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Israel or Sutton
(Right) Florescent strips are another
fish safety feature of the new sling.
(Below) If you want to catch carp in
the Middle East, join the Army!
have a glowing reputation for quality
service, and providing stunning English fish, grown on from quality brood
stock. The trouble is, I am very
pleased to say, that these highly reputable suppliers are sold out of their
bigger fish up to two years in
advance. If you want a 20lb Sutton
Leney straight from the farm you
could have to wait several years. This
is good news, because if these individuals are selling quality fish, then
the less credible individuals are not
selling as many of their own stock.
The problem though is obvious – if
you want to set up a highly profitable
instant business, you need big fish,
and your moral dilemma starts here.
You have two choices, be patient and
buy the best stock you can at a reasonable size so they can grow into the
venue and habitat, and develop the
fishery as you go, or find an alternative to the depleted stocks of the preferred retailers. There are two alternatives – one being to ‘relocate’ stock. I
am a policeman by trade in the Army,
and we call that theft. The likes of
Chris Ball will tell you untold stories
(especially after a few sherbets) of
times of old when people were legging it around the Yateley complex
with our history fish in sacks finding
them new homes. Thankfully times
have changed, but for some the temptation has not. A lake I used to fish a
lot has appeared depleted of fish in
recent times; at least some have
apparently been photographed some
miles up the road. With sensible sized
carp costing hundreds of pounds, it is,
although abhorrent, understandable
why some may think this is a good
idea. It is also ironic that most of the
depleted fish are what we termed
‘canal fish’. There can’t be many that
read Big Carp regularly that are not
more than aware of the perils of mov-
ing fish, and the ease with which
infection can be spread and disease
grip a fishery. If you are unsure as to
where I am coming from, log onto the
ECHO website and have a read. It
could change your perspective forever.
Ok, so the decision is made that I
don’t want to get nicked for theft, and
I really don’t want to risk the spread
of untold diseases wiping out my
acquired stock, so I have to look elsewhere for my instant profit. The
instant legal option is surely viable, is
it not? No chance of getting nicked,
and loads of fat fish swimming around
for punters to dangle for. To be honest
if I was not sufficiently educated (I
mean that in the ECHO sense), and
more than a bit passionate about
what type of fish I catch, I would
struggle to see the problem with filling my lakes with 20lb-plus allegedly
English fish. It’s legal and potentially
if the stocking levels are kept sensible, long-term sustainable. The fact
that many would overstock with
these fish to ensure instant run
heaven and create a seriously unbalanced biomass is another issue. The
other, still legal, option is to throw the
ethical textbook into the Channel and
buy imports. Alongside the many
English 20’s I have been offered in the
last week, I have also been offered
fish to over 40lbs from both Europe
and the Middle East. Legal they may
or may not be, people may want to
fish for them without giving a stuff
where they come from, and make lots
of money they certainly could, in the
short term at least, but they are not for


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