1000 Fish Stocked

The Environment Agency stocked 1000 fish into the Main Canal today (500 roach and 500 Bream).  The Fish were all bread at the EA’s fish farm in Calverton and were in A1 condition.

You will see from the photos the bream are good ‘skimmer’ stamp.

Hopeful these will dodge the cormorants!

The Committee are holding off with any further stocking of fish as they are fearful we are simply feeding the overwintering cormorants! If the birds move off in March as expected then further considerations to stocking will be agreed.

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Winter League R7

Winter League Round 7,  Sunday 9th February:

The high winds did not put 9 anglers off who were pleased to find some shelter at Rodds Bridge.  The section was pegged from Rodds Bridge (no.1) to roughly the mile post (no.9), with the higher numbers suffering the brunt of the wind.

As the match progressed it was clear the better fish were coming from the low number  ‘comfy pegs’ with a number of nettable skimmers and roach and a bonus 10z chub for Mark Gratton (not sure who was most surprised, the chub or Mark).  Simon Allen put together a 5lb 2oz net of silvers to win from peg 1, and Adrian Hill amassed a large number of redfins on the punch off peg 8 to bank 4lb 9ozs and secure second place.  Jack Crystal was also among the skimmers (and a chub) from peg 2, finishing just 1oz behind Adrian Hill in third overall and 1st Junior.

A creditable mention to Matt Sampson who really had the worst of the weather and swapped from chasing a carp to roach bashing too late, but still banked an impressive number of small redfins for 2lbs 9ozs.  Also to mention Dave did not have a good day.

So, we have found where the fish are, all we need next time is some decent weather to really see what bags we can catch.

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Simon Allen 5lbs 2oz 1 8
2 Adrian Hill 4lbs 9oz 8 7
1st (J) Jack Crystal 4lbs 8oz 2 6
3 Mark Gratton 2lbs 10ozs 3 6
4 Matt Sampson 2lbs 9oz 9 5
5 Rob Fuller 2lbs 6oz 4 4
6 Paul Braund 1lb 7oz 6 3
7 Andy 1oz 5 2
8 Dave Allen - 7 1
Pos: Angler No. Mtchs Pts
1 Adrian Hill 7 81
2 Mark Gratton 7 74
3 Rob Fuller 6 67
4 Simon Allen 4 63
1st (J) Jack Crystal 7 57.5
5 Paul Braund 6 54.5
6 Dick Turner 5 54
7 Dave Allen 6 46.5
8 Steve Whitehouse 6 45
9 Kevin Hill 6 44
10 Simon Hockday 4 44
11 Matthew Sampson 5 36
12 Jean Bowden 5 33
=13 Mike Bowden 5 31
=13 Len Hancock 6 31
15 Ady Larkins 4 21.5
16 Tony Johns 4 19
17 Ian Gray 1 9.5
=18 Wayne Burnard 1 7.5
=18 Colin Abbott 1 7.5
20 Andy 1 2
2nd (J) Alfie (J) 1 2
21 Guy Pessell 1 1
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Winter League R6

Winter League Round 6,  Sunday 12th January:

It was decided to put the Basin and lower numbers in the draw to ensure everyone had some deep water to try and tempt a few fish in what was anticipated to be a hard match.  And it was with bread punch and pinkie the order of the day.

After losing a carp early doors Matt Sampson stepped up the tackle and netted a 10lb common to effectively take the win with two hours to go, much to the annoyance of everyone else scratching for bits!  Len Hancock also had a chance for glory but lost the carp he hooked (unlike the dustbin, but that is another story).

Adrian Hill stuck to the task in hand and netted 30+ redfins with the odd gonk for the only other a double figure bag of the day with 11ozs!   Equal third went to Mark Gratton and Kevin Hill who both managed to bring 5ozs of redfins to the net.

Jack Crystal won the Junior section with 3ozs, a bag that included a prize 1oz flounder (perhaps flounders are the  answer to beat the cormorants).

There were multiple tied section winners, Paul Braund and Rob Fuller in the single number pegs with 4ozs each, with a three way tie in the Basin between Len Hancock, Mike and Jean Bowden with 1oz each.  At least the prize money was well shared out.

It can’t get any worse, can it?

