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.

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.

Carp and Pike from South West lakes

(Below)Aaron Bunning has this lovely 19.12 mirror from Upper Tamar recently. His first carp of 2020. Nash baits scopex squid boilies as always for Aaron.

(Below) Barry Lee has this cracking 14.10 common from lower Tamar over the weekend in pretty cold conditions. Barry cast to showing fish at 120 yards range and caught on a tiny popup and stick bag.

(Below) Toby Bassett with a double figure pike from Slade Reservoir.

Lower Tamar carp and tips

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Lower Tamar is producing some cracking fishing at the moment……check out this report from Tim Thornton….
’Having enjoyed the captures of a number of good carp to low twenties from Upper Tamar Lake I decided to turn my attention to the day ticket sister water Lower Tamar Lake.

I’d heard about the lake many years ago and knew it contained many lovely large carp.

I visited the water a few times to see for myself the extent of the weed that people spoke about to find that the lake had some weed, but was still easily fishable with modified rigs.

When I say modified rigs to keep things simple I mean ‘chod’ rigs as opposed to traditional rigs. These rigs ensure you can fish over light weed or ‘chod,. They also slide which prevents your hookbait getting buried.

I found location was key again like Upper Tamar. The carp in Lower I find usually betray their presence by bubbling in the early morning or showing themselves by leaping clear of the water.

I found successfull methods were using single pop ups to feeding fish or fishing at range to a baited area. I also know of a few anglers targeting bream also catching carp at the same time using bream tactics’.

This cracking 23lb 12oz common is one of Tim’s results! Nice 23.12. Taken at 120 yards range cast to feeding carp at 0615. Coconut crunch pop up sprayed with Rod Hutchinson chocolate malt legend bait spray. Fished on Carponline size 6 crank hook choddy rig.