Stafford Moor – Winter carp sport at the Moor

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(Below) Ben Hopkins and his friend John  fished up on swim 1 (three islands) on Lodge lake. They caught two fish each both personal best with Ben banking fish of 24lb 10oz and John a personal best of 27lb 9oz. The fish were tempted on pink wafters and pink krill.

(Below)Drew Davey  had one mirror out weighing in at 19lb 2oz from Albert square (swim 15 )  on Lodge lake in a day session this weekend caught on Sticky Baits Manilla boilies topped with a chopped down yellow Manilla pop up.

(Below) The ‘Carpbusters’ Ade, Ju and Christie all had one fish each out today in a day session caught on Mainline cell, Sticky Baits Manilla and Krill from the beach swim and big fish corner on Beatties lake.

Black Swans for Paradise

Anglers Paradise has a unique and diverse range of species within their lakes .GoldenTench, Koi Tench, Golden Orfe, Koi Orfe, Golden Rudd, Goldfish,variousSpecies of Koi, Pike, Perch, 5 Species of Trout, Arctic Char, Chub, Barbel,Bream, Gudgeon etc. As well as carp to over 50lbs and Wels Catfish to over 100lbs .

The lakes are also a thriving area for wildlife and owners Zyg and Rose Gregorek have decided to add to this with two pairs of black swans. It is to be hoped that the majestic birds will breed and become another point of interest at this venue in the heart of Devons rolling countryside.

Anglers Paradise

The first carp from moor in 2019

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The first week of 2019 has been far from Ideal for carp angling with high pressure along with cold days and nights. Despite this anglers have caught some good carp from Stafford Moor a fishery that can be relied upon to keep producing a few results in even the worts conditions.

(Above)Andrew Levett  caught this mirror from swim 5 up on lodge lake caught on a Krill dumbbell topped with half a 10mm pink citrus.

(Above) Ben Hopkins  fished up on swim 1 on lodge lake yesterday and had 3 fish out in 24 hrs all caught on pink homemake wafters.

(Above)Ross Smith who was here with friends who fished on the summer hut swim on Beatties lake last week and and had 7 fish out between them.

(Above) Louie Morgan – Russell  had 7 fish out in 24 hours up on swim 2 on lodge lake yesterday all caught on cell boilies topped with corn.

(Above)Graham Beer who fished on swim 2 on lodge lake , Graham had one fish out on a day session caught on Sticky Baits Krill boilies.

(Above) Sam Ward who fished here for the first time landing 2 fish out up to 20lb 8 oz from swim 6 on the dam wall up on lodge lake today on a day session caught on Sticky Baits Manilla boilies.

(Above) Graham McKenna who fished up on lodge lake and caught on Northen Bait Evolution Popup on a Hybrid Tackle spinner rig.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy New Year to all readers of North Devon Angling News many thanks to all who have provided me with new reports and images throughout the year. I was going to do a full review of 2018 but then news came in and I thought its all there on the site to see anyway. Looking back it was a good year if you were a flexible angler targeting the vast range of species available. I reported on big shark off Ilfracombe, big nets of silver fish, fifty pound plus carp and humble flounder. I intend to carry on doing the same next year.  The weather will of course play its part each season so lets hope we get a fair mix in 2019. No beasts and no droughts but if we do then just make the best of whats on offer. A special thanks to my sponsors below:-

Furzebray Christmas Crackers

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The Christmas period has seen some stunning carp banked from Furzebray carp lakes near South Molton that must have some of the best looking carp in North Devon. Congratulations must go to Tony and Martin Kingdon who have created this fantastic fishery that opened over ten years ago and has matured into a stunning complex.

(Below) Paul Martindale with a cracking 30+ from just before Christmas

(Below)Mike Knowles with the stunning Clover at an all time high of 45lb

(Below) Flyn Mardell has been busy again this week landing no less than 7 fish including C scale at 33+ and the mighty Black Spot at 44.10

Carp to 27lb 13oz from Stafford Moor

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Chris Hutchings who fished up on swim one on Lodge Lake

These were a part of a 12 fish catch on peg 1 on Lodge lake during an Xmas social.

Most fish caught ranging from 16-20lb with 3 20’s included @ 20lb 6oz 22lb and the biggest @ 27lb 13oz

Tactics wise I fished small pva mesh bags of crushed manilla boilies which complemented a trimmed down manilla dumbell topped off with a trimmed down signature pop up the hook.

Eight fish haul at the Moor

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Neil Harvey  had 8 fish out all caught on Mainline 15mm cell tipped on yellow corn. Glugged in cell bait enhancer with a 3in PVA sock with crushed cell and micro pellet all dipped in glug before the cast. Neil Fished peg 2 on lodge lake and caught all off the back margin of the spit, a rod length off.

Christmas day – Smoothound an Xmas Eve huss and a few thoughts.

Kyle Blackmore took advantage of the quiet shores on Christmas Day to tempt this smoothound. Not a large specimen but a thought provoking fish at this time of year. Catching fish outside of their recognised seasons has always happened but my gut feeling is that it is happening far more these days. There are many factors that impact upon fish and fish migration  climate is just one of these and as anglers we play our game on natures chess board casting our lines into ever changing waters.

At Christmas and the New Year we often indulge in looking back and forth in time and social media has introduced an instant world that undoubtedly has its up and down sides. It is a fact that social media reflects good and bad in people so rather than condemn it as the new evil best to accept it as it is; taking the good with the bad as we always have in life.

On North Devon Angling News I try to report in a positive way to promote angling and the enjoyment of angling. I started the website back in 2016 when I saw that traditional papers were in decline ( The North Devon Journal stopped rewarding their angling columnist), I still write the column in the Journal because I want angling to have its place in North Devon News but feel that most people get their news on line these days. I hope readers enjoy what I try to do on this site and I welcome any features on local angling that you may be inspired to write. Please keep sending the news and images I do not reveal marks unless they are large easy access ones as I know this is a contentious area for sea anglers.

Fish conservation and habitat are all factors that impact upon anglers and I try to promote good practice within my pages on this site. In many instances anglers are at the forefront of conservation efforts espeicially on our rivers with grace concerns regarding salmon and sea trout stocks.

As I type this a latest report has just come in from Ian Laird ( Below) who landed this 9lb 8oz bull huss from a North Devon Rock Mark. One observation on recent months is that I am getting good numbers of qaulity pictures from anglers fishing the shore line during day light hours. I have fished plenty of after dark sessions to be plaged by small dogfish and strap eels.

If you would like to advertise/sponsor North Devon Angling News please get in touch. I try to give good value to all my sponsors. In the next few weeks my Intention is to add a few new features to the site giving more information on venues and whats on offer to anglers visiting North Devon.