Great Carp sport at Stafford Moor

The mild conditions have really brought the carp on the feed at Stafford Moor where anglers are enjoying success on both Beatties and recently reopened Lodge Lake.

(Above)Jack Lord with his 25lb 3oz catch from Beatties lake on the inlet swim using Mainline Cell boilies.
(Above)Matt Luscombe  had a new personal best of 27lb 6oz from the dam wall on Beatties Lake Matt had 2 fish out in 24 hours using good old Mainline Cell boilies.

(Above)Simon Jones who comes fishing here with friend Jon Osman. They fished up on the dam wall on lodge lake at the weekend had 6 fish out up to 22lb using Mainline cell pop ups .

Natasha Harrison with her 11lb catch from the spit on lodge lake using sticky Baits Manila boilies. Natasha had blanked at other fisheries for the last 7 times she has gone fishing so was pleased to just catch even if it wasn’t the biggest she still caught !

Steve Pinn “The BIvvy Tramp” sent me this report from the recently reopened Lodge Lake.

“These are the best of last week’s catches on Lodge lake which has been closed for most of Jan and Feb for maintenance work. We were rewarded as the first on there for some time with 21 fish between myself and ‘The Captain’ Keith Maker. I think Keith had more fish but I was delighted to get a cracking fish for Lodge lake and a pb for that lake at 25Ib 14oz plus the beautiful ‘apple slice’ mirror at 17Ib 4oz – a perfect example of how size doesn’t matter when they are that attractive. I also caught the scaley fish during that wonderful purple dawn.  Bivvy Tramp.

Harry’s best from the Moor

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Harry Collins who is a local boy who fishes here regular , this is his new PB of 23lb 10oz caught on mainline cell boilies. Harry had 5 fish out in 24 hours from the summer house swim on Beattie’s lake.

(Below) Steve Pinn affectionately known as the Bivvy tramp enjoyed this wonderful sunrise at Stafford Moor.

Rod Licence update

The EA have introduced a revised rod licence system for the coming year with some welcome changes see info and links below.

To see poster on new rod licenses please click on below links.



The Environment Agency has also launched “Get a Fishing Licence” on GOV.UK to simplify the process of buying a fishing licence: This is part of a series of improvements to the service, which include:

  • Free licences for junior anglers, up to the age of 17, announced in November 2016
  • The fishing licence now lasts for 12 months from the day it is bought, rather than expiring at the end of March each year
  • The use of three rods now needs just one licence, rather than two.

People are required to buy a fishing licence in order to fish legally in England, Wales and along the Border Esk in Scotland. Sales of licences for the 2015/16 season raised £21 million. The money was used to restock rivers with 452,220 coarse fish, encourage over 35,000 people to try angling for the first time and bring 2,043 successful prosecutions against crimes like poaching.

Upper Tamar – Quality carp

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(Above) 20lb 2oz common

Upper Tamar lake regular Nigel Woods has been warming up for the £3500 Pallatrax carp Open Pairs at the end of March with some stunning fish from the venue. Over two visits Nigel has banked two commons over 20lbs at 20.02 and 20.04 as well as five other smaller fish including this stunning double figure mirror and a small spawned on mirror. Its fantastic to see some stock coming through with amazing scale patterns. Nigel was using sticky baits Krill and matching wafters.


News of stocking Barnstaple & District Angling Association ‘s club course pond at Aller Nr. South Molton

South Aller Pond

With the help of Paul Carter from the Environmental Agency B&DAA have added stocks of Tench and Crucian Carp plus further quantities of ‘Silver Fish’ for this coming year. Further extensive tree work and pond access is in the pipe line to enable easier fishing access with close car parking.

The game section’s water at Newbridge will, weather permitting be fishable as soon as we get a drop in water heights. The club also has subsidised ‘private beats’ available to it’s members on a day ticket basis on the Upper Taw, Lower Torridge & the famous Blackpool Beat on the River Exe.

There are still membership vacancies in both Course & Game sections at £35 for the whole season.

For further details please contact John Webber  [email protected] or membership secretary Colin Ashby on 01271 323017.