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Prowling cats take liking to Batt's plum wafter bait

By Herald Express  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

HEATING UP: Rising temperatures at Newhouse fishery near Totnes aroused an 11lb brown trout, caught by local Peter Starck from Totnes using a sinking line with a cat's whisker on a 5lb trace

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THE catfish were on the prowl at Town Parks Fishery.

Plenty of anglers had great sport with the fish on the feed after their long winter hibernation.

Town Parks regular Gordon Batt banked two fish, both 22lbs 8oz, from peg six.

Seizing his plum wafter one of the cats was on the bank within 20 minutes of casting out towards the far bank.

Conor Nettleton fished an extended session from peg 12, banking 14 fish. Catfish to 23lbs 8oz and carp to 20lbs 14oz came to the net during the session with coconut boilies proving effective fished in the margins and mid water.

Jay Harper fished 14 placing his maize baits close to the central bar. Harper was rewarded with six fish including four catfish to 26lbs 12oz.

Rob Smith chose peg 10 and was rewarded with his first catfish, a 8lbs 4oz bream and a beautifully marked mirror carp of 16lbs 4oz.

All the fish fell to baits offered close to the main island.

A fine leather carp of 21lbs 3oz took a cell boilie offered in the margins by Steve Jones who also netted two smaller carp and a nice tench of 6lbs 12oz.

Martyn Nicholls took his first catfish, a good one at 26lbs 0oz from peg 10.

Wayne Hockley had fun fighting a catfish of 18lbs 1oz from peg nine.

On the top Match Lake sport was also good with plenty of carp coming to the bank.

Regular Rod Metcalfe visited the dam wall for several short sessions taking up to 12 carp, mainly from the margins, on pellet.

Dave Gorman had his rod snapped whilst he fished from peg 14.

A very large fish, probably a carp took his pellet and swam towards the reeded margins.

Despite Gorman's efforts he could not stop the fish in open water and during a frantic run the rod snapped.

The hook pulled and the fish escaped to fight another day.

Some large roach to the 2lbs 8oz mark were reported from sheltered pegs, taking maggot and castor.

Large bags of smaller fish were also reported during the week.

ELLIOTT Underhill had a brilliant weekend fishing at Spring Ponds near Stokeinteignhead.

Underhill fished peg 12 at the Rocombe water and had a total of 37 carp to 4lb and some tench to 3lb all on the pole using sweet corn and pellet

He returned on the Sunday to peg 6 and caught a similar catch, this time at 10 meters on the pole,

Sam Palmer had 18 carp up to 6lb from peg one.

Russ Bridgeman from Torquay fished the margins and had seven carp to 6lb and two tench to 3lbs, all caught on bread,

Dave Pattie fished with his son and grandson, Dave took nine carp on the feeder to around 2lb each. Son Darryl landed some carp on the feeder while helping his own nine-year-old son, who caught 11 carp and 25 silver fish all on the whip with maggots.

Jason Fay took around 25 carp up to 6lb using the pole at eight meters and caught on the feeder with pellet for bait,

Dan Woodward, also from Torquay, had 16 carp up to 3lb all caught near the far bank on the feeder,

Rachel Cude fished peg 15, this time she used the pole at six and eight meters and caught 22 of the new carp averaging a pound. She loose-fed 4mm pellet and had sweetcorn on the hook.

Elliot Fay fished on peg 16 and caught 27 carp, mostly on the pole at eight meters. He also caught using a feeder near the far bank. All his fish was caught on pellet.

Adam Styles had an enjoyable day from peg one, taking 12 carp to 3lb on the pole with pellet.

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