Paradise lost in Morocco
Bin El Ouidane reservoir in Morocco is mostly known as a sunny carpy paradise, but just occasionally all can change for those who fished it through the worst of the weather this month! Much of the Atlas mountains have seen some of the heaviest snow falls in years and they’ve even had snow on the lake itself – a very rare sight indeed apparently, but it did result in the first ever Moroccan snow-caught carp! Snow is responsible for much of the BEO’S water each year, which comes from the run off of melted snow from the surrounding mountainous region, through the hundreds of small streams and two major rivers that flow into the lake. It is a much needed and welcome sight as the lake desperately needed water after last winter’s drought. However, with any large sudden weather change on big waters, there is often a knock-on effect to the fishing. The carp have mostly fed in short spells, often feeding heavily over a few days followed by a few days of inactivity. These feeding patterns have been sporadic and it’s been tricky to mark down with any degree of accuracy the time of day, weather conditions or depths to where they have been caught. Carp have been caught in depths over 20 metres and then caught in as little as two metres! So playing around with depths is vital. The lake’s water levels are now rising each day and with more rain expected over the next few months they hope the level will return to previous heights. Despite the tough conditions some good fish have still been out. Arjan Verkoelen from Holland enjoyed another trip back to the big lake and he caught a number of fish throughout his stay. Hans Goguillon, from Belgium, fished for one week and caught a number of fish topped by a cracking 48lb common and also had a lovely fully-scaled mirror amongst his results. After a tough start Andy Krankota and his partner Anika Pitelová from Switzerland ended up doing well. These guys fished hard and after no fish for the first week they eventually located them, and went on to catch a great number of decent BEO fish. They had a few carp over 40lb plus a mirror that topped 50lb.
MOROCCO: BIN EL OUIDANE Anika Pitelova with a stunning Moroccan common