Upper Tamar Lake stock some BIG Carp!

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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.

Ben Smeeth

Head of Angling 01288 321262 bsmeeth@swlakestrust.org.uk


Issue date: 13 November 2018

For more information, please contact:

Alice Peters

Customer Communications and Marketing Officer

South West Lakes Trust

01566 771930



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.


Upper Tamar
Competitions announcement
South West Lakes Trust is delighted to announce a new sponsor for its carp competitions in
The Trust has
teamed up with Carp fishing giants Mainline to offer a new series for
competitors branded the
‘Mainline Baits Carp Open’.
There will be three Mainline Carp Opens in 2019 which will run on the following dates: 29-31 March, 5
-7 July and 4-6 October. The series is based at 81acre complex Upper Tamar
Lake on the Cornwall and Devon border which is stocked with carp to 36lbs.
Ben Smeeth, Head of Angling for South West Lakes Trust, said, ‘I am absolutely delighted
to be involved with Mainline Baits for these competitions moving forwards. When the
opportunity arose to work together and after discussions
went really well it was an easy decision for me to make. I am excited by what Mainline can offer and look forward to
building something special for everyone involved. Mainline Baits are arguably the largest supplier of carp fishing bait in the UK and across the world and already they have agreed to putting up some great prizes for 2019 which will benefit everyone who enters one of thecompetitions’.
Kev Knight from Mainline Baits, said,
“Having heard about the great competitions and carp matches that Ben, Gary and team of volunteer bailiffs had been providing
down at Tamar Lakes, we were more than happy to be able to lend our support and sponsorship of the Carp Open events. Funnily enough we’ve attracted a number of good anglers from Devon, Cornwall and the south west over the years, making some good friends along the way. So it was no surprise to us that a ‘friendly’ atmosphere is one the things the Carp Open at Tamar is best known for –
so we’re very proud to be helping these events continue.”
Each competition will offer competitors a chance to win a share of £3500 in prize money.
The winners will scoop £2000, runners up £1000 and third place £500. There will be section prizes sponsored by Mainline and also goody bags for everyone who enters with some fantastic Mainline products in each one! Bookings are now being taken for the 2019 competitions on 01566 771930. for more information, please contact:
Annabel Underwood
Public Relations and Campaigns Officer
South West Lakes Trust
01566 771930

Upper Tamar Carp are on the feed

(Above)Ryan Willshire from Bude landed this cracking 21lb 4oz scaley Mirror carp from Upper Tamar lake, near Bude on the Cornwall and Devon border. The fish was stocked in September 2017 as part of the lakes re-stocking policy which included 3 fish over 30lbs and lots of fish over 20lbs. The next stocking is in mid October this year.

(Above) Ashley Bunning had a great session on Upper Tamar Lake, on the Cornwall and Devon border. The venue regular banked 8 carp in his 48 hour session including 2 fish over 20lbs. All the fish were caught on Nashbait scopex squid boilies with the largest being a 22lb 8oz mirror.

North Devon Match Group – Final Match

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Some super nets of small silver fish from Upper Tamar Lake a fine match and specimen fish venue.

The final Summer League on Upper Tamar Cornish Bank.


1st Shaun Stenton  44lb 8oz

2nd Nathan Underwood  38lb 8oz

3rd Chris Morris  31lb 10oz

4th Wayne Mitchell 30lb 12oz

5th Duncan Edwards  30lb 6oz

6th Kevin Shears 30lb 2oz

The 14 anglers who took the long walk up the Cornish bank enjoyed hot still conditions and landed an average of 25lb a man. Shaun Stenton landed 50 odd skimmers on the tip on worm for a convincing victory. Nathan Underwood fished the long pole and long whip with groundbait and worms to land a mixed net including several large perch for 2nd place, Third placed Chris Morris landed a similar net also on pole and whip tactics

The top 3 final summer league positions are Neilsen Jeffery 160pts Martin Turner 115pts Chris Morris 90pts.

A Handsome perch

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Ashley Bunning has followed up his capture of a common carp called ‘The Don’ at 34.04 from Upper Tamar Lake with this cracking Perch of 3.12 caught on an Eco Gear Ikajako soft lure fished from the perch boat.

Kevin Smith has also been in the action with this lovely 3.08 Perch from the same venue.

Upper Tamar Carp catches

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Roger Maher has been getting stuck into some of the new stock in Upper Tamar Lake Roger has landed three of the new fish which were stocked a month ago and they are doing well and looking great. A 19.06 pale looking fish which was stocked at 19.04 and a chunky mirror of 24.04 which was stocked at 22.12. Roger’s third new fish was one of the commons at 23.14 which was stocked at 23.04. Roger topped it all off with an original common golden coloured common of 19.06. Great work Roger!

North Devon Match Group Summer league

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No 3 Upper Tamar Devon Bank.

1st Neilsen Jeffery 30lb 9oz

2nd Martin Turner 27lb 12oz

3rd Christopher Morris 23lb 13oz

4th Paul Ware  21lb 12oz

5th Paul Elworthy 20lb 11oz

Neilsen fished a 5mt whip , near the bench peg on the Devon arm, with groundbait and caster, Martin caught a mainly roach net shallow on hemp. Chris fished a top kit to hand for 3rd and Paul’s 4th place was a feeder caught net of bream.