Capturing the perfect Image at Stafford Moor

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Great picture below with the anglers getting the water to produce a stunning image.

(Below)Rich Powell and Andy  fished on the beach swim on Beatties Lake and banked 27 fish in an incredible session.  Rich has a new personal best of 32lb 4oz and  Andy has a new personal best of 26lb 2oz all caught on Sticky Baits Krill Walters and tuff ones.

(Below)Steve Stutt and brother Craig  had 6 fish out from the beach swim on Beatties Lake up to 28lb 12oz by Steve all caught on Mainline essential cell pop ups in between the 2 islands  13.5 wraps.

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Recent Stafford Moor – Carp Action

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Gareth Simpson had 5 fish out from the beach swim on Beatties lake this weekend, Gareth caught on Bait works Atlantic heat boilies.

(Below)Lewis Wheeler with Selina, Lloyd, squib & Hettie. They had 9 fish out caught on suid pop ups, Mainline essential cell & outrageous orange goo on swims 3 small island, 4 big fish corner & 5 lord island on Beatties lake.

(Below) Callum Gardiner & Dad & Charlie Bell who had 17 fish out from swim 8 (fraggle rock) on lodge lake all caught on pink pop ups over Sticky Baits Manilla boilies & hemp.

(Below) Adam Barnett and friend Lewis  had 7 fish out on swim 14 (beach 1) on lodge lake this weekend all caught on Sticky Baits Manilla & Krill boilies.

Hacche Lakes- A Fine Prospect

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Hacche Moor Fishery near South Molton is a recent addition to North Devons’ Day Ticket Carp Fishery portfolio and offers some superb fish in a stunning setting. I visited the lake for the first time this weekend full of optimism after hearing of some superb catches of fish. As is often the case my visit seemed to be ill timed to coincide with a bitterly cold North West Wind that appeared to have put the carp off the feed with only two fish banked by the four anglers fishing the bottom Lake. I failed to connect though I did have a couple of indications that could indicate that my rigs needed fine tuning.

I will return soon and try to make amends! A chat with the fishery manager Andrew Parkinson who runs this superb fishery give me confidence that the lakes will prosper and give North Devon Anglers another fine water with some big carp.

The lakes have matured nicely have well thought out swims all with wood Chip bases. There are also toilet facilities and running water. The lakes are surrounded with an otter fence so anglers are reminded to ensure that they always close the gate!

Landing nets, Unhooking matts and weigh slings are all provided at the fishery to reduce the risk of infection to the valuable stock.

Action on the far bank!

(Below) Some recent catches from Hacche Lakes

Bumper hauls at a Sunny Stafford Moor

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(Below) Mitch Andow and friend Charlie had 40 fish from swim 12  on lodge lake in a 48 hour session this weekend. All fish caught on DNA Baits pb and pink peril pop ups over scattered DNA boilies fishing tight to the margins towards swim 11 again caught in the more shallow water.

Nicholas Billett  fished up on Albert square swim 15 on lodge lake this weekend and had 16 fish  up to 24lb all caught on Krill pop ups Nick said was it was a bit slow at first then then didn’t stop!!

Stafford Moor in fine Spring Form

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Stafford Moor continues to produce some stunning carp each week, so many I struggle to keep up with reports. Jo sent me these highlights from the past week.

(Below) Oil Dietrich who had 10 fish out up to 26lb 8oz  from the inlet swim on Beatties lake this weekend all caught on red alert by crafty baits.

(Below) A fine fish from Lodge Lake, Lee Rowe banked three fish out up to 27lb  from the dam wall  with son Kaiden, all fish were caught out in the open water on baitworks  and Mainline spicy crab boilies.

(Below) A really stunning common caught by Nathan England who fished on the summer hut swim on Beatties lake weighing 20lb 8oz.

Mainline Baits Carp Pairs Open – Upper Tamar Lake

Report on the weekend from Ben Smeeth:

Our first Mainline Baits Carp open at Upper Tamar lake was a resounding success. The fishing was extremely tough but made for a really close competition which every pair of anglers could have won right up until the end!

33 pairs made the trip and the draw took place at 1pm with anglers choosing their swims in order. They also collected a Mainline Baits goody bag filled with some of their fantastic innovative products and a free 24 hour permit for Lower Tamar to use at their leisure.

The fishing was really hard, only 9 carp caught between everyone but this was great as a competition! The lake had been fishing so well leading up to the competition with fish to over 25lbs being caught regularly. The pressure of the competition and weather conditions really made it difficult for the anglers.

The winners were Dean and Dave Willoughby from Barnstaple. They banked a cracking 24lb 6oz common from peg 32 to take the £2000 top prize.

Runners up were Karl Yates and Allan Jones from Bude who managed 2 fish for 22lb 15oz and they collected £1000.

Third place finishers were Rich Ford and Nigel Woods from Launceston who had a cracking 21lb 10oz mirror.

The stamp of fish was really good and it was a great weekend. The next Mainline Baits carp open pairs in on 5-7 July and is already filling up fast! Bookings can be made on 01566 771930

Ben Smeeth

Cracking Carp From South West Trust Waters

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Chris Hudson who caught this cracking 24.10 common from day ticket water Jennetts at the weekend.

Ryan Willshire from Bude has been back among the action on Upper Tamar Lake on the Cornwall and Devon border. This 27lb 2oz common was the highlight of a two fish catch at the weekend. Mainline IB boilies doing the business for Ryan again!

Two Twenties and a Thirty

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Paul Willsea joined us with his wife for Valentines week and managed to get some fishing in and caught a personal best 30lb Mirror, a 25lb Mirror and a 24lb Mirror all from the Specimen Carp Lake and won our Fish of the Week competiton!

Paul ’s Story –

“I have been coming to AP for 21 years and have never caught 3 big fish in one week. On Monday 18th February, I went down to the Specimen Carp Lake. The Reel went screaming off after about an hour, I couldn’t believe it, I landed a 24lb Mirror using a tutti fruity boilie.

After a little while, off it goes again and I landed a 25lb Mirror on a Sticky Baits Krill pop up, I was well chuffed, couldn’t believe it – 2 20’s in 1 day!!

Then on Thursday 21st February, about 2pm, I thought I would pack up in about half hour, when suddenly off the Reel goes. I landed a 30lb 2oz Mirror on a tutti fruity boilie. This is the best Valentine week I have ever had, I beat my personal best by 4oz, celebrated my Birthday on Valentine’s Day and had an absolutely fantastic week at AP!”

Here he is with his Winning Fish and being presented his prizes by Zyggy and Zenia with special thanks to PB Products UK.

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Mild Weather brings carp on the feed at Stafford Moor

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The milder conditions certainly seem to have encouraged Stafford Moor’s carp to go on the feed with some tremendous catches during the past week.

Jack Griffiths and Emily enjoyed a great session at Stafford Moor where they caught six fish  from the summer hut swim on Beatties lake up to 26lb. Emily had a 22lb mirror out and Jack had 2 x 26lb out all caught on OCD baits.

(Below)Jack Gattiker  fished for the first time  on swim 1 on lodge lake. Jack had 2 fish out up to 25lb caught on Sticky Baits 20mm Manilla boilies.

(Below) Mark Lamude banked three fish out from the beach swim on Beatties lake all caught on Mainline cell boilies topped with corn over a large bed of 15mm cell.

(Below)Debbie Stephens caught ten carp out up to 26lb from swim 2 on lodge lake in a 48 hour session ! All caught on Sticky Baits Manilla boilies.