New F1 ghost carp are stocked – and they’re be­ing caught now!

An­glers fill­ing their nets with new strain of hard-fight­ing ‘su­per carp’

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

BRI­TAIN’S an­glers are fill­ing their nets with a new strain of ‘su­per carp’. These F1 ghosts are be­ing de­scribed as ‘the com­mer­cial fish of the fu­ture’ fol­low­ing the first in­tro­duc­tions of the hardy hy­brids over re­cent months. The strain has been de­vel­oped to feed will­ingly even in the cold­est con­di­tions and isim­mune to Koi Her­pes Virus (KHV). It’s the ghost carp el­e­ment that makes it dis­tinc­tive – and it fights harder than the orig­i­nal F1.

Com­mer­cials that have al­ready shared more than 10 tonnes of F1 ghosts in­clude Gold Val­ley Lakes in Hamp­shire, Tun­nel Barn Farm in War­wick­shire, Stafford­shire’s Heron­brook Fish­ery and Brad­shaw Hall in Lan­cashire.

“When we stocked the fish there was more than 700lb caught in a match the very next day,” said Brad­shaw’s Luke Wor­thing­ton.

“An­glers love them be­cause they look more in­di­vid­ual than orig­i­nal F1s and fight re­ally hard. We have more on or­der for next year.”

This is just the first phase of stock­ings across the UK that will con­tinue un­til March 2017.

Baby­lon Fish Farm owner Ja­son Dork­ings, who was in­volved in the cre­ation of the orig­i­nal F1 carp, has been work­ing on this lat­est project for over four years at his Kent fa­cil­ity.

He says there is such de­mand for the F1 ghosts that there’s now a wait­ing list for venues that want to stock them.

“These fish have sur­passed all my ex­pec­ta­tions and the feed­back has been tremen­dous. I can’t pro­duce them fast enough to meet de­mand,” he said.

“We’ve stocked fish from 6ins up to 2lb and they are stun­ning to look at. I re­ally can’t wait to see how big they can grow.”

Tun­nel Barn Farm in the Mid­lands is another venue where an­glers have been singing the praises of the new strain, and boss Tony McGuire said: “An­glers have been over the moon with this fish, which has al­ready fea­tured in our win­ter league matches.

“Their will­ing­ness to feed in the colder con­di­tions seems to have en­cour­aged other species to have a proper go as well.

“Plea­sure an­glers love the look of the F1 ghost as well. But re­mem­ber to fine down your rigs to catch them through the win­ter.”

F1 ghosts from Royal Berk­shire for Brad Gib­bons.

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