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kills all the germs, bugs and bacteria,
and kills the weed back. This makes it
a nice clean start for the spring,
whereas during these mild winters,
everyone’s got colds and flu, and it’s
because a lot of these viruses are not
killed off, but I digress there.
So getting back to these fish deaths
in the spring; I think a lot of it may be
t h a t w e ’ v e h a d t h e w i n t e r, t h e
weather warms up and the fish are on
the move again, and some of the older
fish that may have been dormant and
slightly stressed over the winter are
suddenly more active again. The
younger fish in the lake will be thinking about spawning, and this can
have an adverse reaction on the older
fish, being knocked around by a lot of
young fish ready to spawn. Of course
it’s not only the spawning but just
getting active again after a long while
laying still – a lot of these fish are old
fish, and it does tend to kill them off. I
think we really need to seek the
advice of a fish biologist, one of those
people up at one of the fish colleges
or something. There are probably a lot
of reasons other than what I have
stated there, but these are my opinions and maybe some of the other
rotarians will be able to shine a bit
more light on it or have a word with
somebody up at Sparsholt for
instance, as they are the sort of guys
that are going to know about this sort
of thing.
Well anyway, that’s my lot for this
month. I’m look forward to reading
the other contributions, as I’m sure
you are, and don’t forget that if you’ve
got any questions that you’d like to
pose to the rotarians, please don’t be
shy, just send them over. We just need
your surname, the county that you’re
from, and just a brief question, then
email it over to bigcarpstudio@hotmail.co.uk.
I’ll speak to you again next month.
Cheers. n
A mild January evening.
it has been so much milder this winter, more anglers have been venturing
out than you might normally see, and
I think it’s just a case that some
anglers have been expecting a little
bit too much considering what time
of year it is. I know it has been mild
but it is still winter after all. The fish
will have put on enough body mass
and stored enough fat content to last
them long enough so that as their
metabolism slows down during the
colder months and they need not feed
so hard.
I’ve fished relentlessly this winter,
as I always do, and have been fortunate enough to bank a couple from a
very difficult winter venue. I had a few
from Nutsey at the beginning of the
winter period and then a 34lb common on the last day of November, plus
a 31 mirror on December the 9th
when the lake was fishing extremely
hard. This year is the first in many
that I’ve not managed to bank myself
a January carp – a rarity for me, as I’m
a proper diehard in the winter
months. However I don’t believe this
to be a reflection to the question
posed; I just put it down to the fact
that I missed the boat in not being
able to get down to the lake when it
was producing the bites. Winter fishing is a slow game on any low
stocked tricky venue, no matter how
mild it may be. It takes an extremely
dedicated approach over days, nights,
weeks and even sometimes months
Jon McAllister
Question 1.
It certainly has been an exceptionally
mild winter so far but I knew it would
kick in at some point, and it has done!
I’m not so sure that results have been
any poorer than usual for this time of
year. I’d rather liken things to any
other winter we’ve had and say
things have been quite normal, other
than the weather. Due to the fact that
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A 31lb December mirror caught on the Corky’s white chocolate vodka dipped
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