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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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Chapter 13-Changing goalposts mid-stream

October continued to produce new, unknown fifties at 55lbs plus and Steve "Bingo" House had decided that this would be his last year as our bailiff. Luckily, within a couple of weeks of his decision, my good friend Alan Brown informed me that he was retiring and looking to move to France. It all tied together very nicely and Alan agreed to be our new bailiff for 2015. Perfick!!
On a personal note, Jan and I became Great Grandparents for the first time on 13th November when our eldest granddaughter, Sheree, gave birth to her daughter Evie.

During December we began the annual work of cutting the reeds again. The winter had its expected cold snaps but was generally another mild one. Having already sited his caravan in the field, Alan arrived during January and was keen to get started on the work around the lake.
On 20th January 2015 I had this really strong feeling that there could be some fish feeding so decided to put my rods out from the dam wall for the day. In what turned out to be, my shortest ever winter session, (20 mins to be precise) I had hooked and was playing my second biggest ever carp in the shape of "Minty" at 64lbs 7oz. Unbelievable!

February had the expected cold northerly winds but we still saw plenty of signs of feeding fish and then a brief spell of thin ice across the lake. Other than that short spell it was, generally, another mild winter.
One short pleasant part of the winter was when a pair of Garganey ducks (the first I have ever seen) arrived and spent a couple of weeks with us.
With the reeds cut we stripped all of the piled up dead sticks and branches out of the hedgerow and burn them on the braziers. While Alan finished off the southern arm hedgerow I busied myself with the construction of a new, customer, freezer shed as well as ripping out the old shower and fitting a new one. Late March saw the temperature plummet and this certainly stopped the fish for a while.
At this point I will add a copy of my blog from 30th March 2015 which gives a sort of "look back" at our cock-ups over our time at Etang du Roivre:-


I mentioned a short while ago that I had heard people pay us massive compliments by saying that they had never heard a bad word spoken about Moorlands. That is fantastic but a little unjustified because we have made plenty of cock-ups along the way:-

2002. The lake was stuffed with every fish you could imagine, roach, rudd, tench, bream, chub, perch, pike, crucians, about 1000 carp and those wonderful little poisson chats (thousands of them). We asked the local fish farmer to show us how to empty the lake and to take away the fish that we didn’t want to keep. He emptied the lake but simply couldn’t cope with the sheer numbers of fish present. We tipped at least 5 tonnes of poisson chats on our field but in the panic to keep the carp alive we didn’t sort out the other species properly.

2003. The hottest driest summer on record resulted in extremely low water levels and a ban on any drain downs. We were stuck with far too many carp plus some rudd and crucians. Following general advice we added silure catfish as we were told that they would eat the poisson chats. We were also told that the poisson chats could never be eradicated as they would “burrow” into the mud to survive.

2004. Far too many small carp and, after just two years, the poisson chats were back. We drained the lake again and removed the chats and sorted out some of the small male commons.

2005. Very rapidly it became obvious that we had not been severe enough with our sorting plus we suddenly were aware of thousands of small rudd again. We had only left in a few in order to make sure the cats had some food. What we hadn’t researched properly was how fast rudd can breed. We also bought fifty American wide-mouth bass in an attempt to gain a bigger predator base.

2006. A much better year and growth rates were improving. Perhaps we could relax?