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- Squabmoor Reservoir -

carp bream tench roach rudd crucian

Location in South West:
nr. Exmouth, Devon, England.

For venue information Tel: 01647 277587

Day Tickets:
day tickets cost 5 per day [dawn to dusk]
concessions cost 4 per day
24hr tickets cost 9
season permits cost 90 for adults, 35 for juniors, and 70 concessions
season day and night permits cost 130
for information on season permits Tel: 01566 711930
day tickets available only in advance from Exmouth Tackle [Exmouth], Budleigh post office [Budleigh Salterton] and Exeter Angling Centre [Exeter].

Car parking, disabled access.

Best Baits:
boilies, halibut pellets, worm, maggot, caster, corn.

Getting There: From Budleigh Salterton take the B3179 north west. Turn right towards Yettington. The fishery is down a track on the right.

Controlled by the South West Lakes Trust, Squabmoor Reservoir offers coarse fishing in an idyllic setting on Woodbury Common. The four acre reservior ranges in depth from 6ft at the narrow end to nearly 26ft at the dam end. Coarse fish present include carp [to 29lb], tench [to 6lb], bream [to 5lb], roach [to an impressive 3lb 2oz], a few rudd and some small crucians.

Try legering boilies or large halibut pellets for carp, groundbait feeder filled with crumb, caster and chopped worm for bream with redworm, maggot, caster of corn as hookbait. Tench fall for legered of float fished corn, bread flake for roach and maggot or caster for the silver fish. Best swims tend to be down the middle of the right hand bank as you face away from the dam wall. The odd big carp can be caught in the shallower water in the summer.

My overriding memories of fishing at Squabmoor reservoir over 20 years ago was a) a double figure carp I caught from the dam wall fishing single maggot on a size 20 hook with 2.5lb line and b), the place was absolutely swarming with minnows. Wherever you fished you couldn't escape them. In fact the first fish I ever caught was a minnow at Squabmoor.
Ahhh, happy days !!

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