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. 50+ different 50lb. plus carp

and 14 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 11 - 2012 - First Year with Stock Pond

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I should add here that Mike Jamfrey also suffers with poor vision from his left eye and his encouragement for me to go fishing again lead to me banking the 59lb mirror above which is a new PB for me.

It was therefore even more pleasing to see him bank his own first fifty [the one mentioned above] and, as we were both struggling with our sight, we decided to christen her “Popeye”.

        With the season over we are taking a short breather before the proper work begins. Jan has already scrubbed the lodge clean and has tidied away all the clutter of the season so she is ahead of me. I have gathered in all of the cradles ready for storage once I have repaired the one with a hole punched through it, straightened out the bar of another one where it looks as though it has been used as a seat and found the spreader bar on a third one, which is missing totally, so, whoever you are, thanks for the respect.

         It is with some sadness that November 2012 also brought the news of the death of my cousin Gerry. Gerry and I “grew up” together, with him one year older than me, and we used to spend every Friday night fishing from the Admiralty pier at Dover, trying to catch the codling during winter and the bass during summer.

Hilary and Gerald also arranged the blind date which led to me meeting my wonderful wife Jan [it really was love at first sight] so I will always be in their debt. Hilary died first from heart failure and Gerry followed suit fairly soon after. I don’t think either of them could bear to be alone so R.I.P. both of you and thank you both so much.

         As I type this it is early November 2012 and the lake is quiet with just the ducks, coots and herons for company plus the fleeting glimpse of the kingfishers as they search for small fish. I have been walking Jack around the lake on a regular basis and have seen quite a lot of signs of feeding fish along the length of the southern arm. Plenty of bubbling and mud being stirred up with a couple of head and shoulders and one full bloodied jump.

As a test to try to ascertain the number of small carp remaining I have flicked out my rods from the dam wall for a couple of days and have baited all of them with large bunches of maggots. My feelings were that any small fish would be attracted to the maggots and, even if I didn’t actually catch any, the maggots would at least be “sucked dry”. After 24 hours of fishing none of the baits have shown any signs of having been touched. It must seem strange to read of an angler being “pleased” that his baits aren’t working but let me explain a bit more.

Over the past years we have suffered from the plague of poisson-chats which infest many French lakes and we worked extremely hard during last winter’s vidange to pick out every last one. They alone would normally decimate any bait in a very short space of time and maggots or worms wouldn’t have lasted a few seconds before my bobbins would be bouncing.

Earlier this year we were able to fish with bunches of maggots very effectively and they produced numerous big carp but then the carp and the 3 big catfish spawned and the fry made it impossible to use any natural type bait. I had said, earlier in the year, that the sheer numbers of big large-mouth bass should cope with most of the carp fry and that it would only be the baby catfish and the fastest growing of the carp fry which would survive.

During the late summer we managed to catch some of the baby catfish and remove them as well as some 2lb carp which were re-housed into the stock pond. I have long considered that it is the fry which turn cannibal first which grow quickest on the protein from eating their siblings and that it is these fish which are most likely to become the really big fish of the future. I have had discussions with a well known English source of angling information in order to find out some more detail of how to maintain the growth rate of these fish but they refuse to accept that it is possible for carp fry to reach 2lb during its first year and when I said that some would be 8lb next year, you’d have thought I was talking treason.

They tried to convince me that we must have missed some in the netting and when I explained that we didn’t net the lake, we totally emptied it, they decided that the young carp must be coming in from another lake “above us in the valley.” As most of you will know, there aren’t any other lakes connected to us or anywhere near us.