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  Pictured above - John Hern Top Rod Winner 2018 being presented with a Snowbee Spectre Fly Rod by Simon Kidd, Sales and Marketing Manager of Snowbee UK Ltd

HAWKRIDGE BANK - APRIL 7TH

12 anglers made the trip to Hawkridge Reservoir on the edge of the Quantock Hills in Somerset for Round 4 of the Snowbee Top Rod.

Weather was generally cloudy in the morning with light SE winds and when the sun came out in the afternoon the temps reached 15 degrees.

12 anglers caught 49 fish for a bag weight of 119lbs 5.5oz.

Average catch was 4.08 and average weight was 2.43lbs.

7 anglers caught their 5 fish limit.

Best fish of the day went to Peter Brown of Brixham with a 4lbs 4oz Rainbow.

John Hern of Exeter caught a 10lb Pike, pictured below.

1ST ANDY GOODING OF LIVERTON - 5 FISH 14LBS 3OZ

2ND PETER BROWN OF BRIXHAM - 5 FISH 13LBS 2OZ

3RD JEREMY SUMMERS OF SIDMOUTH - 5 FISH 13LBS 1OZ

4TH ROBERT GALE OF BUCKFASTLEIGH - 5 FISH 12LBS 11.5OZ

5TH CHRIS BOLT OF KINGSTEIGNTON - 5 FISH 12LBS

6TH ALAN RIDDELL OF NEWTON ABBOT - 5 FISH 11LBS 11OZ

Best Junior - Alex Venn - 3 FISH 7LBS 11OZ

Winners pictured below and Rob Gale won the raffle draw prize.

WIMBLEBALL BOAT - MARCH 24TH

Sunny skies and a moderate SE wind was the order of the day for the 3rd Round of the Snowbee Top Rod 2019 at Wimbleball.

10 anglers made the trip and one of the pairs today was able to use the brand new Kennick Coulam Boat now on the lake and received the 50% for using it.

To take advantage of the 50% boat offer, you need to be a member of Kennick Fly Fishers Association - www.kennickflyfishers.co.uk

10 anglers caught 41 fish for a bag weight of 102lbs.

Average catch was 4.1 and average weight was 2.48lbs

6 anglers caught their 5 fish limit and 6 fish were over 3lbs.

Biggest fish of the day went to Andy Watson of Bovey Tracey - 4lbs 5oz

1ST ANDY GOODING OF LIVERTON - 5 FISH 14LBS 3OZ

2ND DARREN PENFOLD OF LIVERTON - 5 FISH 13LBS 15OZ

3RD ANDY WATSON OF BOVEY TRACEY - 5 FISH 13LBS 13OZ

4TH PAUL WICKS OF ASHBURTON - 5 FISH 13LBS 8OZ

5TH ALEC HOARE OF ABBOTSKERSWELL - 5 FISH 12LBS 15OZ

6TH CHRIS BOLT OF KINGSTEIGNTON - 5 FISH 9LBS 9OZ

Winners pictured below and Bill Hande won the raffle draw prize.

Next event is Hawkridge Bank on April 7th.

 

WIMBLEBALL BANK - MARCH 10TH

With strong winds forecast today, the boats were not permitted out on the lake, so we had to fish off the bank.

We had rain, sleet, hail and some sunshine but in chilly NW winds with a temp of 6 degrees.

14 anglers braved the conditions and having had a breakfast at Brewers Fayre in Exeter on the way had a great day.

14 anglers caught 43 fish for a bag weight of 110lbs 6oz.

Average catch 3.07 and average weight 2.56lbs.

8 anglers caught their 5 fish limit.

Best fish of the day went to Peter Brown of Brixham - 5lbs 10oz pictured below.

1ST MIKE STEER - 5 FISH 15LBS 1OZ - INC 4LBS RAINBOW

2ND PETER BROWN - 5 FISH 14LBS 15OZ - INC 5LBS 10OZ RAINBOW

3RD PAUL WICKS - 5 FISH 13LBS 3OZ

4TH DARREN PENFOLD - 5 FISH 12LBS 10OZ

5TH ANDY GOODING - 5 FISH 12LBS 7OZ

6TH JOHN HERN - 5 FISH 12LBS 1OZ

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

 

KENNICK BANK - FEBRUARY 24TH

14 anglers came along to the first event of the 2019 calendar and what a beautiful day to start the season off with.

