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66lb 8oz Half Linear Lake Record

03/10/2014

New Lake Record 66lb 8oz Half Linear caught yesterday by the man himself, Keith Moors. 

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2013 Roundup

13/11/2013

I have decided that it is better to give details of actual stock rather than the numbers of fish caught during 2013. My reason for making this decision is that it seems to have confused some of our customers with them thinking that the total captures were actually numbers of fish in the lake. I don't want to have a
situation where people are mis-reading the detail and booking because of those assumptions. The lake is no longer a runs water but there are more and more big fish to be caught as long as the angler fishes well and accurately. Right, stock levels as at November 2013:-
240 carp of 20lb or bigger.
Of those 240, at least 100 are above 40lb in weight.
Included in those figures are 19 different fifty plus carp, all of which are alive to date and all of which have now been caught during 2013 except for one (The Long
Common) which is probably the biggest fish in the lake and which has been seen on numerous occasions by several different anglers. It is my belief that this fish
does get hooked occasionally but hasn't recently been banked. Unfortunately Steve House lost her at the net last season and I don't think he has recovered from
that experience yet lol.

Within those 19 fifty plusses are at least 3 different sixties which have been banked this year (Half Lin, Cut-Tail & Benign). We have also seen five different fish of 57lb or bigger, and numerous different carp of between 47lb and 50lb which have never yet made fifty pounds. from this information we are now able to estimate the "big fish stocks" for 2014. Trying to stay conservative with our estimates I think we are safe in saying that we will be disappointed if we don't see 8 different sixties plus another 25 different
fifties. The most exciting part will be to see just what weight the biggest fish makes plus which fish "fly" through and overtake the known "A" team members. That
last part is based on my observations of some of the weight gains from the younger fish which are already showing massive weight gains ("Footsteps" for instance plus the two 49 pounders banked during September).

Keith Moor

 

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TWO NEW 60's

20/05/2013

We have managed to produce 2 new sixties so far this season with "The Half Linear" coming out at 62lb 6oz and last night "Cut Tail" being banked at 63lb 0oz. We have also seen some of the fifties at 55lb+ as well as some new fifties already this year.

Based on last years readings we already have over 70 carp above the 40lb barrier [17 different fifties] and an average growth rate for the last 12 months of 5lb+. From these figures we have calculated that we could have as many as 11 sixties by this time next year [2014]. It is more likely that some of the candidates will have poor growth rates but it remains a possibility.

Attached are photos of the 2 sixties.

 

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Update

27/09/2011

As expected the week belonged to Chris, fishing from “The Oaks”, with a catch which included 9 thirties, 2 forties and a fifty. Unfortunately there were a couple of very big carp lost during the last 24 hours but the final total was a very creditable 47 carp plus about ten cats to 51lb. With all bar one of the anglers catching a new PB everyone seemed happy when they left and we hope to see many of them back again next year or the year after. The totals were:- 4 doubles 13 twenties 23 thirties 6 forties at 40lb 8oz, 45lb 0oz, 45lb 2oz, 45lb 8oz, 45lb 12oz & 46lb 6oz. 1 fifty at 50lb 12oz.

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Update

02/06/2011

Hello everyone. Sorry for the long delay between newsletters but we have been re-building a new web-site and all the associated bumph that goes with it. All is now up and running and I thought that now would be a good time to update all of you who haven't been following this year's progress on the blog. We have had a superb start to the season and have currently seen 271 thirties, 81 forties and 24 fifties grace the bank. Incidently the fifties have come from 14 different fish and we didn't get to see 3 others, which we know have been fifty plus previously, before they spawned.Whilst on the subject of spawning that seems to have dragged on for much longer than usual. It hasn't ruined any single week's fishing but there have been small groups of carp spawning on and off for the last three weeks. I'm pleased to be able to confirm that it is now well and truly done and the fish are back on the feed. We have seen the smaller males feed first and this
has resulted in more twenties and low thirties, over the last couple of weeks, than would normally be expected.

I am now looking forward to monitoring the weight gains during summer and, if they get back to the levels
[hopefully slightly bigger] that they achieved last year, I think we can confidently look forward to some sixties for this coming autumn. We are now planning another vidange for this autumn in order to re-balance the biomass and to remove all of the small catfish. It is my plan to leave about a dozen of the larger cats [probably just the fifties and above] so that the carp can settle onto the feed even more easily and then perhaps we can start targetting getting one or two into the seventies.

