Top carp fish­ery ru­ined by il­le­gal cat­fish

● Il­le­gal cat­fish stock­ing ends carp sport ● Carp to be re­moved

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APOPULAR day ticket carp wa­ter has been lost after the thought­less­ness of self­ish an­glers who stocked it il­le­gally with cat­fish.

Rogue cat­fish fans have caused ma­jor dis­rup­tion to Earlswood Lakes, in Soli­hull, West Midlands, forc­ing the Canal & River Trust to carry out a com­plete makeover to re­move 40 of the il­le­gal non-na­tive species.

John El­lis, their na­tional fish­eries man­ager, ex­plained: “The il­le­gal dump­ing of the cat­fish at Earlswood also rep­re­sents a threat to the ad­ja­cent Site of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific In­ter­est on the River Blythe, and the En­vi­ron­ment Agency has in­sisted on their re­moval.

“We’ve been able to tie that in with im­por­tant valve works tak­ing place, but it’s re­ally frus­trat­ing that, as a char­ity, we’re faced with pick­ing up the tab.”

While the works are tak­ing place, the Trust has also de­cided to move some of the larger carp from the lakes to other Canal &

River Trust wa­ters.

“We fully un­der­stand that mov­ing the carp might not be pop­u­lar with some carpers, but we have to do what is right for the fish, the lakes and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“By mov­ing them to less in­tensely fished and pres­sured wa­ters, the fish can con­tinue to live well into old age.

“We also want to re-es­tab­lish Earlswood as one of the best match fish­eries in the West Midlands, as it was in the 1990s and 2000s.

“Over time the fish have grown large and are now too big for match fish­ing, but th­ese works will en­able us to make En­gine Pool a re­ally high­qual­ity, small carp and bream fish­ery once more.”

But one up­set carp an­gler told An­gler’s Mail: “It is dis­gust­ing. They are re­mov­ing the larger carp, which go to 39 lb. They don’t need to be re­moved.

“I was told in strict con­fi­dence that the lo­cal res­i­dents don’t like night fish­ing, so they’re say­ing they’re do­ing main­te­nance, but the truth is they are mov­ing all carp out to keep the res­i­dents happy. It is shock­ing news for thou­sands of carp an­glers.” – Master Your Fish­ing is a new se­ries star­ring Match­man of the Year Lee Thorn­ton, and avail­able on YouTube. Through­out this high-production-value se­ries, Middy-backed Lee aims to turn an­glers into match masters. Lee said: “There are a lot of videos out there that are just pro­mo­tions for var­i­ous brands or prod­ucts – and there are also only a few good one-off videos. The idea be­hind Master Your Fish­ing is to put to­gether a se­ries of episodes that will take an­glers to the next level in fish­ing.”

● Mag­net mad­ness – the new craze for mag­net fish­ing gave a shock to Marie Kirk­man, who found and took home an un­ex­ploded World War Two shell from the Llan­gollen Canal at Pont­cy­syllte Aqueduct, near Wrex­ham, North Wales. Bomb dis­posal ex­perts were forced to close streets at her home in Bala, in Gwynedd.

● Over­seas gi­ant – James Grant set a new PB with this 80 lb com­mon carp from Bay Lakes, in France, on a CC Moore Live Sys­tem wafter over pel­lets, corn, boilies and ground­bait.

New videos

■ Carp an­glers aren’t happy that the big fish are be­ing re­moved at West Midlands venue Earlswood Lakes, but the fish­ery is be­ing turned back into a match mecca.

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