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Made In England
(Above) …And with a stunning linear.
(Below) Blurred but beautiful.
but an obviously healthy one, having
just spawned. I’m not sure how Terry
felt about that, but it was the fish he
wanted, and the weight may well
have been immaterial, although a 47lb
common is still bloody huge.
Unfortunately, the next day I heard
that the Amphibian had died, possibly
at the same time as Terry’s capture –
who knows? It was a little sad to hear
of the demise of this famous fish that
had given so many people such great
pleasure, but then it was also nice to
think of it like that – a real pleasuremaker. The problem for all of these
big, old females is that when the
weather is like this, the chances are
that the fish will spawn two or three
times in a short period, and the
stresses must be huge. The young
males give them a right battering, and
it is testament to the strength of carp
as a whole that they survive this year
after year. But it can’t last forever, as
has been shown by the Amphibian,
and many more great carp before it.
The thing is, in those couple of
scorching hot weeks, half a dozen fish
were caught over 50lb, and some of
them seemed excessively high in
weight. The Fat Lady from St. Ives
lagoon hit the 60lb-mark for the first
time, and is certainly living up to her
name. Also, the Plodder was well in
excess of 50lb a week or so ago, and
that seems considerably higher than
normal. Since then they may well
have shed some spawn, but who
knows. It’s obviously a natural thing,
but how healthy is it? At Broad Oak,
the fish have spawned very successfully for a second year running, and all
of the biggies are down in weight, but
looking extremely healthy for it. That
brings me to a little ‘discussion’ Joe
and I often have – what is the natural
weight of a carp?
Is it when it’s full of spawn? Is it
when it has just spawned? Is it on
August 27th at four in the morning, or
is it at the autumn equinox?
My argument is that its natural
weight is whatever it is when the
carp is lying in a sling below a set of
scales, be that tomorrow or the middle of January. Joe thinks otherwise,
but can’t define it. I’m not sure, but I
remember being really happy, when
fishing Horton, if I heard that this or
that fish had been caught three or
four pounds down in weight, in the
full knowledge that within six to eight
weeks it would be back up and fighting fit. The bottom line is that, as
much pressure that we think we put
these fish under, it is nothing compared to the pressure Mother Nature
puts on them. They give us great
pleasure; we revere and protect them
for that, and we can’t do any more.
I just need to let you know that, as
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