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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 Nine - Hard Work Pays Off

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Over the past seasons the spawning had lasted for several days and the carp had come out of it looking lank and almost sorry for themselves.

This year the spawning lasted for just 3 days and, whilst the carp were down in weight, they seemed to remain in good condition.

I hoped that our removal of the young male commons had had the desired effect and we should soon see the benefits.

Throughout the summer we sat and waited for the autumn to see whether things would improve and September seemed to produce a “sudden” surge in growth.

Two new fifties were landed at 50lb 8oz and 52lb 9oz and the bigger of the two had managed to put on 11 lb in as many months.

At last it seemed that things were going to plan. As the autumn continued we saw more and more massive growth rates from some of the fish with some more fifties being the icing on the cake.

The weather deteriorated rapidly through October but a trickle of big forties and fifties continued to be caught, although a couple of the fast growers managed to avoid capture for a few weeks. As the season drew towards a close and the numbers of anglers reduced, I was able to do some short angling sessions myself and late October and early November still held a couple of surprises.

My fishing was for short, two day, sessions but these were spread over a period of eleven days in total. The first of these produced some smaller fish in the thirty pound bracket and was then crowned by my landing of the “Half-Linear” at a new lake record weight of 56lb 12oz.

My next session was generated by Jan seeing a couple of large carp roll and suggesting that I should bivvy up in the area.

I always try to obey my wife and set up in front of where she had seen the fish. The short session produced three fish which were a common of 43lb 15oz and mirrors of 49lb 6oz and yet another lake record at 57lb 14oz.

My season ended with fantastic results and the lake had produced 12 different carp of forty eight pounds or bigger.

As I began some of the autumn cutting back around the lake I became aware that the dying lily leaves were still holding strings of snail eggs and, even more importantly, that there were now hundreds, possibly thousands, of very large snails on the lake bed.

These were now the size of your thumb print so would have been offering “boilie-sized”, live protein packed food parcels for the carp.

The live protein is the most easily utilised protein and will produce the biggest and safest weight gains and must be the reason for the late season surge.

It now seems obvious that the amount of small snails being eaten by the Crucians during previous years resulted in there being very few left to mature into proper food for the big fish.

We now head into winter without the need to arrange another vidange, but the coldest December on record has buried the UK in snow and has seen our lake frozen over far earlier than normal, so we can only pray that the natural food continues to bloom under the ice to keep the carp in prime condition.