Stafford Moor Triple Twenty

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Sean Thorne has returned to fishing after drifting away from the sport for a few years. During the past season he has been making up for lost time fishing many of the North Devon venues he fished during his initial angling years. His latest visit to Stafford Moor saw him land three twenty pound plus carp. The fish scaled of 29lb, 22lb and 21lb 4oz. ” I’m well chuffed to say the least! The 29 is my biggest carp to date… and … it was cracking weather!”. I am sure that Sean will agree that the size of carp now available to North Devons anglers is far higher than it was even twenty years ago.

Kracking Great Carp

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Jacob Middleton, 17 had a session on Nirvana’s day ticket Kracking Carp Lake and caught Parrot at 45lbs 6oz making it Jacob’s new personal best!

Jacob shared – “I managed to set up on peg 2 and flicked out my right hand rod tight to lily pad spot that I had previously baited. I was fishing a Krank style rig topped off with an IB essential mainline wafter, clipped on with a pva mesh bag. It weighed in at 45.6 which was a new pb for me. Once again Anglers Paradise producing the goods for new PBs!”


Congratulations to Arlene and Fred Mackenzie who together with team work landed Silverback at 50lbs 5oz from the Kracking Carp Lake.

Arlene shared – “What a wake up call 50lb 5oz but can’t claim it for myself as it was too much for me to land!! It was a joint effort with my better half Fred, not one hundred percent sure but think it’s called siiver back!”

Anglers Paradise

Upper Tamar carp

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Ashley Bunning has these two beauties from Upper Tamar this week. The common was 23.12 and the mirror was 17lb. The fish fell to a NashBait 20mm cultured hookbait.

(below) Shaun Freeman has this beauty from Upper Tamar at the weekend. 22lbs on the nose caught using a Stiff hinge with mainline link pop ups casting to showing fish from the Bradworthy arm area of the lake.

(Below) Ryan Tester proudly displaying his new personal best. carp of 23lb 10oz from Upper Tamar. This stunning mirror was tempted on a milky malt hookbait in just 2ft of water.

Stafford Moor Carp Catch latest

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( Below) Danny Hayman fished in Swim 15 (Albert square ) and also black island up on Lodge Lake. Danny had 8 fish out up to 28lb 6oz all fish caught on Nash Scopex squid and Sticky baits krill boilies.

(Bellow)  Chris Sansome fished up on swim 6 (the outlet) on lodge lake.

Chris smashed his personal best 3 times in this session ! Including a 30lb 1oz and then a 33lb 3oz all caught on Vader baits.

(Below) Stephen Smith who had 5 fish out from the inlet swim on Beatties lake up to 24lb 2oz all caught on Sticky baits krill over Manilla and house pellets soaked in red krill glug.

(Below)Nigel Bassett had 7 fish out up to 27lb from swim 11 (beach 2 ) up on lodge lake, all caught on Sticky baits Manilla boilies.

Stunning carp from trusty waters

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Some stunning carp from North Devons trusty South West Lakes carp waters!

(Below) Carl Watkins  had this beauty from Lower Tamar yesterday. ‘25.2 caught with a single 14mm vitalbaits kraken pop up over 18mm kraken freebies soaked in vitalbaits robin red and black squid, and salmon protein hydrolysate‘.

(Below)Karl Yates had a cracking session on Melbury at the weekend. 6 fish to 23.10 with three over 20lb!

(Below)Mervyn Beale has been back on Upper Tamar and rewarded with this lovely 21lb Mirror and 16lb Common yesterday. 20mm Nash Scopex Squid boilie doing the trick for Merv with a 5 bait stringer.

(Below) Tim Surridge has this 20lb common from Upper Tamar on his first visit to the venue. Tim also caught two more to just over 16lbs. Fishing the lookout swim with Cornwall Baits red seed and special occasion boilies.

Stafford Carp Report

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Connor Harold fished on the back bays swim 9 on Beatties lake . Connor had in total 25 fish out ! Up to 26lb 12oz all fish caught on Nash Scopex , candy nut crush and Mainline cell boilies. (Below)

(Below) Nigel Bassett who fished beach 2 (swim 11) up on lodge lake and had 9 fish out up to 26lb fishing with sticky baits Manilla and a spod mix.

(Below) Richard Roberts who fished up on swim 13 on the spit on lodge lake. This was Rich’s first time here in which he caught 5 fish out all caught on Sticky baits krill 16mm boilies.

(Below) George Ward who just finished his 48 hour session yesterday up on lodge lake and had 14 fish  out up to 31lb 2oz a new personal best for George ! All fish caught from swim 7 (the nook) using Sticky baits Krill 20mm boilies and house pellet.

Hacche Moor Carp Trip

After my recent carp fishing blank, I was keen to make amends and actually put a carp on the bank. I decided that a change of venue would be a good idea to perhaps break the spell. A quick ring around and I secured a day’s fishing at Hacche Moor Fishery’s Bottom Lake close to South Molton. This lake has been established for several years and has a good head of carp up to 36lb with numerous twenty plus specimens.

On arrival one of the anglers at the lake was already in action playing what looked like a good fish. Eager to get set up I hurried on to choose a suitable swim and did not wait to see what the scales read.

There were four anglers on the lake and two were vacating swims and moving into the swims that I fancied in the prevailing conditions. The two anglers had already fished for three nights and days without a fish so moving into their vacated swims seemed a bit concerning. But it all looked right and the other two angers on the lake had caught indicating that success was likely if the correct approach was adopted.

It was good to be set up and sheltering beneath my brolly confident that a carp would slip up. I fished one rod off the Island and another to my left a rods length from the margin. On the Island rod I fished a Sticky Bait Krill Boilie in conjunction with a small PVA bag of crushed boilie and small krill pellet. On the margin rod I employed a couple of old school baits planning to randomly  alternate bait with each cast.

I settled down to the waiting game changing baits from time to time and scattering a few free offerings around each rig. Swallows swooped over the lake and I relished the summer scene. In the background I could hear the constant buzz of traffic and industrial work at the nearby building site. The sounds reminded me of the outside world not too far from this oasis of calm water amidst lush green life.

Late afternoon and my confidence was ebbing slightly. I decided on a slight modification to my margin set up and slipped a back lead to the line pinning it close to the bottom.

Half an hour later the Delkim sang out the line ripped from the reel and rod bounced in the rests…..after a pleasing battle a handsome mirror was safely in the net. At 14lb 8oz it was no monster by todays standards but very welcome.

With confidence restored I made a fresh coffee and savoured a moment of success. Two hours later the same rod was away again and another fine looking mirror carp was safely netted and posed with me for a quick picture kindly taken by the angler next door. We both thought it would be close to twenty but I was not at all disappointed when the scales told the truth at 17lb 8oz.

With the blank spell broken I can resume my occasional carp fishing with renewed confidence a vital ingredient to success in all fishing. I fished on for another couple of hours until the light began to fade and was delighted to hear a bite alarm ringing out as one of the long stay anglers enjoyed success adding to a fish he had taken earlier in the afternoon whilst I was banking my first fish.

I pondered as I drove home. Did the fish switch on to feed for that period or did pinning the line to lakebed disguise the trap?