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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During the season we had become aware that we had some water loss through the dam wall and we had tipped a quantity of road base across the area where I had previously seen muskrat burrows and the leak had, indeed, lessened.

We were now in a position to check out the structure even further.

I should add here that, while tipping the road base, we noticed a shoal of small perch swimming up one of the rat holes from the small stream behind the sluice gate. Further investigation, by digging out the run, showed that the chamber within the rat burrow was absolutely stuffed with large poisson-chats and that these fish could continue to follow the rat tunnel until they swam out into the lake.

The upshot of that discovery is that this would explain how we have been seeing chats of spawning size within 12 months of previous drain-downs.

They have simply been swimming up from the river Grosne, which is alive with them, and following the water flow through the rat burrows until they ended up in the lake unhindered.

Anyway, all of these burrows were now totally blocked and permanently sealed so another possible problem solved.

The biggest surprise came when I noticed a small, 2” x “3 gap in the stonework to the other side of the dam towards our house.

I pushed a storm pole into the gap and was absolutely horrified to see it totally disappear, all six feet of it. That suggested that there was an enormous hole within the dam and by removing some stonework and digging down from above we found an enormous “cavern” which had been formed by years and years of the water eroding the clay backing to the dam wall face.

My past experiences have shown that this needed to be filled with a sand type material so that any future water leakage would wash the particles into the small cavities and would thereby “choke” and seal the leak.

Having done that we then sealed the entrance hole with concrete and we now wait to see how successful our work has been.