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Field and Stream - buzzard flies back to freedom after ordeal

By Dadcock  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

  • Simon Bendell of Charlton Down caught this 8lb rainbow trout during a visit to Flowers Farm Trout Lakes. The big trout fell to a daddy longlegs fly

  • This lucky buzzard prepares to fly back to freedom after being rescued by Huw James and John Maiden

  • Margot Finlay and her partner Steve Dimmer with the brace of mirror carp they caught simultaneously weighing 20lb 4oz and 21lb 4oz from Meadow Lake at Coking Farm Fishery. Margot also banked a new personal best 28lb 2oz common carp

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Big barbel bags CC Moore prize for August’s best catch

Emma Drysdale is the winner of August’s Catch of the Month Competition after catching a magnificent 14lb 6oz barbel from the Bristol Avon.

The Castle Cary angler caught the specimen fish on hair-rigged halibut pellets, after making her last cast of the evening.

Well done Emma, your catch wins you a £15 prize from Stalbridge-based bait specialists CC Moore and Co. Give them a call on 01963 362234 to arrange collection.

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BVSCS buzzard rescue

Members of the Blackmore Vale Shooting and Conservation Society saved a young buzzard from a slow and painful death after finding the distressed bird caught in a barbed wire fence last week.

Huw James and John Maiden of the Wimborne based club were responding to reports of a traffic collision involving a deer when they saw what they initially thought was a discarded sack flapping on a strand of barbed wire. Walking closer, they soon realised it was a buzzard with its beak caught in the fence.

Huw explained: “While being conscious of both the dangers and the protected status of our precious raptors, but obviously mindful that this bird was trapped and in some distress, I carefully clasped one hand around its wings and body and gingerly unhooked its beak from the fence.

“Not wanting to distress the bird any further, I attempted to get it to stand on the nearest fence post but in its weak and stressed state it simply fell to the ground.

“With dusk falling and the presence of badgers and foxes nearby, I felt its chances of survival in its present state were slim.”

The BVSCS team contacted Toby Branston, ecology manager of the RSPB reserve at Arne, and Dorset Police wildlife liaison officer John Snellin for advice and were told to take the exhausted buzzard to Toby’s house.

The following morning, the bird was taken to Puddletown Vets, where it was given a clean bill of health.

The recuperated bird was then taken back to the field where is was found and, in less than half an hour, made a low 100m flight to the branches of a birch tree without looking back.

Huw said: “It was a happy ending to what could have been a potentially slow, painful death for a beautiful bird of prey.”

Fantastic festival comeback for Ben

Ben Dukes (Garbolino Blackmore Vale) made an impressive comeback, taking his second victory at Gillingham’s keenly contested Three Day Festival in his first match after a three-year layoff.

Ben pocketed more than £1,200 in pools and bets, after winning the 18th annual festival, which was fished by 49 anglers over the bank holiday weekend.

Day one saw Ben on unfancied peg 8 at Turners Paddock, where he caught 380 roach, rudd and hybrids on the short pole with maggot, worm and caster to weigh in 21lb 1oz for third in section.

The following day, he drew peg 15 on the bottom lake at Todber Manor’s Whitepost, where he won his section with 113lb 2oz of carp on meat and maggots.

Ben sealed his victory on day three after drawing another unfancied peg - peg 9 at Lodden - and weighing in 43lb 5oz of carp caught on pole-fished worm and caster for a total of 25 points and 180lb 1oz.

Second place was another comeback, this time for Guy Manton who secured the runner-up slot with a very close 24 points and 155lb after a two-year break from match fishing. Will Bonnie (Garbolino Blackmore Vale) was third with 24 points (153lb 5oz), and Roland Lucas (Wiltshire Angling) took fourth place, also with 24 points, and 153lb 3oz.

It was a very close match, and Mark Leslie (Blandford Buccaneers) also notched up 24 points, weighing in 141lb 7oz for fifth place. Nathaniel Johnson (PI Thatchers) finished sixth with 23 points (194lb 2oz).

Biggest Fish - Andrew Eagle 18lb carp from Lodden; Chancy Pairs - 1 Ben Dukes (doubling his weight) 360lb 2oz, 2 Ricky Searle/Gary O’Shea 291lb; Most improved angler - Michael Hunt (19 points and 19th place); Over 60s - 15 points (69lb 6oz).

Match organiser Simon Hebditch would like to thank Gillingham AA and Todber Manor Fisheries for the use of their water, and Preston Innovations, M5 Angling, Sonubaits and Wiltshire Angling for donating prizes.

Fishing Notes

Sturminster and Hinton AA held its Reed Trophy match on the River Stour at Sowley on Sunday.

Jeff Sibley drew the downstream end peg and made a winning net of 6lb 15oz. He fished the pole with maggot at around 13 metres to catch a lot of small roach and a tench of around 1lb.

Andy Miller was just off the pace, taking 6lb 7oz to the scales for second place. He fed caster and hemp and fished maggot on the hook for his net of small roach, dace and perch.

Den Corry fished maggot on the pole for 5lb 2oz of small roach and third place.

The club’s next match is the Singles Trophy competition this Sunday, 7th September, at Wood Lane. Book with Neil on 07920 876638.

Wimborne Piscatorials have a match on club waters at Steart (down from the Bull pub) on the same day, so this stretch of water will not be available as usual.

Twelve anglers fished the latest Sturminster and Hinton Veterans match at Two Counties Lakes in Mere.

Roger Durham won with 63lb 11oz of carp. Malcolm Linder was runner-up with 34lb 1oz, Alan Franklin weighed in 31lb for third, and Pete Burton needed 27lb 10oz for fourth. The club would like to thank Eric for use of the lake.

Stalbridge Angling Society has its final summer league match this Sunday, 7th September, at Todber Manor’s bottom White Post lake. Draw at 7.30am. Book with Trev on 07817 078276.

Blandford and District Angling Club's evening series proved to be a very enjoyable sociable event for all concerned.

After five hard fought matches at Nutford, Brian Hunt proved victorious with Tony Beddingfield runn

Fishing was productive with an average of just over 4lb of fish caught by each angler over each three-hour match.

Gillingham AA has its fifth Summer Outing match to Todber Manor’s Park Lake this Sunday, 7th September. Book with Dave on 01747 823159.

Dairy House Farm Fishery is producing some good carp catches.

James Dewitt caught 26 carp during a recent day session on Park Lake. On Oak Lake, Aaron Mayger caught an 18lb mirror carp and 24lb common carp, Brendon Mane bagged a 16lb common carp, and Terry Chalke bagged carp of 25lb 8oz, 24lb 4oz, 22lb, 17lb 4oz and 16lb.

All five lakes at Flowers Farm Trout Lakes are fishing well as the weather continues to cool. Simon Bendell from Charlton Down caught an 8lb rainbow trout from Kingfisher Lake on a daddy longlegs. Fish also fell to damsel, cat’s whisker and white lure.

Catch of the Month competition

Your catch could win you a £15 prize from Stalbridge bait specialists CC Moore and Co.

Winners will be selected each month and you don't have to catch a monster to win. Individual specimens, large multi-fish hauls and unusual catches can all be entered, as well as top catches made by youngsters.

Just email details and a photo of your catch to bvmfield@gmail.com by 10am Monday. Please email shooting and fishing reports, club info and diary dates to the same address.

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