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Matt Sampson 10lbs 6 16
2 Adrian Hill 11oz 9 15
=3 Mark Gratton 5oz 5 13.5
=3 Kevin Hill 5ozs 17 13.5
=5 Rob Fuller 4oz 8 11.5
=5 Paul Braund 4oz 10 11.5
1st (J) Jack Crystal 3oz 16 10
=7 Simon Hockaday 2oz 4 9.5
=7 Ian Gray 2oz 6 9.5
=9 Len Hancock 1oz 12 7
=9 Jean Bowden 1oz 14 7
=9 Mike Bowden 1oz 20 7
12 Steve Whitehouse 1/5oz 15 5
13 Dave Allen 1/4oz 19 4
14 Tony Johns - 18 1
15 Ady Larkins - 13 1
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Pos: Angler No. Mtchs Pts
1 Adrian Hill 6 74
2 Mark Gratton 6 68
3 Rob Fuller 5 63
4 Simon Allen 4 55
5 Dick Turner 5 54
1st (J) Jack Crystal 6 51.5
6 Paul Braund 5 51.5
7 Dave Allen 5 45.5
8 Steve Whitehouse 6 45
9 Kevin Hill 6 44
10 Simon Hockday 4 44
11 Jean Bowden 5 33
=12 Mike Bowden 5 31
=12 Len Hancock 6 31
=12 Matthew Sampson 4 31
15 Ady Larkins 4 21.5
16 Tony Johns 4 19
17 Ian Gray 1 9.5
=18 Wayne Burnard 1 7.5
=18 Colin Abbott 1 7.5
2nd (J) Alfie (J) 1 2
20 Guy Pessell 1 1
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Winter League R5

Winter League Round 5,  Sunday 15th December:

This is how a fur and feather should be, unfortunately it was not as close as it could have been as Mark Gratton un-sportingly bagged a couple of skimmers late on for the win, otherwise it would have been a close call with everyone scratching.  There were a lot of size 22 hooks, pinkies, 1 mill bread punch and squats being thrown at the redfins and gonks and whilst the fish were numerous for some, they were not what you would call a ‘decent’ stamp.  Adrian Hill came out on top of the ‘eyes’ bashing, just one ounce ahead of Rob Fowler in third.  The result does put ‘Sailor’ top of the league with a 4 point lead.   Kevin Hill recorded the lowest weight with 1/8oz!

It was good to see so many turn out in what were bracing conditions, a big thank you to the Brendon Arms for looking after us for the post match meal and to the Team at Waterfront Shooting and Fishing who provided a welcome cup of soup half way through.


Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Mark Gratton 2lbs 9oz 20
2 Adrian Hill 14oz 19
3 Rob Fuller 13oz 18
4 Steve Whitehouse 12ozs 17
5 Simon Allen 11oz 16
6 Paul Braund 7oz 15
=7 Len Hancock 3oz 13.5
=7 Simon Hockaday 3oz 13.5
9 Dick Turner 2oz 12
10 Dave Allen 1oz 11
=11 Jean Bowden 1/2oz 9.5
=11 Ady Larkins 1/2oz 9.5
=13 Wayne Burnard 1/4oz 7.5
=13 Colin Abbott 1/4oz - 7.5
1st (J) Jack Crystal 1/4oz - 7.5
15 Kevin Hill 1/8oz - 6
=16 Matt Sampson - - - 1
=16 Guy Pessell 1
=16 Tony Johns 1
=16 Mike Bowden 1
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Pos: Angler No. Mtchs Pts
1 Adrian Hill 5 59
2 Simon Allen 4 55
3 Mark Gratton 5 54.5
4 Dick Turner 5 54
5 Rob Fuller 4 51.5
1st (J) Jack Crystal 5 41.5
6 Dave Allen 4 41.5
=7 Paul Braund 4 40
=7 Steve Whitehouse 5 40
9 Simon Hockday 4 34.5
10 Kevin Hill 5 30.5
11 Jean Bowden 4 26
=12 Mike Bowden 4 24
=12 Len Hancock 5 24
14 Ady Larkins 3 20.5
15 Tony Johns 3 18
16 Matthew Sampson 3 15
=17 Wayne Burnard 1 7.5
=17 Colin Abbott 1 7.5
2nd (J) Alfie (J) 1 2
19 Tony Johns 1 1
20 Guy Pessell 1 1
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Winter League R4

Winter League Round 4,  Sunday 24th November:

With many of the ‘big names’ missing it was Ady Larkins who took full advantage, winning easily off the ‘Wooden’ Bonus Peg, which sadly only netted an additional £19.  Then gain, a win is a win.  BT found a few skimmers to bank 3lbs and secure the runner up spot and go 2 points clear at the top of the League.  Jack Crystal won the junior section but was third overall, beating Steve Whitehouse by an ounce.

