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 Seven - Progress Over the Years

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Once the pools were empty we cleaned the mud basins with chlorine and after leaving it to evaporate for a couple of days the pools were refilled.

Even this was carried out by pumping the water from the lake through a fine mesh grill so that not even the smallest fish could get back into the pools.

At this point we made our trip to England and as soon as we returned the gate was again opened to empty the main lake.

I must admit that every day spent in England was also spent with one eye on the French weather forecast.

Luckily it didn’t happen but any downpour could easily have refilled the lake and put us back to square one. Anyway, as the lake emptied, thousands of small fish were again revealed.

Unfortunately no-one wanted the small fish and we were forced to tip them on our field but we had to remove them for the benefit of the fishery.

The total number of fish removed added up to 63 large dustbins full. We estimated that we were putting at least one thousand small fish in each bin so we took sixty thousand unwanted fish out of the lake.

The change that this would make to the biomass would be incredible. If we assume that these fish weighed an average of two ounces each it equates to a reduction of 500 lb per acre on our biomass.

As we were trying to work to a total of 500 lb per acre it wasn’t rocket science to see why our growth rates were stalling.

The only unfortunate thing was that the fish would have to recover from the stress of the drain down before we saw the real benefits.

After a month of extremely hard work the gate was shut and the lake began to refill. Our records indicated that the weights of most of the bigger fish were down but, now that we had seen the number of small fish which had been competing for the available food, it was not surprising.

However we did have one big surprise towards the end of the drain down when I slid my arms around yet another carp only to find that it was much bigger than expected at 46lb.

Not only that but it wasn’t a recognised fish. The real big plusses were that we were now holding twice as many forties and three times as many thirties as we had been at the end of 2005.

We also now had fifty large, adult catfish waiting to torture any fry that dared to emerge during the following spring.