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

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Chapter 13-Changing goalposts mid-stream

2007. Wrong!!! The poisson chats were back already. We drained the lake again and were thorough with our attempts to remove every chat possible.

2008. Another impressive year with some special carp being caught and the catfish were breeding and piling on the weight.

2009. Yet again the poisson chats were back in numbers. Perhaps the early advice was right and they couldn’t be controlled? We drained the lake again and left it dry for two weeks to make sure that there were no chats missed.

2010. Numbers of forty and fifty pound carp were now being caught but there were also a lot of catfish being hooked. It looked as if we may need to reduce the numbers of cats and that could mess up the predator numbers.

2011. Some thorough research indicated that the large catfish were not the efficient predators that we had been told they were. They got lazier as they got bigger and would opt for the static bed of boilies rather than expending energy chasing moving prey.

The poisson chats were back in force so the cats obviously were not doing the job. The key appeared to be the bass as we were now being told that they were being used successfully in the small rivers to control the chats.

Another drain down was organised in an attempt to remove the poisson chats and the cats. The cats were not too much of a problem but, foolishly, we put back the three biggest as we thought they were all female, wrong again!!

During the drain down process we discovered a coypu burrow through the dam wall which the chats were using to swim through and gain access, from the river Grosne, back into the lake. They were simply following the gentle flow of water up the small stream which runs through our garden and then into and through the burrow.

The burrow was sealed with 13 tonnes of road base, the lake was left dry for six weeks and we walked the mud that was left every day to remove, even the smallest poisson chats. By the time we were ready for the water to refill the lake, the lake bed looked like a field and there was definitely no unwanted life left in it.

2012. The change in the quality of the angling was incredible. The big carp were piling on the weight and the scraper fifties were now mid fifties. We also were beginning to see quite a bit of weed growth which needed controlling. No chemicals allowed so hard work was needed.

2013. This was the year that we waited with baited breath to see if the chats would return. NOT ONE was seen but the carp spawned very successfully and we now had several single figure carp fry. We began a process of removing each small carp as it was caught.

The big carp continued to pile on the weight and our first ever sixty was banked. We also started to see small catfish being caught again so the decision was taken to remove every catfish as it was caught.

The weed continued to develop and we set aside time to manually cut it and this would need to be done every year now. However, I think the weed growth is part of the reason that the carp are growing so well because it teems with life.