Simon Bennett and Bob Davey have remarkably caught the same common from Upper Tamar this week. Bob was the first to catch it from the Lookout Tower and it weighed 29lbs and Simon has landed it this morning from the end of the Bradworthy Arm and this time it weighed 29lb 4oz. a toffee boilie on a Ronnie rig did the trick for Simon.
After no action at his syndicate lake overnight Chris Connaughton Mono had a hunch that a change of venue could pay dividends. A trip to Jennets for the afternoon produced a brace of 20s at 24lb and 20lb 4oz. The fish were tempted using monster baits presented on j precision hooks and 4oz Flat pear inline leads supplied by local tackle company Lakebed Leads.
Ben McDonnell, 27 from Kent caught a personal best 67lb 13oz Catfish from the Main Carp Lake.
Ben caught the catfish on a casual carpers 15mm spiced krill boillie topped with a 12mm spiced krill pop up, it smashed his old PB of 19lb 1oz by 48lb 12oz!!
(below) Alan George, 49 from Wales caught his 1st ever ‘30’ from the Main Carp Lake, a stunning 30lb 8oz Mirror winning him our Fish Of The Week competition.
Alan shared –
“After arriving at Anglers Paradise on the Saturday afternoon, we enjoyed a few drinks with our friends before venturing down to the Main Lake to take advantage of the peace and quiet as a 5c’s member. I decided to do a bit of stalking on the surface free lining bread. It wasn’t long before I spotted a few in one of the back bays, soaking up the sun. I flicked out a single piece of bread and it wasn’t long before a carp slipped up and took the bait!
After a short hard battle through the pads, my good friend Mick Pearson did the honours of netting the fish and couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw what was in there.
The mirror carp weighed in at 30lb 8oz and was a new PB and my first 30lb plus carp. Not bad for the 1st cast of the holiday!”
(Below)Ben Gregory caught a personal best 5lb 8oz Golden Tench from the Specimen Tench and Orfe Lake. Ben shared – “I’d already had quite a good day on the lake having had 13 Tench and 1 Barbel. However despite my friend Mitchell’s pleads to leave because it was pretty cold, we persisted for another 30mins and I had one final bend in the rod from the lily pads. The biggest was saved to last on a robin red pellet. My new personal best at 5lbs 8oz! It’s been a great week, we hope to get back soon!”(Below)Steve Self caught a beautiful 8lb 6oz Koi and a rare two tone Koi from our famous Koi Lake off the top with bread crust stalking them for hours. Steve also tried a new tactic and fished with a daisy off the top to see if he could catch one on a flower and he did it!!!
Fish of The Week Winner at Anglers Paradise is Steve Deverson with a new UK Personal Best 52lb 8oz Leather known as Silverback!! He also caught a 35lb 10oz Mirror AND his mate had 2 30’s!! All from the Kracking Carp Lake.
Thornbury Fishing Lakes near Holsworthy offer some superb fishing ideally suited to families with a good head of carp up to mid doubles. No need for bivvies and all the high tech equipment at these lakes where carp offer great sport using traditional tactics.
Below are a few glimpses of fishing at this peaceful venue that I intend to visit in the not too distant future. Amongst the carp are some lovely lean looking commons that could well have wild carp ancestry.
Lower Tamar is producing some cracking fishing at the moment……check out this report from Tim Thornton….
’Having enjoyed the captures of a number of good carp to low twenties from Upper Tamar Lake I decided to turn my attention to the day ticket sister water Lower Tamar Lake.
I’d heard about the lake many years ago and knew it contained many lovely large carp.
I visited the water a few times to see for myself the extent of the weed that people spoke about to find that the lake had some weed, but was still easily fishable with modified rigs.
When I say modified rigs to keep things simple I mean ‘chod’ rigs as opposed to traditional rigs. These rigs ensure you can fish over light weed or ‘chod,. They also slide which prevents your hookbait getting buried.
I found location was key again like Upper Tamar. The carp in Lower I find usually betray their presence by bubbling in the early morning or showing themselves by leaping clear of the water.
I found successfull methods were using single pop ups to feeding fish or fishing at range to a baited area. I also know of a few anglers targeting bream also catching carp at the same time using bream tactics’.
This cracking 23lb 12oz common is one of Tim’s results! Nice 23.12. Taken at 120 yards range cast to feeding carp at 0615. Coconut crunch pop up sprayed with Rod Hutchinson chocolate malt legend bait spray. Fished on Carponline size 6 crank hook choddy rig.