Red­mire drained

De-silt­ing of his­toric carp lake be­gins work to im­prove sport

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - CHRIS HAY­DON News re­porter

Work starts on fish­ery

BRI­TAIN’S most fa­mous carp lake has been drained as work be­gins to res­tore it to its former glory.

Photographs have emerged on so­cial me­dia of an al­most empty Red­mire Pool after An­gling Times re­vealed plans for its re­ju­ve­na­tion ear­lier this year.

The work is be­ing man­aged by fish­eries sci­en­tist and Ash­mead Fish­ery owner Mark Wals­ing­ham, who said: “After two ex­cep­tion­ally hard days’ work by the net­ting team, we have suc­cess­fully re­moved all the fish in good health.”

Talk­ing ex­clu­sively to An­gling Times, Mark added: “I will let ev­ery­one know what’s hap­pen­ing as each stage of the project is com­pleted.

Be­fore work be­gan, Mark con­firmed the in­tended plan for Red­mire, stat­ing that de-silt­ing is a ma­jor as­pect of the work.

He con­tin­ued: “It’s an in­va­sive process and care must be taken, as there’s al­ways a risk to the fish.

“To pre­vent fu­ture silt build-up, silt traps will be in­stalled, and the agri­cul­tural ground sur­round­ing the lake will be used for graz­ing as op­posed to farm­ing.

“We will also in­spect the dam to make sure it’s sound and se­cure, and we plan to ot­ter-fence the fish­ery to pro­tect the stock.

“All this is as much about pre­serv­ing the fish as it is the lake. As such, the rogue ghost carp that ended up in the wa­ter will be re­moved, as will any fish not in photographs from 14 years ago.

“This will en­sure that the re­main­ing stock will be from the true Gali­cian carp blood­line of Don­ald Leney’s stock­ing all those years ago. We also have to sus­tain the el­e­ment of mys­tery at Red­mire, so only a se­lect few will know what re­mains.”

In the past, Red­mire Pool has pro­duced Bri­tish record carp for Dick Walker and Chris Yates.

Red­mire Pool – in the process of a facelift.

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