Steve Pinn Enjoys a frosty session

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Steve Pinn gives an account of his second session on Willow Lake. Almost a blank until the sun came out on the last day. This was when the larger fish came out, just before an amazing Devon sunset (only 17Ib but another willow, mint beauty). Had to wait until an alarm call at dawn on the last day when the smaller fish of the 2 woke me with a screaming run, I’d had similar runs from a swans leg but this time it was for real. I emerged to temps of -4, a heavy frost and the smaller of the 2 fish which wasn’t weighed but was a beautiful linear. You can tell by my disheveled appearance that I have literally just woken up in the picture!! Both fish were had on a new delivery of 12mm nuts tipped with a very chopped down fake corn and a red hair stop on a bed of red maggots and freeby 12 millers. A memorable second session of 2018 not just for the fish but also the wonders of nature.  Angling Artist Thanks to David Blackaller for supplying the good luck, the sunshine and the camera skills.

Forty-Six Nine – Furzebray Carp!

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Paul “Percy” Leamy smashed his personal best whilst fishing at Furzebray Carp Lake  setting a new lake record at the same time when he banked Charlotte at a massive 46lb 9oz from Jezzers!!! Fishery owner/ manager Tony Kingdon stated “She was looking in great condition and has held a fantastic weight through the winter, lets hope this mild weather continues and drags them out there winter slumber and onto the food!!! Well done Paul on a fantastic capture”.

FURZEBRAY on top form with Forties topping catches

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Furzebray’s Island Carp Lake certainly hit top form last week with two carp banked at over forty pounds and numerous thirties. Above is Josh Jones with Clover at a weight of 41lb 6oz.


Andey Massey banked Dropscale at a weight of 40lb 6oz. Andy also landed Star at a weight of 35lb 4oz and several other 20lb plus carp.

The fish was stocked in 2007 and the capture of this fish and other huge fish from the venue are testament to years of hard work and development from father and son team Martin and Tony Kingdom

James Stanford had a fantastic weekends fishing on Willow Lake landing this cracking 33lb mirror and a 22.12 ghost common!!The mirror sets a new Lake record for Willow Lake.

I visited Furzebray myself at the weekend for a day session and succeeded in putting one carp onto the bank a lumpy mirror known to regulars as ‘Quasimodo’. Due to a fault with my scales I cannot register the weight but it weighed over twenty on its last five visits to the bank! The fish was tempted on Sticky Baits Krill purchased from North Devon Tackle. Many thanks to Jamie who gave welcome advice to an occasional carp dangler. I have not invested much time in carp fishing over recent years and browsing through the shelves of technical tackle on display is mind blowing. Whilst there is a huge array of tackle and bait available these days little has really changed since the early eighties when I indulged in a period of relatively intense carp fishing. Basically standard carp fishing revolves around bolt rigs and hair rigs presenting a boilie on the hook. Catching big carp is still hard work and above all tends to demand the investment of time. Good water craft and careful thought can of course shorten the odds of connecting with a specimen. The first step in catching quality carp is of course to fish water where they are present and Furzebray is certainly a great place to target. Carp anglers in the South West have never had it so good with waters containing fish over twenty pounds and even thirty pounds now very widespread.

One of the joys of carp fishing is the opportunity to just sit and observe the wild life that abounds around our lakes. As a strong wind swept over the lakes at Furzebray yesterday swallows and martins were swooping over the water feasting before leaving on their migration to warmer climes. Autumn is certainly here.

In the weedy shallows of Copse Lake I glimpsed several good carp and enjoyed a few hours stalking with one rod before moving onto Willow Lake.

The Furzebray ghost

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The Galley Family visited Furzebray and fished on Willow Lake they had 11 fish. Lee Galley landing a  23lb 8oz (ghost) carp, Nick banked a 14lb 3oz carp and  Brandon a carp of 11lb 8oz and Lloyd a new personal best of 12lb 8oz .All caught on Gardner Covert end tackle.

Furzebray – Three superb lakes

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We are certainly spoilt  for choice when it come to carp fishing in North Devon and Furzebray has matured into a fine carp fishery with three fine lakes to fish, Below are a few pictures to whet the appetite!

Some nice fish coming out the Copse lake, Arron Rundal had a cracking session on there landing 9 fish in total between 5lb and a lake record at 31.08

(Above) Copse Lake Fish caught by Arron Rundal

(Above)And from Island Lake Tom Collingridge  landed his new PB this weekend!!!! Blackspot at a great weight of 37.06

(Above) A Copse lake beauty for Paul Holmes