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PHOTOS: Field and Stream - Tuesday 29th April 2014

By Dadcock  |  Posted: April 29, 2014

By Mat Manning

  • Burt Collins with his big catfish from Paddock Lake at Todber Manor

  • Ben Claridge caught this 17lb ghost mirror carp on luncheon meat during a session on the lower lake at Higher Farm Fishery in Shepton Montague

  • Eric Saxby caught this fine brace of brown trout, weighing in at 5lb and 3lb 11oz, during a visit to Wood Stock Trout Fishery in Mere. Both trout fell to nymph fished on a floating line

  • Matt Candy with a 28lb personal best carp from the Paddock Lake at Todber Manor

  • Rob Marsh and Lee Merritt with part of the catchthat secured them victory in the Eric's Carp Championship pairs qualifier on Big Hayes Lake at Todber Manor

  • Sturminster and Hinton AA trophy winners, from left, Steve Mullins, Adie Damon and Pete Tllsley show off their spoils at the club's AGM

  • Roland Carter with Todber Manor's Fossil at 32lb 2oz

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Danny nets dinner at the Lamb Inn

Barwick angler Danny Newns has bagged The Lamb Inn prize for April’s best game catch after bagging a hefty rainbow trout from Flowers Farm Trout Lakes.

Danny’s 8lb 5oz rainbow fell to a small Montana is one of several large trout caught from the venue in recent weeks.

The catch wins Danny a meal to the value of £50 at The Lamb Inn in Hindon. Please contact the pub on 01747 820573 to claim your prize.

Big cat wins CC Moore coarse prize

Burt Collins has won the CC More Catch of the Month prize for April after landing a massive catfish from Paddock Lake at Todber Manor.

The huge catfish, estimated to weigh more than 70lb, bottomed out Burt’s 66lb scales.

Well done Burt, your catch wins you a £15 prize from Stalbridge-based bait specialists CC Moore and Co. Give them a call on 01963 362234 to arrange collection.

Fishing Notes

A turnout of 15 anglers fished Gillingham AA’s fourth spring match at Mappowder.

Winner on Pheasant Lake was Rich Fripp (Gillingham AA) with 18lb 8oz of carp on method feeder and corn from peg 14.

Paul Knight (Gillingham AA) also fished method feeder and corn, and caught 17lb 14oz of carp from peg 13 for second place.

Tony West (Gillingham AA) fished the same tactics for third place with 16lb 4oz of carp from peg 15.

Spring Lake winner was Tony Creech (Garbolino BV) with 20lb 1oz of carp caught on pole-fished corn over micro pellet from peg one.

Alfie Dyke drew peg nine and finished second with 14lb 3oz of carp on pole-fished worm over pellet.

Ken Murchie took third place with 11lb 8oz of carp, roach and perch on pole-fished maggot over micro pellet from peg five.

The next match is at Lodden Lake on Sunday 11th May. Draw 8am and fish 9.30am to 3.30pm. Book with Kenny on 01747 861495 or 07791 593456.

Gillingham AA has its AGM is on Wednesday 14th May at the Coronation Club in Gillingham. Proposals should be sent to Simon Hebditch prior to the meeting.

Higher Farm Fishery in Shepton Montague has been fishing well.

Top catches include a 17lb ghost mirror carp caught by Ben Claridge. Eight-year-old Olive Nicholls from Ditcheat caught her first fish - a 2lb carp - during a recent visit with her grandfather, Brian Nicholls.

Sturminster and Hinton Veterans travelled to Coking Farm Fishery for the eighth match in their current series.

Twelve fished on a very wet and windy day that still produced some good catches.

Roger Durham won the carp match with 84lb 14oz, and Andy Burton was second with 44lb. The silver match was won by Alan Franklin with 16lb 12oz. Runner-up was Pete Barratt with 14lb 5oz.

Matt Candy fished Todber Manor’s Paddock Lake and caught a new personal best mirror carp of 28lb on CC Moore Live System.

