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In Search of Monster Carp
(Above) 31lb.
(Below right) 34lb 12oz.
mean they’re there seven days a
week. As I said earlier, it’s those boys
that really put the time in who get the
better results, because that’s how it is
on those sorts of waters. I don’t particularly think that just because
you’re there, you’re going to catch
loads of fish; you’ve obviously got to
be doing something right, because
there are loads of guys who have
been on there a full season and never
caught anything.
I think you know that fish that have
died over the years, and there are fish
that have been stocked, so we’re
probably back to the same, or maybe
fewer in number, but not that much I
would say. One thing that is pretty
sure as far as I am concerned is that
the old Leney carp and the fish that
we put in from Claremont have definitely bred; there’s no doubt about
that. I mean many a time when the
weed was at its worst, when we were
doing weed clearing, we’d pull out
small carp, and when I say small carp,
I’m talking about fish of maybe 4-5ins
long, both commons and mirrors.
Tom, the owner, has now taken some
of these small carp away and grown
them on, and they’ve grown on to be
really good fish. So you know, to say
how many fish are in there is very difficult. I mean this last season just
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gone, we had I think five fish under
10lb, which has got to tell you something, and there have been fish out to
15lb, even though there have been no
stockings since the Claremont fish
went in. You could say they’ve come
in from the Colne, and it’s not impossible, because there is a sluice pipe
that goes through, and fish could
swim through. It’s a small pipe, so the
big fish can’t get out, but any real
small fish could swim in. I have seen
chub in there though, which have
obviously come in through the pipes.
We’ve got a fish in there called the
Trophy Fish, which was caught this
week at 45lbs. The guy who caught it
also caught a fish of 9lb at the end of
last season, and we call it the Little
Trophy, because if you were to put
these two fish side by side, you
wouldn’t believe how similar they are.
One of them has got a bream-type
tail, but apart from that it’s just a dead
ringer; it’s the same colour, and it
really looks like the Trophy Fish. I
think for sure, fish have definitely bred
and got through. I know the cormorants are bad news, and I think
we’d have a lot of fish in there if it
wasn’t for the cormorants, but over
the years, some fish have bred. If they
hadn’t, there’d be hardly anything in
Savay. I showed him my book, photographs of fish that I believe are Savaybred fish, bred in the time that I was
there. I am sure that every year a few
fish get through. When I say every
year, you might get the odd year
when none get through, but I think on
most years a few get through. In good
years you could get half a dozen or
more, especially when the weed’s up,
as it has been, and there are plenty of
places for them to get away from the
predators. Years ago, Savay was barren of weed; there was no weed in
there, so it was fair play to everything,
all the predator birds, pike and all

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