the club's 4th points match of the season held at Tidcombe yesterday. Weights were well down from normal owing to the adverse conditions, indeed, many of the anglers took to fishing a small feeder or waggler to avoid having their pole broken whilst others resigned themselves to fishing the pole short at 6m or less.The match was pegged either side of the bridge and comprised 3 sections and it was from section A, on the town side of the bridge, which produced the top 3 individual weights.

   It was a case of "deja vu" for  Eric Priest, who, having drawn the same peg ( peg 1 ) as in the earlier Tidcombe  match, managed to win again, this time with a modest weight of 1.500kg. Fishing a 6m pole, Eric caught one 12oz skimmer and around 20 roach all on 6mm punch fished over liquidised bread.

   Runner-up on the day was Bruce Hunt, from peg 5, who weighed in with 1.320kg. Bruce's catch comprised 3 skimmers and a dozen roach or so.The successful bait was big punch fished on the bottom over the customary liquidised bread. He also managed a couple of small perch on the worm.

   3rd place went to Richard Higgs, from peg 7, with 1.140kg. Richard, using a short pole, had a mixed bag comprising one skimmer and several roach caught on the punch plus half a dozen small perch caught on maggot fished over groundbait. 

   Section Winners

    Section A

   1st   Dom Garnett   1.060kg   ( 4 skimmers, small roach on punch plus 6 perch on worm )

   2nd  Elliot Fay        0.900kg  ( 5 skimmers, 3 roach all on small feeder )

   Section B

   1st   Pete Kingdon  0.985kg  ( 2 skimmers plus roach to 12oz all on the waggler )

   2nd Mike Pickford  0.395kg  (  1 skimmer and few roach on punch )

   Section C

   1st   Gary Butler    0.820kg    ( 22 roach plus 1 skimmer on punch fished at 7.5m )

  2nd Anthony Edwards  0.560kg  ( 28 roach plus 1 skimmer on punch fished top 2 plus 2 )

   Well done to everyone for sticking it out and managing to actually catch some fish in dire conditions, our Match Sec, Steve, saved us somewhat by reducing the match to that of 4 hours instead of 5, big thanks Steve !

   Next week's match is the Elliot Fay Charity match at the Basin. Draw 8.30am, fishing 10 till 3pm.

Book in via Culm Valley Angling, Exeter Angling Centre or via Match Sec.



Pairs Qualifiers and Final

Results for the first qualifier held on the 24th of March at Little Yeo. The Match was fished on Bobs lake with 5 pairs taking part.

The 3 pairs that qualify for the final are:

1st    Kieth Carpenter and Burce Hunt with 8 points and a total weight of 58kg 950g  

2nd  On weight count back Ian Brooks and Steve Manley with 6 points and a total weight of 19kg 150g 

3rd  Tim Vigus and Paul Sagar with 6 points and a total weight of 18kg 745g

Results for the Second qualifier held on the 7th of April at Little Yeo. The Match was fished on Bobs lake with 6 pairs taking part.

The 3 pairs that qualify for the final are:

1st   Steve Hancock and Gary Butler with 12 points and a total weight of 36kg 900g  

2nd Paul Elworthy and Pete Davey with 10 points and a total weight of 23kg 975g 

3rd  Ken Penberthy and Dave Sellick with 8 points and a total weight of 18kg 300g

Results for the final held on the 12th of May at Little Yeo. The Match was fished on Bobs lake with 6 pairs taking part.

The top 3 pairs were :

1st   On weight Count back Bruce Hunt and Keith Carpenter with 10 points and a total weight of 43kg 590g

       (Pictured at top of page)

2nd Paul Elworthy and Pete Davey with 10 points and a total weight of 30kg 845g 

3rd  Steve Hancock and Gary Butler with 9 points and a total weight of 38kg 650g

5th Points 14th April 2019 Stafford Moor

A total of 29 anglers attended the latest club match which was held in cold and windy conditions, yesterday, at Stafford Moor. The match was held across 2 lakes, Tanners and Woodpecker, with prize money going to top 3 places in each lake plus section winners and section runners up.


