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Charles Inniss publishes North Devon angling stories in Torridge Reflections

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

MEMORIES: Charles Inniss (right) with Peter Lapsley as they celebrate the publication of the book Torridge Reflections.

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Wayne Thomas

FORTY years of angling tales have gone into Charles Inniss's new book Torridge Reflections.

The evocative book, published by River Reads Press, contains stories about the fish and characters who have enriched Charles's life while assisting visitors to the Half Moon Inn at Sheepwash.

The inn, which was run by the Inniss family for 40 years, is revered in angling folklore.

His family no longer owns it but Charles still spends many hours assisting anglers who stay there.

He spent much of Saturday signing copies of his book at the Half Moon where he was joined by angling writer Peter Lapsley, who has written a foreword to the book.

The publication is the culmination of several years of hard work by Charles and Sandra Armishaw of River Reads.

Many of the characters mentioned in the pages were present at the annual Torridge Fishery Association Dinner on Saturday.

It signalled the end of a season in which more than 100 salmon were caught.

Darren Short landed a fine specimen bull huss of 13lb 15¼oz to take first place in Rod 'n' Reelers' October rover. Runner-up was Steve Baker with a flounder of 1lb 7oz and in third was Lewis Grimwade with a dogfish of 2lb 2oz.

Steven Ford won Appledore Shipbuilders' monthly roving match with a specimen bass of 9lb 5½oz.

David Barnes was second with a ballan wrasse of 5lb 6¾oz and Andrew Atkinson was third with a ballan wrasse of 5lb 5oz.

Cameron Atkinson won the junior section with a ballan wrasse scaling 3lb 2¼oz.

Andrew Atkinson's wrasse of 5lb 5oz won Bideford's rover and he took third place with another wrasse of 4lb 12¼oz.

Dick Talbot was second with a 4lb 15¼oz ballan wrasse and Kevin Pike was fourth with a wrasse of 4lb 1oz.

In the junior section, Cameron repeated his Appledore win with a wrasse of 3lb 2oz.

It may appear the North Devon coast is fishing really well but I believe all the fish caught in the Bideford and Appledore competitions came from South Devon.

A flounder weighing 1lb 5¾oz won Triple Hook Club's SWW Flounder Open for Dennis Toleman.

In second was Steve Holcobe with a flounder of 1lb 5½oz, while Darren Short was third with a flattie of 1lb 5oz.

The anglers who braved heavy rain for a charity match at Putsborough were rewarded with bass and ray.

The best small-eyed ray scaled 7lb and fell to Ross Prior.The best bass scaled 6lb 4oz.

Barry Lee secured victory in Ilfracombe Match Group's latest fixture at the prolific Riverton Lakes.

His bag of 65lb 13oz was taken using bomb, pellet and meat over a bed of hempseed.

Colin Ashby was runner-up with 54lb 3oz taken by alternating between method feeder, waggler and short pole.

In third was Ian Croxton with 45lb 7oz taken on pole paste and method feeder.

Andy Bayley was fourth with 43lb 4oz and Nielson Jeffery took the silver fish bag with 17lb 9oz.

Nick Cater landed a stunning mirror of 23lb 6oz from Furzebray Carp Lakes.

It was one of several 20lb-plus carp caught there in recent weeks.

Mirrors were landed by Tony Kingdon at 23lb 8oz and Mike Leach at 21lb 14oz.

Steve Foreshore and Mal King have decided to stage the Devon Winter League solely at Stafford Moor, North Devon's premier match venue.

The league was previously shared between Stafford Moor and Milemead.

The seven-match competition runs from Sunday, October 28 until March.

For full details, call Andy at Stafford Moor on 01805 804360.

Trout anglers have been averaging 1.5 fish per rod day at Wimbleball Reservoir.

Simpson Valley's Mallards Lake has been producing quality rainbow and blue trout to more than 6lb with both lures and nymphs proving successful.

Diary dates

Tomorrow: Appledore Shipbuilders AGM, 8pm.

Saturday and Sunday: North Devon League, 6 to 7.30pm, weigh in at Appledore Social Club 7.30pm.

Sunday: Ilfracombe Match Group blind pairs match, Oaktree Fishery.

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