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  Pictured above - Andrew Gooding Top Rod Winner 2016 being presented with Orvis Frequent Flyer by Mick Dodkins and Top Rod shield by Chairman John Hern
 

 

 

 

 

BLAGDON BOATS - SEPTEMBER 10TH

On a blustery and showery day 17 anglers met at Blagdon Lake for the next round of the Orvis Top Rod.

We pretty much had the lake to ourselves, just 1 other boat out and 2 or 3 bank anglers were fishing during the day.

17 anglers caught 34 fish for a bag weight of 63lbs - best fish of the day went to John Hern with a Brown of 4lbs 10oz.

Best method was diawl bachs and dries on a floater by the dam.

1ST ANDY GOODING - 8 FISH 16LBS 2OZ

2ND STEVE FLOYD - 7 FISH 14LBS 3OZ

3RD JOHN HERN - 3 FISH 9LBS 9.5OZ

4TH MIKE STEER - 4 FISH 8LBS 4OZ

5TH ANDY WATSON - 2 FISH 4LBS 3OZ

6TH TOM HENDY - 2 FISH 4LBS

Winners pictured below and Mike Boston won the raffle draw prize.

KENNICK BANK - JULY 30TH

12 anglers met at the lodge for 0830 for the 9th round of the Orvis Top Rod event.

Water level was full, weather was sunny with some clouds and a westerly wind.

As Browns were being stocked for the last month, we were able to take just 2 browns in the bag.

12 anglers caught 12 fish, 5 Rainbows and 7 Browns, Total weight 13LBS 14OZ, there were 6 blanks.

1ST ANDY GOODING - 3 FISH 2LBS 14OZ - 1 Rainbow, 2 Browns

2ND JOHN HERN - 2 FISH 2LBS 12OZ - 2 Rainbows

3RD MIKE BOSTON - 2 FISH 2LBS 11.5OZ - 1 Rainbow, 1 Brown

4TH PAUL WICKS - 2 FISH 2LBS 3.5OZ - 2 Browns

5TH ANDY WATSON - 2 FISH 1LBS 14.5OZ - 2 Browns

6TH DARREN PENFOLD - 1 FISH 1LBS 6.5OZ - 1 Rainbow

Winners pictured below and Alec Hoare won the raffle draw prize.

 

ROADFORD BOATS - JULY 9TH

14 anglers made the trip to Roadford and met at the Roadford Cafe for breakfast.

Weather was warm, generally cloudy with a light breeze, so perfect conditions.

We recorded the catch by measure so slightly different due to being catch and release.

14 anglers caught just 7 brown trout and many perch!

1ST ANDY GOODING - 2 FISH 68CM

2ND ALAN RIDDELL - 2 FISH 57CM

3RD ROBERT GALE - 1 FISH 33CM

4TH TOM HENDY - 1 FISH 30CM

5TH ALEC HOARE - 1 FISH 22CM

Winners pictured below and Peter Brown won the raffle draw prize.

CLATWORTHY BANK - JUNE 25TH

16 anglers made the trip to Clatworthy on a generally cloudy breezey day with the odd shower of rain.

It was the Iron Man event at Wimbleball so a few roads were shut!

Fish were caught mainly to the left of the lodge and up into the bay.

Best flies were Dries, diawl bachs on floaters with a few fish taken on DI3 and blobs.

Best fish of the day went to Robert Gale - 5lbs 9oz

8 anglers caught their bag limit.

16 anglers caught 53 fish for a bag weight of 116lbs 11oz, average catch 3.31 and average weight 2.2lbs.

1ST ROBERT GALE - 5 FISH 14LBS

2ND PAUL WICKS - 5 FISH 11LBS 9OZ

3RD ANDY GOODING - 5 FISH 11LBS 4OZ

4TH DARREN PENFOLD - 5 FISH 10LBS 12OZ

=5TH MIKE STEER - 5 FISH 10LBS 8OZ

=5TH CHRIS BOLT - 5 FISH 10LBS 8OZ

Winners picture below and Mike Boston won the raffle draw prize.