   Winner on the day from peg 7 was Maxine Smythe with 36.950kg. Maxine caught 14 carp on banded 8mm pellet fished on a 10m pole. It is well worth noting that Maxine has become the first woman in the club's 40 year history to have won a club match, I'm sure it won't be the last time, well done Maxine !

   In 2nd place, from peg 9, was Keith Carpenter with 29.125kg. Keith caught all his 11 carp in the margins using a short pole and a multitude of baits including maggot, corn and pellet.

   3rd spot went to Dave Sellick, from peg 15 with 25.275kg. Dave's catch comprised 10 carp all caught on a straight bomb with 11mm hair rigged pellet.

Section Winners

    Pegs 1-9   Bruce Hunt  ( peg 1)  23.350kg.   ( 9 carp in margins using paste)

          10-20  Ian Brooks  ( peg 17 ) 15.925kg   ( 4 carp plus 12 lb of silvers all on pellet )


   Weights were generally higher on this lake with Martin Heard taking top spot with 45.825kg from peg 2. Martin alternated between fishing 8mm banded pellet on the bomb catching 12 carp and then fishing meat on a short pole where he caught another 9 carp. Well done Martin !

   In 2nd place, next door on peg 1, was Gary Butler with 42.075kg. Gary also fished the same two methods, but only managed 5 carp with pellet on the straight lead. His greater success came on the pole fished at 12m using 8mm meat where he managed to catch a further 14 carp.

   3rd spot went to Stuart Burridge from peg 20 with 35.050kg. Stuart's catch comprised 19 carp and most of these came via fishing a 10mm banded pellet on the straight lead. He did catch 2 carp in the margins over 8mm feed pellet.

Section Winners

   Pegs 1-11  Simon Maunder  ( peg 11 )  29.525kg  ( 12 carp using pole fished corn in the margins )

          12-20  Paul Elworthy    ( peg 12 )  32.400kg ( 3 carp on paste close in, 7 carp on 8mm pellet via feeder off the island )

   Big thanks to Jo and Paul at Stafford Moor for making us all feel welcome at the club's first visit, I'm sure there will be many more trips to Stafford Moor in the years to come.


6th Points 28th April 2019 Summerhayes

19 anglers attended the latest clubmatch held at Summerhayes fishery, Bridgwater and it turned out to be quite a hard match for most with carp generally playing hard to get, probably something to do with the fact that they will shortly be starting to spawn. There was also a pretty gusty breeze which made long pole fishing to the island quite difficult.

   There were only 5 weights over 10kg on the day and the winning peg came from permanent peg 36 (by the aerator) where Eric Priest led the field with 16.875kg. Eric's catch comprised 12 carp, 7 of which were caught on meat in the margins with the other 5 coming on corn fished over to the island over micro pellet.

   In 2nd place, only 2 pegs away on peg 34, was Dom Garnett with a weight of 14.225kg. Dom caught most of his carp on the method feeder with wafters as hookbait. He also managed one or two nice bream on dead red maggot. Well done Dom !

   3rd spot went to Ben Hathaway from peg 21 with a catch of 13.300kg. Ben caught all his carp fishing a 14m pole to the island; successful bait was dead red maggot over micro pellet. Nice one Ben !

Section Winners 

   Section A

   Ist   Phil Bailey  ( peg 9)   12.750kg   ( carp on dead red maggot in the margins )

   2nd  Gary Butler ( peg 19)  8.875kg  ( 4 carp plus silvers mainly on maggot )

   Section B

   1st  Bruce Hunt  ( peg 32)  12.225kg  ( all carp caught on paste in the margins )

   2nd Maxine Smythe  (peg 28)  9.225kg  ( carp caught close in on corn )

   At the half way stage in the points matches, things are very tight at the top with four anglers fighting it out. Currently, Gary Butler, Bruce Hunt and Eric Priest are all level on 46 points with Anthony Edwards, who missed today's match, just one point behind on 45. 

   The next club event is the Pairs Final at Little Yeo on May 12th and this is followed by the next club points match at Trinity Fishery on May 26th.

   Finally, special thanks to Pete for laying on his usual five star breakfast and for making us all very welcome once again. 