I shall post another newsletter next weekend and will include some more "thumbnails" of the other fifties from this year. I must also take this opportunity to congratulate Bang on Baits for producing a stunning bait for us and keeping a very competitive price for all of our customers whether they are using it here or for their
regular fishing in England.

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16th May 2011

16/05/2011

We have just completed our 7th week of the 2011 season and have seen the following numbers of carp banked during that period:-

68 twenties

228 thirties

75 forties

20 fifties made up from 14 different fifties so far and we are still waiting to see 4 others which we expect to be well into the mid fifties. [commons to 52lb 8oz and mirrors to 57lb 7oz]

Keith Moors

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1st November 2010 Breaking News

09/11/2010

BREAKING NEWS

I am still trembling from the results of this evening’s fishing and must again thank my wife for spotting the feeding fish earlier today. Having just got the rods back out following the 49.06 lb mirror I received another strong take and as soon as I picked up the rod I knew it was a heavy fish. I could never have dreamed just how heavy it would turn out to be. After a good 30 minutes plus she rolled into the net and I immediately recognised her as “Clover”. I called Jan for some more photo’s and attempted to lift her out of the lake. At that point I realised just how heavy she was and I really struggled to get her on the mat. Even just looking at the immense size of her was mind blowing but to see the scales read out a new lake record weight of 57.14 lb turned me into a jibbering mess and it could be tomorrow before I calm down.

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1st November 2010

09/11/2010

I have to say a massive thank you to my wife for spotting some fish rolling in front of the Middles swim. I was working on the swimming pool so couldn’t see the lake but Jan spotted them and suggested that I should bivvy up down there for tonight. In short I took her advice and hadn’t even got the third rod our when the first sounded a bite. It turned out to be another high forty at 49.06 lb and one that I don’t yet recognise but will be searching through the records tomorrow. Incidently, while playing that fish my other rod also sounded a bite and once the big girl was back in the water I lifted into another fish which turned the scales to 32.00 lb.

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30th October 2010

09/11/2010

30th October 2010

October 30, 2010
By Keith

As I type this it’s mid-day on Saturday and the last of our anglers for the 2010 season have just left. Typically the weather changed last night and was much warmer with the result that 6 more carp hit the bank including another forty. If only it had been like this for the past fortnight we would have seen a lot more fish caught but we can’t control the weather.
The totals for this week are:-
4 doubles
1 low twenty
10 upper twenties
15 thirties including three more of 38.00 lb plus
2 forties at 41.08 lb and 49.03 lb.

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25th October 2010

09/11/2010

Another very cold start to the day but a few more big thirties out last night and just before first light I heard Aaron [Royal Box] shout “Oii Oii” as a big fish went in the net. It turned out to be Minty at her best ever weight of 49.03 lb. Another new fifty for next year.

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22nd October 2010

09/11/2010

22nd October 2010

October 22, 2010
By Keith

Having calmed down after last evenings excitement I feel a little more able to add some detail to the capture of the new lake record. Firstly it was a last minute decission to fish this week following the cancellation of a couple of anglers which left only three on the lake so for me to catch her was just pure luck.
Having now seen a few of the big girls on the mats I have noticed that they look solid but still have loads of “flex” in there abdominal walls so are going to easily accomodate a lot of swollen eggs. I have also seen that some of them seem to be passing a lot of bait and water while in the mat and I think this is from their diet being mainly snails [very large snails] and supplemented with fishmeal boilies. I think this water and bait is being ejected as part of their “minor stress” reflex system and is probably replaced very quickly once back in the lake. However, it may also account for some weight fluctuations this autumn if the fish are caught as their feeding slows down. I am now even more confident that we could see sixties next year.

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21st October 2010

09/11/2010

This week has been a real grueller with very few signs of fish but it all turned at 7pm this evening with a slow pick up and a heavy slow battle which eventually saw a “proper unit” slide into the net. Amazingly, on the scales it illuminated the reading to a new lake record weight of 56.12 lb.

