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”


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Gary Strachan and his son Harry enjoyed a 36 hour session at Anglers Paradise’s Day Ticket Fatboy’s Lake where they banked 12 carp too 14lb. All of the fish were in immaculate condition and caught using 12 -mm pop ups. This was a welcome return to angling for Gary who has found his love of the sport rekindled with the opportunity to share fishing trips with his son. Gary commented to me on how the amount of gear carp anglers now carry contrasts to his younger days when you would take; “a flask, some sandwiches, a sleeping bag and perhaps a plastic sheet depending on the time of year? Fast forward 50 years and two trips with the carp barrow to set up. Yes it’s more comfortable without a doubt, but is it really that much more enjoyable?
I guess the essence still remains though perhaps its has all become a little formulaic with many anglers following a text book approach. I doubt it would seem more enjoyable if you turned the clock back to use those floppy old fibre glass carp rods and sun loungers that collapse as your trying to sleep. I recall with fondness camping in a pub car park close to the River Thames. I climbed into my tent after a visit to the pub and my sun lounger collapsed in a tangle of aluminium frames and canvas. Strange how looking back there is always a sense that things were better but I suspect thats just the joy and enthusiasm of youth.
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Stafford Moor Carp – Latest Catch’s

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Darren Barkle caught a new personal best  22lb 4oz mirror carp from lodge lake on a pink pineapple pop up in a day session.

(Below) David Hughes fished on the beach swim on Beatties lake and had 5 fish out up to 26lb all caught on Mainline cell boilies and pellets.

(Below) Tom Downing fishing from Cherry lodge (One of our new specimen lodges). Tom had 4 fish out up to 25lb 14oz caught on bait tech triple N boilies & krill & tuna oil.

(Below) Paul Summers  fished on swim 1 on lodge lake and had 6 fish  up to 32lb all caught on Sticky baits krill and house pellets.

West and Woon scoop £2000 with Mainline Pairs win……in brutal conditions

West and Woon scoop £2000 with Mainline Pairs win……
What a weekend here at Upper Tamar for the Mainline Baits carp open pairs!
42 carp caught by 19 pairs in brutal conditions!
Massive thankyou to our sponsor Mainline Baits and John Kneebone in particular for their ongoing and generous support. The prize winners were:
1st place George West and Andy Woon peg 12 with 7 fish for 84lbs. They win £2000
2nd were Ben and Matt Cooper with 7 fish from peg 20 for 74lb 13oz. They win £1000
3rd place were Jamie Woods and Richard Chalke who had 5 fish for 63lb 10oz from peg 26. They win £500
Largest fish (not finishing in top 3) was Jason McEvoy with a 24lb 11oz common. He won a box of Mainline PVA and spod mix and a Baseball cap.
Smallest fish (not in the top three) was Matt Pepperell with a 7lb 15oz mirror. He won a box of Mainline PVA and spod mix and a Baseball cap.
Section winners winning 5kg of Mainline freezer boilies were:
pegs 1-9 were Chris Hudson and Matt Pepperell. 4 fish for 60lb 15oz peg 9
Pegs 10-18 were Barry Hazleden and Mark Brett with 2 fish for 32lb 11oz
Pegs 19-26 were Scott and David Bowden with 2 fish for 23lb 8oz
Pegs 27-35 were Karl Yates and Allan Jones with two fish for 30lb 13oz
Full results are in the pictures.
Next competition is Mainline singles 6-8 November. Entries on 01566771930

Latest Carp from South West lakes Trust Waters

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Mervyn Beal who had this 23lb mirror from Upper Tamar at 5am this morning. 20mm Nash scopex squid bottom bait with a 5 bait stringer fished at 10 wraps

(Below)Pretty hard going for the group who booked Lower Tamar the last 3 days. The best fish were these at 24lb and 22lb and some huge bream!!

(Below) Lower Slade is producing some amazing fish right now! They do not come any better than this 20lb mirror for Bob Davey.

Plenty of reports of stunning pictures from the prolific Stafford Moor Fishery.

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Plenty of reports of stunning pictures from the prolific Stafford Moor Fishery.

(Below)James Malone and friend Kristen banked 13 fish up to 29lb 14oz which was Rhys new personal best well done Rhys 👍
The guys fished in the summer hut swim on Beatties lake.

What a team! What a superb venue! What an amazing weekend!!!! wrote Matthew Whiteside  after visiting Stafford Moor for a social fishing trip on Beatties Lake.
Vader Baits Elite Team it was awesome to get out bankside with you! We have waited like everyone else to get out and get fishing again!! Stafford Moor Fishery was our first venue! Paul and Jo not only run one of the most beautiful venues in Devon but there attention to detail, their care for their anglers and their care for their lakes is the best I’ve ever seen! Jo was an absolute star over the hard times of trying to rearrange bookings for lots of anglers over this terrible time but she absolutely nailed it !!! I would recommend other fisheries to take note as this is the standard to run your establishment at without a doubt I’m so impressed and Vader Baits will be definitely be running lots more of its events from here!!! With such a superb back drop and so many of us biting at the bit to get on the bank again this felt really special as soon as we got there. The hear was the only thing that was to hamper the fishing a little it was so hot but it was’t long before one of the new Vader young guns was into a really old lovely mirror! Infact Aaron was into the fish before I’d even got my bivvy up, net out or rods made…Adrian Lazarus known as Lazamidi in the Vader ranks stole the show tho! With a little grizzle that he though he may well be in one of the tougher swims turned out he had two of the biggest fish of the event and went on to win the bait package and the very special Vader Baits carp cup 👊
Most of the team managed at least a couple of carp and others having 3 or 4 and unfortunately for a couple of the team it wasnt their day !!! In the end I think we had something like 25 carp over the weekend and in the conditions that was great work from the team and an absolutely awesome event !!! Again thank you team roll on our next social back at Stafford Moor and again massive thanks to Paul and Jo you guys have been brilliant!!!!

Joey Gould  had 21 fish out up to 29lb which is a new pb for Joe from the inlet swim on Beatties lake. All fish were caught on our house pellet and Sticky Baits Krill boilies.

(Below) James Russell who fished on swim 15 (Albert square) and had 4 fish out up to 31lb 12oz

Stunning Lower Tamar Carp

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Lower Tamar – Well done to Steve Owen who between him and his friend Matt they had 11 runs with this 24lb 2oz common being the best of the bunch and the smallest 14lb. They Also had several big bream!

(Below) Thomas ‘Rushers’ Rushby & Harry ‘HBomb’ Collins had a productive few days  on the glorious Lower Tamar Reservoir in Devon.

The pair ended on 10 fish between them with a couple of unfortunate loses aswell. Tactics wise the boys put their faith in Sticky Baits Krill boilies fished alongside  Lakebed Leads products.