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A pinch of powdered thyme
A bouquet garni
Cook all the ingredients together in
half the wine and butter until the vegetables are quite cooked. Add the rest
of the butter and then fry the crayfish
until the shells turn red. Add another
glass of wine, the tomato paste or
puree, a bouquet garni and seasoning
to taste. Cover the pan and cook for a
further 15 minutes. Arrange the crayfish on the plates then thicken the
sauce and pour over the crayfish. Garnish with parsley.
Problem solved!
Question 5
I must admit that I have never fished
a peat bottomed lake so I have no
‘hands-on’ advice to offer I am afraid.
I do know however that they tend to
suffer from low oxygen levels due to
the nature of the rotting plant life that
forms the peat. They are also supposed to be incredibly rich in natural
food, as you would imagine in such a
plant rich environment.
The one thing I will say is this:
Wherever I fish, whatever the peculiarities of the lake may be, I always
think that that is the only world those
particular carp have ever known. Just
because somewhere is deeper than
normal or siltier or shallower or whatever, the carp do not know that, as
they are blissfully unaware that there
are other lakes or indeed other carp. If
their lake is lined with peat then that
is where they will feed; if it’s lined
with gravel and sand, then they will
feed there also.
Try baiting specific areas and
change the habits of the fish – get
them used to finding a food source
other than the natural one.
Try changing your rigs so that they
present the hookbait at different levels in the bottom of the lake. There
will be a method or else the carp
would have starved to death a long
time ago; it’s just finding the right
Jamie Clossick
Question 1
Trust Jon to put the cat amongst the
pigeons with this juicy topic! I have
thought about this a lot over the years
as somebody who has seen many
examples of large fish being imported
from abroad and instant big fish lakes
appear. While my sentiments are
probably very similar to a lot of people, I don’t always agree with the
hardcore line that all imported fish are
simply ‘wrong’ because there are so
many variables.
It is plainly obvious that carp don’t
grow to their full potential in our climate because they are warm water
fish, so my opinion is that if you introduce fish above a certain age then
you are artificially creating larger fish
than would ordinarily be possible
with our climatic limitations.
None of the gene pools are thoroughbred English because carp are of
course warm water fish, and it was
only because of the ornamental pond
craze during the late 14th century
that they were introduced to the UK
at all. There were no records of cyprinus carpio before that so they are all
imported, period.
It goes without saying that illegally
imported fish are wrong for many reasons and of course the ecological
Sometimes you just have to get on with it, head down and get the job done.
Missing link.
arguments such as disease, but a
‘wrong’un’ is deemed as such in my
eyes for many more moralistic rationalizations.
I don’t get down with fakery in any
form, so for me even if a carp was
born and bred in this country but kept
in artificial conditions such as a tank
in warm water and artificially fed to
40lb then dropped in a lake for people
to catch, then it is still a ‘wrong’un.’
There is a natural desire for anglers
to catch the largest fish possible, and
that I understand, but taking shortcuts to fame such as fishing instant
big fish waters doesn’t sit well with
me. There are a few high profile lakes
that have either bought large fish
(artificially grown Simmos for example), or carp that have lived their key
young growing years in a warmer climate before being introduced here
that charge large sums of money for
people to catch an abnormal amount
of 40 or even 50lb fish.
Now we are all entitled to fish in
any way that makes us happy, as it is
a hobby/pastime/way of life that we
all enjoy for our own reasons, and
obviously if there is a demand for
these types of places then there are
lucrative opportunities in a capitalist
economy for people to provide them,
so I have no problem with that. What
doesn’t sit well with me is when
these ‘wrong’uns’ are paraded all over
the angling press with said anglers
puffing their proverbial chest out like
they are the all-sponsored carping
The anglers concerned then gain
notoriety by writing about and publicising these fish, thus automatically
placing themselves in the same category as somebody who has spent
years searching out naturally grown
big fish from the low stock lakes usually needed to sustain such very large


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