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Tackle Trader | 2 days ago | General Articles
It's been great to see some many of our customers over the last few week, thank you for your support and patience during this transition to the "new normal"  Newton Abbot Fishing Association has offered it's members a breath of fresh air since re-opening it's waters a few weeks ago. Local anglers have jumped at the chance to get back on the bank, with a string of impressive catches being reported on NAFA waters. Island Pond has produced carp upwards of 28lb with a number of catches over the 20lb mark being recorded, with Tench and Bream also being caught in numbers across the complex. Wheel, Weedy and Wapperwell ponds have been as prominent as ever, with Bradley Pond producing large bags of sizeable Skimmers, Perch and Roach. With the warm weather setting in and the fishing as good as ever, be sure to join the action. Match results  Wednesday evening series: Round 2 1st Jack Palmer 40lb 10oZ 2nd Bob Rand 34lb 12oZ 3rd Max Palmer 25lb 4th Freddie Holding 19lb 5th Martin Tyler 16lb 8oz Dave Brailey Memorial All Night Match: 1st Mark Cousins 80lb 10oZ 2nd Mark Newman 33lb 10oZ 3rd Mike Hadley 25lb 6oZ 4th Nigel Jeffreys 23lb 12oZ ...

Jack Palmer | 18th May 2020 | General Articles
After two months away, NAFA was delighted to welcome members back into their waters this week. Reports of big catches have been flying in from everywhere, with Jay Jay Durdu’s 24lb Common Carp from Island Pond the pick of the bunch. Today has been another productive day, with Gary Webber netting 5 tench and a bream from the back waters of Island Pond and Steve Underhill landing a beauty of a carp which topped the scales at 24lb from the same area. Sam Palmer caught an equally impressive 30 carp in a short three hour session on wheel pond despite the heat this afternoon. Wapperwell and Bradley have been the venues for mixed bags, with Andy Coxall and his son Jamie reporting a lovely selection of species yesterday afternoon on Wapperwell, and Bradley pond being as productive as ever.  In other news Tackle Trader has been pleased to open for click and collect orders for an hour every morning. To book your order call between 10-11am on 01626 331613 and expect to collect your products an hour later. We have been experiencing a high volume of calls so if we don’t manage to answer your call we will try to prioritise you the following day. For anyone hoping to renew NAFA memberships or purchase day tickets, we are sorry to announce that for the time being  there will be no activity on that front. However, the committee have been in discussion and are hoping to get things back to normal in two weeks time.  For the time being don’t be afraid to contact us by phone (01626 331613), email us at tackletrader@btconnect.com or via our Facebook page. Stay safe and see you all on the bank soon! ...

Jack Palmer | 20th March 2020 | General Articles
Evening all. If anyone is looking for some good news in light of the corona crisis, then you will be pleased to hear that Tackle Trader remains OPEN for the time being. We last night sent out a message to all of our customers reassuring you that we would also be happy to bring products out to your cars if you would rather not come into the shop, and that deliveries are still going ahead as normal. As of this evening, nothing has changed. It’s also worth noting that despite the water levels being high on all of our NAFA waters that they are fishing very well. For the silvers anglers Bradley pond has thrown up some big weights (up to 30lb) in the matches with lots of Roach and Perch being caught. Wapperwell has also seen some good catches of late - check out the Junior match results last weekend where there were lots of silvers and small carp caught! Despite the high levels, Wheel pond has seen plenty of fish banked too - mainly Carp, with Jay Jay Durdu catching 18 yesterday and Max Palmer having 23 last week. For the carpers Dores pond is still throwing up a few and Island Pond is as good as ever. Stay safe and stay positive guys - give us a call on 01626 331613 if you need any help, and our opening hours are unchanged for the time being....

Tackle Trader | 24th July 2018 | General Articles
On Saturday 4th August Newton Abbot Fishing Association is holding its annual open day. This is aimed at youngsters who would like to experience fishing but do not really know how. You can go along to the Rackerhayes complex, behind Tesco Kingsteignton and have a free 20 minute session with a qualified angling coach to learn the basics - You don't need any equipment as everything will be provided. After this there will be lots of club members on hand to help the new anglers practice their skills on the ponds and hopefully catch the fish of a lifetime. To avoid waiting on the day budding anglers can book in using the Facebook Page @gofishingsouthwest or emailL2fishSW@gmail.comor phone 01392 668935...