Wessex water kindly gave 3 prizes, Day ticket went to Robert Gale for biggest fish of the day, Airflo hat went to Peter Shazzell and Chris Bolt won an Airflo flybox.

 

TOP ROD RESULTS AFTER 6 EVENTS

1ST DARREN PENFOLD - 92

2ND PAUL WICKS - 91

3RD PETER BROWN - 90

4TH ROBERT GALE - 83

5TH ANDY GOODING - 82

6TH ANDY WATSON - 80

7TH CHRIS BOLT - 75

8TH NIGEL PERRIN - 72

=9TH ALEC HOARE - 66

=9TH JOHN HERN - 66

 

MAY 28TH - BLAGDON BOAT

Conditions were ideal for the first Blagdon boat fishing of the year, gentle breeze and sunshine with some clouds.

15 anglers caught an impressive 88 fish for a bag weight of 221lbs 5oz.

Average catch was 5.86 and average weight was 2.51lbs.

There were 7 full bag limits of 8 fish.

Best fish of the day - Bill Hande - 4lbs 12oz Rainbow.

Best tactics were floating line and diawl bachs or buzzers.

1ST ANDY GOODING - 8 FISH 21LBS 6OZ

2ND STEVE FLOYD - 8 FISH 21LBS 4OZ

3RD PETER BROWN - 8 FISH 21LBS 2OZ

4TH FRED PIKE - 8 FISH 20LBS 2OZ

5TH NIGEL PERRIN - 8 FISH 19LBS 7OZ

6TH ALEC HOARE - 8 FISH 19LBS 6OZ

Winners pictured below and Paul Wicks won the raffle draw prize.

 

MAY 14TH - KENNICK BANK

On a bright but quite breezy day, 15 anglers fished Kennick in the 5th round of the Orvis Top Rod 2017.

Fish were caught on the Sycamore Wall section up to the 2nd Orange buoy and Clampitts were the best areas.

Best tactics were Diawl Bachs.

15 anglers caught 55 fish for a bag weight of 96lbs 12oz. Average Catch 3.66 and Average Weight 1.75lbs.

Best fish of the day - Robert Gale 5lbs and Chris Bolt 4lbs 1oz.

1ST ALAN RIDDELL - 6 FISH 10LBS 4OZ

2ND PAUL WICKS - 6 FISH 10LBS .5OZ

3RD DARREN PENFOLD - 6 FISH 10LBS

4TH ALEC HOARE - 6 FISH 9LBS 14OZ

5TH ROBERT GALE - 3 FISH 8LBS 7OZ

6TH ANDY WATSON - 5 FISH 8LBS 3.5OZ

Winners pictured below and Andy Gooding won the raffle draw prize.

APRIL 23RD - CLATWORTHY BOAT

With a gentle breeze and mostly cloudy skies with the odd patch of blue we were at Clatworthy for our first boat comp of the year.

Danny Ford was ready with Bacon rolls and a coffee on arrival and also did a BBQ afterwards for everyone, thanks Danny!

Fish were free rising during the day in all areas of the reservoir with best tactics being floating line and diawl bachs.

14 anglers fished and caught 63 fish for a bag weight of 152lbs 12oz. Average weight 2.42lbs and average catch of 4.5.

Best fish of the day were, Steve Floyd 4lbs 14oz, Chris Bolt 4lbs 6oz, Peter Brown 3lbs 14oz, Bill Hynds 3lbs 13oz and Darren Penfold 3lbs 12oz.

1ST STEVE FLOYD - 5 FISH 13LBS 11OZ

2ND PETER BROWN - 5 FISH 13LBS 4OZ

3RD DARREN PENFOLD - 5 FISH 13LBS 2OZ

4TH JOHN HERN - 5 FISH 12LBS 14OZ

5TH JOHN WINSON - 5 FISH 12LBS 4OZ

=6TH MIKE BOSTON - 5 FISH 11LBS 14OZ

=6TH MIKE STEER - 5 FISH 11LBS 14OZ

Winners Pictured below and Andy Watson won the raffle draw.

