Paul Cooper and I recently visited a 13 acre lake in France that had never been fished (it will be open for booking in 2019 see end). It was stocked five years ago with 20 to 30lb fish and having lots of natural food it was hoped that the fish had shown significant growth. It was thought that about 60 carp had survived, hence the fishing would be far from easy. Our target for the week was therefore one fish each.
Luckily we managed 5 fish and they were immaculate having never been caught, the smaller two fish were 33lb 15oz and 41lb 2oz, pictures not shown. Some of the fish that crashed out were far bigger than the fish we caught. One particular fish looked immense and I wouldn’t like to guess how big it was, but boy wouldn’t I like to catch it. I honestly think that there is over 50x40lb+ fish in this lake.
The larger fish were caught on either HG42 or CM60.
The plan is to significantly increase the stock for the opening in 2019. When the website has been publish details will be available at https://www.bigotlakes.co.uk