ONE of the two lakes at Loddiswell's Emperor Lakes fishery has just been opened for day-ticket angling for the first time in 25 years.
The fishery has just been taken over by David and Joanne Lidstone after eight years running Jo-Jo's fishery in France.
The lake holds numerous specimen fish including large catfish along with 50lb sturgeon and more than 35 carp.
Emperor's first catch report suggests that, with the water temperature still falling, anglers need to be using watercraft and selecting swims carefully that are showing signs of feeding fish.
Ian Donaldson began the week with a fine brace of carp a fine common of 10lb 8oz and a mirror of 16lb 4oz.
Pete Corp banked a superb common carp of 25lb 2oz, describing the fish as a very powerful ghostie.
Dick Tribble had a PB sturgeon of 41lb 2oz and a 6lb catfish whilst friend Phil had a 13lb 8oz common on the bank. Justin Mash banked two common carp, one of 14lb 8oz and the other at 17lb 4oz, while Steve Cutland had a tremendous fight with his new PB sturgeon — a stunning fish weighing in at 42lb 12oz.
On his visit with son Ryan, Roy Kennedy banked a 43lb 4oz sturgeon and a beautiful 23lb 8oz mirror.
But Emperor's angler of the week was Teignmouth rod Lee Cooper, who banked a PB sturgeon of 41lb 4oz; quickly broke it with a sturgeon of 42lb 08z; and then shattered it with another of 46lb 12oz!
Cooper went on to land a 56lb 2oz catfish, also a new PB, and just finished with a 12lb 4oz ghost carp.
The other lake at Emperor Lakes is an exclusive syndicate for carp fishing, and syndicate members have also enjoyed good fishing.
Martin Thacker had mirrors of 31lb 12oz and 29lb, while Martin King had mirrors of 35lb and 23lb 10oz.
Thacker returned for a second visit and banked mirrors of 28lb 8oz, 32lb and 27lb 12oz. Lance Brooks had a 24lb 8oz mirror, while King returned to catch one at 29lb 4oz. Les Wallace banked a common of 27lb 14oz. Chris Cooper landed a 24lb 1oz mirror while Steve Ellison banked a 28lb 12oz mirror and a 28lb 10oz common.
Ian Grant landed a 21lb mirror, and Chris Woodgate banked the largest fish of the month — a fine mirror of 38lb 14oz — along with a 23lb common and a 25lb 8oz mirror.
Thacker came back again for a 30lb 4oz mirror and a 32lb 08oz common. Nigel Edgecombe managed a 28lb 10oz mirror with Rod Keen banking a 31lb 08oz linear carp.
Woodgate returned for another two fish, a 20lb common and a 28lb 14oz mirror.
Lee Knowles banked a 33lb 15oz mirror and new member Steve Burgess landed his first fish, a mirror of 21lb.
SOME excellent bags were reported from deeper water pegs on the Match Lake at Town Parks Fishery.
Regular Rod Metcalf visited peg 17 and banked an 81lb bag of carp. All the fish were taken on 7mm coarse pellet presented near the bar between the islands. Metcalf returned later in the week and took another 23 carp using the same method.
Tony Rogers took a 115lb mixed bag fishing peg 20. Maggot offered close to the margin reeds proved effective.
Pete Bryant fished an overnighter on peg one and took 18 carp, 17 commons and one leather on Japanese Squid boilies with Crazy Bait Black groundbait.
The fish fed throughout the night even though the temperature dropped down enough for a light frost.
Neil Butcher made a welcome return after a recent illness and took a good mixed bag from peg three. Butcher fished with fishing partner Bob Hewitt who said he had "snatched defeat from the jaws of victory" and blanked!
The lower Specimen Lake proved a little more difficult to fish with anglers getting plenty of runs but the fish throwing the bait as soon as any resistance was felt. This aside, some nice fish did come to the bank.
Newton Abbot rod Tony Hodgson fished overnight and banked a fine, personal best, catfish of 22lb 6oz, fishing a chunk of Pepperami mid water from peg 12.
Phil Jones also visited peg 12 and banked two carp, fishing Mainline Cell boilies tight to the margin for his mirrors of 19lb 3oz and 17lb 4oz.
IT'S BEEN a little quiet this week at Newbarn Farm, although the catch report still shows some good catches for Joe Sutton.
Sutton banked nearly 200lb in two visits, all caught on maggots, mainly in the margins. His friend Keely also caught two nice fish with maggots fished in the margins.
Richard Ward used a mixture of baits from sweetcorn, maggots and Tutti Frutti boilies to land five carp to 23lb 4ozs. This was a mixture of commons, mirrors and ghost carp.
A variety of breeds of carp fell to John Stanley to 17lb 1oz, and there were also a pair of 16lbers — one mirror, one common — for Matt Cunliffe.
John Stanley is the winner of this week's catch report lottery.
Application forms are now being created for the newly proposed Newbarn Farm Angling Club.
Once these are done, the fishery will meet again to formally create the club and elect committee members.
Call Newbarn Farm on 01803 553602 if you are interested in getting involved.
FISHING continues to be productive at South View Farm Coarse Fishery, despite a downturn in temperatures.
Willow Pool was fished by regular Stephen Hird and over a full day had 15 carp to include three doubles to 12lb 8oz, while son Michael had 18 carp to 10lb 8oz using a method feeder with sweetcorn bait.
Kingfisher Pool gave John Hawkins good bags of roach and perch to float-fished worm and maggot over two sessions.
Fred Smale had eight carp to 9lb using legered corn and pellet, while John Norman had 11 carp to 7lb using just legered corn.
Heron Pool gave Brian Smith four carp to 8lb using floating bread.