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. 41 + different 50lb. plus carp

and 6 different 60lb plus carp And 2 known 70lb plus carp.

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Read Iain MacMillans review of his last trip to Moorlands

      The plan was simple, and one that most guys probably wouldn’t go with. We fished both swims well short of our boundaries in order to give the fish some breathing space. In the hope that we could both capitalise on the fact the fish seemed to want to be in front of us. That way, if I had a few, it would ping them over to Beechy, then when Beechy had a few, it would ping them back to me. Plus, it would help Blower as we left the centre channel with no line pressure, which in turn meant if some of the shoal wanted to move up the lake, they’d come across his mass baiting rather than our lines, everyone’s a winner.



The rods were fished towards the dam during the day

The plan started to work almost immediately, and after dark on Sunday night the sound was almost too much. Fish were crashing all over Beechy and I. Sleep was hard to come by, if it wasn’t a bite keeping you awake, it was the sound of hippos bouncing out in front of us. So much for a relaxing week. I hadn’t gone overboard with the bait yet, as I was still feeling my way into the session, as was Beechy, but there’s no doubt, that as the week wore on, and we caught more, they obviously wanted more bait. They seemed in no mood to want to vacate either area soon.

        Keith even said he hadn’t seen it like this for a fair few years. Normally you’d club a few fish, then they’d get sick of it and spook off. We weren’t about to let this opportunity pass us by, and if it was lots of bait they desired, then they could have it.

        Blower had now started to catch too, his average size was impressive and he was fishing very well. The other lads were scratching for a few bites, but the lads who kept their eyes and ears open were getting the results. Kev and Mick both fancied a move, so Kev dropped into the 2nd Pontoon next to me. He had a few straight away, and some good fish at that. In all honesty, I’d have been knackered if he hadn’t have dropped in there. He was such a big help, not only as he’s great company, but I was now starting to rack up some serious fish. The double take had started to happen in the dark too, as I had seriously upped the mount of bait I was putting in. When the fish moved in it was utter carnage at times. Kev would either be netting a fish for me, taking pictures, or generally being a massive help. I even had to ponce some PVA mesh as I’d done 5m already tying up bags. I ended up getting through 12m that week, just crazy fishing.

The bigger fish had now started to make an appearance for a few of us. Beechy upped his PB with a 53lb+, Blower was getting regular upper 40s, but could only get bites through the night as the fish were mooching about down the centre of the lake. I was catching an obscene amount of mid-30s to mid-40s and some spectacular lookers. They’re all different at Keiths, one bite will be a fully scaled that looks like it belongs in Horseshoe, the next will be a long scale perfect common.

One thing that struck me about just how well the lake is run, is the way the fish scrap. It’s not a deep lake at all, in fact it’s one of the shallowest I’ve fished. I guess we all associate much deeper water with harder fighting fish, but such is the water quality and brilliant biomass at Moorlands, these fish fight so hard, it’s unreal. There were fish that I landed, that if I had lost, I would have said were double their size, just such healthy carp.