Crediton angler lands 26lb fish
CREEDY Lakes has seen its best opening to a season, with Crediton angler Lloyd Kelly topping the week's catches with a 26lb specimen.
He caught it while setting up in the first swim on the right bank fishing among mid to shallower water depths.
Kelly's five other catches, all of which were commons, weighed in at 22lbs, 19lbs 2oz, 16lbs, 14lbs and a low double – giving a combined bag weight of 107lbs 6oz.
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The best bag for the week was claimed by two anglers who both tempted an impressive total of 12 fish during one session – Dan Colquhoun and Chris Furnival.
Colquhoun recorded commons of 22lbs 10oz, 17lbs 6oz, 16lbs 6oz, six lower doubles with three catches around the 10lbs mark for a combined 158lbs of fish.
Tiverton's Kyle Wallace had a three-fish bag of 23lbs 15oz, 19lbs 11oz and 16lbs 9oz.
Wallace's brother Stuart also banked two nice catches including the heaviest tench of the season scaling 6lbs and a 17lbs common.
Mark Jenner fished the left bank just past the island and landed four fish on the mat. Topping his catches that day was a long torpedo-shaped common scaling 21lbs.
His other fish weighed 19lbs 5oz along with two 12-pounders.
Crediton angler Mike Izzard had a common carp which tipped the scales to just over 21lbs, while Toby Guest hooked a common weighing 20lbs 2oz at the top of the right bank and another scaling 18lbs 6oz.
Josh Ower hooked himself a new personal best with a common of 17lbs 6oz.
Other catches included Seaton's Richard Mannion, with 17lbs and 14lbs, Exeter's Mark Downing with six commons up to 21lbs 12oz and Darren Martin's three doubles plus one at 21lbs 6oz. Simon Cordery had two doubles with the best at 17lbs 2oz. Mark Coaker had five fish including a big pair (22lbs 4oz and 20lbs 12oz).
A poor turnout of just 13 anglers fished round five of the league at the Wide Waters stretch of the Taunton and Bridgwater Canal.
The match was split into a section at the wides and one further up by the stickups.
At the start of the match the tench were obliging for a number of anglers who had four in the first hour and 37 by the end of the match.
In the end it was bream that made the difference for Steve Jeffery drawn on peg one in the wides. He landed six, plus three tench, for a winning weight of 34lb. Jeffery caught his fish at 11m on single red maggot, fished over ground bait.
Runner up on the day was Dave Sellick who drew in the stickup section. He fished 14.5m into a sheltered area on the far bank. His 11 tench went 29lb 8oz. The next competition is club match at Kia-Ora on Sunday March 31. To book into the competition telephone 01392 662056.
League standings: 1 Gary Thornton (Team ALS) 32 points; 2 Brian Sussex (Exeter) 26; 3 Mark Whetnall (Team Jinx) 20; 4 Duncan Hill (Exeter) 18; 5 Steve Jeffery (Exeter) 16; 6 Barry Lucas (Team Jinx) 16; 7 Roly Palmer (Team Jinx) 16; 8 Andy Bulled (Exeter) 14; 9 Steve Hayman (Exeter) 12; 10 Dave Sellick (Exeter) 12; 11 Zac Newton (Team ALS) 12; 12 Keith Carpenter (Exeter) 12.
Stephen Hird caught six carp to 9lbs on legered corn whils fishing the Kingfisher pool.
Hird's son Michael used the pole to catch roach and perch to just over 1lb on float-fished maggot. John Norman had seven carp to 8lbs on legered sweetcorn on Willow Pool and Fred Smythe had six carp to 8lbs on legered pleet.
Andy Bell from Crediton had a good week at Belbrook Fishery where he caught three fish for 6lb and favoured a floating line with a blue damsel nymph.
Fred Bartlett from Axmouth caught his best rainbow, catching a 7lb 2oz on a blood worm.
The Bellbrook heat of the trout masters will be held at the fishery on April 14.
Those who have qualified should have received their invitation.
However, anyone who has not should contact the fishery on 01398 351292.