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Wyvern Marine Region (Devon)

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Jo Hyde, Alex Parker and Dean Asplin display the new Wyvern Region banner

Dates for your diary:

Contact Mike Spiller on 01404 43397 for details

About the Wyvern Region

The Wyvern Division was the first regional committee to be established in 1964 by the National Federation of Sea Anglers (NFSA) to promote and deal with local sea angling issues . The West-country members of the NFSA Standing Committee; Ron Marles, Brixham SAC; Derek Hales, Teignmouth Sea Angling Society, along with representatives of the clubs within the area became the first committee.

The divisional boundaries were drawn up and the name was taken from the old military area as was its neighbouring Division to the east, Wessex. Wyvern quickly became established and over the next 20 years developed into one of the top divisions, a position it holds to this day. At its heyday there were over 100 clubs in membership and the successfully run Festivals and Competitions enabled the Division to be self-financing and thus enable the division to be very effective within its area.

In 2009, following the requirements of Sport England for funding, the three disciplines of angling came together and the NFSA became the marine arm of the Angling Trust (AT) which was established as the governing body of all angling in England. The name division was dropped to become became a region of the AT Marine Group and its officers continue to represent its interests on competitions and fisheries matters.

The Region has always played its part by representing sea anglers interests whenever it can, and has been represented on the Devon Sea Fisheries Committee now replaced by the Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) for many years.

It continues to organise annual Senior and Junior Shore Festivals along with the National two day Small Boat Festival at Salcombe, (the Friendly Festival) The monthly Fish of the Month Competition and the annual Junior Dennis Smith Trophy and senior Castle Trophy Shield, which donates a sum each year to the charity of the winners choice, are both awarded for the best specimen fish registered within the year.

However there is a saying, “to stand still is to go backwards,” and to maintain our work we always need new, fresh ideas and the committee welcome new people who have an interest in the future of sea angling. They must be prepared to give up five evenings a year to attend the committee meetings to help shape the future and deal with any issue that is identified as being a benefit or threat to recreational sea angling.

Come join us

Therefore, a plea from our chairman Alex Parker, who cordially invites Angling Trust Members or Club representatives to join us at our meeting venue at the Royal British Legion in Aplhington, Exeter on the second Wednesday of the months of January, April, July and October, or, at the very least the Annual General Meeting in November of each year.

Finally sea angling is about enjoying its pleasures, we are the eyes and ears of the marine environment and it is up to us to make sure that future generations can continue to share those pleasures.

Wyvern Region Meeting 8th January, 2020 RBL Alphington

The minutes from the January meeting at Exeter can be downloaded here.

Please can I ask you to pass on our minutes to members in your club. The more you can tell them about the Wyvern Region the better.

We are getting a bit thin on the ground for our regional meetings on the committee, we are also looking for someone to help run our website / photo competition! If anyone knows anyone, please get it touch.

Last Saturday we held our Presentation Evening at the RBL in Alphington, Exeter. We had a great turn out from clubs and their members with 90 people attending. We had a very interesting talk from Matt Mander from the D and S IFCAS. This was followed by the presentation of awards for all fish of the month and major awards. The evening finished with a grand draw and buffet. The picture shows the Castle Trophy winner Roy Repton from Brixham SAC who had the best specimen of the year, a Gilthead Bream of 5lb 13oz from area R.

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Wyvern Region Meeting 10th July, 2019 RBL Alphington

The next meeting will be an away meeting at Plymouth at Tavy Lodge scout hall on Tuesday 22nd October 2019. Let's hope for a bumper turnout from all clubs especially any Wyvern Plymouth based clubs. Please remember also all proposals for our Wyvern AGM (13th Nov) must be in by the 22nd Oct.

Our Open Shore at Slapton is planned for Sunday 5th January 2020 and our popular presentation evening will be at the RBL Alphington on Saturday 25th January 2020. All this years awards will be made on this night. All clubs and their members are welcome to come along and join in.

Watch out for more details of an Angling Trust Forum meeting coming up in early December at Brixham SAC HQ. It should be a great meeting for all sea anglers to attend. Places will need to be booked online.

Lastly, the Plymouth Federation competition this weekend at Slapton and Beesands has been cancelled.

Mike Spiller

Dowload the committee meeting minutes here

Quarterly Meeting at Lyme Regis, April 2018

A great turn out of 26 attended our latest quarterly meeting at Lyme Regis. Local clubs were present and asked some good question to both the committee and Mark Lloyd, Angling Trust Chief Executrive, who was present on the night.

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Committee Meeting at Paignton Clubhouse, October, 2017

Minutes from the Wyvern October meeting

Wyvern Conservation Report

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Quarterly meeting at Plymouth, April 2017

The Angling Trust Wyvern Region held its quarterly meeting at Plymouth and was pleased with the attendance of 24 from around the area. The region is planning at least two meetings a year at various locations in the catchment area.

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