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 12 Two steps Forward and One step Back

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  The main reason for each of our previous drain downs has been to control the dreaded poisson chats. We have now gone two full years,

and I shall shout this from the highest building, WITHOUT A SINGLE SIGN OF ANY POISSON CHATS!!!

You don't know how wonderful that sounds.

Anyway, we do not need to carry out another drain down this winter and we can go into 2014 with our continued plans to remove all baby carp as they get caught plus any catfish which remain.

Whilst on this subject, we now have a stock pond which is teeming with beautiful young scaley mirrors of between 3lb and 20lb. It is our plan to grow these on until they reach 20lb and then gradually release them into the main lake. This gives us a stock of hand picked carp with no risk of disease and from a known heritage with good growth potential.

Our season started in March as normal and this just gave the hospital time to remove the defective lens in my left eye and fit a glass replacement so my vision is as good as it is ever going to be and I am back to fishing accurately again.

The winter was prolonged and this produced some fairly poor early season catches for us and for many other lakes across Europe. On top of that the carp didn't spawn until well into June. In fact the spawning took place virtually immediately the weather improved. It then stayed very hot and the fish took a while to get back to condition so catch rates overall were not up to our hopes.

Now would be a good point to go back and explain my earlier reference to "another unexpected hiccup". During the extended winter period of May we suffered torrential rain for 48 hours non-stop. So much rain fell that the lake rose about two feet and flooded some of the swims and paths. Luckily, there is no way that the big carp can escape from the lake. They could have a brief swim along the paths between each swim but the entire site is securely fenced so they can only ever end up back in the lake.

We are also lucky that our spillway is very quick to control the levels and we were almost back to normal within two days. However, the problem that we did end up with was that the main lake rose enough to start flowing over the new dam wall and into the stock pond. This flow of water was enough to attract the doubles living in the stock pond and, having been attracted, to swim over the dam and into the main lake.

We immediately started catching these doubles in numbers and taking them back to their previous home. In fact we also started catching some low twenties with superb scale patterns and we decided to leave these in the main lake as we expect them to become new thirties very quickly having been released from their confined space.

By the end of the year we saw the captures of small carp (2012 fry and stock pond escapees) drop to very low numbers so we believe that we have got on top of that "nuisance" and 2014 will see much better catch rates. Part of that improvement will also be because of the increased competition from the increase in the number of additional twenties.

However, the catch reports weren't all doom as the lake produced its first sixties and we ended with five banked but these were made from three different fish.

The best weights of each one was, Benign at 61lb 3oz, Half Linear at 62lb 6oz and Cut Tail at 63lb 0oz. As the season went on we also saw another five carp over 57lb and we expect all of these to be sixties, making eight in total for spring 2014.

Slightly further down the list we have seen numbers of carp weighing forty eight pounds plus and some of these are probably already fifties but simply haven't been caught since they crossed the threshold. One of these was a fish, caught at 48lb earlier in the year and named "Footprint" because of a line of individual scales below its dorsal line. She was not a recognized fish and had grown through the forties very quickly.

I will put my money where my mouth is and say that she is destined to be a very, very big fish for the future.