Keith Arthur’s views on the news

Ideal habi­tat for nur­tur­ing preda­tors of huge pro­por­tions

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

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.

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