ARE THRIV­ING RIVER ROACH DUE TO BOILIE BOOM?

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

HERE’S some­thing in­ter­est­ing. In 2007, West Midlands an­gling Mecca Barston Lakes had a stocking of king carp x brown gold­fish hy­brids, com­monly but in­cor­rectly known as F1s these days. Some of the fish were stocked in the Main Lake, and the rest went into the Match Lake.

The Main Lake is reg­u­larly fished by carp an­glers and has sev­eral high-pro­file carp matches, where credit-card stretch­ing vol­umes of boilies are fed. The Match Lake is used more for club matches and plea­sure fish­ing, while oc­ca­sion­ally pro­vid­ing a sec­tion for big events that won’t all fit on the Main Lake.

So, how has that affected the size of the carp hy­brids? Well, in the Main Lake they av­er­age 4lb-5lb, with the oc­ca­sional ‘seven’ for good mea­sure while in the Match Lake the av­er­age size is 1lb.

Fish will of­ten stop grow­ing to suit their en­vi­ron­ment and then spurt if moved to more spa­cious sur­round­ings but food is the big­gest driver of size and boilies are more a carp food than a bait.

It made me think that the cur­rent surge of big roach in our rivers could be caused by an in­creas­ing amount of boilies and nu­tri­tional feeds such as hal­ibut pel­lets used by carp and bar­bel an­glers. It’s food for thought!

The Main Lake at Barston sees tonnes of boilies ev­ery year, as well as match baits.

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