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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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Right, back to the history of the year.

After her 70lbs excursion to the bank the Half Lin spawned out and managed to avoid capture until 6th July and then again on 9th August when she was already 66lbs 3oz. She was caught again on 31st August but had only put on 2oz but, she has now avoided capture through the important growth months of September and October. In the past we have seen several fish put on the equivalent of 1lb per week over this period. IF she has repeated this feat she could easily be 75lbs as I type this but that won't mean anything until she is caught again.

Now Cut-Tail didn't get caught prior to spawning and her first capture of 2016 was on 21st June when she weighed 65lbs 9oz. When she was caught on 13th September she already weighed 69lbs 12oz. She, also, did not get banked again before the end of the season so, using similar criteria to the above, she could also be 75lbs as I type this.

Now, before I move on to some of the other, younger, fish, it is worth pointing out that both Half Lin and Cut-Tail are just 16 years old so their skeletal frame has probably just finished developing and they should now start "filling out" which is a frightening thought because Cut-Tail is already the full length of the monster cradles that we use. I would also add that ALL of the fish currently residing in our lake have been born in the lake since 1999. In the early years we added target fish for the anglers but each of those has gradually died off.

Clover is another of our sixties and is of similar age but went through a very lean spell, over the course of a couple of years about 3 or 4 years ago. She was our biggest carp for quite some time, prior to her "illness" years. She looked to be heading for 60lb before any of the others and got to 56lbs 14oz. She then spawned back to 48lbs but continued to drop right back to 42lbs and I admit that I was expecting to find her body at some stage. About 2 years ago I was asked to photograph a 48lb carp for someone and there she lay, fully recovered. I'm pleased to say that she has clawed her way back to 60lbs plus but I'm not sure that she will ever be the biggest in the lake again.

Now, my next fish is certainly one to watch;

The Peach is a very, very young fish that has been born in the lake much more recently than when we moved in in 2002. She first came to our notice in 2014 when we were suddenly made aware of a new, scraper fifty just before spawning. By spring this year (27th March) she was already a scraper sixty when she weighed 61lbs 4oz. When I have been able to examine her thoroughly her fins still have scolloped, concave shapes to the tips which shows that she hasn't yet reached an age where her fins are beginning to wear. This, plus the fact that her head is still very small compared to her body suggests that her skeleton is still growing and I am guessing that she is probably about ten years old so could be a massive fish for the future.

Now, without naming any, we have also seen some surprises this year. I say "without naming them" but, quite simply some of the young carp are growing so fast that it is almost embarrassing when someone, as has happened several times this year, banks an upper forty and asks me which fish it is. I'm sure they must wonder what I'm on when I stand there with a gormless look on my face and say that I don't have a clue. Anyway, the reason for adding this paragraph is as an indication that we could easily see these 7 or 8 year old mirrors roar past the existing "A" team.

Now to elaborate on this last statement I need to explain my reasons for believing that the younger fish will overtake the older, but already huge fish so let me try to explain. When we bought the lake it was stuffed to overflowing with Every species that you can think of plus millions of the dreaded poison chats. Now every catfish has a voracious appetite but the little spiny darlings, in their millions, eat every last scrap of food before anything else gets a look in. The fish that we inherited were pretty much emaciated from lack of nourishment and most were badly stunted so the drain downs allowed us to remove the excess stock and gradually, vidange by vidange get the biomass in line. This has meant that the carp that were born in here between 2000 and 2005 had massive competition for food in their early years. Those born between 2005 and 2011 would have a much better start but still had the poison chats to compete with every second year (one year clear of them before they returned the following year). The carp born since 2011, the year that we finally eradicated the bloody chats have been able to graze the natural food supplies as they wish and these are the fish to really watch for the future. In short, as every animal breeder will know, if you want your Great Dane, Race horse or whatever to be at its biggest and best, you have to give it the best start in life. That's what we are able to do now with our carp and it's beginning to show.

Chapter 14 - November 2016