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The Big Carp
Rotary Letter
Here are the questions in brief that you the readers emailed in following issue 197. Don’t forget to
email any further questions to
1) Jon McAllister asks: What, in the contributors’ eyes, constitutes as a
‘wrong’un’ these days ?
2) G. Wittle, Denham asks: All the lakes round here shut up shop a month ago.
What can we do to get a bite?
3) B. Allen, Coventry asks: I’ve found some carp in an old Cemetery Pool,
strictly ‘NO FISHING’ – what Rob would call ‘off the beaten track’, I suppose.
There are only four carp I think; it’s choked with weed even now, but if you
spend enough time watching they give themselves away. Two of them are huge,
and I mean HUGE… I have a UK personal best of 46lb and have caught numerous 50-60-pluses from France, and no word of a lie, these are both 50s; one common and one black, heavily scaled mirror. I have not fished for them yet, but
intend to, even though I will be breaking the law being in there at night etc... I
have read lots of negative comments regarding poaching on the forums, so I just
thought I would ask you guys what you would do.
4) Bill Rowley (Facebook question – written in ‘Midlands English’).
Rob… Wat u now about these Turkish long claw cray fish? They’ve killed our
pools this year wud av asked u earlier in the year but ad no internet.....bloody hell
Rob they’re the worst menace ive fishing terms ...they wer only in
the one pool now ther in the second lower pool, next they’ll be in the lowest pool,
then canal... then riva...fuk me what next....Rob, u can’t fish on the bottom ,shine
a light in the margins at nite,,,its un beliveable thousands.....are they as active during the cold months being,,, id imagine
cold blooded..any ideas...cheers bill
5) Kevin Rockhill, Glastonbury asks: I am fishing a fairly large shallow peat lake on the Somerset levels and it’s not
happening. I have read peat lakes can suffer from low oxygen on the bottom, which can be made worse by turbulence
from wind. So my question is, do you think that will affect where the fish move and feed, or is it bollocks? I have also
been told they won’t feed on the peat and you need to find the clay spots, however, I am not sure I accept that, as from
observation there are so many naturals present within it.
Ed Betteridge
From reading last month’s answers, it
seems that we didn’t all agree on the
red card question. It is nice to see a
few different responses on this, and it
shows we don’t all agree on everything. In answer to that question,
Jamie mentioned that his first 40 was
the Mother from Elstow; it seems like
we have something in common there.
Unfortunately for me I didn’t have the
option of staying on for the Twin
because it died the year before, but
it’s a coincidence that Jamie should
mention that because his good mate
Mark Watson was telling me about
that session just a few hours before I
read Jamie’s piece. It sounds like they
both had a good session, bagging a
prize resident each and... well…
that’s not my story to tell, but it
sounded like an enjoyable session.
I liked Leon’s little ploy with the rig
and bait change; I’ve been in a similar
situation with jealous prying anglers
and I wished I’d done something similar.
Question 1
Before I answer this question can I
just say a big well done to the questioner for extracting a carp from
under the ice on a certain big, low
stocked water in Berkshire. Top
angling Mr Mac! I wish I’d have
toughed it out a bit longer now!
The lines seemed to have blurred a
lot in the last few years as to what
people will fish for and what they
won’t, and more and more people are
fishing for carp that were once
classed as wrong’uns. To me, the term
“wrong’un” is a fish that is imported
from abroad at large weights. What
constitutes a large weight is debatable; in an ideal world I would just
fish for long, scaly carp that were
stocked many years ago at single figures, but these waters seem to be
lessening, and I find myself looking
into the history of each water before I
cast a line in there. I had a phone conversation today with someone in the
industry about a water with a few big
fish in. I think there are four 40s in the
water, which are from an Israeli
strain, but they have been reared from
eggs in the UK and stocked into the
water at very big weights. I’m told
they are nice looking fish and the
ones I have seen pictures of look
desirable. Are these classed as wrong
ones in people’s eyes? My opinion is
that if they are nice looking, classic
shaped fish then the country the
strain comes from isn’t an issue. My
problem is that they are stocked at
40lb, which to me isn’t quite right,
and I can’t seriously target a fish that
has been reared to big weights in a
s t o c k p o n d, s o w h e t h e r i t i s a
wrong’un or not is open to debate, but
they aren’t for me.
On the flip side to that I have been
a member of a water for well over 20
years that contained some stunning


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