Some stunning carp from South West Lakes waters near Bideford. Report below from Ben Smeeth
(Below)Ryan Willshire had this peach of a mirror at the weekend from Melbury. There is some stunning mirrors in the venue and this one is right up there. The fish weighed 20lb 4oz.
Congratulations to Nathan England who after a few years away from carping is back with a bang! This 30.02 Jennetts reservoir common was backed up by another of 26.08 within a couple days of each other. He is over the moon and has outdone son Jake who had a 28lb common two weeks ago! The day ticket venue in Bideford, Devon, is on fire at the moment!
(Below)Matt Mitchell banked three carp from Lower Tamar Lake. A fully scaled mirror at 23lbs, a common at 21.05 and another common of 16.02. The day ticket water on the Cornwall and Devon border is producing some fantastic fishing with plenty being caught….
(Below)Adrian Morgan caught this cracking 26.04 common from Melbury reservoir, near Bideford Devon, at the weekend. Adrian Found a nice hard gravel patch about 17 wraps out and baited the swim fairly heavily with a mixture of sticky baits Manila and retro baits meaty garlic/squid and octopus. A Ronnie rig with a Manila pop up soaked in king crab goo did the business.
Many thanks once again to Martin Turner for his latest report from the North Devon match Group.
1st Martin Turner 38lb 1oz
2nd John Lisle 35lb 1oz
3rd Paul Elworthy 29lb 10oz
4th Neilsen Jeffery 26lb 7oz
5th Stuartshelly Burridge 13lb 11oz .
Conditions proved to be challenging for the 12 competitors, driving rain made fishing uncomfortable, despite this some good nets were taken. Martin came out tops with a net of sizeable skimmer ,roach and hybrids from peg 4 on the roadside. He took most of his fish on caster on the long pole over hemp and groundbait in 15ft of water. John took 2nd spot with a feeder caught net from peg 12 on the grass bank at the end of the dam. Johns, mainly skimmer net, fell to pellets and corn. Paul had a slow start on peg 3 but eventually caught 20 skimmers plus some big eels on the cage feeder on maggot for third just pipping Neilsen who’s 4th place on the windswept dam peg 10 of also included a large eel and some lovely rudd.
North Devon Match Group April 16th Championship No4 Melbury Reservoir
1st Paul Elworthy 32lb 15oz
2nd John Lisle 11lb
3rd Nathan Underwood 4lb 8oz
4th Martin Turner 3lb 9oz.
Paul fished a small groundbait feeder from a peg on the road side, his excellent catch consisted of skimmers and rudd. John had a similar bag from the next peg, The rest of the field struggled for odd bites in a cold westerly wind.
Martin Turner won Bideford and District Angling Clubs Monthly coarse section match at Melbury Reservoir with an impressive haul of 32lb. Kevin Shears was second with 25lb 5oz and third Colin Gorman with 8lb. Winning tactics for Martin were caster with long pole for roach and hybrids. Ground-bait feeder for a bag of skimmers took the runner up spot for Kevin Shears.