Par­adise lost in Morocco

Carpworld - - ECHOES -

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

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