Upper Tamar – Success

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Andrew Godfrey who has had a couple of cracking fish from Upper Tamar having not visited before until recently. This mirror of 23lb 8oz and common of 18lb 8oz were a great start!!

Spaces are filling fast for our next Mainline Baits Carp Open!

For an entry form call 01566 771930 or email info@swlakestrust.org.uk

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!

Upper Tamar Twenties

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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.

Amazing haul of specimen perch

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Alan Blair has had an amazing perch haul from Upper Tamar lake, on the Cornwall and Devon border. He caught nine perch, five of which were over 3lb in weight with the largest being 3lb 9oz. The smallest was 2lb 2oz! Alan used Nashbait Spod Cloud groundbait to get the small silver fish in the swim before the Perch moved in and seized his prawn hook-baits. Upper Tamar is renowned for its stock of large perch and its only a matter of time before a 5lb+ fish is caught.

Stunning carp from local reservoirs

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(Below)Ashley Bunning had four carp this weekend from Upper Tamar Lake on the Cornwall and Devon border all caught on Nash Scopex Squid Fluoro pop up boilies over a bed of 18mm freebies. The largest being 19lb 2oz and the rest mid doubles.

(Below) Lee Watts from Bideford had a cracking first session on Melbury Reservoir in North Devon landing 3 carp. The largest was a common of 24lb backed up with another common of 21lb and a mirror of 19lb 15oz.

(Below) I enjoyed a fish-less session at Jennetts Reservoir at the weekend but still enjoyed being at the waters edge. The above waters along with Jennetts and Lower Slade all offer quality carp in beautiful surroundings and offer a different experience to some of the more heavily stocked commercial waters.

Upper Tamar Pallatrax carp pairs

Woods and Ford win the Upper Tamar Pallatrax carp pairs and scoop £2000……
Nigel Woods and Richard Ford from Launceston, Cornwall, won the Pallatrax carp pairs competition at Upper Tamar Lake on the 28-30 September. They chose peg 6 which was a shallow peg and fished really well over the weekend to land 5 carp for 72lbs 10oz to scoop the £2000 top prize.

Karl and Alfie Yates (Bude) were second winning £1000 with 4 fish for 52lb 9oz and Allan Jones and Matthew Pepperell (Bude) were third winning £500 with 4 fish for 46lb 8oz.

The largest fish of the weekend was Richard Ford with a 20lb 5oz mirror carp