Top Quality French Carp Fishing
NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz
and 14 different 60lb plus carp And 2 known 70lb plus carp.
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I will break off again briefly to say that the fish are still coming to the feed and this morning, (21st November 2016) I banked baby Half Lin at 45lbs 9oz. Funnily enough, this is one of those youngsters that I wrote about above. More bait needed I think.
Now what else happened in 2016? The year started with, what seemed like a never ending loss of well known entertainers and then deteriorated even further with "Brexit". Well that's covered that in enough detail so let's move on.
It is my hope that we can drain down our stock pond in 2017 and sell off all of the young fish that it currently holds. I'm hoping to sell them all as a bulk purchase and then use the stock pond as a proper growing on pond to see if we can generate some real surprises. I won't say anymore until we have progressed this further.
While typing this we have experienced 48 hours of violent winds which have removed the last of the leaves from the trees as well as some of the branches so that will keep me occupied for a while. As the wind dropped the torrential rain began and put about 12" of extra water (about 4 million gallons) into the lake so the stream is flowing strongly but the lake is coloured and, I think the fish will not be quite so keen to feed until it begins to clear again. By then, I have a feeling that the water temperature will have dropped and feeding spells will be very short.
As I add this paragraph it is the eve of Christmas Eve. Since my last paragraphs the temperature dropped to below freezing and has held, with fog, at a maximum of 2 or 3 degrees. We have not had any more rain but the lake has had a thin covering of ice on several occasions and there have been no signs of feeding fish during December. The one, and very unexpected, benefit of this spell of cold water has been that the remaining weed growth has broken off at the lake bed. We now have rafts of weed stems floating on the surface and these will be flushed over the spillway with the next influx of rain. This is one thing that we haven't experienced during the previous three mild winters so will give us an even better chance to defeat the weed this coming spring.
The benefits of much less weed growth will be a massive increase in the captures of big fish because they won't have quite so much natural food available to them without needing to leave the security of a huge weed bed. This year it was easy to find them. Each of the bigger weed beds could be seen to be holding large numbers of large carp. As the swans flew over the weed beds the surface would erupt with spooked carp. By fishing tight to the weed or even in the weed, bites would come regularly but, often, the carp would dive into the dense beds and it was often difficult to extract them. Even when it was possible to get the fish free it often meant wading or a boat trip and the fish would be netted without the angler getting the pleasure of the fight. Now, for me, that is the most important, maybe even THE, reason that I fish for carp. I don't want a big fish that just waddles into the net. I don't want to have to wade or boat out to net every fish. I want to feel the strength of big, fit fish that power off into the lake. I want to be shaking with excitement and anxiety by the time that kipper rolls into the net and that is what my target is for 2017 so that all of our customers can live that same experience.
With the weed beds gone the fish will be slightly more dependent on anglers baits and will be less able to hide up in areas that are difficult to fish to. They will be more mobile so it may be more difficult to "hold" them in one swim for any length of time but this should mean that there will be more opportunities for more anglers around the lake as the shoals get moved about by captures. The one word of advice that I will give here, and this is from previous observations before the weed began to grow, is that every angler will need to be watching the lake for the slightest sign and that could be bubbles, mud, head and shouldering or even coots being spooked as the carp move.
I honestly believe that a good bed of quality bait will produce some very big carp during 2017 and that we are now more likely to see some anglers bank multiple captures of fifties, sixties and seventies.
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