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North Devon anglers rejoice at south-westerly wind

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: April 18, 2013

NEW ADDITION: Dan Spearman with the fine specimen perch of 3lb 13oz he added to his season's tally at Stafford Moor Fishery.

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Wayne Thomas

ANGLERS of all three disciplines are rejoicing as the wind swings to the south west, bringing milder air and the prospect of much-improved sport.

Sea anglers relish the rising sea temperatures and the arrival of the summer species.

Gannets have already been sighted off the coast – a possible indication that early shoals of mackerel and sandeel are on the way.

Swallows and martins are swooping into the coastline and inland following their epic journey from the African continent.

Rain has brought a welcome rise to the rivers, which should see an influx of salmon and sea trout when the water clears.

A fine fresh-run salmon of 9lb was caught from the Brightly and Weirmarsh beats of the Taw by Michael Martin prior to the heavy rain.

Jonathon Sykes caught a fine fresh-run salmon of 15lb from a lower Torridge beat.

Large sea trout are often landed during late April, with double-figure fish a distinct possibility from Taw or Torridge.

Such fish put up a formidable fight and anglers are advised not to fish too light.

Carp anglers are enjoying great sport, with the fish feeding hard as the spawning season approaches.

At Angler's Paradise, Lee Duffin enjoyed a great session, catching carp of 21lb 4oz, 23lb and 26lb.

Andy Pickard landed mirror carp of 24lb 4oz and 22lb 8oz, while Charlie Bush, 16, was delighted with a personal best mirror of 21lb.

Cell hook baits proved successful for all three anglers.

Carp have also been on the feed at Furzebray, where Luke Davies landed a stunning mirror called Clover at a weight of 28lb 4oz.

The venue's Willow Lake is also starting to fish well, with multiple catches of carp to mid doubles.

Stafford Moor continues to throw up some very large perch, with Robin Paige landing a stunning stripey of 4lb.

Dan Spearman added another specimen perch to his season's tally with a 3lb 13oz catch from Pines lake.

Dennis Toleman won Barnstaple Triple Hook Club's Slade Coarse Cup with a bag of 12lb 4oz, including a bream of 4lb 2oz.

Tony Burslem took second place with a bag of bream totalling 6lb 2oz.

John Vaughan was third with 3lb 6oz of small silver fish.

Ray should be among sea anglers' catches in the next couple of weeks.

Lower estuary marks could produce the first of the season's bass as milder conditions encourage the first major crab moult of the year.

Trout anglers have been enjoying great sport at local stillwaters.

At Southwood Fishery, Pete Robinson caught a stunning brown trout of 7lb 3oz and a rainbow of 5lb 6oz in a four-fish bag totalling 18lb 12oz. Anyone wishing to visit this secluded fishery near Bratton Fleming should call Nigel Early on 07767 492800 or 01598 710787.

Catches are on the up at Wimbleball Reservoir where anglers averaged 5.2 fish per rod day.

Simpson Valley's Jenny Wren trout lake produced a rainbow of 7lb 12oz in a four-fish bag for Michael Peters.

A fine rainbow caught at 15lb set a new complex record.

Blakewell Fishery is giving great sport with brown trout to 9lb and plenty of quality rainbows in the 3lb to 5lb range.

Terry Dymond won Bideford Angling Club's game section match at Bratton Water with 6lb 15oz. He beat Martin Turner (6lb 11oz) and Mike Pearson (6lb 9oz).

The club has been working on a new lake at Tarka Swims, which will be stocked with specimen carp over the next 12 months. Sponsorship is being sought for swims and footpaths. E-mail 1badaasc@gmail.com

Diary dates

Saturday and Sunday: Triple Hook Club night rover, fishing 6pm Saturday to 6pm Sunday, weigh in 7.30pm at Royal British Legion.

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