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

Chapter Ten - Even More Learning Needed

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We came in to 2011 with a considerable amount of excitement about the possibilities of our fish growth rates and the early spring showed us just how irregular these can be.

We saw fish which we expected to smash the lake record get landed at lower weights than they had been in autumn 2010 while others were way above what we had expected.

We also had to endure family illnesses and the breakdown of my Daughter’s marriage so, all in all, a very confused year.

The year began as a continuation of the long winter which had started back at the end of November 2010.

The temperatures didn’t drop as low as we normally experience and, in fact, it appeared that the France had swapped winters with the UK.

We only got down to the minus five’s whilst we watched reports of minus fourteen’s in England. The biggest set back was that we seemed to keep an ice lid on the lake for three months and feeding the fish became impossible.

Even as the winter ebbed away I was already concerned that the fish may not have been able to maintain their pre-winter weights.

We realised that we needed help with the upkeep of the land and general bailiffing work and Robin Eden explained that his life in England was a mess and he would like the opportunity to work with us.

This did lead to a brief embarrassment as I had already offered the position to someone else. I immediately phoned and explained the situation to Neil and got the response of “You’ve got to give your mate a chance to turn his life around but I am gutted.”

With that sorted we started the season with Robin as bailiff and with the agreement between all parties that it would be given a full season to see how well we all gelled and worked together before any future plans were made.

It was also obviously essential for our regular customers to feel at ease with the “new” member of the crew and for the “soul” of Moorlands to remain as it always has been and the only way to find out was to run for the full season and listen to the feedback.