7th Points 26th May 2019 Trinity

The latest club match was held yesterday on Woodlands lake at Trinity fishery, Bridgwater. A total of 24 anglers took part and although conditions were good for fishing with a West wind and overcast sky, the catches were below par generally. Most of the carp that were caught were taken in the last hour of the match and it was this factor that gave rise to the top 3 weights on the day.

   Overall winner was Elliot Fay from peg 16 who caught 7 carp in the latter stages of the match for a weight of 22.575kg. Elliot caught them all on sweetcorn fished over loosefed grains on a 6m pole. Well done Elliot !

   Bruce Hunt, fishing next door on peg 14, also managed 7 carp plus a small bream and a decent perch to weigh in with 17.400kg. Bruce found that paste was the best bait on the day fished at 8metres.

   3rd spot, again from the same section, was Gary Butler on peg 9, who caught 5 carp plus some silvers for 17.125kg. Gary caught one carp on the pellet waggler, another on meat on a 11m pole with the rest coming late on in the margins using sweetcorn.

Section Winners

   Section A

   1st   Dom Garnett   ( peg 12)  16.200kg  ( 2 carp plus big 3lb eel and a bream )

   2nd  Keith Carpenter ( peg 6 ) 16.075kg ( 5 carp on sweetcorn all in margins )

   Section B

   1st   Mike Pickford  ( peg 30 ) 13.650kg ( 2 carp on pellet waggler + 3 carp on method feeder )

   2nd  Phil Tucker  ( peg 18 )  12.775kg  ( 2 big carp on worm/soft pellet )

   Next points match is in 3 weeks time at Avalon fishery, another big fish venue. Meanwhile the club's Presidents mid week matches kick off at the Basin on Wednesday 5th June. Draw 5pm, fishing 6pm till 9pm.


8th Points 16th June 2019 Avalon

The latest round of points matches was held at Avalon fishery, Shapwick, Somerset with 21 anglers turning out to do battle. Conditions were fair after the recent heavy rains but there was a strong south westerly which did make bait presentation on the pole somewhat difficult. Partly because of this, most anglers fished a feeder or straight lead to the island  and it was the former which proved best for the clear winner on the day, from permanent peg 5, Alan Crouch, who weighed in with 35.750kg. Alan's catch comprised a total of 19 carp and most of these came on a feeder fished banded 8mm pellet. Alan also had a few carp down the margins on a short pole. Well done Alan !

   Runner up on the day, from peg 19, was Bruce Hunt with a weight of 26.760kg. Bruce started on the pellet waggler to the island but wind conditions made it so difficult he trashed 2 rigs before he managed to get it just right and then he proceeded to catch carp steadily throughout the match by letting the wind drift his float close in to the island. Successful bait was 8mm pellet and Bruce caught 12 carp in total, Well done Bruce !

   3rd spot went to Anthony Edwards, from peg 12, with a weight of 26.480kg. Anthony fished a small feeder from the off and caught the bulk of his catch during the first 2 hours using an 8mm banded pellet fished close to the island. He caught a total of 9 carp, one of which was a lump weighing over 14lb. Well done Anthony !

Section Winners

 Section A

   1st   Paul Sagar   peg 3   21.570kg  ( 8 carp mainly on 9m pole using corn and paste )

   2nd Gary Butler  peg 10  20.410kg ( 8 carp across 3 different methods bomb, waggler and pole)

Section B

   1st  Eric Priest   peg 27  20.190kg  ( 8 carp mainly in last hour on straight lead to island )

  2nd Ian Brooks  peg 20  12.790kg  ( paste/meat mainly during last hour in margins )

   With 8 of the 12 points matches now fished, the league now appears to be a 3 horse race. Bruce Hunt is heading the field on 65 points with Gary Butler close behind on 61. Anthony Edwards is sitting in 3rd spot on 59 and any one of these is capable of winning the title which is concluded on the " best of 9" scores.

   Next match is the 2nd half of the Presidents match held at the canal Basin on Wednesday ( 19th June ) 5pm draw, fishing 6 till 9pm. Please book in in the usual way at Culm Valley Angling.

