ARE THRIVING RIVER ROACH DUE TO BOILIE BOOM?
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.