We have some exciting news for all of you, so no matter if you are dedicated to carp, catfish, pike or coarse angling. There is some news for you all!!!
At the end of the March 2015 once the pike season has drawn to a close, we will be shutting down our pike lake. This is to make way for improvements by the way of an extension of the lake making it at least twice its current size. Once work has been completed hopefully by the end of May, it will be stocked with roach, rudd, perch and carp, making it a perfect little match lake and a runs water for smaller carp up to 10 pound, with a couple of larger carp up to 20 pound to target. We will be working a lot more with qualified coaches and this will be a great little lake for them to be able to demonstrate a lesson and be able to build up an anglers confidence before moving on to larger fish in our main lake. Not to mention it will be awesome non stop action for the even the most experienced angler who just wants to put a bend in the rod.
The idea behind the original plan of creating a lake specifically for pike was for myself (Nick) to prove to the land owners that pike fishing really was as popular as ever. So rather than jumping in and stocking the main lake full of pike, we created a lake specifically for pike fishing to literally test the water. Now we are 3 seasons on and we have come to the point where the pike lake is full to capacity on most days and expansion was needed.
Once work commences we will be stocking all of the pike from the lake into our main eight and a half acre specimen carp lake. This was an easy decision to make from a fishery management point of view as there are virtually no predators present to control the population of smaller fish. So whilst the pike will growing in size from the abundance of small fish to feed on, the carp will grow more and faster because there will be more food to eat and more room to grow in. This is called the biodensity and can be observed at a much smaller scale in a fish tank at home where the fish will only grow to the size of its tank. This basically means that a certain area of water can only support a certain amount of life contained in it. This figure is not per species as it is calculated as a whole figure. This is why some lakes have regular nettings so that smaller fish are taken out. But with the presence of predators and good fishery management techniques this figure can be achieved over time and can be sustained at a balanced level. So by stocking the pike into the main lake is a win, win, win scenario and what we call a no-brainer and plus we get a brand new eight and a half acre pike fishing lake as a bonus for the start of next pike fishing season.
The mass majority of the catfish have been removed from the main lake over the past 3 years with only a few remaining. They have been living quite happily in our canal lake, but whilst we are on the subject of biodensity it is not ideal for the fish. This was a scenario that we knew that we would eventually be faced with as we kept adding fish to the lakes total. The decision to remove the catfish from the main lake was to control the population as they were breeding prolifically and we did not want our lake being over run with catfish like other venues have done the past. Now we are at this stage, we are submitting plans to the council to extend the canal lake to at least 3 times the width and if all goes to plan we will be starting work immediately after finishing extending the new match/runs water. But if things take longer than planned, as they usually do with the fishing industry, we will start work as soon as the catfish season ends around October time.
Once all this work has been completed it will free up the two stock ponds which are currently rammed with small fish waiting to go in to the new lake. This will allow me to concentrate more on a selective breeding program where we will nurture our own strain carp which already has a great reputation for their quality and condition and will be the next generation of fish to be stocked into the lakes.