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16th October 2010

09/11/2010

16th October 2010

October 19, 2010
By Keith

The end of another week and the weather getting colder each day but still some cracking fish to report. The lads last week had 28 fish including 2 cats.
The 26 carp were made up as follows:-
3 low twenties
5 upper twenties
11 thirties
4 forties [40.07 lb, 42.12 lb, 43.10 lb & 45.04 lb]
3 fifties [51.04 lb, 51.09 lb & 52.05 LB]
That makes the totals of 99 carp over 40.00 lb this year including 11 fifties.

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Newsletter 23rd October 2010

08/11/2010
MOORLAND FISHERIES
NEWSLETTER 23RD OCTOBER 2010
“WARTS ‘N’ ALL”
            Hi everyone. As the title suggests this is the account of one week in October at Moorland Fisheries. Last week saw the weather plummeting and all of the anglers present were predicting a very tough week to follow and this was backed up by a severe weather forecast. The frustrating thing was that last week had seen three fifties and four forties banked and it had left us on ninety nine carp of forty pounds or bigger. Anyway the weather would do what it would do and it would certainly be out of our control. Even more frustrating for me was that we had had two anglers cancel their booking and this was to leave just three anglers on the whole lake so it gave me an opportunity to fish.
            Friday 15th dawned with a light frost and saw one of our regular customers and now good friend, Alan Brown, arrive and choose to fish from the “Royal Box”.
            Saturday 16th saw the contingent from last week leave in light, cold rain and the other two anglers arrive and choose to fish from “Pampas” and “Mistletoe”. Len had been fishing from 1st Pontoon and was leaving the bivvy for his next, 2011 spring trip so it made sense for me to move in rather than put one bivvy away wet and get out another one. Jan and I went out for a meal to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the day we met [they say it’ll never last] and I cast the rods out at about 11.00 pm. The night was totally uneventful but I did hear a couple of fish crash in front of me so at least they were in my swim.
            Sunday 17th dawned cold and still with no signs of fish movement in front of me. The other two lads said that they were experiencing many line bites and were going to try spodding out beds of maize and hemp. I suggested that the cold water wouldn’t make it an ideal attractor but they seemed happy to experiment with the comment that they were prepared to wait for a couple of days for the carp to find the food. The spodding took about 2 hours so we waited in hope that something different would pay off.
            I baited with about 100 baits over each rod at breakfast and then just a light top-up of 10 baits after each cast at dinner.
            The fish moved in to my swim that evening and I managed to bank a mirror of 34.15 lb immediately after dark. This was followed by a 39.02 lb common at 2.0 am and then by a 32.12 lb mirror at 4.0 am and it really was freezing cold.
            Monday 18th dawned with another ice cold north-easterly and saw me asking the other three anglers whether they had had any action and it was only Alan who confirmed seeing fish rolling between him [Royal Box] and Boneyard and was suggesting a move. He was also getting liners so I thought that he should stay for one more night and make the final decision Tuesday morning.
            That was a bad call from me as nobody had any action through Monday nor Monday night but Alan watched more fish crashing and rolling just beyond his baits and into the start of the southern arm which would have put him right on them from the Boneyard.
            Tuesday 19th the weather had warmed up slightly and the wind had swung to southerly. Both Alan and I decided to move so that we could help each other with any fish hooked. Alan into Boneyard and me alongside him into the Dog-leg. It also gave me to take down Len’s bivvy as it was now dry and use mine again but it was still two barrow trips before we had all of the gear in the new swims. I jokingly said to Alan to get his rods out first so that he would optimise his chances but he prefers to put up the bivvy first. As always my rods were cast out immediately with about 10 baits over each one and then the bivvy got erected. I was still pushing in the pegs when my middle rod began to tick and a 27.05 lb mirror slid over the net. To say Alan and the other two lads were unimpressed would be an understatement but at least some carp were feeding.
            Tuesday night saw Alan appear at my bivvy door in a state of excitement. “I’ve got a lump on the mat” he stammered. I grabbed my torch and coat and nipped round to his swim to see a quality mirror laying there and after weighing her at 34.08 lb we slid her back and dived for the cover and warmth of our bivvies. It was bitter and my confidence was very low.
            Wednesday 20th saw a calm cold day with no signs of any fish. The lads in Pampas and Mistletoe decided that the particle bed hadn’t worked and that they would now try wading out their baits and scattering boilies and pellets around. As they waded out we watched big bow waves as carp [obviously large ones] were spooked from their swims.
            Yet another day of inaction but it felt marginally warmer then the previous days.
            Thursday 21st saw the light south westerly breeze begin to blow up the lake and I felt slightly more optimistic for a bite. The other two lads went out to make sure they could get diesel for the journey home and then immediately decided that they had had enough of the cold and lack of fish so packed up and headed home. That left just Alan and I fishing from the Boneyard and Dog-Leg and I was concerned that the fish would move away from us.
           