Footnote:  On Saturday, club is holding " Learn to Fish" day for juniors at Little Yeo with qualified coaches. Also staging a " Catch a Carp competition" for kiddies. Please bring your children, grandchildren and friends and family along for an enjoyable, as well as social, day out. All FREE of charge except the refreshments, of course, which will be on sale.


9th Points 30th June 2019 Little Yeo

Today's league match, fished at the club's Little Yeo venue, was well attended with 20 anglers turning out to do battle for league points. The match comprised 3 separate sections; 2 on Bobslake and the third on Gaggs. Conditions were ideal, with cloud covered sky and a decent ripple on the water, good weights were on the cards for many.


Clear winner on Gaggs pond, from permanent peg, 5 was Dom Garnett with the top weight of 7.200kg.

Dom caught roach and skimmers steadily throughout the match using mainly maggot and worm over a little groundbait and  alternating between a short whip on the inside and an 8m pole to the lillies. Well done Dom !

   Runner up to Dominic was Bruce Hunt next door on peg 6. Bruce weighed in with 5.580kg and he too started on the short whip catching roach and skimmers on maggot. Later he fished across on long pole to the island and caught more good skimmers on maggot and worm cocktail over a little crumb.

Bobslake A Section  ( pegs 1 to 9 )

Keith Carpenter was the clear winner in this section with an all carp catch of 31.175kg. The successful bait was paste fished on a short pole straight out in front to start with and then later down the inside margin where some better stamp fish were found. Well done Keith !

   Runner up from peg 5 was Mike Edwards with 10.275kg. Mike had a few carp initially on a short pole using paste and then after some time without a bite put together a string of carp caught, again, on paste down the margin.

Bobslake B Section  ( pegs 11 to 19 )

The top two in this section enjoyed a really close tussle both catching carp steadily throughout the match, but it was Ben Hathaway from peg 15 who ran out the winner in the end with a weight of 40.850kg. Ben started fishing a short pole straight out in front of him using paste over micro pellet and then later alternated from there to an inside margin swim fishing the worm over the choppie. Well done Ben !

   Close behind in 2nd spot from peg 19 was Paul Elworthy with 36.950kg. Paul fished his favourite bait- homemade paste fished over fishmeal groundbait and caught carp from the off.. He used at least 3 different swims during the 6 hour match to amass his catch.

   With only 3 points matches left in the series, things are quite close at the top with Bruce Hunt out in the lead on 74 points and Gary Butler close behind on 68. Eric Priest is on 65 and Anthony Edwards with 64  but with the best 9 from 12 scenario, anything can happen- and don't forget, the top 10 points automatically qualify for the club final in October !

   The next match is here again in 4 weeks time on 28th July in the meantime...



10th Points 28th July 2019 Lakeside

The latest club match, held at Lakeside yesterday, was well attended with 22 anglers turning out to do battle. But with the drop in levels due to recent lack of rain combined with bright sunshine and a strong NW wind, bites proved hard to come by; indeed less than half the contestants caught over  a kilo.

   However, some good fish were caught, not least of which were had by the overall winner on the day, Gary Butler. Gary drew permanent peg 15 by the lilies and weighed in with 11.220kg. Having struggled to catch a dozen or so small roach and rudd in the first 4 hours of the match, it all kicked off in the last hour. He caught 3 bream followed by a small carp and then he hooked and landed a 7lb carp to give him top weight on the day and 10 club points. Successful bait was pole fished worm over groundbait.

Well done Gary !

   Second spot was held by Eric Priest, from peg 19, with 5.620kg. Eric fished a pole at 11 metres and caught 2 bream on worm and maggot fished over fishmeal groundbait. He also managed several roach and rudd on the inside with a bonus eel coming at the whistle.

   Third overall was Paul Sagar, from peg 22, with 3.880kg. Paul fished an 8 m pole alongside a lily bed to his right and caught 3 good crucians plus a tench, backed up with 2 dozen roach, all caught on single maggot on a size 18 hook. Well done Paul !

