The Woodpecker Lake match record on the Stafford Moor complex in Devon has been smashed by Stuart Snape with a haul of no less than 269lb of carp and it looks set to be the first of many to tumble.
Drawing peg 20 on the five-acre venue, the Cornwall-based rod adopted a shallow waggler approach, helping himself to no fewer than 42 carp averaging 6lb 8oz during the six-hour match and breaking the previous four-year-old record by 21lb.
“I arrived a bit late for the draw and there were only two pegs left in the bag,” said the 37-year-old.
“When I pulled 20 out I was hopeful of a good session because I’ve seen some decent weights taken from it in the past and the conditions were perfect for the swim,” he added.
Things looked promising from the word go and, fishing at 20m towards the island, Stuart bagged 27 carp in the first half of the match.
“When the bites started to slow up after a few hours I cast slightly further out and soon got among the fish again, putting another 15 in the net. The action wasn’t exactly manic, but the carp were all of a decent size,” he added.
Stuart easily saw off the rest of the 34-strong field and comfortably beat second-placed Paul Morris, who brought 149lb to the scales His successful tactics consisted of a banded 8mm pellet hookbait fished at a depth of 12ins on a size 18 Preston PR27 hook and a 0.18mm Silstar Match Team hooklink. For the duration of the match Stuart fed two or three pellets at a time, getting through a total of two pints.
The impressive weight came as no great surprise to fishery owner Andy Seery “All the lakes have been fishing well, with lots of 100lb and 200lb-plus bags being taken. In fact, I’m confident that the complex record of 317lb will be broken in the next few weeks,” claimed Andy.