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Old School Carp Fishing
It is easy enough to practice good carp care - common sense and preparation are all that is required.
If you are coming here as a sole angler we provide a bankside assistance service
that is second to none, and we will gladly help you as often as neccessary.
We provide landing nets, inflatable unhooking mats, weigh slings and fixed weigh stations of the highest quality, and we
ask anglers to use them in the following mannner, which is the correct and most fish friendly procedure.
Anglers are provided with 2 -way radios to communicate with the owners. For all fish caught over 30lbs (this now means nearly every fish caught),
the owners are to be notified and the fish is to be retained in the landing net in the water until someone arrives to assist you.
This rule allows us to monitor the condition of the fish and may be relaxed at the owners discretion.
All fish must be weighed & photographed in the water - this obviously involves getting into the lake - you may wish to
bring waders with you although after April shorts and crocs are more suitable. The water in front of
the swims is around 2 feet deep and there are no shelves or holes in the lake bed so there is no risk to the angler.
There are a lot of 30lb + carp at this venue, in spring and autumn nearly every fish caught will be over 30lbs, so we expect to be called out often enough. If you are fishing as a sole angler you will need help with the photograph at the very least. As stated earlier, we are more than happy to help you as often as neccessary and we will assist you with every fish.
Ensure that your kit is laid out ready - the swims have purpose built weigh stations at the waters edge, have your medi-carp and camera
easily accessible. Our weigh slings fit perfectly inside the unhooking mats, - once you have removed the net, the carp is already in the sling ready to be weighed.
1. Zero your scales with the sling wet. With the carp safely in the net and with the weigh sling laid out open on the unhooking mat,
cut the line above your leader, remove the lead from the lead clip, and then roll up the net, checking that the fins of the carp are folded flat against it's body.
2. Ensuring that the fish is lying on its side, move the carp onto the mat, one hand to lift the net and the other hand supporting the weight
of the fish, unroll the net and unhook the fish. Inspect its mouth and apply medi-carp to the hook exit point, also check the body and
apply medi-carp to any other areas needing attention. Never stand the fish up on its belly whilst it is in the sling or on the mat, as this
places pressure on its internal organs which can cause damage. Please remember that a carp is always supported in its environment
by the water that surrounds it and when it is out of the water, gravity exerts unnatural forces on the fish.
Watches, bracelets etc must be be removed before handling the fish.
3. Remove the net, leaving the fish on top of the weigh sling, If you want a photo then photograph the fish now - before you weigh it.
4. Zip up the weigh sling at both ends, check again that the carp is lying on its side weigh and record the weight and then
return it to the water in the sling, ensure that you are in sufficient depth of water, open the front zip and leave the fish in
the water in the sling until it is ready to swim off of its own free will - do not force the fish out of the sling, fish can
sometimes stay in the sling for 30 minutes or more before moving off. You should now return to the bankside, the sling
can be recovered when the fish has moved away. Anglers are provided with 2 weigh slings so that this practice can be followed.
In this way we can all continue to enjoy catching carp that are in superb condition. Thank You.
Over the course of the last 10 years as a fishery owner I have witnessed first hand, the ways in which elements of carp rigs cause
damage to carp during their capture. The rules at this fishery have been formulated around this and have been written to protect the fish as
well as possible. We hope that amongst your reasons for choosing this venue is the fact that our carp are in pristine condition.
On the contrary, if you are not concerned about the condition of the fish then please go elsewhere.
Accordingly, we expect everyone who fishes here to give the carp the best possible care. We believe that every carp deserves the same
amount of respect and care regardless of it's weight, so If you are unable to put the welfare of the carp first, then please choose another venue.
Likewise, if you want to screw up the clutch on your reels and drag the fish to the bank as quickly as possible then you will not be welcome at Les Croix....
In order to preserve the pristine condition of the carp at this venue we ask our customers to follow a few simple rules relating to
the care of the fish. The fish care rules are designed to minimise stress and damage to the carp after they are in the net.
We can only offer a venue with pristine fish if everyone helps to keep them that way.
Les Croix has a barbless hooks only rule. There is no argument in favour of barbed hooks that is based in fact. The most damage that can be caused by a barbed hook is when it is
removed from the mouth, and a barbed hook will always cause more damage on removal because of the barb. When a barbed hook passes through a carp's mouth
and gets caught in the landing net mesh, it is very difficult to remove from the mesh, and the damage caused by the fish whilst it struggles in the net can be appalling and irreversible.
A barbless hook often falls out when the fish is in the net, or requires very little force to remove it form the carps mouth.
Carp can often be easily unhooked in the net which reduces stress and handling on the mat.
A lost carp or a carp that has picked up a cracked off rig that has a barbed hook in its mouth will struggle to get rid of it,
meaning that at the very least it will be trailing your rig, and at worst it will be tethered in weed, lilies etc.
An accident involving a barbed hook stuck in your finger, means that you will have to go to hospital to have it removed.
These are some of the reasons why we specify barbless hooks only at Les Croix.
We don't allow uncoated braid hooklinks. How a carps' mouth becomes damaged is misunderstood by the majority of anglers and lake owners.
In terms of carp mouth damage, the hooklink material is by far the most destructive element of the rig. Uncoated braid is the most destructive hooklink
material available and will easily cut through the flesh at the corners of the carps' mouth causing damage that will never repair.
Coated braid is the most fish friendly hooklink material available and the only hooklink material allowed here - it must not be
stripped, the coating must be unbroken. We recommend the Nash Combilink and Atomic Tackle
Jel-E-Wyre as two of the best coated braids currently available although any similar product is acceptable..
We also ask that tubing is used over the eye of the hook because this reduces the damage caused by the eye of the hook
rubbing against the inside of the mouth of the carp when the carp is hooked well inside the mouth.
All fish must be unhooked, weighed and photographed in the water - please read the section below to see how easily this is achieved.
Playing fish The fish at Les Croix fight incredibly hard at times, and we expect anglers to take their time bringing the fish to the net.
It is not unusual for a fish to take an hour or more to net. When the fish is on a short line there is very little stretch in the line and
although the rod acts as a shock absorber, the risk of damage to the fishes' mouth is much higher at this time. During this latter
part of the fight, you must loosen the clutch on your reel so that any movement of the fish will result in line being taken off the spool.