Top Quality French Carp Fishing

NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz

120 -150 different carp of 40lb. or bigger inc. 41 + different 50lb. plus carp

and 6 different 60lb plus carp And 2 known 70lb plus carp.

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Read Iain MacMillans review of his last trip to Moorlands

Chapter Seven - Progress Over the Years

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As the years progressed so did our knowledge of the fish and their needs.

Each year saw its own little nuances of learning so that we gradually went from thinking that we knew what we were doing to actually achieving another small step along the way. Our first year of 2002 was a step into the unknown with only the promises of big fish given to us by the previous owners. Obviously they were not carp anglers and “big” is very much a relative word. Our “big” was thirties and forties whereas their’s was doubles and twenties.

By the end of 2002 we were just beginning to see upper twenties and a couple of thirties and we realised that the expected stock had simply been an “aid” to help them sell the property.

After the construction of the holding pools and the first drain down in the autumn of 2002 we were convinced that we had a target and had got everything sorted for the following year.

2003 was to prove to be a challenge that no-one could have ever foreseen. The rain stopped in February and would not return until October.

The longest, hottest, driest summer on record was about to hit us.

We already knew that the previous owners had lowered the water level for the benefit of their ducks by dropping the height of the spillway overflow. We had also rebuilt part of this and the level had risen by about ten inches but, had we known what kind of summer was in store for us the final spillway level would have been given much more importance.

Spring 2003 saw us add some very expensive big fish in order to provide the target fish for our customers and we also saw some really good increases in weight for some of the originals.

We went through March with really high hopes of some massive carp during the summer and we even managed our first forties from some of the purchased fish. By April the fish had started spawning and they repeated this again in virtually every month of the early summer. These massive spawning events had two distinct results. The first was that the big fish lost more weight than I could have ever imagined.

As an example, one of the forties, caught in early April was caught again in August at a bottom weight of 28.12 lb, a drop of over eleven pounds.

In hindsight it wasn’t just the loss of spawn that had resulted in this huge loss. We learned that the French pisiculturist feed their fish very heavily on dry maize throughout the winter and this adds an enormous amount of bulk to their frame.

After being purchased and moved the carp then have the stress of the move, a new environment, different Ph levels and new food sources to get used to. Any one of these would have a detrimental effect on their metabolism but all of them together, plus spawning, has an unbelievably bad effect.

Despite all of our effort we ended the year with thirties as our best fish.

The second outcome of the multiple spawnings in 2003 was that we ended the year with thousands of baby carp.

It was immediately apparent that we didn’t have anywhere near enough predators to control these small fish and we then learned that we would not be allowed to drain the lake again because of the authorities worries over the extremely low ground-water levels.