Despite a foggy drive down the M5, once on the moor it was sunny skies and still conditions with a temperature of about 14 degs.

Kennick was of course full to the brim and having been open for a week, the fish were still in shoals in certain areas, the Narrows, Boat bay and into Clampitts fished the best.

14 anglers caught 44 fish for a bag weight 86lbs 15oz. Average catch was 3.14 and Average weight was a fraction under 2lbs.

6 Anglers caught their 6 fish limit.

Best fish of the day went to Andy Gooding and Robert Gale - 2lbs 12oz.

1ST ANDY GOODING - 6 FISH 13LBS 5.5OZ

2ND JOHN HERN - 6 FISH 11LBS 10OZ

3RD ROBERT GALE - 6 FISH 11LBS 8OZ

=4TH JEREMY SUMMERS - 6 FISH 11LBS 5.5OZ

=4TH ALAN RIDDELL - 6 FISH 11LBS 5.5OZ

6TH CHRIS BOLT - 6 FISH 10LBS 15OZ

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

 

KENNICK BANK - OCTOBER 14TH

Just 7 anglers braved the weather for Round 15 and last in the season of the Snowbee Top Rod event for 2018 at Kennick.

The weather was wet with heavy rain until 1100 then once it cleared through the wind dropped and the sun even made an appearance.

7 anglers caught 31 fish for a bag weight of 49lbs.

Average catch 4.4 and average weight 1.58lbs.

1ST DARREN PENFOLD - 6 FISH 9LBS 9OZ

2ND MIKE BOSTON - 6 FISH 9LBS 7OZ

3RD CHRIS BOLT - 5 FISH 8LBS 11.5OZ

4TH ALEC HOARE - 5 FISH 7LBS 8OZ

5TH JOHN HERN - 4 FISH 6LBS 9.5OZ

6TH TOM HENDY - 4 FISH 5LBS 10OZ

Winners pictured below and for the second competition running, Tom Hendy won the raffle prize.

 

KENNICK BANK - SEPTEMBER 30TH

Last day of September for Round 14 of the Snowbee Top Rod and a there was a distinct chill in the air with a northerly breeze, mostly cloudy and just a short shower during the day.

The Temple Club from Bodmin were fishing against Kennick today so we were a group of 15, 10 Kennick v 5 Temple.

15 anglers caught 49 fish for a bag weight of 75LBS .5OZ.

Average catch 3.26 and average weight was 1.53LBS.

Kennick beat Temple on average catch and average weight caught. 3.9 average catch v 2.0 and 1.56LBS v 1.4LBS

3 anglers caught their 6 fish limit.

Kennick put on a BBQ afterwards.

1ST JOHN TWINE - 6 FISH 9LBS 8OZ

2ND ROBERT GALE - 6 FISH 8LBS 15OZ

3RD CHRIS BOLT - 6 FISH 8LBS 12OZ

4TH DARREN PENFOLD - 5 FISH 8LBS 10OZ

5TH ALAN RIDDELL - 5 FISH 6LBS 15.5OZ

6TH MIKE BOSTON - 4 FISH 5LBS 14OZ

Winners pictured below and Tom Hendy won the raffle draw prize.

CHEW VALLEY BOATS - SEPTEMBER 16TH

For the final boat competition of the 2018 season and round 13 of the Snowbee Top Rod we were at Chew Valley near Bristol.

Weather was a muggy 19 degrees with a moderate to strong SW wind with mostly cloudy skies.

14 anglers made the trip and caught an impressive 84 fish for a bag weight of 175lbs.

8 anglers caught ther bag limit of 8 fish.

Best fish of the day went to Steve Floyd who caught a 3lbs 8oz Rainbow, closely followed by John Hern with a 3lbs 7oz Rainbow.

Average catch was 6 fish per person and average weight was 2.08lbs.

1ST PAUL WICKS - 8 FISH 18LBS 10OZ

2ND DARREN PENFOLD - 8 FISH 17LBS 12OZ

=3RD STEVE FLOYD - 8 FISH 17LBS 11OZ

=3RD JOHN HERN - 8 FISH 17LBS 11OZ

5TH ANDY GOODING - 8 FISH 16LBS 13OZ

6TH ROBERT GALE - 8 FISH 16LBS 12OZ

Winners pictured below and Jeremy Summers won the raffle draw prize.


