Top Quality French Carp Fishing
NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz
and 6 different 60lb plus carp And 2 known 70lb plus carp.
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Chapter Seven -
2007 opened in a blaze of fantastic fishing. I forced myself to fish the opening week and, after all of the other anglers were settled I chose to fish in “snag bay” towards the end of the southern arm.
I started by baiting very heavily Saturday morning and then continued to top up the swim after every bit of action. The carp were obviously ready for a big feed and I ended with a catch of thirty carp including ten thirties and three forties.
April and May continued to produce some incredible catches but these results gradually tailed off. As the summer drifted on we became aware that the lake was again holding a considerable number of small and totally unwanted fish.
I was always aware that the holding pools, which we had dug into the lake bed back in 2002, could be a hiding place for a small number of unwanted fish but I didn’t feel that it was big enough to hold sufficient quantities of fish to become an instant problem. How wrong can you be?
By the end of the year we had only seen 74 forty pound carp landed so our total catch rate was down against the previous season. I had always known that it was likely that the lake would gradually get harder as the fish were caught more often but I didn’t feel that this was the whole reason for the slow down.
The small fish were again getting to the baited patches quicker than the carp so there was only one solution. We decided that we would drain the lake again and this time we would empty the holding pools in order to examine exactly what they held.
This year was also our fortieth wedding anniversary and we had promised to spend the weekend of 18th November in England with our eldest daughters. In order to accommodate this we would need to make detailed plans of how and when the various stages of the drain down would happen.
At the beginning of November we lowered the main body of the lake until the holding pools were “land locked.” At this point we closed the sluice gate in order to hold the main lake at that level. We then purchased a generator and two large pumps and these were installed in order to pump the water from the holding pools back into the lake.
It actually took longer than I thought but eventually the bottom of the pools was revealed. Quite a lot of silt had accumulated since the pools were dug and the deeper spots were now soft but there in the watery silt lay at least two thousand small fish including the dreaded poisson chats. It seemed fair to assume that these numbers were fairly typical of what we had been leaving within the holding pools during each of the previous drain downs.
Basically each spring had seen a breeding population, numbered in thousands, of small fish ready to destroy our biomass calculations.