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Ady Larkins 3lbs 8oz 10
2 Dick Turner 3lbs 9
1st (J) Jack Crystal (J) 2lbs 7oz 8
3 Steve Whitehouse 2lbs 6ozs 8
4 Adrian Hill 2lbs 1oz 7
=5 Kevin Hill 2lbs 5.5
=5 Len Hancock 2lbs 5.5
7 Jean Bowden 1lb 13oz 4
8 Mike Bowden 1lb 9oz 3
9 Mark Gratton 1lb 5oz 2
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Pos: Angler No. Mtchs Pts
1 Dick Turner 4 42
2 Adrian Hill 4 40
3 Simon Allen 3 39
4 Mark Gratton 4 34.5
1st (J) Jack Crystal 4 34
5 Rob Fuller 3 33.5
6 Dave Allen 3 30.5
7 Paul Braund 3 25
8 Kevin Hill 4 24.5
=9 Mike Bowden 3 23
=9 Steve Whitehouse 4 23
10 Simon Hockday 3 21
11 Tony Johns 3 18
12 Jean Bowden 3 16.5
13 Matthew Sampson 2 14
14 Len Hancock 4 10.5
15 Ady Larkins 2 11
2nd (J) Alfie (J) 1 2
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Winter League R3

Winter League Round 3,  Sunday 10th November:

With double figure bags of silvers coming out in the week, there was confidence of a few decent weights (at least in the Lower Basin), but as is so often the case, come match day everything changed.

On a day dominated by punch caught roach (many complaining afterwards they had not brought any bread!), you really needed a bonus fish to get into the money.  It was a big old 4lb slab that gave Simon Allen the bonus he needed to give him his first victory of the year on Bude Canal.  Mark Gratton stuck at the bigger stuff, alternating between pole, waggler and tip to find five bites for five fish and a 4lb bag of skimmers for second place.  Paul Braund managed to keep the punch going all day off peg 13 and banked 84 roach for 2lbs 1oz, with no fish over an ounce!

Section wins went to Dick Turner in the Lower Basin with 2lbs and Tony Johns in the Second Basin with 1lb 5ozs, both finding a skimmer or two.

Jack Crystal did manage to find some fish off end peg 33 and won the Junior Section with 5ozs.

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Simon Allen 5lbs 1oz 31 17
2 Mark Gratton 3lbs 15oz 16 16
3 Paul Braund 2lbs 1oz 13 15
4 Dick Turner 2lbs 15 14
5 Tony Johns 1lbs 5oz 32 13
6 Adrian Hill 13oz 19 12
7 Kevin Hill 11oz 20 11
8 Mike Bowden 5oz 12 10
1st (J) Jack Crystal (J) 5oz 33 10
9 Simon Hockaday 4oz 18 8.5
10 Rob Fuller 4oz 30 8.5
11 Jean Bowden 2oz 17 6.5
12 Dave Allen 2oz 14 6.5
13 Steve Whitehouse - - 1
14 Matt Sampson - - 1
15 Ady Larkins - - 1
16 Len Hancock - - - 1
Pos: Angler No. Mtchs Pts
1 Simon Allen 3 39
2 Rob Fuller 3 33.5
3 Adrian Hill 3 33
4 Dick Turner 3 33
5 Mark Gratton 3 32.5
6 Dave Allen 3 30.5
1st (J) Jack Crystal 3 26
7 Paul Braund 3 25
8 Simon Hockday 3 21
9 Mike Bowden 2 20
10 Kevin Hill 3 19
11 Tony Johns 3 18
12 Steve Whitehouse 3 15
13 Matthew Sampson 2 14
14 Jean Bowden 2 12.5
15 Len Hancock 3 5
2nd (J) Alfie (J) 1 2
16 Ady Larkins 1 1
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