WIMBLEBALL BOATS - SEPTEMBER 2ND

Following the summer break we were back to Wimbleball for round 12 of the Snowbee Top Rod.

Conditions were ideal with a gentle variable breeze, sunny spells and a temperature of 20degs.

Fish were taken from all areas of the reservoir but the winning bag came from the top of the Upton Arm.

16 anglers caught 44 fish for a bag weight of 106lbs.

Average catch 2.75 and average weight was 2.41lbs.

5 anglers caught their bag limit.

Best fish of the day went to John Hern of Exeter - 3LBS 14OZ

1ST PAUL WICKS - 5 FISH 12LBS 14OZ

2ND JEREMY SUMMERS - 5 FISH 11LBS 15OZ

3RD ALEC HOARE - 5 FISH 11LBS 10OZ

4TH TOM HENDY - 5 FISH 11LBS 7OZ

5TH MIKE STEER - 5 FISH 11LBS 2OZ

6TH PETER BROWN - 3 FISH 7LBS 11OZ

Winners pictured below and Peter Sore of Liverton won the raffle draw prize.

CLATWORTHY BOATS - JULY 8TH

On one of the warmest days of the year and with temperatures approaching 30 degs, we were out in the boats at Clatworthy.

Luckily there was a breeze which kept us a bit cooler than the shore.

14 anglers made the trip to Exmoor and we had a fantastic day.

14 anglers caught 63 fish for a bag weight of 133lbs. Average catch 4.5 and average weight was 2.1lbs.

Biggest fish went to Alec Hoare with a fine Rainbow of 7lbs 7oz, pictured below.

12 anglers caught their 5 fish bag limit.

1ST ALEC HOARE - 5 FISH 16LBS 12OZ

2ND PETER BROWN - 5 FISH 12LBS 3OZ

=3RD JOHN HERN - 5 FISH 10LBS 12OZ ( re weigh of biggest fish for bottle prize) John beat Mike by 1oz.

=3RD MIKE BOSTON - 5 FISH 10LBS 12OZ

5TH ROBERT GALE - 5 FISH 10LBS 4OZ

6TH PAUL WICKS - 5 FISH 9LBS 15OZ

Winners pictured below and Robert Gale won the raffle draw prize.

KENNICK BANK - JUNE 17TH

Weather was generally cloudy, occasional showers, 18 degs and variable winds for our trip to Kennick.

8 anglers fished the competition catching 25 fish for a bag weight of 40lbs 15.5oz.

Average catch was 3.12 and average weight was 1.64lbs.

Biggest fish went to Tom Hendy of Chudleigh with a fine rainbow of 4lbs 9.5oz.

=1ST DARREN PENFOLD - 6 FISH 8LBS 5OZ

=1ST CHRIS BOLT - 6 FISH 8LBS 5OZ

3RD JOHN HERN - 3 FISH 6LBS 10OZ inc 3LBS 9.5OZ

4TH TOM HENDY - 2 FISH 5LBS 14OZ inc 4LBS 9.5OZ

5TH MIKE STEER - 3 FISH 4LBS 2OZ

6TH ALAN RIDDELL - 2 FISH 3LBS 7OZ

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

CLATWORTHY BANK - JUNE 10TH

Weather was warm and sunny, over 20degs for our trip back to Exmoor with light winds and free rising fish across the lake.

13 anglers made the trip and caught a total bag of 54 fish for a bag weight of 123lbs 9oz.

Average catch was 4.15 per rod and average weight was 2.29lbs.

Best fish of the day went to Paul Wicks of Ashburton with a Rainbow of 3lbs 10oz, Chris Bolt of Kingsteignton also had fish of 3lbs and 3lbs 8oz in his bag.

9 anglers caught their bag limit of 5 fish.

1ST CHRIS BOLT - 5 FISH 13LBS 9OZ

2ND PAUL WICKS - 5 FISH 12LBS 12OZ

3RD ALAN RIDDELL - 5 FISH 11LBS 10OZ

4TH JEREMY SUMMERS - 5 FISH 11LBS 8OZ

5TH DARREN PENFOLD - 5 FISH 11LBS 7OZ

6TH MIKE BOSTON -  5 FISH 11LBS 1OZ

Winners pictured and Peter Shazell of Plymouth won the raffle draw prize.

