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Malcolm takes personal Best in mirror carp at Emperor Lakes

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: May 27, 2011

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A remarkable level of success with mirror carp of significant size is being enjoyed by species enthusiasts.

A personal best specimen of 37lb 12oz by Malcolm Best heads a long list of captures made at Emperor Lakes' Season Ticket water.

Nigel Edgecombe had quite a day during which he banked five, including fish of 34lb 14oz and 29lb 8oz. Examples weighing 34lb 14oz and 27lb 9oz came to baits put out by Alan Morris.

The venue's day ticket water was equally productive across mirror and common carp, sturgeon and catfish. Pete Joint made the best mixed catch and every fish he caught achieved personal best status.

It comprised cats of 53lb 8oz and 32lb 4oz a 26lb 6oz mirror and a 19lb 10oz common.

Tristan Standon latched into his best ever mirror of 33lb 12oz and the best sturgeon was a fish of 48lb 2oz by Ian Ross.

An event billed as a Carpfest is at Anglers Paradise near Holsworthy on Sunday and Monday it will be open between 9am and 5pm each day and will include an exhibition carp gear introduced by some of the sports top names.

The complex's African Safari room contains mounts of many huge game fish caught by Paradise owner Zyggy Gregorek can be viewed.

The regional qualifying round of the England Rivers competition that decides who will represent the country in international events was fished at the Fingle Bridge stretch of the River Teign.

Conditions were quite difficult due to low water level of the water but Lewis Hendrie, of Exford near Tiverton, came through with a remarkable 19 trout in a mere 3½ hours of fishing. He goes forward to the National Final on the River Dee at Llangollen in August.

Alan Clarke, of Street, was the best individual in the Bellbrook Fishery heat of the Fly Fishing Charity Challenge.

He accounted for six rainbows worth 17lb 6oz, the basis of the heaviest team aggregate of seven for 22lb 3oz.

He was teamed with Somerset rod Chris Smith. Bob Hodges and David Tunstall, both of Wells, were runners up with seven for 20lb 4oz and Exeter's Pete Simmons and Karl Baker filled third spot with a seven-fish 19lb 3oz.

The heat raised at least £1,000, much assisted by Ron Hawkins, of Willand, who attracted £175 sponsorship. The next heat will be at Bodmin's Temple Fishery on June 19.

Entries will still be taken for the remaining heats on the criteria of a minimum sponsorship of £20. The contact is Sue Gould 01392 873543.

Boat anglers are finding sizeable cod at both wrecks and reefs off the Devon coast. Fishing Lyme Bay, Torbay lifeboat coxswain Mark Criddle took his own boat Anna May to a hulk that provided himself and companion Doug Mosedale with fish of 12lb 11oz and 16lb 13oz.

A thornback ray of 14lb 15oz 5drm taken by Graham Johns from the shore during the first heat of the Tre-Pol-Pen contest between Camborne Angling Association and Mounts Bay Angling Society was not only best fish, but it also broke the Cornish Federation's Record that had stood since 1975.

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