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Spawning fish in mid-July. The old closed season was supposedly to allow this.
would be the same for pop-ups, but
there is an interesting video on
YouTube regarding this. A guy fishing
with a hinged stiff rig films his bait
getting picked up and spat out something like 18 times before a fish is
eventually hooked. Does it just go to
show how ineffective some of our rigs
really are, or just how cute carp are?
The ever-growing otter problem…
Ed mentioned that after talking to
Rob Hughes he realised that there is a
lot going on behind the scenes. Surely
in order to get the support of people
then this needs to be made public.
Keeping people in the dark as it were,
and doing everything behind closed
doors, just increases the frustration
we are all feeling, and PAG don’t get
the support and funding that is so
badly needed to deal with this worrying threat to our sport.
Salt… As Jon has stated, I used to
be quite largely involved in the koi
industry. Some years back I used to
import koi from Japan and sell them.
Whenever I had a shipment of fish
come in, they would go through a
strict six-week quarantine process
and salt would play a big part in this.
At some point during the quarantine
period the koi would be kept in salt
water. The levels of salt were pretty
high, but it was always good for them
as it would aid in the removal of any
harmful bacteria and as Lee quite
rightly said, would help kill off parasites, mainly ones on the body. I
would then use other products to
eradicate the gill flukes that they so
often came into the country carrying.
The rate I used to use the salt at was
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high – around 2-2.5oz per gallon, but
this was always a short-term treatment and they wouldn’t be kept in it
long-term as I was always told that
long-term the effects could be damaging, especially on the internal
organs. For instance, in a 500-gallon
quarantine tank I would have put
between just over 28kg and 35.5kg of
salt in, so you can get an idea of just
how strong it was.
It was also common practice to
treat ponds with salt in both the
spring and autumn as a sort of tonic,
and this was at a rate of 1oz per gallon, but again, this wouldn’t be in the
water long-term due to water
changes that were carried out on a
regular basis to remove ammonia.
Also, the long-term use of salt was
never good for the filtration systems,
as it tended to kill off all the good bacteria that were living in them, and I’m
sure this would have the same effect
on our lakes if people start getting
carried away with it and piling it in. It
was always stressed to me by others
in the industry that long-term salt
was never a good thing and should
always be used with care. As I stated
in the last rotary letter, I have used
salt in my bait for a few years, but I
am always careful with the amount
used! And as Dave said, “a glass of red
wine a day is good for the heart, but
This 41lb common was caught using an extra long hair.

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