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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

As a summary of our 2008 season we saw 269 carp of 36lb or bigger landed. Those captures were made up from at least 31 different carp of between 36lb and 40lb plus another 27 different forties.

The simple maths of these figures suggests that we already have 58 different thirty six pound plus carp and could possibly see all of these as forties or fifties during 2009.

My target when starting the fishery was to eventually have fifty forties and ten fifties and we are now within a couple of years of achieving this ... unless we have missed something else. Only time will tell.

I mentioned in an earlier chapter that Redmire had contained only carp and gudgeon during its period of dominance. I hadn’t previously put any significance to the stock but a conversation with an angler who specialised in fishing for eels would make me ask even more questions.

He had originally asked if he could visit us to fish for eels but I had to explain that the lake didn’t hold any but that it was a carp lake.

He went on to explain in detail how he had spent some time fishing another lake in the area and had used gudgeon as his bait during his eel sessions.

He apparently had spent a weekend at this lake and had caught 15 carp on gudgeon as bait while the carp anglers had only caught a couple.

After he had left I began to put the pieces of the jigsaw together. Was there a correlation between the gudgeon and the growth rates of the carp and did this also extend to other fish fry?

It was obviously possible that the Redmire carp could have fed on the gudgeon as this would have provided a superb source of protein long before anglers’ baits became developed and used in quantity.

If this was a common phenomenon then it would also explain why our carp were able to suddenly put on a “surge” of extra weight during the late summer and early autumn.

We didn’t have the gudgeon but did have carp fry which would have reached “gudgeon” size at this time of the year.

Even more thoughts to take with us into 2009.

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