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Chapter Six - The Long Hot Summer

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Our calculations after the drain down, even though it had had to be rushed, suggested that the biomass had been running in excess of 1000 lbs per acre without any additional supplementary feed. The appearance and shape of some of the carp, being the bigger species, suggested that they simply weren’t getting enough to eat.

By the spring of 2003 we had reduced this to less than 400 lb per acre and were beginning to add food. My target had always been to produce a lake with carp which could continue to grow but which would also grow more muscle than fat.

I hoped that this theory would result in big fish which really could scrap. I didn’t want carp that could be easily wound in without needing to be fished for and played without some thought. I had also seen at first hand, the results of stress from overstocking.

Close to where I lived in England, there was a small lake run by some farmers and that fishery had the potential to produce some stunning carp. Unfortunately the owners did not know anything about fishery management and were being advised by their friends who were also farmers.

The end result was that, whenever the fishing seemed a bit slow, no consideration was given to the facts that it may be because of the weather conditions or any other outside factor, it was always deemed to be that there “weren’t enough fish in the lake”.

As soon as this decision was made the owners would net another one of their ponds and more small fish, of all species, would be added. Over the course of five years the lake went from regularly producing commons in the high twenty pound bracket to hardly producing any and those that it did produce were often covered in sores, ulcers and lice. Even the anglers who continued to fish it moaned to each other about the state of the fish but none of them were ever brave enough to try to explain to the owners what was going wrong.

In hindsight maybe even those anglers didn’t know how to resolve the situation. The simple biomass calculations can be explained fairly easily. If a lake can maintain a total biomass of, let’s say 500 lb, then the choice of the manager is whether he wants it to hold ten fifty pound carp or fifty ten pound carp. It will not be able to hold both at the same time.

With this in mind I was aware and prepared for the fact that at some time I would probably need to reduce the numbers of carp present in my lake.

We headed for our new season with the intent to keep trickling in the pellet feed and would control the amount to match the suggested “acknowledged” fishery advice.

It was possible to purchase a booklet from Sparsholt College which gave details of fish dietary requirements for various water temperatures and these are as follows:

Water temperature of 12 C needs 0.4% of total biomass.

Water temperature 16 C needs 1.0%

Water temperature 22 C needs 1.6%

Water temperature 28 C needs 0.8%