Quality fish caught during four days of video filming
THE catch reports for this week are still showing good form despite Emperor Lakes being closed for four days to accommodate filming by bait company Hath's, which has produced a series of 10 videos which will be available to view soon.
It was an amazing week on the Syndicate water with a number of anglers banking target fish and new personal bests on several days.
The settled weather has got the fish on the feed prior to the first cooler autumn days and visitors are certainly taking advantage.
Venue regular Oisin Riley bagged a trio of big fish from Dead End swim with carp of 27lbs 7ozs, 28lbs 10ozs and 29lbs 12ozs all taken on Pallatrax jungle boilies wrapped in matching paste and offered on a size 8 hook. Clint Miller had three fish of 23lbs, 24lbs and 26lbs during his session!
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Fish of the week must go to Chris Rampling when he weighed in a stunning mirror of 40lbs 12ozs taken on ACE baits, which is a fantastic new best for Chris.
Torbay Tackle's Matt Skellies provided new baits for Nigel Edgcombe to try and it worked first time out when he slipped a common carp of 24lbs 4ozs into his net.
The specimen day waters have produced a string of quality fish during filming. Jamie Parr landed a beautifully coloured 18lbs 2ozs ghost common and Phil Jakes had a brace of fish at 14lbs 4ozs and 14lbs 10ozs.
The North Devon Carp Group found things a little tougher when they came to visit for a sociable session, but Gareth Davies fared best of the bunch with a fish of 17lbs.
Once again, it is quality roach forming the basis of pleasure nets to around 45lbs, but plenty of smaller carp to 3lbs-plus are putting lighter tackle through its paces. Steve Burgess and son Bradley whiled away a few hours on Aimee's Pool and caught steadily all day; corn, pellet and maggot baits still best.
A WEEK of excellent sport saw many anglers returning daily while the Indian summer remains and fish continue to feed at Town Parks Fishery.
Alan Darby from Liverpool fished the top Match Lake on four consecutive days and banked more than 20 carp during each session.
Coarse pellet offered towards the main island from peg 10 did the trick.
Four anglers reported silver bags in excess of 160lbs with fish taking maggot, castor and tares freely.
Visiting rod Steve Lomas fished pegs 10, 14 and 18 during his holiday and took plenty of good carp, the best a 11lbs 4oz, bream to 5lbs 5oz and a fine crucian of 4lbs 2oz.
Regular Rod Metcalf proved once again hard work pays off with more than 15 carp banked per session from various pegs. Pellet fished around the four foot mark hit the target.
On the lower Specimen Lake, catfish fed continuously throughout daylight and night time hours.
Darren Stride banked his first four cats, the best 19lbs 8oz, from peg 10.
All the fish fell to tutti-frutti boilies offered mid water.
Some very large cats, possibly in the 50lbs -plus class were hooked but broke free before they ran around the islands and broke free. Many fell to worm or luncheon meat.
Carp fell to sweet boilies offered around most pegs, although dog biscuit floated into the shade saw Matt Feakes bank a fine mirror of 22lbs 3oz.
During a hectic four days more 20 carp weighing above 20lbs were reported from various pegs.
As one of the main sponsors of the annual Dartmouth Fishing Festival, a reminder to the sea fishing fraternity that this year's event takes place between October 6-8. Entry forms available from the Dartmouth Angling Club.