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 Nine - Hard Work Pays Off

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During this fishing session I was lucky enough to land a few big fish and was playing, what turned out to be, another new forty, when I heard Jan scream.

As soon as the fish was in the net I phoned her to find out what was going on and was told that Sharon’s results had proven to be benign.

I am not too proud to admit that I sat on my bed chair and sobbed with relief. Alan Brown was fishing alongside me and suggested that the new forty should be given a name to suit the situation and so she became “The Benign.”

I’m fairly sure that there won’t be many other lakes with a fish of that name.

With that period out of the way we could concentrate on the drain down and life returned to normal for a while.

As we went into the work of preparing the holding pools once again, I became more and more aware of the pain in my leg and it then burst into a sizeable ulcer just above my ankle.

A trip to the doctor resulted in bandages and cream and a daily regime to pack the ulcer. The pain didn’t seem any less but there was work to be done.

By late November we were well into the vidange and most of the big fish had been moved from the emptying lake and transferred into the holding pools at the end of the Eastern arm.

Robin, Len, Justin, Steve, Chris and Rich were sleeping in the lodge and the basement and the days were long but much more enjoyable than could be said for the previous vidange, which we had carried out alone.

There were some memorable moments along the way, with Rich getting completely stuck in the mud and resulting in Robin and I having to drag him out.

Everyone was amazed at the numbers of thirties and forties that we had moved and, as the water dropped, we were interested to see, and get rid of, the small fish.

The final weekend saw the extent of the previous summer’s problem fish with thousands of baby carp stranded in the last remaining puddles.

There were two size groups, one was the previous year’s fish which were already in the 5lb to 8lb range and then the more recent spawning which were palm sized but extremely pretty fish.

However, the more amazing sight was that we had thousands of crucian carp and they were all about 2lb in weight.

We had not been aware of these fish as none had been caught and we couldn’t remember leaving any of these in the lake during our previous drain down two years earlier.

Luckily, we had someone who wanted to buy all of our unwanted large male fish and the two-summer fish so these were sorted and Steve left with his tanks bursting with baby carp and topped up with 30 larger males of up to 28lb plus some small catfish.

Our reason for removing some of the males was to try to reduce the spawning melee and thereby reduce the time taken over the ritual as well as allowing the big females to get through the spring period with less damage.