Blackspot – Furzebray 45lb 12oz

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The carp known as Blackspot has been tempted from Furzebray at weight of 45lb 12oz. It was caught during the spring at a weight of 39lb 12oz a massive weight increase of 6lb. At this rate this carp and others in the lake could be nudging 50lb next year!

When I started carp fishing back in the early eighties such a water would have been unheard of in North Devon. Waters that contained such huge carp were spoken of in hushed tones and I would suggest that Furzebray now holds fish to almost match those at Redmire Pool in its glory days.

Pearly at 29lb 10oz – Another Furzebray Beauty

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Steve Pinn is now part of CR Baits and enjoyed recent success at Furzebray banking a fine carp known as Pearly at 29lb 10oz
With everything packed away except for rods and bed I was resigned to my fate of blanking but thought I’d give it another hour. Then out of the blue this beast, a fish known as ‘Pearly’ came along. To say I’m chuffed is an understatement. She went a spawned out 29lb 10oz not quite the elusive 30 but what the heck.
As is the norm these days, CR Baits 12mm pastels (white) did the job on the trusty Ronald Mc Don’ over CR1 chops and particle.
Great angling Steve and thanks for the report.

Some Furzebray Crackers

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Some stunning fish have been banked at Furzebray now that the carp have finished spawning.

(Below) 33lb 12oz mirror from Willow Lake a new lake record!

(Below) Mark Downing with a stunning 21lb 12oz home grown mirror from the Lawns.. This is one of 5 for Mark last night which included the leather at 30+

(Below) Glen Stanton with two crackers from the Island lake before spawning, The rudd mouth linear at 29+ and Measles at 34+

(Below)Chris Bissett also fished on the Copse last week and banked some lovely fish including a 29lb 12oz and a 20+ Zip.

New Lake at Furzebray

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At Furzebray Carp Lakes anglers are eagerly awaiting the opening of a third specimen lake at the venue. Copse Lake opens on Friday March 31st  and has an impressive population of quality carp. I asked venue owner Tony Kingdon about the new venue.

“The Copse lake is an acre and a half and stocked with approx 50 fish including 2 over 30lb and at least 8/10 20’s, all the fish have been had picked and are stunning. There is 8 swims with a max of 4 anglers at any one time, the lake can be book exclusively or on a day ticket basis.”

If catches at the Fisheries other lakes are anything to go by we should be seeing some impressive fish in the coming years.

Below are a few recent catches from Island Lake; the pictures really do all the talking of how this fishery has developed since its opening over ten years ago.

(Above) John Rose smashed his pb yesterday by 13lb when he landed Charlotte at 45lb 6oz from the Lawns swim.

(Above) Lee Philips staying in Cherry View lodge has had a great start to his week landing 3 Scales at 33lb+ within hours of casting out.

Richard Turvey enjoyed an action packed session on the venues long established Island Lake landing nine fish in a forty-eight hour session the best fish a carp known as Sovereign at a weight of 33lb.


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Mild winter weather is ideal for the winter carp anglers with every chance of the carp feeding at some point during the day.


Adam Seaward banked an absolute belter yesterday in the shape of Martin’s Mirror at 28.14 the fish are all well up in weight as this one is normally 26!!!!! Nice one mate on a cracking fish