Burt Collins banked one of the lake’s big catfish, which bottomed out his scales at 66lb, and added another of 40lb 1oz, plus a 24lb mirror carp and a 23lb 3oz common carp - all fell to CC Moore Live System tipped with black Mini Bitez.

Roland Carter had six carp from 20lb to 26lb 5oz, and the Fossil at 32lb 2oz.

On Big Hayes, Stuart Darby banked six carp, including a new personal best of 24lb. Steve Nieman caught six carp to 19lb 8oz on HD Baits’ SR boilies.

Roy Ogden did a day session and caught two carp, including a new personal best at 28lb 8oz, on Mainline Cell. Gee Hughes caught seven carp to 23lb 4oz on Mainline Cell.

Paul Reynolds and Jai Kearne banked 22 carp between them. Jai had a new personal best of 24lb 6oz and Paul managed a 27lb 5oz mirror, which was also a new PB.

Rob Mudge fished Little Hayes and banked nine carp to mid double-figures on the method feeder. Mike Payne caught 10 carp to mid doubles on Sticky Baits Vortex boilies.

Nick Blake fished Wadmill for 24 hours and banked 18 carp to 16lb on CC Moore Live System.

A total of 120 carp to 25lb 9oz were banked during the recent 48-hour Eric’s Carp Championship Pairs qualifier on Big Hayes Lake at Todber Manor.

Rob Marsh and Lee Merritt won with 28 carp for 392lb 14oz. Chris Roberts and Scott Clark were second with 22 carp for 313lb 6oz, and third place went to Marcus Parker and Jason Dunne, who had 16 carp for 232lb 10oz.

Heavy overnight rain took its toll on weights at the first match of the season on Park Lake at Dairy House Farm last Sunday but all ten competitors managed to catch.

Nick Carr won with 45lb 5oz and James Antell was second with 43lb.

Flowers Farm Trout Lakes continued to fish well last week. Peter Cushion from Tintinhull landed a fine rainbow of 6lb 8oz on a gold-ribbed hare’s ear, and Mr Dawson caught a 5lb rainbow on a Dawson’s olive.

There were plenty of 3lb to 4lb fish caught with Klinkhammer, damsel, Montana and buzzers among the most successful flies.

Anglers have been catching some very good trout from Summerlands Fishery in Hermitage.

Ian Brewer from Weymouth had brown trout of 7lb 3oz and 6lb 13oz on hoppers, and his friend Chris Obermaier, had rainbows of 5lb and 3lb 12oz.

Jeremy Smith from Yeovil caught a fine brown trout of 6lb 8oz. Most anglers have made their bag limits.

The unsettled weather and shifting wind direction made for harder fishing at Sutton Bingham Reservoir last week, when 140 rods took 341 fish for an average of 2.4.

Floating lines fished with pheasant-tails on the point, and with crunchers and buzzers down the line, worked well at the start of the week but, come the weekend, it was back to weighed patterns such as damsel and green Montanas to get down to the fish.

The best bag limit was Mr D. Lloyd’s 14lb 12oz haul. Best fish was a 4lb 4oz brown trout taken by Mr R Simmons.

Only eight rods fished West Pond, and the weather made fishing tricky. They caught 20 fish for a rod average of 2.5. The best bag was Mr T Baker’s 22lb 12oz. Best fish was Mr A Mayer’s 7lbs 12oz specimen.

Catch of the Month competitions

Your catch could win you a prize. The Lamb Inn at Hindon is offering dinner and drinks for two to the value of £50 for the best game catch.

For the best coarse catch, there's a £15 prize from Stalbridge bait specialists CC Moore and Co.

Winners will be selected each month and you don't have to catch a monster to win. Individual specimens, large multi-fish hauls and unusual catches can all be entered, as well as top catches made by youngsters.

Just email details and a photo of your catch to bvmfield@gmail.com by 10am Monday. Please email shooting and fishing reports, club info and diary dates to the same address.

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