Jack Palmer | 26th June 2018 | General Articles
Fishing for Newton Abbot Fishing Association's members has reached sky-high levels over the past few weeks following an upturn in temperature and spells of ideal weather conditions in the local area. Not only has this seen some impressive match results, but also some excellent specimen catches from some of NAFA's most prestigious waters, including Carp Angler Richard Hamlyn who bagged himself a 22lb Common Carp from Rackerhayes' Dores Pond. The annual Charity Open, Tackle Trader Two Day Open and Festival match all threw up impressive weights, including Phil Coles' haul of 9 tench and a carp for 23kg on the final day of the 3 day festival from Peg 10 on Island Pond, eventually seeing him take the win overall, with Sam Wragg finishing second following an 11kg bag of Bream and Skimmers on the second day from Bradley Pond, caught on the waggler with maggots and casters. Furthermore, following a slow start to the Tackle Trader Evening League on Wheel pond, match-man Sam Powell produced the weight of the series so far from Peg 3 with an impressive net of 21kg 150g to take him one behind Jack Palmer at the top of the standings, level on points with Max Palmer and Brendan Ions. All in all things are looking up for NAFA and it's members, with high hopes for more to come throughout the remainder of the summer months. ...

Jack Palmer | 10th April 2018 | General Articles
Things are finally looking up for Newton Abbot Fishing Association and it's members following a much needed upturn in air temperatures in recent weeks. With February and March's weather being dominated by blizzards, storms, rain and snow, it comes as no surprise that many local anglers spent little time on the bank throughout this bleak period. However, with air pressure dropping and temperatures gradually rising, the past fortnight has produced some of the most impressive catches and match results of 2018 so far. Harry Workman's net of six carp in a 24-hour session from Island Pond followed by Ashley Smith and Josh Critchall's brace of 26lb Carp from Dores pond earlier this week have shown promising signs of NAFA's waters witnessing an upturn in productivity. Moreover, several reports of large bream hauls from Sawmills and Bradley Pond have been recorded with junior angler Freddie Holding bagging 20lb of skimmers and roach from Sawmills on the short pole. Dave Taylor's haul of sixteen skimmers and five bream from Bradley Pond on the feeder was an equally impressive catch and an encouraging one as the warm weather begins to settle in. Jay Jay Durdu's winning weight of just over 10kg of bream caught on the short feeder in the latest round of the NAFA winter league on Bradley Pond was a hugely impressive one with second-placed Mike Hadley netting just shy of 6kg also on the feeder. All in all, things are finally looking up for NAFA and it's members following a difficult couple of months. ...

Jack Palmer | 28th February 2018 | General Articles
With this week’s weather being the coldest of the winter so far, many would predict typically tough winter fishing conditions. However, results from the latest round of the annual NAFA Winter League showed how local fishing has excelled despite a much anticipated recent cold-snap. NAFA’s Wheel Pond produced the top weights on the day, with Jack Palmer emerging victorious, netting fourteen carp and two tench for a total weight of 66lb. Second was Sam Powell with 58lb - including one fish weighing 11lb alone - another hugely impressive weight given the recent cold weather conditions. Jamie Pearce and Gary Webber completed the top four weights on the day, weighing 56lb and 50lb respectively, consisting of carp mainly caught on maggots fishing in the margins. With further weights of 26lb, 17lb and 10lb caught from Wheel on the day, it is fair to say that this was a hugely impressive return for a small club water, especially given such rapidly declining air temperatures in recent weeks. Wapperwell pond was won by Mark Newman on the day with just shy of 10lb of small carp and skimmers, with Mike Mudge placing second with 6lb. With such an impressive string of weights caught from NAFA’s waters on the day, things are well and truly looking up for the club and its members as we approach the increasingly warm spring months...

