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 Ten - Even More Learning Needed

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Plans began to be made and I provisionally booked an eight ton 360 digger for the first weekend of October. In order to be ready for it we then set about pumping the existing holding pools dry and removing all of the fish within them.

Strangely enough we only found a couple of small carp, some big perch and bass and very few poisson chats.

In previous drain-downs the holding pools have been a stronghold for the spiky little fish but for some reason, not this time.

With the pools empty it was time for the main act and on 7th October it arrived, all shiny and clean.

It wouldn’t remain like that for very long.

My first target was to get a temporary dam built across the eastern arm so that we could work the stock pond bed without any problem with water ingress.

Very gently I drove the digger into the remaining water, trying very carefully to keep it travelling in a straight line so that it didn’t rip the lake bed apart and sink into the silt.

Not an easy task when one of the drive motors seemed more powerful that the other and the machine was determined to drive in a circle.

I reached the opposite bank and then slowly reversed while digging out the lake bed and simply piling it up into a clay bank.

All went very easily and we were now safe to clean out and deepen the holding pools.

I drove down into the soft silt of the bottom and began to pull it back towards me as I slowly moved down the length of the pool.

Unfortunately the silt became softer and wetter with each pull and I likened it to digging soup. As I pulled it towards me so it slumped back away so progress was very slow.

Eventually we achieved our goal and the pool bed was 18” deeper and relatively clear of soft silt. I now needed to extend the size of the deeper water to reach the temporary dam bank but I didn’t want it all of uniform depth so I dug a “canal” section plus some plateaux and formed small islands from the hard clay.

With the work almost complete I was horrified to find that I was unable to move the machine and began to realise just how deep the silt was when I saw it beginning to slowly ooze into the cab through the open door.

The digger was sinking lower and lower. I tried all the normal tricks without anything working so decided that the last resort was to dig a “trench” around the machine in the hope that some of the silt would run away from the tracks and allow me to move out. After about half an hour of digging I put the bucket down and managed to break the suction on the tracks and they slowly lifted out until the machine was in a “begging” mode.

By driving the left track forward and the right backwards while also pushing the bucket to the left the digger gradually lifted out of the worst of the clag.

I was then able to use the bucket to pull my way out and with relief we decided to call it a day at that point. Enough was enough.