The Roadford Fly Fair is a very popular event at the Start of Spring coinciding with those first forays to the waters edge in search of wild trout and salmon.
Bude anglers Chris Hudson and Matt Pepperell enjoyed a great session at Upper Tamar lake on the Cornwall and Devon border over the weekend landing 8 carp from the Lookout Tower swim. Chris had this cracking 24lb 1oz mirror that was stocked in 2017 at 22lb. The majority of fish were mid doubles. All caught on CC Moore Live system with white pop ups fished over the top.
Ryan Willshire from Bude has now had six different 20lb plus carp from Upper Tamar in two weeks! This time Ryan braved the awful weather and fished the Lookout Tower swim which produced three fish. A cracking common of 23.04, a fish known as ‘Steve’s Mirror’ which was 21.04 and another mirror of 19.00. The two mirrors fell to Mainline IB pop ups and the Common to pop up corn and all over a bed of Mainline Hybrid boilies.
Aaron Bunning continued his great form on Upper Tamar lake on the Cornwall and Devon border. Aaron caught two carp on his most recent visit, one chunky common at 23lb 12oz and one long lean common at 19lb 14oz. Both fish fell to 20mm Scopex Squid Wafters tipped with fake corn over a scattering of matching freebies.
Nigel Woods had four Carp from Upper Tamar the largest was a common of 19lb 8oz and this was backed up by two 13lb commons and a cracking 12lb 4oz Mirror. Mainline Cell bottom baits with a wafter hook bait were the successful tactics for Nige….
Ryan Willshire had a cracking session on Upper Tamar Lake on the Cornwall and Devon border. Ryan pre baited during the week, arriving early on Saturday morning and within 2 hours had landed three 20lb+ mirrors! Ryan added a fourth 20 the same day to cap a fine session on the venue. All four fish are newly stocked fish which are all up in weight since stocking a month ago and it included the capture of a fish knows as ‘Starburst’ at 23.15! Ryan’s fish weighed in at 23lb15oz, 22lb 4oz, 22lb 2oz and 22lb 2oz. All the fish fell to Mainline Pop ups over
hybrid free offerings.
(Below) Aaron Bunning continued his fine form at Upper Tamar Lake, Near Bude, on the Cornwall/Devon border. He caught one of the most sought after Carp called ‘The Peach’ at 30lb 8oz. This was the second time in a year Aaron has managed to catch the fish from the 80+ acre venue. Aaron also caught a newly stocked mirror carp known as ‘Steves Mirror’ which was 22lb 8oz. Both fish fell to 20mm Nashbait Scopex Squid wafters over a scattering of matching freebies.
Squabmoor near Exmouth is a little out of North Devon but with fish like this less than two hours drive away it could be well worth a visit.
Carina Bush and her partner had a great session on Squabmoor reservoir, near Exmouth in Devon. It was their first visit to the venue and they were rewarded with 8 carp from 18lb to 28lbs. They also lost a couple of fish! Successful tactics were 16mm Richworths s-core pop ups and 10 freebies around each hook bait.
The future looks bright at Upper Tamar lake were some big carp are being stocked to make this large water one of the best in the West.
Upper Tamar Lake stock some BIG Carp!
South West Lakes Trust have stocked some more huge carp into Upper Tamar lake. This is the second year in succession where stocking big carp has taken place and there is more to come.
Recently fifteen carp up to 26lbs 4oz in weight were stocked and in 2017 twenty-five carp were stocked up to 36lbs in weight. The plan is to introduce another 40 carp all over 20lbs in weight over the next two years. The fish which were stocked in 2017 have done really well with some gaining as much as 4lbs in weight in the first year. Its anticipated many of these fish will continue to grow well over 30lbs within the next few years.
Upper Tamar forms part of the Tamar Lakes complex of fisheries with Lower Tamar only half a mile down the road. At 35 acres, Lower Tamar is home to a large head of 20lb+ carp, bream to 15lbs, tench to 8lbs, perch to 4lbs and specimen roach and rudd.
These new fish were sourced from our local supplier Lana Springs Fish Farm in Devon. Owner Chris Mannifold has a great reputation for supplying premium carp.
Ben Smeeth, Head of Angling for South West Lakes Trust said “I am delighted to announce this recent stocking and with the fish we have already stocked, these new ones, and the fish to come it re-enforces Upper Tamar as the leading fishery in the South West. The majority of fish have been Mirror carp to complement the large population of Common carp already in the lake. These fish will continue to grow with the aim of producing a large head of 30lb and 40lb fish within the next 5-7 years.”
Upper Tamar has produced a lot of fish for anglers in the last few years with some catching as many as 20 carp in a single 24 hour session. There are so many swims to choose from each giving a different perspective of the beautiful lake and each presenting different challenges and features.
Upper Tamar is a spectacular venue, set in peaceful rural countryside, spanning two counties with the Devon and Cornwall border running down the middle of the lake.
The fishery benefits from outstanding facilities with a café, showers, toilets and a camping field – perfect if the family also want to come along! There is an onsite self-service permit room so you can arrive at your leisure and start fishing! The venue also benefits from a level stoned path all the way around which makes access to swims for everyone really easy. A taxi service to any swim is also available if its pre booked
There are also two angling lodges which sleep two people and are bookable through our central office on 01566 771930.
Our fishing website www.swlakesfishing.co.uk provides a map of Upper Tamar fishery including swim names so you can familiarise yourself before even visiting. We also have a very active Facebook page called ‘Coarse Fishing South West Lakes Trust’ so please LIKE our page for regular catch reports, pictures and information about all of our coarse fisheries in the South West.
Anyone who would like to come along and see the fish stockings are very welcome.
Head of Angling 01288 321262 email@example.com
Issue date: 13 November 2018
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NOTES TO EDITORS
The South West Lakes Trust is the region’s largest combined environmental and recreational charity, managing reservoirs on behalf of South West Water for conservation and recreation purposes. Its 50 inland water sites, encompassing 5,000 hectares of land and water spread across Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset, attract in the region of 2million visits annually. It is listed as being in the top 3,000 of the country’s 150,000 charities. In 2015 South West Lakes Trust accumulated 3647 days of assistance by volunteers and in return training was offered in relevant skills (66 days in 2015). In 2015 SWLT attracted over 14,000 new entrants to sport.
South West Lakes Trust manages large tracts of moorland and significant areas of woodland, with Forest Stewardship Council accreditation.