Fish­eries hit top form for big carp

Septem­ber heat­wave prom­ises a bo­nanza of per­sonal bests

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - BEN MILES News edi­tor

ISHERIES across the UK have hit their best form of the year for big carp, fol­low­ing some of the hottest Septem­ber tem­per­a­tures since records be­gan.

Tra­di­tion­ally, this time of year is deemed by some of the sport’s big­gest names as the best for beat­ing carp per­sonal bests as the nights draw in and fish go on the feed in readi­ness for win­ter.

It’s a the­ory that’s be­ing proved at some of the top big-carp wa­ters. In ad­di­tion, com­mer­cial fish­eries that hold larger carp are also re­port­ing a huge in­crease in the cap­ture of high dou­ble-fig­ure fish, with spec­i­mens reach­ing 20lb.

Now, with record-break­ing tem­per­a­tures bring­ing warm wa­ter con­di­tions, ex­perts and

Ffish­ery own­ers are say­ing there’s never been a bet­ter time for an­glers to get down to their lo­cal carp venue and reap the re­wards.

“It’s the best time of the year to tar­get big carp and you’d be fool­ish not to be out there, es­pe­cially with the re­cent high tem­per­a­tures,” said An­drew El­lis, owner of AE Fish­eries

“Some very high-pro­file carp an­glers are all say­ing that this is the best chance of a mon­ster.

“The only thing on a carp’s mind at this time of the year is feed­ing up ready for the win­ter and build­ing up its stores of fat.

“I feed my carp more now than at any other time of year. This feed­ing be­hav­iour is be­ing mir­rored at thou­sands of fish­eries across the coun­try.”

Re­spected Shi­mano-backed carper Iain Macmil­lan echoed An­drew’s sen­ti­ments: “There are of­ten more big carp caught be­tween now and Christ­mas than at any other time of the year.

“There’s every rea­son to get re­ally ex­cited as this is the time when it’s not just about catch­ing the re­ally huge fish, but also big hits are on the cards.”

It’s not just day-ticket venues

such as Ox­ford­shire’s Lin­ear Fish­eries and Stafford­shire’s Baden Hall that have con­tin­ued their in­cred­i­ble sum­mer form for big fish.

‘Runs’ wa­ters like Northamp­ton­shire’s Dray­ton Reser­voir, Stafford Moor in Devon and Barston Lakes in the West Mid­lands are also in top fet­tle.

“There are loads of big dou­bles com­ing out at the mo­ment, as a re­cent match was won with many carp be­tween 16lb and 20lb,” said Barston Lakes boss Nigel Har­rhy.

“Guys who just come here for runs are reg­u­larly up­ping their per­sonal bests, and this time of the year is al­ways spot-on for the big­ger fish to switch on to the feed,” he added.

Iain Macmil­lan with a fine late sum­mer com­mon.

SIM­PLE OP­TION A lead clip sys­tem is a safe, sim­ple and ef­fec­tive ap­proach at all times. For the best tips, tac­tics and venues to catch a per­sonal best carp turn to pages 20 and 26

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