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Dave Perks from Newquay has won the annual Best of the Best competition at Kennick reservoir near Bovey Tracey in Devon. Dave caught 6 Rainbow Trout for 12lbs 10oz to scoop the £1000 top prize.

The competition which is now in its fifth year is run by South West Lakes Trust, the largest provider of trout fishing in Cornwall and Devon. Snowbee, based in Plympton, who are a leading brand within the trout fishing industry were once again the sole sponsor of the competition.

The competition was held on 7th October at the stunning 50 acre venue which is heavily stocked with Rainbow and Blue trout. Dave’s bag of fish included a fine 4lb 7oz Rainbow. Dave finished runner up in the 2017 final and went one better this time holding off the challenge of Paul Jones from Wadebridge who was runner up for the second successive year. Paul caught 7 Rainbows for 10lb 4oz and collected £400 for his efforts.

Third place, winning £250, was Graham Watts from Bodmin who caught 6 fish for 10lb 3oz.

In total 97 Rainbows were caught by the 35 finalists for a rod average of 2.8 fish per person. There were also some cracking Brown trout caught and released with Chris Bolt managing the largest at 3lb 8oz. Fish were caught by a variety of fly patterns throughout the day.

Ben Smeeth, Head of Angling for South West Lakes Trust commented ‘it was a cracking final and many congratulations to Dave Perks on the win but well done to all anglers on qualifying for the final and a huge thankyou to Snowbee for sponsoring the event. Our Rainbow trout fisheries will be open for everyone to enjoy until the end of November’

Upper Tamar Pallatrax carp pairs

Woods and Ford win the Upper Tamar Pallatrax carp pairs and scoop £2000……
Nigel Woods and Richard Ford from Launceston, Cornwall, won the Pallatrax carp pairs competition at Upper Tamar Lake on the 28-30 September. They chose peg 6 which was a shallow peg and fished really well over the weekend to land 5 carp for 72lbs 10oz to scoop the £2000 top prize.

Karl and Alfie Yates (Bude) were second winning £1000 with 4 fish for 52lb 9oz and Allan Jones and Matthew Pepperell (Bude) were third winning £500 with 4 fish for 46lb 8oz.

The largest fish of the weekend was Richard Ford with a 20lb 5oz mirror carp

Splendid Carp from trusty waters

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(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.

Upper Tamar Carp – Topped by the Peach

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We are delighted for Aaron Bunning who has put a lot of time in at Upper Tamar over the years and is reaping the rewards now. Aaron has been catching plenty of fish recently and landed ‘The Peach’ at 29lb 2oz . Down in weight but we anticipate this will go up again now. Aaron caught the fish within 10 minutes of putting his rods out and was delighted with the capture. Aaron also had two other stocked mirrors, one at 18lbs and one just over 20lbs. Nash Scopex Squid Wafters did the trick over a bed of 1kg of the same boilies. Well done Aaron…..

Ashley Bunning has had a cracking session on Upper Tamar last week with 7 fish to 21lb 4oz. The silver Mirror went 21lb 4oz with the remainder all being chunky mid to high double commons. Nash Scopex Squid Fluoros over a bed of matching freebies did the trick for Ashley….

South West lakes Trout Report – July

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The below report from South West Lakes Trust is sadly lacking any news from North Devon as we now have limited trout fishing in the area. I believe permits are available to fish at Wistlandpound where wild brown trout can be tempted. Large shoals of rudd are now present in the lake with lots of fry. With the reservoir level now very low there is the potential for the water to throw up a surprise as I am sure big brown trout lurk within and could be tempted if they start feeding on fry during late summer early autumn.

South West Lakes Trout Fisheries (July 2018)


The prolonged period of hot, dry, bright and sunny weather continued throughout July (with air temperatures approaching 30 ºc) resulting in water temperatures consistently well over 20ºc (up to 26 ºc near the surface) and water levels continuing to fall throughout the month. The Trout have remained dour, particularly the Rainbows, with most of the fish activity in the mornings and evenings – they have tended to stay deep and inactive during the main part of the day.



Kennick – Although catch rates have generally been around one fish per angler, a few anglers have caught decent bags of up to ten fish per visit, with 3lb Rainbows caught by Roy Robinson, from Newton Abbot, fishing from a boat using a Cormorant, and Phillip Watts, from Dartmouth, using a Beetle while fishing in the Narrows. Boat anglers fishing the deeper water in Clampitts Bay, by the Valve Tower, and the central areas of the fishery have enjoyed the best and most consistent sport. Apart from a few fish taking Beetles off the surface, sinking lines with Goldhead Damsels, Diawl Bachs, Cormorants, Boobies and Blobs have proved to be the most effective method.

Siblyback – Fishing has been slow at Siblyback, although a number of feeding fish have been topping at Two Meadows. In addition to a healthy number of midges on the water, there are plenty of fry in the shallows which should result in some exciting bank-side sport as water temperatures start to drop.

On 15 July over 40 people attended Siblyback’s “have a go” fishing day, ranging from children to grandparents. Everyone enjoyed having some casting instruction, tying a few flies and the free BBQ. The event was run in conjunction with the newly formed Siblyback Fly Fishers Association.

