Joanne Combes keeps a steady stream of carp captures coming my way with some stunning images of captors and their successes.
Lee Galley and his two sons visited Stafford Moor’s Lodge Lake to bank several hard fighting carp all tempted on Lee’s home made boilie’s.
Stafford Moor is in fine form with specimen carp regularly being tempted by visitors to the complex. Here are a few of the latest catches.
Bideford Angling Clubs Midweek Evening Match Tarka Swims saw David Bailey take first prize with 28lb 12oz. Second was Matt Cross with 6lb 15oz and third Martin Hawker with 6lb 12oz. John Lovell forth with 6lb 11oz and Craig Crash Lamey fifth with 2lb 9oz. Winner David Bailey took 5 carp on banded pellet fished on the lead. Second place was secured using pole and paste tactics.
Furzebray Carp fishery has a well deserved reputation for its big pristine conditioned carp. Here are a few of the latest fish to be tempted from the venue.
Brad Laughton has been having great success on day ticket venue Jennetts reservoir, just outside Bideford, Devon. Brad recently caught 10 fish over two day sessions all landed using a hinged stiff rig cast tight to the far margin over a bed of QC Baits red candy boilies. The three commons attached weighed 25lb, 22lb 14oz and 20lb. Top Angling Brad!
22lb 14oz Brad Laughton
Whilst not North Devon fish I could not resist putting up these fish caught at Old Mill Near Dartmouth a water I fished once twenty odd years a go with some success. The two fish look fitting captures from this Old atmospheric water.
John Kneebone and Amy Maunder had these stunning mirrors from syndicate water Old Mill reservoir Near Dartmouth, Devon, part of the South West Lakes Trust portfolio. Amy’s was 20lb on the nose and John’s 18.04. both fish were caught on Mainline Essential Cell boilies.
Full report on the Pallatrax carp open held at Tamar Upper Lake. Thanks to Ben Smeeth for the write up.
Tamar New Boys win £2000 at Pallatrax Carp Open!
24 pairs of anglers took part in the second competition of the year with defending champs Phil and Sam Gilhespy looking to continue their very good record having won the competition twice in four attempts. Leading up to the competition Upper Tamar had sprung into life producing lots of fish up to 25lbs – hopefully this was a sign of good things for the weekend ahead!
During the water craft draw all anglers received a free Pallatrax goody bag with a range of their products and a complimentary 24 hour session on Lower Tamar. With the draw completed anglers were transported to their swims, an hour of baiting, marker rodding, spodding and spombing followed with the official start of the competition at 4pm.
Conditions seemed really favorable when it began and there were good prospects of catching lots of fish all around the lake. Friday evening came and went with odd fish caught in different areas of the lake but nothing consistent for any pair. Saturday was much the same with high winds and heavy showers not improving the catch rates. This did keep all the competitors really close together and all in with a chance of the £3500 prize money! The lake went flat calm on Sunday morning with a lot of carp seen cruising, and a lot of dog biscuits hitting the water to no avail!
There was a real tussle for the lead between Craig Lacey/Dave James, Jason/Leanne McEvoy and Danny Clarke/Nick Singleton. All three pairs had banked a couple of fish with only 20 hours to go before Danny managed another to take the lead before Craig and Dave landed two fish to move clear. Jason and Leanne stormed back with a brace of fish on Sunday morning to move just behind the leaders before the final horn sounded at 1pm. It was a tense finish to the competition which produced just shy of twenty fish. The angler pressure really showed and put the fish off the feed!
Dave and Craig, on their first trip to Upper Tamar, were first out of the draw and chose to fish peg 13 on the Devon Bank which was a new swim created especially for the competition opposite the ever popular bird hide swim. They managed to bank 4 fish for 43lbs and also lost another fish at the net. In what was a really hard weekends fishing they fully deserved the win and vowed to be back in September for the next Pallatrax Open to defend their title!
All the anglers enjoyed a free BBQ during the presentation of the prizes and trophies.
It was great to see some new faces to the venue and some returning competitors. A huge thankyou to Pallatrax for sponsoring the event and to our marshalls (Bob D, Bob O, Terry, Steve G, Ian, Amy and Roger) who did an excellent job transporting tackle, weighing fish and helping out throughout the weekend.
1st Dave James and Craig Lacey 4 fish for 43.00lbs Peg 13
2nd Jason and Leanne McEvoy 4 fish for 37.11lbs peg 25
3rd Nick Singleton and Danny Clarke 3 fish for 29.12lbs peg 4
4th Darren White and Taro Bell 2 fish for 20.05lbs peg 23
5th Jamie Rusling and Scott Bowden 1 fish for 16.07lbs peg 18
6th Phil Gilhespy and Sam Gilhespy 1 fish for 15.08lbs peg 1
7th Ashley Bunning and Aaron Bunning 1 fish for 13.10lbs peg 19
8th Constantine Nitoit and Darby 1 fish for 10.07lbs peg 21
The next Pallatrax Open is 23-25 September and it is another pair’s match, we are now open for entries but be quick!! 01566 771930
The latest report from Anglers Paradise contains images of some superb carp from Kracking Carp Lake and other waters on the famous complex.
Jamie Fox from Manchester was a Happy Chappy when he landed this 45lb 8oz Mirror from the Kracking Carp Lake, he even got in the water for pictures! The Best Pictures are in Water and also best for the Fish! Jamie caught the Mirror amongst the Lillies Free Lining with Fake Corn as the Hook Bait.
Steve Bradshaw, from Towcester, caught his UK Personal Best in the shape of this Kracking 36lb 4oz Common from the Kracking Carp Lake caught on Sticky Baits, it made it even more special that his wife was there to witness it and he won our Fish Of The Week Competition. Steve Said – ‘”This has made year and I can’t stop smiling”. It really is great to see Anglers so passionate about their catches (-;
Ellis Titheridge, caught a lovely 23lb 12oz Mirror from the Specimen Carp Lake on a Active-Bait-Solutions Custom Boilie fished as a single hookbait.
Father and Son, Alan and Shane Burns from Merseyside, decided to give the Main Carp Lake a go and did really well between them. Alan caught a Personal Best 28lb 2oz Common and Shane caught a Beautiful Scaley 20lb 12oz Mirror and a 24lb Mirror using bottom Bait Rigs with Cell topped with Corn.
Alex Bishop, 18 from Southend had a surprise Catch from the Specimen Cat Lake when he landed a New Personal Best 31lb 8oz Mirror rather than a Cat!! It’s the only Carp in there and Alex caught it! Alex caught the Mirror on a Halibut Pellet topped with Fake Pop Up Corn.
Joshua Vernon enjoyed a session on Stafford Moors Lodge Lake landing nine carp to 20lb 2oz using Sticky baits Krill.
Stuart Hutchings fished lodge lake to land 18 fish up to 20lb 2oz using chopped boilies and spoding with hemp party mix and mainline cell wafters and also bumble berry Goo and mango-nana goo.
Catching carp off the surface has to be one of the most exciting ways of tempting them and at times most frustrating. Watching the carps approach to a bait is riveting and the sight of a big pair of lips closing on the bait extremely pleasing. Shelley Gordon had a terrific session on day ticket venue Jennetts reservoir near Bideford (North Devon) on Friday 24th June landing four carp all off the surface using dog biscuits and bread. The commons weighed 14lb 10oz, 16lb 1oz, 18lb 4oz and a new PB of 22lb 7oz.