Latest Carp from Lower Tamar and Melbury

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Aaron Bunning sent South West Lakes Trust this catch report from his session last week at Lower Tamar – well done Aaron!
‘During a 36hr session on Lower Tamar last week I managed a five fish hit, the highlight being a stunning old mirror carp just under 20lb. It was great to have a few of the elusive mirrors. All fish were taken on Nashbait Scopex Squid wafters over matching freebies’.
Tim Thornton is back at Melbury after bagging a couple last week. Tim sent South West Lakes Trust this report after catching a real beauty yesterday!
‘Well after spending an uneventful night in the only available swim in the teeth of the wind I deduced the carp weren’t there.
I moved swims first thing into a swim occupying the centre of the reservoir. The cold wind got stronger and at 1pm my left rod ripped off on a one toner. An epic battle ensued and eventually after much nail biting this epic carp of 27lb 4oz slid over the net cord.

Carp From North Devon’s Trusty Waters

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The present prevailing Easterly winds and bright blue skies are not generally conducive to good fishing but persistence pays off. Couple of cracking fish for Tim Thornton from Melbury . The biggest going 17lb12oz in the night. Both caught on DNA baits SLK corker wafters over a bed of 18mm SLK boilies. ‘Fishing quite tricky at the moment but pleased to come away with the two’

(Below) Early morning wake up call today for Carl Watkins. This 23lb mirror was caught at 5:45 this morning. What a paddle on this fish!! Upper Tamar

(Below) Steve Lovell back at Upper Tamar. This 22lb 10oz mirror the pick of his 5 fish trip last week. CC Moore boilies doing the business for Steve from the West Bay Area of the lake.

(Below) On his first session at Upper Tamar Ian Knowles caught this mint conditioned 18lb 8oz common in difficult conditions.

REMIX BAITS – The Secrets Out

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Chris Connaughton the angler behind Remix baits has been putting his baits to good use across North Devon and recently joined a group of fellow carpers at Furzebray Carp lakes where they put together one of North Devon’s most impressive carp hauls.

A group of local carp anglers booked up a week on the renowned Island Lake on the Furzebray Complex where they banked a stunning forty-three carp including three carp over forty pounds, fourteen carp over thirty pounds along with countless twenties. Congratulations must go to Tony Kingdom who has nurtured this fishery since it was created from a marshy field close to fifteen years ago. It has now become one of the West Countries top venues and a tranquil lake where wildlife abounds.

I asked Chris about his baits and he kindly sent me a summary on the baits.

Remix Baits Originally formed from making high attract hook-baits to give a high attract edge to go alongside known brands such as Mainline. These highly attractive hookbaits are rolled from fresh eggs, mixed with a unique blend of feed stimulants, liquid attractants and added essential oils which will be sure to release a steady diffusion of food signals for a long period of time in your water column. The secret is out!

Local stockists are Summerlands, Furzebray carp lakes and will be Quay Sports. Website is

Stafford Moor In Fine Carp Form

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(Above) Bruce Julian caught 5 fish up to 27lb from swim 6 (the outlet) at the end of the dam wall on lodge lake. All fish were caught on Sticky baits krill 16mm boilies.

(Above) Ed Dyer first visit to Stafford Moor ! Ed had 7 fish from the beach swim on Beatties lake all fish were caught on LDM baits.

(Above) Liam Fry and friend Ryan banked ten carp up to 27lb 10oz from swim 2 (The sunset) up on lodge lake including a double taker all fish were caught on DNA SLK baits and S7 plus remix baits secret 12mm pop ups.

(Above) Matt Thomas who had a 20lb common out from the summer hut swim on Beatties lake caught with hot tuna & scopex boilies snowman style.

Upper Tamar Thirty

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Aaron Bunning fished overnight session at Upper Tamar Lake between work and had this report for us: ‘I had a 31lb common and 19lb 8oz mirror, part of a 4 fish catch I had sunday night. All fish fell to Nashbait Citruz pop ups over Scopex Squid. I am over the moon to have now had a 30+ common and mirror from Upper Tamar!’

Kracking 33lb 9oz from Paradise

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AP resident guide Julian Chidgey decided to make the most of the beautiful weather at Anglers Paradise & this time he was catching them himself instead of helping their guests!

Starting on the Kracking Carp Lake, Julian landed a 33lb 9oz Mirror using Outlaw Pro Krilla boilies topped with fake corn. He then headed over to the Main Carp Lake where in 4 crazy hours he landed carp weighing 24lb 9oz, 21lb 4oz, 21lb, 19lb 12oz, 19lb 6oz,18lb 1oz, 16lb 15oz and 14lb 11oz. All of which were caught off the surface.

If you want to book Julian to guide you during your trip to the day ticket or residents lakes simply contact him through Facebook ‘Inspired Angling Services (Julian Chidgey)’, Instagram ‘Julian Chidgey’ or by phone on 07720556414”

Upper Tamar In Fine Form

Just a few of the  fine carp tempted from Upper Tamar Lake over recent weeks.

Upper Tamar is not just a carp water it also has a vast range of other options with specimen perch, roach and eels along with bream and plenty of silver making it a fine match venues.  (Below)Stuart Burridge had a cracking day at Upper Tamar with 42lb of roach and skimmers on the tip.

Jennetts Carp Brace

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Allan Jones and Karl Yates enjoyed their first fishing trip out since lockdown started. Jennetts was the destination and Allan was rewarded with a common of 19lb 6oz and Karl 23lb 2oz . Regulars to Jennets will be pleased that the fallen tree that has blocked access to far side has now been cleared away.