Burrator – There have been hatches of midges at Burrator, although only a few surface feeding fish. Longstone Bank has proved the most successful, along with the area between the dams for boat anglers, with anglers catching fish on small Black Gnats, Damsel Nymphs and deeper fished Boobies, Blobs and Black Lures. The water level is now well below 50%, with a lot of fresh bank exposed.

Colliford –.Plenty of fish rising at this Brown Trout water, with a selection of Olives, Midges and Sedges hatching and fish up to 2lbs have been caught on dry Sedges and Beetles on fine tippets (try a small #16 Adams on 3lb nylon), particularly from the banks near the dam. During a recent Carp removal exercise (80 fish removed), a monster wild Brown of 9lb 8oz was caught, and carefully returned, which, along with another very large fish recently spotted from the bank near the toilet block, shows that there are some cracking resident fish at Colliford.

Fernworthy – The Browns here have been aggressively jumping to take damsel flies in flight above the surface and anglers have had some success with bushy black dries, Hoppers and Sedgehogs, as well as sub-surface feeders taken on Black and Red Buzzers and Pheasant Tail Nymphs. The best location has proved to be the North Bank, opposite the permit hut.

Chris Hall (July 2018)


Tamar Common beauty

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Tony Welch had this lovely 21lb 6oz  common from Upper Tamar lake, a fish he previously had at 18lb three years ago. Tony fished near the dam with Essential Baits B5 and blacksnail boilies which were soaked in Essential Red Salmon Oil. Successful hookbait was a B5 16mm corker pop up which had been soaked in B5 glug and Red Salmon Oil.

Upper Tamar Pallatrax Carp Open July 2018

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Wow what a weekend – the weather was hot and dry (not ideal for carp fishing!) but the fishing was really good and a great time was had by everyone who took part.

The July competition has historically been a tight competition and fish usually well spread. The fact we had very little water at the far end of the lake made for an even more exciting event as no one could predict where would fish well. Everyone had their favourite swims but a lots of peoples choices were different.

The draw was completed after a full briefing in the Froghopper café and anglers were taken to their swims by the team. The anticipation was fantastic and everyone in high spirits.

I must admit having seen the forecast of very hot sunshine all weekend I didn’t think many fish would be caught at all and we would be looking at a winning combination of around 3-4 fish for about 45lbs. How wrong could I be!

The hooter sounded to start the event and it wasn’t long before fish were being landed. Josh Bellew and Grant Westlake fishing peg 13 on the Devon Bank (Gutbucket Bay) found fish tucked away in a bay with a lovely breeze pushing in there and they made the most of it landing three fish in the first couple of hours to take a good lead.

The first fish of the comp was landed by Adrian Morgan on peg 1 by the dam, a fish which would later see Adrian win a Pallatrax voucher for smallest of the weekend at 6lbs 5oz.

The event was being covered live by our facebok page which is called Coarse Fishing South West Lakes Trust with regular pictures, catch reports and updates.

It took 11 hours for Jason and Leanne McEvoy to bag their fisrt carp from peg 25 by the boat park but what followed was a steady procession of fish right throughout the competition. Peg 26 by the car park was being fished by Matthew Pepperell and Chris Hudson and they were keeping pace with Jason and Leanne landing fish for fish and really battling for the £2000 first place.

There were odd fish being picked off by anglers around the lake but nothing consistent and it was clear a large number of fish were holding near the pontoon area in front of pegs 25 and 26. These two pairs had pulled away from the field and the battle was for third where only 26lbs separated 7 pairs in the battle for £500. Grant Westlake and Josh Bellew’s fourth fish a 16.15 common proved to be decisive in the end.

The best fish of the weekend was landed by Greg Jones from peg 11 near the quarry, a cracking two tone 20.03 common.

Its funny that every competition we have the smaller carp are caught first as the larger ones move away from the pressure and as the weekend goes on larger fish start being caught. This couldn’t have been more evident this weekend.

Leanne McEvoy was on fire – fish after fish and they were a good stamp. Leanne landed 11 of the pairs 14 fish and she banked commons of 16.02, 16.00, 16.00, 18.08, 16.15 and 13.14 along with a mirror of 19.05. Really top angling. Partner Jason managed three fish with the largest being a 16.15 common. The pair set a new lake record with 14 fish for 178lbs – a truly fantastic effort and many congratulation to them.

With lots of pairs in with a chance of at least third right up until the hooter at 1pm it made for a really good competition which was well contested and enjoyed by everyone. The presentations were made during the free BBQ for competitors provided by Gary Vogel, warden for Tamar Lake.

In total 41 fish were caught from 15 different pegs.

It was great to have some new champions and runners up. Congratulations to Jason and Leanne and for winning and eventually lifting the crown after being runner’s up and third place finishers in the past.

Very well done to Matthew Pepperell and Chris Hudson for finishing second. Grant Westlake and Josh Bellew held on for third place – well done guys.

A huge thankyou to our fantastic marshall team Terry Reid, Ian Ellis, Steve Gliddon and Roger Maher. My thanks to Pallatrax for their sponsorship and we are looking forward to the next comp already!

Lee Abbott 3

Stewart Main 4

George Pemble 5

Dan Gay 10

Steve Lovell 15

Lee Mitchell 17

Tommy Bray 18

Wayne Ford 19

Nick Singleton 20

Next competition: 28-30 September. Entries on 01566771930

Ben Smeeth Head of Angling