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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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Read Iain MacMillans review of his last trip to Moorlands

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Chapter 13-Changing goalposts mid-stream

2014. The processes of removing the catfish and small carp continued but the most impressive thing was that we had still not seen a single poisson chat so maybe, just maybe, we had managed to eradicate them after all. We now had 4 different sixty plus carp with as many again at 58lbs plus so, as we pull into 2015, we are potentially on the verge of several new sixties, new fifties, and maybe, we could soon be on the verge of our first ever seventy.

We have decided to begin cutting some of the weed very early in 2015 and will try to cut and remove as much as we can in order to slow down it’s growth. It also seems that the new plants develop from little “seed heads” so we are also going to try removing as much as possible to prevent these heads getting a chance to sprout next year. Only time will tell.
Now, I think the above details are sufficient to illustrate that, in the past, there have been plenty of reasons for anglers to speak “bad words” about Moorlands. There may also be times in the future which don’t go quite to plan but please be assured that we will continue to do everything possible to try to rectify those situations as quickly as we can.
I must end by underlining a fact that I am very proud of; Moorland Fisheries has NO POISSON CHATS. In fact we have no nuisance fish at all, other than baby carp and baby catfish which we will continue to remove as they are caught.
Be lucky."

In April 2015 we got so close to our first seventy when Cut-Tail was banked at 69lbs 3oz. In fact I saw her later, just as she started spawning, and she looked a fair bit bigger again so she may well have been a seventy. We also saw Clover banked at exactly 60lbs so all was going well.
By mid May the carp were well and truly back on the feed and during June there were loads of carp caught.
After the end of March we saw very little rain and during July the temperatures hit 43 degrees. I was concerned that, with the carp getting so big and in such large numbers, the oxygen levels could drop to dangerous levels by the end of summer. After some fantastic advice from two friends I researched the "Vertex" aeration systems. We already have a powerful aeration pump against the dam wall but it was obviously only dealing with a very small part of the lake. There are floating, paddle wheel type aerators available but these are noisy, inefficient and immediately become a new snag and they don't force the oxygen down into the water. The vertex system works from a powerful air pump, sited on the bank and this pumps air through weighted pipes, to special, micro-porous diffuser heads positioned on the lake beds. The diffuser heads then allow thousands of minute bubbles to escape and this creates a column of air rising to the surface from each head. The result of this is that water is also pulled in from the surrounding bottom layers and creates a sort of circular motion with oxygenated water being stirred around at all depths. The survey suggested two diffuser heads positioned on the centre line of the main bowl. However, I decided to try to give an even better spread of oxygen by opting for four heads along the centre line.
These were all installed, with the pipes buried in the lake bed, on 1st August and the system turned on. It is our intention that this will be left running permanently and we shall see what kind of improvement it gives. As at autumn 2015 we have had several anglers suggesting that the fish are fighting much harder than ever before and that they believe it is because of the extra energy from the additional oxygen. Who knows? It is also a fact that, as i write this, the water is extremely clear. That could just be the natural result of less fish movement and colder/denser water but I certainly don't remember being able to see so far into the water during previous autumns.
For interest only, here are the suggested benefits in brief from the manufacturer:-
1. Allow for greater densities of fish or greater growth rates.
2. Eliminate the potential for Spring and autumn turnovers of gasses.
3. Prevent winter kills caused by low oxygen levels and gasses collecting under the ice.
4. Improve overall water quality and clarity.
5. Speed up the rate of organic decomposition.
6. Reduce the amount of phosphorus, which would otherwise be available for plant growth.
7. Thermally and chemically destratify the water.
8. Cause circulation currents that might create favourable conditions for more desirable algae to out-compete blue green algae.
9. Decrease the severity of algae blooms and algae die-offs.
10. Shift the level of carbon dioxide build-ups within the lake bed by venting it into the air, which could limit the amount available for plants.
11. By pulling the oxygenated water across the lake bed it should change the silt from anaerobic to aerobic and this in turn will encourage the bacteria to devour the silt more quickly thereby gradually reducing the depths of silt and hardening the lake bed.
My own feeling is that, if number 11 above does happen, we could see the original lake bed features (old stream bed, dips and troughs) reappear over the next few years.