A fishery owner has moved to quash rumours that all the carp in her lakes have been eaten by otters.
Janet Reynolds has been inundated with calls from anglers planning to fish at Mawgan Porth, near Newquay in Cornwall, asking about the situation and whether it is still worth going.
“I don’t know why these rumours have been started, but they are simply not true,” she told Angling Times.
“Yes, we have had otters, like any other fishery next to a river probably has, but they haven’t even made a dent in our stocks,” she insisted.
The lakes were stocked 10 years ago with 10,000 carp and were further boosted two years later with the introduction of 700lb of bream and tench.
“I reckon we have lost 3,000 fish at the most, which still leaves at least 7,000 carp. If anything, we have too many fish. Six months ago we had to remove 2,000 small bream and give them to nearby Snowland Fisheries to prevent overcrowding,” she added.
And one angler who can certainly vouch for the excellent sport on offer is Simon Foster who, in just five hours, amassed an impressive net of carp weighing 234lb 10oz.
This came only a week after the Manchester-based float maker banked 114lb 6oz in three hours while feeding five to 10 pellets every put-in, with bites coming thick and fast from the word go.
“The action was so hectic that I was getting takes virtually every five seconds. If I hadn’t had a bite after that I knew my bait must have fallen off,” said the 27-year-old.
All Simon’s fish took 4mm and 6mm expander pellets on size 16 Kamasan Animal hooks and 0.11mm hooklinks under a Big H F1 float.
“I wanted to organise an open match at the venue, so I put a post on a popular matchfishing forum to see who would be interested,” explained Simon.
“All I got back were messages from people saying that it wasn’t worth fishing and that the fish had all been killed by otters.
“Obviously, as my catches prove, this isn’t the case. While I was fishing, there were plenty of other anglers on the lake who were all catching too. It’s a shame to see such rubbish being talked about what is an excellent venue.”