Section Winners

Section A

   1st   Paul Elworthy  2.930kg   ( tench on paste plus roach/rudd on single maggot )

  2nd Steve Manley   2.750kg   ( bream plus several roach on maggot over crumb )

Section B

   1st   Mike Edwards  2.080kg   ( bream on double caster via feeder plus perch )

  2nd  Dom Garnett   1.880kg    ( all rudd and perch catch on worm/pinkie on 10m pole)

   With 2 points matches to go, things are hotting up at the top with Bruce Hunt out in front on 76 points and Gary Butler close behind in second on 73 with Eric Priest third on 72. 

   The next clubbie is in 4 weeks time at Upper Tamar.

   Finally, big congrats to Dom Garnett  who has just become a dad with the birth of their first born, a bouncing baby girl, both Mum and baby are doing fine !


11th Points 25th August 2019 Upper Tamar

22 anglers attended the latest club match held at Tamar yesterday, which, may I add, following recent rain had risen by 8 feet in the past 10 days. The match was pegged along the Devon bank and conditions were flat calm, with most lads in tee shirts; somewhat different to last year's match when everyone had a good drenching from horrendous rain.

   Overall winner on the day was Dom Garnett with a weight of 18.125kg. Dominic was pegged on 13, just 3 pegs past the hut, and caught all his fish, mainly roach and perch, using a combination of 3 and 4m whips. He started with maggot on the 3m whip line and caught from the off, feeding groundbait at regular intervals. Later Dom switched to the 4m whip and found a better stamp of roach using caster on a 16 hook. Big congratulations Dominic !

   Runner up, from peg 8, near the gorse bush, was Paul Elworthy with 16.100kg. Paul fished a small feeder using hair-rigged corn on a 16 hook with fishmeal groundbait and caught skimmers steadily throughout the 6 hour match. Well done Paul !

   In joint 3rd place with a weight of 13.325kg came Bruce Hunt and Stuart Burridge. Bruce was pegged well up into the arm on peg 19 and, having found the short whip to be unsuccessful, caught the fish out in deeper water using a long 7m whip to catch mainly roach on maggot over groundbait. Stuart, on the other hand, pegged on 14 next to the winner, fished a small feeder for the whole match and caught lots of good sized skimmers all on the yellow peril. Well done to both of you !

Section Winners  

Section A

   1st    Elliot Fay  peg 2   10.600kg  ( pole fished maggot and corn over groundbait)

  2nd  Steve Manley  peg 4  8.875kg  ( roach on corn using 5m whip over groundbait ) 

Section B

   Ist   Eric Priest   peg 20  11.575kg  ( roach on mainly corn using long whip )

  2nd  Ray King   peg 16  10.225kg  ( roach/perch on short whip using mainly maggot)

   With only one club match left to fish, Bruce Hunt is in a very strong position leading the field with 80 points. Eric Priest is lying 2nd with 75 points with Gary Butler ( 73 ) and Anthony Edwards ( 71 ) 3rd and 4th respectively. Remember, this year's prestigious 12-man club match final, to be held in October, will comprise the top ten anglers from the club's points league with the last 2 places being awarded to the winner and runner up of the qualifier planned in for Sept 29th.

   Finally, big thanks to the girls at the cafe for laying on a really great breakfast.

   See you all at the final club match in 3 weeks time at Lakeside.



12th Points 15th September 2019 Lakeside 

The final points match of the season was held yesterday at Lakeside in blazing sunshine and 18 anglers attended what was a very hard match. More than half the anglers struggled to break a kilo but for those that did, some very nice bream and crucians came to the net.

   Winner on the day, by a short head, was Anthony Edwards from permanent peg 4 with 5.400kg. Anthony did the business in the first hour when, as well as a few small roach, he caught a bream and then a small carp fishing a short pole to the lilies using maggot on a size 16 over micro pellet. This was quickly followed up with a second bream caught on 6mm pellet fishing a small feeder to the submerged bar. Well done Anthony !

   Runner- up on the day, from peg 10, was Gary Butler who weighed in with 5.160kg. Fishing the point swim, Gary could only manage 8 small roach and perch early on in the match but then, having switched swims, latched into a bream midway through the day on pole fished worm to a 16 hook. He then followed this up with another bream using maggot fishing his original 11m pole line. Nice one Gary !