I baited with another 30 baits over each rod and settled back into the cold.
            At about 11.0 am my left rod melted off and I landed a beautiful heavily plated mirror of 16.00 lb.
            It was strange for just Alan and I to sit down for dinner in the lodge and Jan arranged it early so that she could have a quiet evening.
            With dinner over our rods were out and I stood in Alan’s swim searching the main bowl of the lake for fish movements as the light faded. Just as it was too dark to see any more my remote, clipped to my belt, sounded a couple of bleeps. I turned to walk back to my rods when the regular staccato sounds of the alarm kicked in. I sprinted the 10 yards and lifted the left rod with the Tech’ ticking nicely. Immediately the carp pulled back and took more line with Alan’s voice behind me “That’s a big fish there Moorsey”. Once again I pulled on my waders and stepped into the lake. I lifted the net and walked slowly out into the dark. Luckily the full moon was so bright that I was never going to need the torch and the fish was just as determined to stay as far from me as it could. I could hear myself saying “please don’t come off, please don’t come off.” And telling Alan that “if this isn’t a cat it’s a bloody big carp.”
            As the fish got closer I saw a huge set of shoulders behind a small ball of weed hanging over the lead. At this point Alan said “It doesn’t look very big from here Moorsey.” I explained that what he was seeing was the weed and the carp was three feet behind that.
Gradually she tired and again those huge shoulders came back into view. Then she was there on the surface in front of me and the net lifted around her. I already knew that she was a forty plus and that had made our 100th forty for the 2010 season.
            I turned on my head torch and looked into the net. I was astonished at the pure immenseness of the fish looking back at me and I uttered “That’s a proper unit there mate, Oii oii !!!!!!!” I broke the net arms away and rolled her up and carried her back to where Alan was standing. “Jesus! Moorsey that’s bloody massive” he said. “That’s fifty five plus.”
            Alan had to help lift me out of the lake and we stood like a couple of giggling school kids and looked down on this leviathan laying on my mat. “It’s the Half-Lin I said” and we unhooked her and prepared to give her a number. As I lifted the sling onto the hook of my Fox digi’s Alan said “you’re not allowed to read these” so I stood behind the scales and steadied the tripod. Alan’s next sentence went “What’s the lake record?”
“Fifty six pounds seven ounces” I replied.
“You’ve broken it” he replied and immediately added “Fifty six pounds twelve ounces.” “What? You’re bloody joking” I stammered and then the shaking began.
            Photo’s done and the big girl back in the lake we sat and supped a coffee before climbing back into the bivvies and drifting off into a very satisfied sleep.
            What a week?
 
           