Jack Palmer | 31st January 2018 | General Articles
The Christmas months are often the quietest ones on the angling front, but the same cannot be said for Newton Abbot Fishing Association and its members. Widespread reports of excellent catches and impressive match results have been recorded, with the club’s annual Christmas Open being won by Brendan Ions from peg 21 on Rackerhayes’ Wheel Pond with an impressive weight of 19kg 400g of mainly Carp caught on the long pole, the largest of an impressive string of weights from Wheel on the day. Bradley Pond was won convincingly by Gary Webber from peg 23 with 6kg 550g of large Skimmers fishing a groundbait feeder with pinkies on the hook.  Jack Palmer took the win on Wapperwell Pond with a mixed bag of Carp, Skimmers, Roach and Hybrids for a total weight of 8kg 450g, capping off some brilliant bags caught on the day despite the wet and windy conditions. Elsewhere, several pleasure angling sessions have produced eye-catching bags for NAFA’s members, with large numbers of Bream being caught in the deep water of Rackerhayes’ Island Pond, with members Neal Stone and Jay Durdu netting specimens up to the 7lb mark in recent weeks. All in all, things are looking up for Newton Abbot Fishing Association and its members as we move into 2018....

Jack Palmer | 12th December 2017 | General Articles
Members of Newton Abbot Fishing Association have enjoyed another week of fine success with local catches on the up as cold temperatures have finally settled in. Widespread reports of Carp and Bream bags have been witnessed over recent weeks, with none more notable than specimen Carp angler Lee Dore's haul of 5 double-figure Carp from Rackerhayes' Dores pond during a night session last weekend. Further, Jay Jay Durdu's net of 7 small Carp from Wheel pond in a short afternoon session last Friday failed to go unnoticed, a superb winter catch on the pole feeding 6mm pellets. Bailiff Mike Smith sacked 5 large Skimmers and 5 small Carp from Wapperwell last Sunday afternoon for a combined weight of around 20lbs, another impressive catch given the difficult weather conditions. Saturday the 2nd of December marked the annual NAFA Junior Christmas match on Rackerhayes' Wheel pond, with an impressive eleven Juniors attending despite the cold, wet weather throughout. Equally impressive weights were bagged on the day, with Joe Slader the winner, weighing 5kg 060g of small Carp. Second place was debutant Tyler Randle, weighing a respectable 4kg 200g, while Maddie Ions completed the top three with just shy of 3 and a half kilos.All in all, another hugely successful week for NAFA's members shows the true quality of the club's waters, and why you should be sure to purchase your annual membership in the coming weeks to ensure you don't miss out in 2018....

Jack Palmer | 28th November 2017 | General Articles
With winter temperatures well and truly setting in, many local anglers have witnessed a decline in bites and activity to match that of falling air temperatures. However, for members of Newton Abbot Fishing Association, impressive catches are still being recorded. Only last week, local pleasure anglers John and Liam Dore bagged an impressive combined total of 9 Carp from Rackerhayes' Wheel Pond up to the 9lb mark in a short afternoon session. Furthermore, reports of predatory species catches are on the up, with many of Newton's waters producing an increasing number of Pike as the cold weather sets in. Sunday marked the annual NAFA Bonus Classic match on Bradley Pond, won by Mike Hadley with a weight of 5kg 500g of Bream and Skimmers caught on the groundbait feeder. Second was Rob Coombes with 3kg 400g of Skimmers, with Mark Newman placing third with 2kg 490g. Be sure to gain your share of the action in the upcoming NAFA Christmas matches by booking in at Tackle Trader, with the Junior match taking place on Saturday the 2nd of December and the Senior match the following Sunday with prizes for all Juniors taking part this Saturday....