Special mention to Tom Hendy of Chudleigh who lost the biggest fish of the day estimated between 7-8lbs and it broke his rod too!

WIMBLEBALL BOAT - MAY 27TH

This was our first trip back to Wimbleball since Mark Underhill of Rainbow Valley Trout Farm had taken over the lease from SW Lakes.

Weather forecast had been a doubt with the threat of thundery showers but we were lucky.

After initial showers while having breakfast at The George at Brompton Regis, the sun came out and with light winds made for a very pleasant day.

16 anglers caught 70 fish for a bag weight of 193lbs, average weight 2.75lbs and average catch was 4.4.

There were 13 full bags of 5 fish.

Best fish of the day went to Jeremy Summers with a Rainbow of 4lbs 8oz followed by 4lbs 4oz for Paul Wicks and John Hern.

1st Paul Wicks - 5 fish 16LBS 10OZ

2nd Lynn Carthew - 5 fish 15LBS 13OZ

3 Darren Penfold - 5 fish 15LBS 12OZ

4th Andy Watson - 5 fish 15LBS 11OZ

5th Jeremy Summers - 5 fish 14LBS 10OZ

6th John Hern - 5 fish 14LBS 1OZ

Winners pictured below and Jeremy Summers won the raffle draw prize.

SUTTON BINGHAM BANK - MAY 20TH

On a warm sunny day with temps around 20 degs and light winds, 6 anglers made the trip to Sutton Bingham Reservoir just outside Yeovil.

Sutton Bingham is 142 acres and was constructed in 1955.

6 anglers caught 30 fish and for the first time that I can remember on a Club competition everyone bagged up by 4pm so we all left early!

Bag weight was 67lbs 4oz giving an average weight of 2.24lbs, average catch was 5 fish.

Biggest fish of the day - Alec Hoare 3LBS 2OZ

1st John Hern - 5 fish for 11LBS 15OZ

2nd Alec Hoare - 5 fish for 11LBS 9OZ

3rd Jeremy Summers - 5 fish for 11LBS 4OZ

=4th Tom Hendy - 5 fish for 11LBS

=4th Chris Bolt - 5 fish for 11LBS

6th Alan Riddell - 5 fish for 10LBS 8OZ

Winners pictured below and Chris Bolt won the raffle draw prize for a bottle of wine.

Wessex Ranger Ivan Tinsley very kindly donated a day ticket for West Pond (Sutton Bingham Big Fish water),including a boat - this was won by Alan Riddell.


STITHIANS BANK - MAY 13TH

Stithians was a new venue for us today, 274 acre Reservoir just outside Redruth in Cornwall.

5 Kennick anglers made the trip to fish with the CAST club of Stithians.

Weather was a sunny and bright 13 degs with a cool wind.

5 anglers caught 14 fish for a bag weight of 15lbs 15oz.

Average catch 2.8 and average weight was 1.13lbs - Best fish of the day 1lbs 4oz Alan Riddell.

The CAST club provided a BBQ afterwards in the evening sunshine.

1st John Hern - 5 fish 5LBS 13OZ

2nd Alan Riddell - 4 fish 4LBS 10OZ

3rd Alec Hoare - 2 fish 2LBS 5OZ

4th Tom Hendy - 2 fish 2LBS

5th John Winson -1 fish 1LBS 3OZ

Winners pictured below and John Winson won the raffle draw prize.

CLATWORTHY BOAT - APRIL 29TH

13 anglers made the trip to Clatworthy on the edge of Exmoor.

Weather conditions were a cool but dry 11 degrees with a cold NE wind blowing.

13 anglers caught 63 fish for a bag weight of 149LBS 14OZ.

Average catch was 4.84 and average weight was 2.38LBS.

11 anglers caught their limit of 5.

Best 2 fish of the day went to Tom Hendy and John Hern, both with a fish of 4LBS 10OZ, Tom's was a Spartic! Photo below.

1st Jeremy Summers - 5 FISH 14LBS 11OZ

2nd Andy Gooding - 5 FISH 13LBS 13OZ

3rd Alec Hoare - 5 FISH 13LBS 11OZ

4th John Hern - 5 FISH 12LBS 15OZ

5th Darren Penfold - 5 FISH 12LBS 11OZ

6th Robert Gale - 5 FISH 12LBS 2OZ

Winners pictured below and Steve Floyd of Moretonhampsted won the raffle draw prize.

