Mainline Baits Carp Open Pairs Competitions

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The Mainline Baits Carp Pairs competitions are held at our 81 acre fishery, Upper Tamar Lake. The competitions are generously sponsored by carp fishing giants Mainline Baits.

There is £3,500 in prize money from South West Lakes Trust for each competition. Each person who enters will get a goody bag with some fantastic Mainline products inside.

This year there is an exciting new rule change regarding the way the final results are taken. This year, instead of all the fish a pair catch being weighed in and this being your final result, the three biggest fish from each pair will be added together and this will be your final result. So, any fish that are smaller than the three biggest a pair has caught already through the competition can be put back straight away and do not require weighing in. But if a fish is bigger than your previous three recorded fish then it will be weighed in. This way it will make the competition more open to anyone winning.

All tackle and equipment is transported to and from your swim. There is also a full menu for the weekend with food delivered directly to your swim!

2024 dates:

  • Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 July
  • Friday 4 October to Sunday 6 October

The competition is limited to 34 pairs. You can book your place online below.

For further information contact us on 01566 771930 or [email protected]


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Well what a competition it was, a massive thank you to Mainline and John kneebone for sponsoring the event, all the bailiffs for helping with the weighing in and the cafe for the food. And a big thank you to everyone that took part we hope you had a great time.
But there can only be one winner and that was Nathan Bunting and Mike Stemp in peg 27 with 65lb 1oz. claiming the £2000 first prize and also Mike claimed the biggest fish award with a 25lb 6oz common.
2nd place and £1000 went to Paul Thomas and Jason McEvoy in peg 14 with their 3 biggest fish being 54lb 10oz.
3rd place went to the ever consistent Nigel Woods and Rich Ford in peg 32 with 52lb 9oz.
Section Winners
Dean Willoughby and Jason Head in peg 6 claimed secured section 1 winners.
Section 2 needed a draw for section winners and Joe Dietrich and Charlie Fowler won the prize.
Steven Folland and Rob Nicholson claimed section 3.
And finally Darren Walter and Richard Bradley claimed section 4.
All section winners won a 24hr ticket on lower Tamar and a prize from mainline.

Mainline Baits Carp Competition Results – Upper Tamar Lake

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 Nigel Woods and Richard Ford won the Mainline Baits Carp Open at Upper Tamar Lake from peg 21!
Their 3 biggest fish were 17lb 15oz, 18lb 8oz and 19lb 8oz adding up to 55lb 15oz .
Well done to them, they take the £2000 first prize!
2nd place goes to Chris Hudson and Matt Pepperell from peg 33. Their 3 biggest fish were 15lb 14oz, 17lb 12oz and 19lb 11oz adding up to 53lb 5oz, who take the £1000 home.
3rd place goes to Scott Bowden and Mark Brett from peg 34. Their 3 biggest fish were 13lb 4oz, 15lb 13oz and 16lb 13oz adding up to 44lb 14oz, who take £500 in prize money.
Biggest fish award goes to Jordan Dziadulewicz who had a 25lb 9oz common.
Thank you to John Kneebone and Mainline Baits for sponsoring the event.
Big thank you to the bailiffing team that Marshalled the event.

Mainline Baits Carp Pairs Competition – Upper Tamar Lake

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Dave Bellew and Jack Hardisty have won the Mainline Baits carp pairs at Upper Tamar scooping £2000 for their efforts.
Runners up were Stefan Dziadulewicz and Richard Sanders and they won £1000
Third spot and £500 went to Paul Arrowsmith and Andrew Grant.
Dan Gay won largest fish with a 24.09 mirror winning Mainline PVA and Spod mix and a cap. Partner Kris Ingiszi won smallest carp with a 6.15 common also winning Mainline PVA and Spod mix and a cap. Dan and Chris also won section 4 (pegs 27-35) and won 5kg of Mainline freezer baits.
For full results visit the website where the full results will be posted. Congratulations to all the winners and a massive thank you to sponsors Mainline Baits. Also a huge thank you to Bob, Jamie, Rich and Ian for marshalling over the weekend.
24lb 9oz mirror for Dan Gay

Woods and Ford win £2000 at Upper Tamar’s Mainline carp open

Woods and Ford win £2000 at Upper Tamar’s Mainline carp open

John Kneebone (Mainline Baits), Nigel Woods, Rich Ford, Ben Smeeth (SW lakes)

The third and final Mainline Baits carp open pairs at Upper Tamar took place from 4-6 October. 33 pairs turned out for the final event of the year with £3500 up for grabs. Anglers chose their swims, collected a mainline goody bag and were transported to their pegs. Fishing began at 4pm on the Friday and ended after 45 hours at 1pm on the Sunday.

The weather was rough to say the least, very strong winds hammered the anglers through Friday evening giving way to a much calmer Saturday and Sunday. The fishing was hard, but this made for a really great competition which went right down to the wire.

Nigel Woods and Rich Ford (Launceston) scooped the top prize of £2000 with 4 carp for a weight of 49lb 1oz from peg 20 on the Cornwall bank. Nigel and Rich’s win followed on from winning the July competition and finishing third in the March event to cap a fine year at the prolific venue.

They held off a fantastic late flurry from Dave Bellew and Steve Lovell (Somerset) who caught three fish on the Sunday morning to finish on 47lbs 12oz and less than 2lb behind the winners. Dave and Steve collected £1000 for the runners up spot.

Jeff Watts and Simon Sweet (St Austell) were third and won £500 for their 3 carp with a total weight of 30lbs 13oz.

Largest fish winning 2kg of Mainline spod and PVA mix was Daniel Comaneci (London) who had a cracking 21lb 14oz mirror carp. Smallest fish, winning 2kg of Mainline spod and PVA mix was Karl Yates (Bude) who had a 9lb 13oz common carp.

Section winners winning 5kg of Mainline freezer baits boilies were:

Mervyn Beal and Danny Peters

Jamie Rusling and Nick White

Ben and Matt Cooper

Daniel and Tiberiu Comaneci

Massive thank you to Mainline Baits for their sponsorship.

The next Mainline pairs competition is 27-29 March 2020 and bookings can be made on 01566 771930.




Mainline Baits Carp Pairs Open – Upper Tamar Lake


Report on the weekend from Ben Smeeth:

Our first Mainline Baits Carp open at Upper Tamar lake was a resounding success. The fishing was extremely tough but made for a really close competition which every pair of anglers could have won right up until the end!

33 pairs made the trip and the draw took place at 1pm with anglers choosing their swims in order. They also collected a Mainline Baits goody bag filled with some of their fantastic innovative products and a free 24 hour permit for Lower Tamar to use at their leisure.

The fishing was really hard, only 9 carp caught between everyone but this was great as a competition! The lake had been fishing so well leading up to the competition with fish to over 25lbs being caught regularly. The pressure of the competition and weather conditions really made it difficult for the anglers.

The winners were Dean and Dave Willoughby from Barnstaple. They banked a cracking 24lb 6oz common from peg 32 to take the £2000 top prize.

Runners up were Karl Yates and Allan Jones from Bude who managed 2 fish for 22lb 15oz and they collected £1000.

Third place finishers were Rich Ford and Nigel Woods from Launceston who had a cracking 21lb 10oz mirror.

The stamp of fish was really good and it was a great weekend. The next Mainline Baits carp open pairs in on 5-7 July and is already filling up fast! Bookings can be made on 01566 771930

Ben Smeeth