Ilminster Angling Association – The Open

Following on from the earlier post about the IAA Xmas Fayre and its winners, I’ve done the same with the Open which was sponsored by Enterprise Angling for many years.

The earliest result I could find for the IAA Open was from 22nd February 1976, I thought it might be quite interesting to list the numbers who fished and weighed in where available. There are quite a few gaps where I couldn’t find results.

It used to attract big attendances but now it’s basically no bigger than a club match and you could probably track and link the decline in numbers to the emerging commercial fishery scene.

Last year it became the Jack Newman Memorial open and Tony Coubrough was the first name on the new trophy.

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Tony (on the left) receiving the trophy from Jack’s son Tony

1976 – D Back (9lb 2oz) – River Isle
1977 – J Bulpin (3lb 15oz) – 97 fished (30 weighed in) – River Isle
1978 – A French (4lb 12oz) – 55 fished (33 weighed in) – River Isle
1979 – J Tovey (9lb 10oz) – 33 fished (24 weighed in) – River Isle
1980 – M Curtis (6lb 3oz) – 66 fished – River Isle
1981 – D Marney (8lb 10oz) – 87 fished (29 weighed in) – River Isle
1982 – A F Tulk (7lb) – 78 fished (35 weighed in) – River Isle
1983 – C Dyer (16lb 8oz) – River Isle
1984 – C Dyer (20lb 8oz) – River Isle
1985 – ?
1986 – ?
1987 – L. Williams (17lb 7oz) – River Isle
1988 – R. Russell (16lb 3oz) – River Isle
1989 – C. Dyer (15lb 0.5oz) – River Isle
1990 – S. Bishop – River Isle
1991 – S. Bishop (13lb 9oz) – River Isle
1992 – J Stephens (13lb 5oz) – River Isle
1993 – S Priddle (18lb 15oz) – River Isle
1994 – N Wickham (13lb 4oz) – River Isle
1995 – ?
1996 – L Braunton (26lb 14oz) – River Isle
1997 – ?
1998 – ?
1999 – ?
2000 – ?
2001 – ?
2002 – ?
2003 – ?
2004 – ?
2005 – ?
2006 – ?
2007 – J Charles (8lb) – 10 fished – Dillington Pond
2008 – M Heard (9lb 6oz) – 12 fished – River Isle
2009 – R Russell (7lb 2oz) – River Isle
2010 – M Levy (9lb 14oz) – 12 fished – River Isle
2011 – T Newman (3lb) – 10 fished – River Isle
2012 – J Rich (12lb 5oz) – 10 fished  – River Isle
2013 – M Heard (7lb 12oz) – Ilminster Canal
2014 – Not fished?
2015 – B Morgan (29lb 6oz) – River Isle
2016 – G Aplin (1lb 15oz) – 10 fished – Dillington Pond
2017 – J Charles (12lb 8oz) – Dillington Pond
2018 – S Aplin (15lb 15oz) – 16 fished – River Isle
2019 – J Rich (3lb 12oz) – 14 fished – Dillington Pond
2020 – G Aplin (3lb 1oz) – 5 fished – Dillington Pond
2021 – Not fished
Jack Newman Memorial
2022 – T Coubrough (12lb 14oz) – 13 fished – River Isle

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