HAWKRIDGE BANK - APRIL 22ND

9 anglers made the trip to Hawkridge Reservoir on the edge of the Quantock Hills in Somerset.

The weather was sunny, light variable winds and 15 degs.

9 anglers caught 20 fish for a bag weight of 49lbs 8oz.

Average catch was 2.2 per rod and average weight was 2.47lbs

Hawkridge is stocked with several different types of fish and we caught Rainbows, Blues, 1 Arctic Char and a couple of Spartic Trout, (cross between Brook and Char)

1ST ROBERT GALE - 5 FISH 12LBS 5OZ

2ND DARREN PENFOLD - 5 FISH 10LBS 12OZ

3RD JOHN HERN - 4 FISH 10LBS 10OZ inc Rainbow 3LBS 6OZ

4TH JEREMY SUMMERS - 2 FISH 5LBS 9OZ

5TH ANDY GOODING - 2 FISH 3LBS 13OZ

6TH MIKE BOSTON - 1 FISH 3LBS 8OZ ( Best of the day)

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

SIBLYBACK BANK - APRIL 8TH

11 anglers made the trip to Siblyback near Liskeard on the edge of Bodmin Moor.

Weather was 10 degrees with light winds and mostly cloudy conditions.

After a huge breakfast at the Rock Hopper Cafe at Siblyback, we almost had to delay the start of the competition!

11 anglers caught 17 fish for a bag weight of 31lbs 13oz

Best fish of the day went to Robert Gale of Buckfastleigh and Jeremy Summers of Sidmouth, both catching a Rainbow of 3lbs 12oz.

Other good fish were, 3lbs 5oz by Chris Bolt of Newton Abbot and 3lbs 4oz by Andy Gooding of Liverton.

5 anglers blanked.

1st Robert Gale - 5 fish for 9lbs

2nd Chris Bolt - 3 fish for 5lbs 12oz

3rd Andy Gooding - 2 fish 5lbs 10.5oz

4th Jeremy Summers - 2 fish 4lbs 13.5oz

5th John Hern - 3 fish 3lbs 15oz

6th Alan Riddell - 2 fish for 2lbs 9.5oz

Winners pictured below and John Winson won the raffle draw prize.  

BLAGDON BOAT - MARCH 25TH

On probably the nicest day of the winter and what a difference from last Sunday, we had sunny skies and light winds.

18 anglers made the trip and caught 65 fish for a bag weight of 147lbs 8oz. Average catch 3.61 and average weight 2lbs 4oz.

1st  Robert Gale from Buckfastleigh caught 8 fish for 16lbs 4oz

2nd Andy Gooding of Liverton caught 7 fish for 13lbs 15oz

3rd Peter Brown of Brixham caught 4 fish for 12lbs 12oz including a Rainbow of 5lbs 5oz

4th John Hern of Exeter caught 7 fish for 12lbs

5th Jeremy Summers of Sidmouth caught 4 fish for 11lbs 10oz including a Rainbow of 4lbs 11oz 

6th Steve Ebdon of Exeter caught 5 fish for 11lbs 5oz

Winners pictured below and Mike Steer won the raffle draw prize, Peter Brown didn't make the photo. 

KENNICK BANK - FEBRUARY 25TH

On a cold frosty morning with temperatures below freezing, 14 anglers braved the conditions.

Once the sun came up and you were in a sheltered spot it was a beautiful day, if in the shade with the wind in your face it was a different story.

14 anglers caught 54 fish for a bag weight of 110lbs 4oz.

Average catch 3.85 and Average weight 2.04lbs.

There were 6 bag limits of 6 fish and the biggest fish of the day went to Darren Penfold of Liverton 3lbs 6.5oz.

1st Robert Gale -6 fish for 12lbs 10.5oz

2nd Andy Gooding -6 fish for 12lbs 8.5oz

3rd Alec Hoare - 6 fish for 12lbs 3.5oz

4th John Hern -6 fish for 12lbs 2oz

5th Alan Riddell -6 fish for 11lbs

6th Jeremy Summers -6 fish 10lbs 4oz

Winners pictured below and John Hern won the raffle draw prize.