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 Five - Vidange

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Within minutes I had the trailer on the back of my Isuzu Trooper and the trailer bed was fitted with one of the large fibre glass bins filled with water. The carp were wrapped into individual carp sacks and lowered into the bin which was then driven across the field and the fish gently lowered into their new temporary residence.

It took us twenty one journeys across the field as well as a full day of hard labour to move the estimated three and a half tons of carp plus the eight cats. Despite the best efforts of the French pisiculturists we only lost three carp, two doubles and a low twenty common.

Obviously I would far rather have not lost any but in the light of the fiasco that we encountered I felt that we did extremely well. In the heat of the battle we didn’t actually manage to carry out the sorting of the stock that we had planned and we probably kept far too many double figure carp and a lot of these appeared to be male commons.

With thoughts of needing to provide food for the cats we also replaced some of the larger of the roach and rudd but other than these the lake would now be just carp.

Once the drain down was complete we felt that we had done everything possible to eradicate the unwanted fish. The sluice gates were closed and the main lake began to refill slowly. The main reason for the construction of the holding pools within the bed of the lake was that, once the level of water in the lake nears its normal level, the carp and cats can leave the pools and swim out into the main body of water without needing to be handled again.

This should reduce any losses due to stress. It also meant that the end of the eastern arm would contain a series of major underwater features which would include drop offs, deep holes and even shallow, reed covered plateaux.

During 2002 this area had remained rarely fished but it now offered many areas of sanctuary for the carp and should also be perfect for close up “eyeball to eyeball” stalking methods.

After a few days of refilling I decided to visit the eastern arm early one afternoon to check how the water levels were doing. From what I could see I estimated that the water over the shallows leading to the pools would be about six inches deep by the following morning.

I decide to get up early the following morning and take some time to watch the carp activity along the drop off. As the sun rose I stood in the shallows just beyond the drop off and watched several carp moving back and forth along the edge until a mid double lay over on its side and virtually “wriggled” over the shallow lip and then fired itself across the remainder of the shallows and back into the main lake.

I was just beginning to feel pleased that I had seen probably the first carp to return to its former home when two low twenties used exactly the same system to cross the lip………..but these were heading back into the pools. I couldn’t help but wonder just how shallow that water had been when those two had moved out and also how many fish could be lost from a lake in even the shallowest of flood conditions.