Mixed stocks are the only route to fish­ery sur­vival

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

COM­MER­CIALS used to be all about carp – but now fish­ery bosses must up their game if they are to keep cus­tomers com­ing.

It is clear that the mar­ket is crowded, and within 20 miles of my home I can think of at least 10 dif­fer­ent fish­eries, all fight­ing for the same cus­tomers and need­ing to stand out from the crowd.

While carp will guar­an­tee stretched elas­tic in sum­mer, they shut up shop in win­ter. If they are the only species present then it will be a very dull time now for vis­i­tors to such wa­ters, and many will choose to go else­where or sim­ply not bother un­til things warm up again in spring.

That is why many fish­eries have com­pletely changed their stock­ing pol­icy and stock bream, roach, tench, bar­bel and chub into their lakes. They make sure you can get bites all year round and give an­glers the con­fi­dence that their one day a week on the bank will al­most cer­tainly be a suc­cess.

Steve Humphrey, Nantwich

Carp and sil­vers, an ideal win­ter mix.

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