Thursday 17 December 2015

A visit to Tavistock for the Christmas Competition

A Motley Crew!
This year, for a change, seven of us went to the Tavistock Trout Fishery for our Christmas Competition. Tavistock is a small Put & Take venue with five small lakes covering, probably, two acres in total. It is hardly 'wilderness' fishing, but with its on-site tackle shop, free tea, coffee and biscuits in the anglers' club-house, and its well tended paths and  casting platforms it makes just the right easygoing environment a not too serious club event.

Stuart with one of his brace - Mike the eventual winner in the background
This year the turnout was quite small; only seven of us. Several regulars were elsewhere engaged, cruising the Mediterranean, or visiting relatives in Dubai, Derbyshire and all points north and south. The dedicated souls who made the effort were John Jeffrey, Pat Power, David Lye, Stuart Payne, Mike Duckett, Tony Vallack and Peter Macconnell.

Tony and Mike
We fished from 10.00am to 3.00pm for a maximum of three fish each. The weather was reasonably kind to us, it was grey and overcast but the rain kept off and it was not too cold. In  the end Mike Duckett won with three rainbow trout for a total weight of 8lb 4oz, and Pat Power won the 'Sweep' for the best individual fish for another rainbow of 4lb 5oz. It was his only fish of the day and came just minutes before the 'weigh-in'.

David and Peter

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