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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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Chapter Four - Onwards and Upwards


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Looking back to my earlier fishing in England this theory may help to explain, in some small way, why certain fish seemed to be caught regularly from specific areas of each lake.

It may also help to explain why my catch rates of bigger fish seem to have improved since I switched to using running rigs with light leads and slack lines. At least with running rigs you are more likely to be made aware that the bait has been moved whereas with a semi fixed heavy lead there is a chance that a carp can pick up the bait and move it without the angler even being aware that it has been inspected. Given the opportunity to fish some of my old haunts again I would certainly be tempted to place baits in the more “unfancied” areas.

I mentioned earlier that the carp in our lake seemed to start bubbling during the early morning periods. There were certainly plenty of carp being caught during the other parts of the twenty four hours, but the most obvious signs of feeding fish were these violent patches of bubbles which can sometimes continue until ten o’clock in the morning.

I have returned to this point because I remember reading Jack Hilton’s “Quest for Carp” where he gives a description of the famous Ashlea Pool.

In his description he states that it was between two feet and six feet deep and less than an acre in size. He also went on to say that visible signs of feeding almost always began shortly after dawn but sometimes could be delayed until two or three hours after sunrise.

His description also details that a bright start to the day could make the feeding signs very short-lived whereas an overcast day could result in the carp continuing to feed for many hours.

This is an exact description of the situation that we found (and continue to find) on our lake and, furthermore, another similarity is that we very rarely see feeding of the same intensity during the evening, if aerial displays are discounted.

Now, the only physical similarity between the two lakes is the average depths and the make up of the lake beds. Both have soft clay/silt bottoms and produce a multitude of food items within these layers.

Probably the most potent lesson to be learned from these comparisons is that, despite the lakes being nearly forty years and six hundred miles apart, the challenges remain fairly constant and we should never stop learning from the lessons of the quality anglers of yesteryear.