Keith Arthur’s views on the news
Ideal habitat for nurturing predators of huge proportions
THIRTY perch over 3lb in a day is some catch (see p4/5). If nothing else it indicates that Chew Valley Lake is quite possibly the best water for producing specimen predator species there has ever been in the UK.
While natural lakes provide enough food to satisfy the fish that reside there, lakes such as Chew, with its regular large stockings of large trout, obviously provide more.
Those trout are fed on pellets and they will excrete lots of protein. Some also die and do the same. The weedbeds and topquality water allow the prey fish such as roach and, as far as pike are concerned, perch to spawn prolifically.
Even swathes of cormorants don’t dent the fish population, and having boats on the water now for most of the year deter the black plague slightly.
I would be staggered if a perch approaching 7lb isn’t landed from Chew within the next two years.
Chris Tarrant with a Chew perch weighing 3lb 8oz. It won’t be long before it produces one approaching 7lb.