Wessex water kindly provided a day ticket for the biggest fish and 2 spools of line were drawn in the raffle and were won by Rob Gale and John Winson.

APRIL 2ND - SIBLYBACK BANK

On a sunny day for early April with a generaly light breeze, conditions were perfect for our 3rd Orvis Top Rod Comp.

After a great breakfast at the Rock Hopper Cafe at Siblyback, well worth a look for the FULL breakfast, thank you Wendy for opening up early for us this morning.

14 anglers caught 64 fish for a bag weight of 97lbs 13oz, average weight 1.5lbs and average catch at 4.57.

11 anglers caught their 5 fish limits.

Best fish of the day went to Peter Brown with a Rainbow of 4lbs 12oz, followed by Robert Gale, 4lbs 2oz, Paul Wicks and Chris Bolt at 3lbs 14oz, Andy Watson at 3lbs 14oz and Jerry Purchase at 3lbs 7oz. Fish were caught from all areas of the reservoir and during the afternoon were free rising.

1ST ROBERT GALE - 5 FISH 9LBS 10OZ

2ND ANDY WATSON - 5 FISH 9LBS 9OZ

3RD CHRIS BOLT - 5 FISH 9LBS 3OZ

4TH PAUL WICKS - 5 FISH 8LBS 15.5OZ

5TH PETER BROWN - 4 FISH 8LBS 7OZ

6TH JERRY PURCHASE - 4 FISH 7LBS 4OZ

Winners pictured below and Alec Hoare won the raffle

MARCH 19TH - HAWKRIDGE BANK

Hawkridge is just a few miles outside of Bridgwater on the Durleigh Rd.

It's slightly smaller than Kennick at just under 40 acres but is in a great spot with the lodge overlooking the reservoir.

11 anglers made the trip which was only 45 mins from Exeter and caught 50 fish for a bag weight of 120lbs 10oz.

Average Catch 4.54. Average Weight 2.4lbs.

Paul Wicks caught the only 3 Brown Trout of the day in his bag and Chris Bolt and Darren Penfold both caught a Blue.

There were 9 full bag limits of 5 and Darren Penfold took the best fish of the day with a Rainbow of 9lbs.

Andy Gooding also caught a big fish but as you will see didn't make the photo, holding his 21lb Pike is Andy Watson.

1ST DARREN PENFOLD - 5 FISH 19LBS 15OZ

2ND CHRIS BOLT - 5 FISH 15LBS 2OZ

3RD JOHN HERN - 5 FISH 12LBS 4OZ

4TH ANDY GOODING - 5 FISH 12LBS 2OZ

5TH NIGEL PERRIN - 5 FISH 11LBS 14OZ

6TH PAUL WICKS - 5 FISH 11LBS 13OZ

Winners pictured below and Robert Gale won the raffle draw.

 

MARCH 12TH - KENNICK BANK

For the first competition of the 2017 season, 15 anglers caught 41 fish in breezy NW conditions.

The drizzly rain didn't last too long in the morning, but the wind got up from a flat calm at 0830.

15 anglers caught 41 fish for a bag weight of 78lbs 12oz.

Best fish of the day went to Paul Wicks who caught a 4lb Rainbow and returned a 4lb Brown.

1ST ANDY WATSON - 6 FISH 12LBS 9.5OZ

2ND ANDY GOODING - 6 FISH 11LBS 4OZ

3RD PAUL WICKS - 5 FISH 11LBS 1OZ inc 4LBS Rainbow

4TH DARREN PENFOLD - 6 FISH 9LBS 14OZ

5TH NIGEL PERRIN - 5 FISH 8LBS 9OZ

6TH ROBERT GALE - 3 FISH 5LBS 11OZ

Winners pictured below and Alan Riddell won the raffle draw prize.