KRACKING CATCHES – Anglers Paradise

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Nick Dudaniec joined us for his annual holiday, and booked the Kracking Carp Lake exclusively for his week’s stay. Being the hardest Lake on the whole complex, having this time on there would give him more chances of catching one of these elusive fish. He ended up with 5 Carp in total with the biggest being Parrot 🦜 at 48lb 5oz!
Nick shared –
“I arrived on Saturday and set up in peg 2. After a couple of laps of the lake I baited 7 or 8 different spots. The first run came on Sunday evening, but I lost the fish – a good common – at the net. I thought that was it for the week, but saw 4 more runs over the course of the week resulting in mirrors of 22lb 8oz, 32lb 12oz, 33lb 5oz and 35lb. At this point I was a very happy angler, and so was surprised when another run came on Friday morning whilst I was packing up. After a long battle I landed a large mirror known as the Parrot at 48lb 5oz.
I was over the moon to say the least. All fish came to 18mm boilies fished over pellet.
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Carping in Paradise – 1ST 40 OF THE YEAR FROM KRACKING!

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He’s only gone and done it again! Steve Elsbury came back to Nirvana’s Kracking Carp Lake after taking a year’s break and caught Parrot the Mirror at 45lbs making it the first Kracking catch of 2019 and the first 40 from the whole complex this year!

Steve shared –

‘After a year away from the Kracking Carp Lake in Devon I thought it was time for another visit. With the drop in pressure and the conditions looking bang on I couldn’t resist it, and I was rewarded with this chunk of a Mirror known as “Parrot” weighing in at bang on 45lb.

I fished a CR1 wafter topped with fake corn over a large bed of crushed CR1 boilie, pellet, and corn, finished off with some CR1 syrup. Hybrid armo-hawk curves doing the business.’


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Fifty Three Pound Leather Carp – Devon’s Biggest Living carp!

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The biggest living Carp in Devon !!! and new complex record, a 53lb 4oz Leather Carp nicknamed Silverback, caught by Ryan Owen from Manchester.Not only does Ryan come on holiday to Anglers Paradise but this time he came with a friend and they fished one of the day ticket waters called Kracking Karp, the reward was his biggest ever Carp. He was so pleased that he went into the water to release the fish. Zyg opened a bottle of bubbly, had the first swig and gave the rest to Ryan.

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Some Cracking Big Carp From Paradise

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Luke Potter, 30 from North Tawton, caught this Personal Best 29lb 12oz Mirror from Nirvana’s Day Ticket Kracking Carp Lake caught on a snowman setup, fished over a mix of 12&16mm Manilla boilies. Luke saw lots of Carp crashing up the far end (inlet end) so he set up in the last two pegs and fished very tight to the right hand side of the island. It’s the second time Luke has fished the Kracking Carp and to make the catch even more special, he caught it on the Morning of his 30th Birthday!!

5C’s Member Chris Flook from Ivybridge caught a new UK Personal Best 38lb 9oz Common from the Kracking Carp Lake. Chris caught the Common from Swim 1, 15yds out in a gap in the weed using 20lb line, 2 nr 10mm Duster Matrix pop ups on a hinge rig, size 4 barbless hook. Chris Said –“It was a tense fight with such a fish at short range. Thought I’d lost it at one stage in the weed, but as it was close in I was able to exert pressure from above and it came free and after that scare it came easily to the new net. Not a bad way to christen a new rod and net.I went on the lake hoping for a PB so it was mission accomplished.I have to thank Lee and Frank Hydon, two other anglers who gave me a few of their pop ups to try when they left. Thanks to Zyg, you and Joe and the rest at Anglers Paradise for giving me the chance of catching such a magnificent carp.”

12 Year Old Alfie Bartholomew caught his Personal Best 19lb Mirror from the Main Carp Lake on a White Pop Up!
It’s so great to see the younger generation out there with their Families enjoying it together.

Tom Chambers from Skipton caught a stunning 26lb 8oz Common from the Specimen Carp Lake on Pellet fishing in the margins.

Lee Graver, 45 from Bude, joined his friend for a quick session, this was his 1st time on the Kracking Carp and within just a few hours he landed a New Personal Best 48lb 4oz Mirror beating his previous PB by 10lbs!! Lee used a 3oz inline drop off lead, with inches of esp braid, size 6 barbless hook with 2 grains of fake corn, he fished from swim 3 across the far margin.

Thomas Starbuck, 48 from Croydon, London, caught a Personal Best 25lb Fully Scaled Mirror from the Main Carp Lake using an ARSD rig from CMCR, on a 18mm Essential Cell Wafter.

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The latest new from Zenia at Anglers Paradise. A chance to bank a huge carp on a day ticket!


Graham Kelly, 36 from Tiverton joined us for the 1st time to fish the Kracking Carp Lake.

AS many of you know, this Lake is challenging but to come here for the first time and to catch all 3 bites (let alone get 3 bites) is not something we hear often!!

Graham had one hell of a session, resulting in him catching a hat trick of Mirrors – 20lbs, 25lbs and 35lbs!!

Graham fished from Peg 2, used sweetcorn and pellet with a simple in-line lead set up, and the moral of the story is – keep it simple – it works!


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47lb 6oz Mirror from the Kracking Carp Lake

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BIG Congratulations to Arron Fisher who has caught a 47lb 6oz Mirror from the Kracking Carp Lake, not only is he the first angler to catch on Kracking Carp this year so far but this fish is also Arron’s New UK Personal Best Carp, as you can imagine, Arron is pretty chuffed with himself and quite rightly so!

The Kracking Fish have been brought on for many years by our team from Tiddlers at Ounces to THIS BIG, so we are very proud to see anglers go onto catching them and making New PB’s!

Arron said –

“Well here she is, the ‘Jewel of the Lake’ and a new English PB at 47.06lb. I am absolutely buzzing to have caught her especially as it is the first fish out of 2017. She couldn’t resist a 12mm CR1 pastel pop up on a armohawk size 8 chod hook fished with a bag of CR1 crumb and HOB Blitz and hemp. Also a massive thank you to Andrew Moores for driving out and doing a great job on the photos.”

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