Stunning Carp from South West Lakes Trust Water

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Ben Smeeth of South West lakes Trust sent me these stunning pictures of carp from Squabmoor Reservoir near Exmouth. Whilst its not North Devon they are stunning images that I couldn’t resist posting.

Terry Reid has been in the action at Squabmoor reservoir near Exmouth, Devon, with this fantastic fully scaled mirror at just under 30lbs. Terry used a Pallatrax crave double pop up fished in 14 feet of water on a size 6 Korda Kurve hook with a stringer over a bed of crushed crave boilies. Top angling Terry! What a fish!

Kind regards
Ben Smeeth
Angling Technical lead for South West Lakes Trust
Countryside and Angling Manager – Cornwall

Squabmoor Reservoir, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7AS
Squabmoor is one of the leading specimen waters in the South West. It is situated on Woodbury Common which is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). There are lily pads situated around the lake and the depths vary greatly from one end of the lake to the other. There are 15 immaculate swims, many of which have been created by the bailiffs. The main target are carp to 36lbs which are truly stunning with the average size around the 20lb mark. The mirror carp are the original old style fish with a really dark complexion and large scales. 17 carp to 23lbs were stocked in 2015 from Lana Springs Fish Farm. Whilst carp are the main target there is a real mix of other specimens with Tench to 6lbs, Bream to 10lbs, Roach over 2lbs, eels to 6lbs and Perch to 3lbs.