   3rd on the day from peg 16 was Pete Kingdon with 4.840kg. Pete fished a 10m pole to the lilies using maggot over a small amount of groundbait and proceeded to catch small perch and rudd from the off. His bonus fish came late on into the match when a good bream came thankfully to the net. Well done Pete !

   Section Winners  

   Section A

   1st  Phil Bailey   2.750kg   ( 3lb tench and good crucian plus perch/roach by lilies all on maggot )

  2nd  Phil Tucker  1.220kg  ( perch and roach on maggot via pole to the margins.)

   Section B

   1st  Paul Frost   1.320kg   (  roach/perch all caught on maggot via pole to the lilies )

  2nd  Bruce Hunt  1.280kg  ( perch/rudd on pole fished worm/maggot all during the first hour ) 

   Congratulations to Bruce Hunt who came out eventual winner in the hard fought club match series with a total of 81 points. Well done Bruce for winning this for the second year in succession. Close behind in 2nd place was Gary Butler with 76 points with Anthony Edwards in 3rd, also with 76 points but with a lower overall series weight. Well done guys and indeed to the top 10 placings for earning a spot in the prestigious club final which is to be held on 6th October at Morchard Road fishery. 

   Meanwhile, 2 places to the final are up for grabs with the club's newly instated Top 12 Qualifier arranged for 29th September at Oaktree bottom pond (switched recently from Little Yeo ). Match Secretary, Steve Manley, will be in contact shortly with those eligible anglers.



Top 12 Final Sunday 6th October 2019

After another successful series of club matches, with 47 anglers having taken part at various stages throughout the year, the top 12 final was staged yesterday at Morchard Road fishery. Conditions were fairly calm to begin with but the water level was down considerably and a strong North Westerly soon got hold of proceedings and most anglers found themselves having to resort to fishing a feeder.

   Everyone managed to catch on the day which was good, but it was Anthony Edwards that managed to catch with the most regularity and indeed he finished up top weight on the day with 28.025kg.

Pegged down on the road bank, Anthony fished a small method feeder to the island to catch 30 small carp on 6 to 8mm pellet. He said he found he had to fish tight to the island to keep the bites coming.

Congratulations Anthony !

   Runner-up on the day, from a favoured peg on the point nearest the car park, was Elliot Fay with 23.750kg. Having tried the short pole inside to no avail, Elliot also fished a feeder to the island and caught on and off during the match, but, in the last half hour he caught half a dozen carp inside on corn fishing in 12" of water. Well done Elliot !

   3rd spot went to Dominic Garnett with a weight of 18.900kg. Dom was pegged down on the road bank, next to the winner, and fished a feeder to the island to snare a total of 20 small carp. Well done Dominic !

   The match was followed by the presentation of prizes ably carried out by Match Secretary, Steve Manley. Everyone received a prize on the day and special thanks to Dave at Culm Valley Angling and Kevin at Exeter Angling Centre for their kind donation of prizes once again. Congrats to everyone who qualified for the final, it is not easy these days with the level of competition shown throughout the year.    Finally, on behalf of everyone, a special thanks to Steve Manley for all his hard work throughout the year in running the club matches. Match attendance continues to rise year on year and this, I believe, is a reflection on how well Steve runs the local match scene.

   Next club event is the club's Pairs Open on the canal on 3rd November, entry sheet is now up at Culm Valley Angling.



club pairs
Club Pairs 3rd November 2019

15 teams fished the latest club pairs open held yesterday on the canal. The match was pegged from broken bridge to Tidcombe and it was a very hard affair following multitudes of recent rain. Generally the roach were conspicuous by their absence and it was the skimmers, for those that could catch one, which determined the top placings.

   Top team on the day were Mike and Anthony Edwards who both caught skimmers and more roach than most. Mike, pegged in school bay, had a really good catch of 1.980kg comprising 6 skimmers plus several good roach all on the favoured bread punch over liquidise. He also caught a few better roach across on the bomb. Anthony, pegged half way down the straight after the footbridge, weighed in with a kilo, comprising around 40 tiny roach on the punch which was boosted by a decent skimmer midway through the match. Both anglers finished 2nd in their section and totalled 4 points to take the top prize with ease. Well done lads !

