Our massive stocking plans at Upper Tamar have started!

MORE 20LB+ CARP STOCKED INTO UPPER TAMAR LAKE

In 2019 we completed year three of our Carp stocking at Upper Tamar with another 19 fish which takes the total now to 59 Carp. We have one more year to go with a further 25-30 fish to be stocked in 2020.

  

Here is the breakdown of the stocking so far:

2017 STOCKING

Initially we stocked two Mirrors in July 2017 with a 27.14 Linear and a 22.05 Mirror called Single Scale. We then stocked a further 23 Carp in 2017. This included a dark, sparsely scaled Mirror at  35.09, a stunning Common at 34.06 and another at 31.00.

IN 2017 WE STOCKED:

3 FISH OVER 30LB

2 OVER 25LB

13 OVER 20LB

5 FISH OVER 19LB

2 FISH OVER 18LB.

20 MIRRORS AND 5 COMMONS

IN 2018 WE STOCKED:

1 FISH OVER 25LB

11 FISH OVER 20LB

3 FISH OVER 19LB

14 MIRRORS AND 1 COMMON

IN 2019 WE STOCKED

17 FISH OVER 20LB

2 FISH OVER 19LB

10 MIRRORS AND 9 COMMONS

  

The majority of the fish have been caught at least once and some have been caught multiple times. They are really gaining weight well and it wont be long before these fish are averaging 25-26lbs and beyond. Some fish have grown as much as 4lbs in the first 12-18 months.

This stocking follows on from the stocking of around 250 smaller Carp, which averaged around 14lbs with some weighing up to 23lbs, in 2012/13. There was already a good stock of fish that reside in the 81 acre venue.

In recent years catching a fish over 20lbs or 30lbs from the venue has been a challenge, but not anymore. Approximately one in in four fish you catch will be over 20lbs and some anglers have caught 5 or 6 fish over 20lbs in a session, making it one of the best venues around.

Upper Tamar forms part of the Tamar Lakes complex of fisheries with Lower Tamar only half a mile down the road. At 35 acres, Lower Tamar is home to a large head of 20lb+ fish with several fish over the 30lb mark.

The new fish are being sourced from our local supplier Lana Springs Fish Farm in Devon. Owner Chris Mannifold has a great reputation for supplying premium Carp.  Ben Smeeth, the Trust’s Head of Angling, said “I am delighted to be working with Chris on this exciting project. The majority of fish will be Mirrors to complement the large population of Commons already in the lake. With a really good weed growth providing a rich source of food these fish will continue to grow with the aim of producing a large head of 30lb and 40lb fish within the next 5-7 years”.

Upper Tamar has produced a lot of runs for anglers in the last few years with some anglers catching as many as 25 Carp in a single 24 hour session. There are so many swims to choose from, each giving a different perspective of the beautiful lake and each presenting different challenges and features.

Upper Tamar is a spectacular venue, set in peaceful rural countryside, spanning two counties with the Devon and Cornwall border running down the middle of the lake.

The fishery benefits from outstanding facilities with a café open from March to November, showers, toilets and a camping field – perfect if the family also want to come along!

In 2019 we opened a tackle and bait shop in the angling centre by the waters edge. We also offer fishing tuition and tackle hire. The permit room is on site so you can turn up, get your ticket and start fishing! The venue also benefits from a level stoned path all the way around which makes access to swims for everyone really easy. We also provide a taxi service to any swim if you give us plenty of notice.

There are two angling lodges which sleep two people and are bookable through our central office on 01566 771930.

A map of Upper Tamar fishery, including swim names, can be found here, making is easier for you to research the lake before even visiting. We also have a very active Facebook page called ‘Coarse Fishing South West Lakes Trust’, so please LIKE our page for regular catch reports, pictures and information about all of our coarse fisheries in the South West.

The stocking will complement our series of Mainline Baits Carp open pairs competitions. Three competitions a year which have a prize fund of £3,500 with £2000 to the winners each time. Anyone who wants to book onto one of our three pairs Carp competitions needs to call our office on the above number.

The future of this amazing fishery is looking very special as a result of this stocking and we welcome all anglers to come and fish at Tamar.

Ben Smeeth

Head of Angling

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