Jack Palmer | 21st November 2017 | General Articles
Declining air temperatures and longer nights have acted as a widely expected deterrent for many local anglers.  Despite this, some excellent local catches have been recorded over the past fortnight – none more so than from specimen Carp angler Josh Black who netted an impressive four Carp during a weekend session on Rackerhayes’ Dores pond, including the current largest fish known to be owned by the club, the ‘Big Ghostie’ which topped the scales at 33lb 1oz.  Further, NAFA chairman Ian Powell - as he puts it - ‘had an hour’ on Key Transport Lake and netted a Perch no smaller than 2lb 10oz on a small live bait, another massively impressive catch. Elsewhere, Duncan Arnold bagged three Bream up to 7lb in a short afternoon session from Island pond’s well-known peg 10, a peg prestigious for its big Bream when weather conditions are suitable.  Reports of catches in areas of deeper water have widened of late, including Jay Jay Durdu’s respectable net of 8 large skimmers from peg 16 on Island pond last weekend, and with water temperatures continuing to drop, more of the same can be expected throughout the winter months. All in all, things are continuing to look up for Newton Abbot Fishing Association and its members, and with the Junior and Senior Christmas matches fast approaching, be sure to book in at Tackle Trader and claim your part of the action. ...

Jack Palmer | 30th October 2017 | General Articles
Sunday marked the finale of the 2017 Newton Abbot Fishing Association Silver Fish League, with Wapperwell and Wheel Pond the selected venues for the second match running. League runner up Gary Webber won the match overall, weighing 6kg 500g of small Skimmers and Roach from Wapperwell, with runner up Mark Newman also drawing Wapperwell, weighing just over 4kg. Wheel pond was won by Jay Jay Durdu – with a weight of 3kg 100g, excluding 13 carp he also landed - who also won the penultimate League match just a fortnight earlier.  Second place on Wheel pond was League winner Sam Powell from peg 13, netting 2kg 650g of small roach on an altogether tough day with a strong and cold easterly wind blowing from his left to right.  Bream, Carp and Tench fishing remained successful for many anglers across NAFA’s waters this week, with Aaron Smith netting three carp up to 26lb from Rackerhayes’ Dores pond on Saturday night. Further, Tench up to 7lb have been reported over the course of the week, highlighting what has been an outstanding year for Tench fishing within NAFA’s waters.  While Tench fishing has blossomed over the course of 2017, the same can be said for Bream, with First pond this week producing Bream to over 8lb, caught mainly in the deep water.  All in all, this week’s prolific fishing within Newton Abbot’s waters represented what has been an outstanding year for the club’s anglers, which was subject of much discussion at the club’s AGM on Friday evening. With NAFA’s Senior and Junior Christmas matches fast approaching, be sure to book in at Tackle Trader by calling 01626 331613 or visit the shop in Newton Abbot (postcode TQ12 2DA), with all junior anglers guaranteed a prize....

Tackle Trader | 14th October 2017 | General Articles
Members of Newton Abbot Fishing Association have enjoyed a week of high success with some excellent local catches being recorded. With temperatures dropping and the winter months fast approaching, few would have expected such a result, yet the club’s waters have lived up to their high expectations for many anglers. Rackerhayes, Newton Abbot’s most recognised fishing complex has produced some particularly outstanding bags. Tackle Trader’s Max Palmer enjoyed a wonderful afternoon’s fishing on Wheel Pond, bagging ten Carp for a combined weight of over 70lb fishing in the margins. Carp angler Steve Dore also tasted success, landing four specimen Carp during a night session on Dores Pond, the biggest of which weighing 23lb. With further reports of large numbers of Bream being caught across a number of Newton Abbot’s lakes, including Mike Smith’s impressive 40lb sack of small skimmers up to 2lb from Sawmills, and pleasure angler Jason Howard’s whopping 50lb bag of skimmers from Key Transport, Newton Abbot’s waters have produced superbly even as the cold weather has settled in. Wapperwell and Wheel pond were the selected venues for the second-to-last leg of the Newton Abbot Silvers League match series, which was won by Jay Jay Durdu from Peg 14 on Wapperwell with 4kg 810g of Skimmers and big Roach. Jack Palmer was a close second with 4kg 450g of small roach from Peg 15 on Wapperwell. Wheel pond was won with 4kg 300g from Gary Webber, with Steve Walker second, weighing 4kg 200g....