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The latest

09/06/2007
Hi everyone. 11 anglers arrived last Saturday and I must admit that the weather conditions have looked perfect all week but the fish have not responded as much as I had expected. I can only assume that the high pressure has slightly reduced their willingness to feed because on several occasions there has been two or three carp being landed at the same time. It suggests that the “feeding trigger” has been squeezed from time to time as the pressure has dropped. The weather has generally been muggy and we have all been waiting for a massive storm to arrive to clear the air. The fishing has been fairly constant throughout the week with carp coming in daylight and darkness and a few personal bests as the icing on the cake. Other than the fishing the highlight has been seeing two adult coots taken by the big catfish so they’re doing their jobs. Carp caught are as follows; Doubles. 15.08 lb, 10.08 lb, 14.00 lb, 18.00 lb, 19.00 lb, 19.08 lb, 16.00 lb, 19.14 lb, 19.00 lb, Low twenties. 23.02 lb, 22.02 lb, 20.00 lb, 22.08 lb, 20.04 lb, 21.00 lb, 22.00 lb, 22.12 lb, 22.12 lb, Upper twenties. 27.02 lb, 25.08 lb, 27.08 lb, 29.04 lb, 28.08 lb, 28.00 lb, 25.04 lb, 28.10 lb, 26.08 lb, 29.12 lb, 29.00 lb, 28.12 lb, Thirties. 36.00 lb, 31.12 lb, 38.00 lb, 36.00 lb, 32.12 lb, 30.02 lb, 32.04 lb, 34.02 lb, 37.04 lb, 37.00 lb, 31.08 lb, 31.06 lb, 35.04 lb, 37.06 lb, 31.00 lb, 36.00 lb, 30.04 lb, 31.12 lb, Forties. 41.08 lb, 44.08 lb, Summary. 9 doubles 9 low twenties 12 upper twenties 18 thirties 2 forties 50 carp in total None of the adult catfish landed this week but several of the kittens of 8 to 10 lb range. Just to end I’d like to let the Kent Tackle boys know that three more anglers have been “Ayatollah’d” with the early morning alarm. You can’t go carping without the crack. See you all next week but I think that, as we only have two customers on the lake this week, the fishing is going to be difficult. The next set of results will depend on whether they want a relaxing holiday or to fish hard. We shall have to wait and see.

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MOORLAND FISHERIES

15/04/2007
MOORLAND FISHERIES NEWSLETTERS 14th APRIL 2007 Here we go again with the details of the second week of our 2007 season. Before I get on to the captures I need to paint the background to the week. We had eleven anglers this week and initially they chose to fish with friends, where possible in adjacent swims. This left a large section of the southern arm and all of the eastern arm without any pressure and the carp were quick to realise this and move in. Another couple of swim moves meant that, although the initial quiet spots were then covered, others were not covered and the carp simply changed areas. Another couple of moves, the anglers more spread out, with all areas covered and carp regularly started to hit the spreader blocks. I must add at this point that this week has been the worst April fishing conditions that I have seen in my six years out here. The nights have been extremely cold with early morning frosts and then clear blue, daytime skies and temperatures approaching 30 degrees. Add to this a total lack of wind and water temperatures climbing from 10.8 to 17 degrees in 5 days you can understand that fishing has not been easy. Anyway everyone has stuck to their guns and continued to put in plenty of boilies and I’m pleased to say that everybody has caught at least one thirty. 29.05 lb, 29.06 lb, 21.00 lb, 23.05 lb, 41.08 lb, 27.05 lb, 28.08 lb, 31.08 lb, 33.02 lb, 26.14 lb, 33.06 lb, 15.00 lb, 24.00 lb, 28.08 lb, 26.08 lb, 35.12 lb, 38.12 lb, 32.14 lb, 27.00 lb, 27.04 lb, 28.00 lb, 29.04 lb, 35.08 lb, 29.10 lb, 23.12 lb, 25.08 lb, 31.00 lb, 31.08 lb, 30.14 lb, 26.07 lb, 15.00 lb, 17.00 lb, 44.08 lb, 20.00 lb, 20.00 lb, 33.08 lb, 27.10 lb, 30.00 lb, 27.12 lb, 29.10 lb, 25.08 lb, 26.08 lb, 27.06 lb, 27.10 lb, 33.04 lb, 28.02 lb, 22.02 lb, 23.08 lb, 17.07 lb, 13.14 lb, 27.07 lb, 30.04 lb, 41.00 lb, 22.00 lb, 44.08 lb, 39.02 lb, 32.08 lb, 29.08 lb, 20.00 lb, 22.00 lb, 25.12 lb, 34.00 lb, 33.02 lb, 21.00 lb, 28.00 lb, 25.08 lb, 24.00 lb, 25.00 lb, 21.00 lb, 26.00 lb, 27.00 lb, 31.00 lb, 23.00 lb, 24.00 lb, 32.00 lb, 16.00 lb, 23.00 lb, 23.00 lb, 22.08 lb, 24.00 lb, 37.09 lb, 30.04 lb, 24.08 lb, 32.08 lb, 27.00 lb, 21.00 lb, 31.14 lb, 37.10 lb, 35.08 lb, 21.14 lb. 31.14 lb, 38.00 lb, 23.08 lb, 27.12 lb, 31.07 lb, 32.08 lb. 29.10 lb, 34.08 lb, 32.06 lb 20.00 lb, 21.10 lb, 31.14 lb, 31.04 lb, 32.08 lb, 26.00 lb, 30.04 lb, 36.08 lb, Catch summary; 107 carp (including cats) Doubles 6 6 Low twenties 26 26 Upper twenties 34 34 Thirties 37 41 Forties 4 9 + the ninety five On top of these there have also been catfish of the following weights; 40.00 lb, 36.00 lb, 38.00 lb, 41.00 lb, 45.00 lb, 37.08 lb, 37.10 lb, 33.08 lb, 37.00 lb, 41,00 lb, 36.00 lb, 43.00 lb, & 95.00 lb. 120 fish in total in very poor conditions and 71% over 25 lb and 42.5 % over thirty pounds……..not too bad after all. What we have noticed is that, although the carp are obviously eating (they’re being caught) they don’t appear to be feeding as we would expect at this time of the season because we’re not seeing the blisters of bubbles that we normally see. I think that a heavy baiting campaign could pay dividends. See you next week. Keith Moors.

