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.

Hover over image for larger picture

Read Iain MacMillans review of his last trip to Moorlands

Chapter Four - Onwards and Upwards

Back                                                                                                                                                   Next

This is exactly how I set up the rods one September morning. I returned to the house, poured myself my first cup of coffee of the day and then perched against the fence watching for any action. The fish weren’t renowned for being the earliest risers in the world and the bubbling didn’t actually start this day until eight o’clock. Within minutes of getting back to my rods, the middle rod signalled a take.  

The bobbin flew up to the rod butt. Minor panic set in as I looked for somewhere to stand my cup and I expected to hear the familiar one toner. In short, nothing more happened. It was as if something had slammed on the brakes. Everything remained absolutely motionless. The rod now looked as if I had set it up while fishing with tight lines and the bobbin remained tight to the butt.

With the other angler’s stories still ringing in my ears I decide to see just how long it would take for the bite to develop. After quite some time still nothing moved. I unclipped the line and pulled some from the spool and almost immediately the fish moved off. Maybe because the line was no longer clipped, the spool began to turn slowly and I was able to lift into what was expected to be an energetic double. In fact it turned out to be another high twenty which made my life as difficult as possible for the next twenty or so minutes before going in the net.

The “happenings” on the lake resulted in me thinking even more deeply about the way that fish feed. Did these finicky feeders suggest that carp which normally feed over soft lake beds naturally feed differently than their typical gravel pit cousins?

Our lake is a typical estate type lake with relatively shallow water and a soft lake bed. During our first year it had virtually no weed growth and the carp seemed to prefer to feed on the areas of shallow but soft silt. I began to question whether this resulted in them being able to simply suck food from the silt with little effort as opposed to needing to “tear” snails and the like from weed stems. Having watched carp feeding on weed in clear water I was always surprised how violent this feeding could sometimes be and it was easy to imagine how the initial head-shake could set the hook and result in a blistering run.

However, with silt feeders, they could quite easily suck in the bait and continue feeding without moving away too far, resulting in very gentle bites or twitches.

Taking this one step further, if certain fish prefer to feed on areas of soft bottom, whereas the main body of the population of carp are feeding over gravel, then it could go some way to explain why some known fish give very minor indications.

It could also explain why some specimens in your favourite water very rarely pick up hook baits

…or do they?