SPECIMEN CAT LAKE JUST KEEPS PRODUCING THE BIG CATS! 

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(Above) Tony Trenary, 65 a retired Stripper/Chippendale joined us at Nirvana’s Day ticket Specimen Cat Lake and caught a 48lb 8oz Wels Catfish on a 18mm krill active and 15mm scopex squid.
(Above) Head baliff Ashley Bunning had a session on Nirvana’s Specimen Cat Lake targeting the Carp but instead catches one of the big girls – a Catfish of 64lbs!
Caught on a single Citruz pop up!
Anglers Paradise

Young ZAINE CATCHES A MONSTER

Zenia Gregorek reports :-
Our Son has only gone and caught a personal best 40lb Catfish!! He fought it like a little legend (poor boy, as he was fighting it, couldn’t stop saying, my arms hurt, my arms hurt!!!)
But he won the battle and has even beat his Mummy’s PB now!!!
Caught using a Dynamite Baits 20mm Squid & Octopus Hard Hookbait
topped with a Pineapple & Banana pop up glugged in Squid & Octopus Liquid Attractant
Anglers Paradise

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.

A TRIO OF FINE PERCH

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Big perch are a worthwhile target at this time of year with fish to over 4lb a real possibility from several venues. A prawn or lobworm bait is likely to bring results either beneath a float or fished on a running leger rig. Lures can also prove effective for these handsome looking predators. Matt Dart fished a North Devon venues where he tempted a fine brace of perch scaling 3lb 3oz and 2lb 8oz. Both fish were tempted using float fished prawn. Following his success Matt returned too the water to tempt another fine perch of just under 4lb.

FISHING IN LOCKDOWN?

I have had several anglers message me regarding fishing in lockdown and what the position is. The Angling Trust have successfully lobbied Government resulting in angling being allowed within the lockdown guidelines. See updated guidelines below from the Angling Trust.

Lockdown fishing: updated guidelines published

The problem with the guidelines is that it leaves a certain amount of freedom to interpret for example what is local. Local is within your town or village, though you can drive a short distance to access an open space. I have reluctantly decided to hang up my rods until after lockdown as I live ten miles from the coast. Could I justify travelling ten miles to go fishing? Is it essential travel? Everyones circumstances are of course different and angling could be a lifeline to many giving valuable exercise for both body and soul. The sooner we can get on top of this COVID nightmare the better and staying home for a few weeks is surely worth the long term result.

In the mean time I will be enjoying a couple of books I received at Christmas that will hopefully inspire me in the coming spring and summer.

I will also be sorting through my fishing gear putting new hooks on old lures, tying rigs and having a general tidy. Might even stock up on a few flies, lures and bits and pieces. In the mean time I will try and write a few features on North Devon Angling plus report on any catches reported to me from those fortunate enough to live close to  fish filled waters.

My Fishing Year 2020

Looking back on my fishing year

2020 ! Well what a year; a year that will remembered for the global pandemic that changed the way we live. I am sure that in the future we will reflect upon those pre-pandemic years with a certain yearning for what we will perceive as a golden age.

It has certainly been a scary year in many ways but life will move on and a new normal will eventually prevail. There are positives in that we have perhaps been forced to realise the value of the great outdoors and how nature is a reassuring constant in our lives a fact that we as anglers have been able to savour.

When the year began who could have imagined the restrictions that would be imposed upon us. But apart from the three months of tight lock down fishing continued and we all had to focus on what is on our own doorstep.

January

The promise of early casts

An early session on the rocks and I meet a hungry bird.

Winter mullet have become a common catch in winter

February

Winter pike fishing – The true essence of winter fishing the bright glow of optimism upon cool dark waters.

And of course there are also winter carp!

In the middle of February we headed for Dorset for a short break beside the River Frome. The river was out of sorts but it was still good to be beside the water.

At this time we had no idea that times were about to change!

Little did we know that fishings social aspect would be banned under strict COVID restrictions! Tiers, bubbles and face masks were not on the agenda!

MARCH

The salmon season was underway but with swollen rivers there would be no silver spring bars.

The Wimbleball Trout were obliging and put a pleasing bed in the rod as a coid wind swept across Exmoor.

April

Into lockdown and  April and May we walked the country lanes and glimpsed wild brown trout in clear waters.

MAY

As lockdown was lifted what a joy to once again smell the salty sea air. Breathe in and enjoy a new found freedom.

At Wimbleball crowds flocked to the shoreline and the British public relished the great outdoors like never before.

It was a joy to once again ponder upon those important matters like what fly to use?

JUNE

Carp are very much a fish of the summer though I don’t always catch! Its fun waiting though….

A boat on Wimbleball brings hard fighting rainbows and summer Rudd

In mid June I join Steve Dawe on a one off trip to catch the mysterious eel from a water that has never been fished for eels before! We prove that there are some big trout present!

JULY

Summer bass on the lure

Summer salmon fishing on the Taw & Torridge its not just about the catching its good to just drift a fly across the river.

AUGUST

A trip to Cornwall and the delights of mackerel on light tackle…

Followed by bent rods and aching arms far off Lands End

And  summer drifts into autumn

SEPTEMBER

Success is sweet when it comes my first salmon for several seasons after many hundreds of casts comes that delightful tug and well bent rod..belief is restored!

Autumn is a time for mullet but sometimes they’re  not there or are rather small!

It was a good year on the lure…I just love it when they hit that lure.  Sublime!

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A carp fishing interlude at Hacche Moor Carp Fishery

And then shark adventure number two with Jason Barrow and others

The trout seasons ends with the rivers low. I enjoy a last day nymphing on the Lyn. A week later the river is a raging torrent.

October

A good time to hit the beach as the sunsets earlier.

As winter approaches grayling are a fish that spring to mind and once again the Dorset Frome beckons..

A 2lb 12oz grayling my fish of the year!!

(Above) And when the seasons over there is always time for a riverside walk.

A last trip to Wimbleball 

December

Winter Trout and  Christmas at Blakewell

And as the years ends those familiar home waters call…..

Happy New Year for 2021 tight lines to all…….