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MOORLAND FISHERIES

10/04/2007
Hi everyone. It’s the start of a new season and we all have high hopes for the fishery this year. This will be the first time for a while that we haven’t drained the lake during the winter and it will be interesting to see whether it has a beneficial effect on the growth rates. We have just completed our opening week and already we have some pleasant surprises to report, but more detail of that later. The week started with the arrival of five anglers and we knew that no matter how they spread themselves out there would be a lot of unfished water available for the fish to hide in. Wayne and I decided to make up the numbers and waited for everyone to set up before choosing swims. Despite advice to the contrary all five anglers chose to fish the main bowl, leaving the two arms devoid of any pressure. Wayne chose to fish half way down the south arm and I went in to “snag bay”, at the far end of the south. At least now there was less room for the carp to hide. I think that it’s fair to assume that the first week of April is going to be patchy because of the fluctuations in weather conditions and air temperatures. On top of this the fish have not yet had time to settle into sustained feeding spells so they are probably going to be at their lowest weights and will be showing massive weight gains over the next 4 to 6 weeks. With this in mind I was more than a little pleased to see some of the weights of some of the known fish. The opening week has produced the following; 27.12 lb 13.08 lb 28.04 lb 28.02 lb 29.02 lb 33.00 lb 26.12 lb 23.08 lb 35.08 lb 29.04 lb 26.02 lb 36.08 lb 25.02 lb 26.04 lb 27.06 lb 33.00 lb 30.00 lb 28.00 lb 22.12 lb 22.12 lb 34.00 lb 26.08 lb 26.08 lb 23.00 lb 22.00 lb 24.00 lb 25.08 lb 26.06 lb 16.00 lb 26.02 lb 30.12 lb 34.00 lb 35.08 lb 42.00 lb 23.10 lb 25.02 lb 25.12 lb 27.14 lb 32.08 lb 38.08 lb 20.00 lb 34.10 lb 29.09 lb 42.12 lb 26.00 lb 23.02 lb 27.12 lb 27.12 lb 28.05 lb 28.12 lb 29.05 lb 31.10 lb 37.08 lb 21.00 lb 22.10 lb 26.06 lb 27.15 lb 28.03 lb 41.14 lb 25.13 lb 33.14 lb 26.10 lb 29.02 lb 25.02 lb 28.04 lb 32.10 lb 40.10 lb 45.09 lb 20.02 lb 25.00 lb 29.03 lb 22.12 lb 30.08 lb 17.00 lb 21.14 lb 24.08 lb 25.08 lb 26.08 lb 27.08 lb 32.08 lb 39.02 lb Plus catfish of 34.01 lb, 35.00 lb, 36.00 lb, 40.11 lb, & 50.05 lb. As a summary the totals for the carp are; 3 doubles 15 low twenties 39 upper twenties 19 thirties 5 forties The known fish that we have monitored are “Gilbert” at 45.09 lb and “Minty” at 42.12 lb, which is her biggest ever and with the growing season still to come…….? “To be continued………next week we hope” Keith Moors

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