   Runners-up on the day were Gary Butler and Paul Marks with a team score of 7 points. Gary, pegged just past school bay , managed 5 small skimmers and a few roach on the punch for 1.650kg whilst Paul

weighed in with 0.700kg of small roach caught also on the bread.

   In 3rd spot came Bruce Hunt and Eric Priest with a team score of 10 points. Bruce was on the last but one peg and caught small roach on 8mm punch. He also managed 3 perch on worm to weigh in with 0.980kg. Eric, on peg 8, caught a decent skimmer early on followed by 15 roach, mainly in the first and last hour.

   Finally, 4th place went to Mark Webber and Shaun Dakin with a team score of 11 points. Mark, coming out of retirement, drawn on school bay, caught 2 good skimmers plus a few roach on the worm for 1.300kg whilst Shaun, from peg 24, weighed in with 0.440kg, comprising a skimmer plus roach. 

   Biggest fish of the day was a 6lb pike caught on the worm by Mark Robinson from peg 11. 

   Well done to everyone for enduring what was a very hard match, hopefully with a few consecutive frosts the roach will turn on ready for the Xmas match which is in 3 weeks time. Tickets are now on sale in the shops.


2019 Christmas Match

The club's Xmas match, held yesterday on the canal from Basin to Warnicombe, was attended by 64 anglers from all parts of the county. With the mildest conditions for years and an overcast sky,  it was likely that the skimmers and bream would dominate the top placings and this is certainly what put the smiles on almost all of the happy faces shown in the photos. The guy with the biggest smile on the day was overall winner, Les Lloyd, who, from peg 1 near broken bridge, weighed in with 5.100kg comprising 4 really good skimmers and a bonus pike caught on worm. Les began the match fishing bread at 9m and had some success with a couple of skimmers but later went across on the 13m line and pole fished worm to catch the bigger fish over chopped worm and caster. Congratulations Les !

   Runner up on the day was Martin Heard with 3.320kg. Martin drew a peg on the edge of school bay and managed onl;y tiny roach on the punch for the first 2 hours but then latched into a couple of big skimmers. This was later followed by 2 more towards the end of the match and all his fish were caught using 6mm punch fished on the bottom over liquidised bread.

   3rd spot went to Bruce Hunt who was pegged next to Martin in school bay. Bruce could only manage small roach for most of the match, again fishing the punch, but with only 5 minutes to go, fishing a 10mm punch, his float disappeared and Bruce was into a big tench. After quite a scrap the fish was in the net and Bruce had landed his turkey hamper.

   4th place was won by Ali Robinson with a weight of 3.140kg. Ali was pegged near the steps at Glebelands and pole fished 2 main swims using his favoured breadpunch ( big punch ) over liquidised to catch a total of 4 good skimmers as well as some really good quality roach at various spells throughout the 5 hour match.

   Paul Frost secured 5th place with a weight of 3kg exactly. Paul, who was pegged alongside the winner by Broken bridge, bucked the skimmer trend and put on his smiling face by catching 2 decent tench.

He began the match fishing the bread punch at 9m with moderate success but then switched to fishing the worm on a size 20 hook at 11 metres and was rewarded with the only 2 tincas of the day, apart from Bruce's. 

   6th place, and last of the major prizewinners, went to Paul Elworthy with a weight of 2.600kg. Paul, who was pegged by " Wooden bridge", pole fished a big punch over liquidised and caught one good skimmer, around a pound and a half, early on in the match and then proceeded to catch good stamp roach at regular intervals throughout the rest of the 5 hours. 

   Shown below are the 4 happy individual section winners on the day, again some good skimmers and roach featured in all of their catches. Well done to all of these top ten winners and, indeed,well done to all 64 anglers who helped to make what was another memorable occasion.

   On behalf of the club, I thank Steve Manley and the team for all their hard work and a big thanks to Julia and the girls for laying on such excellent food both before and after the match. In addition, a massive thanks to Julia and Ali for organising the superb array of prizes which has been a big factor in making this the best Xmas match in the South West. 

   Finally, a very grateful thanks goes to our sponsors, Dave at Culm Valley Angling and Kevin at Exeter Angling Centre for, once again, supporting the club's biggest festive event with their very generous donations.




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