Catches set to soar

Catch rates are set to soar this summer following the stocking of over 60,000 fish in to the nation’s stillwaters, canals and club lakes.

One of the UK’s biggest fish suppliers has revealed that he’s smashed his previous records as an ‘unprecedented’ demand for fish has seen the introduction of 35,000 roach and more than two tonnes of carp in the last two weeks alone.

Commercial and club waters from as far north as Manchester to Gloucester in the South West have all but cleaned out the remaining stocks of fish at Suffolk-based Quiet Sports Fishery Management.

Owner, Steve Barnes, says that the sheer demand for fish is down to the fact that fishery owners want to ensure they provide the best catches possible to visitors who were frustrated by the lack of fishing opportunities during the winter floods.

“I’ve never known anything like this - I’ve been working seven days a week for the last month just to get the fish out to commercial fisheries and club lakes,” Steve told Angling Times.

“It seems that fishery owners really want to ensure that their waters are in the best possible form for the coming months, which can only mean some great catches in the coming months.”

The Canal & River Trust have this week also revealed plans of its biggest and most far-reaching stocking programme ever.

In a bid to improve sport at countless club controlled stretches, work has already began on the introduction of 20,000 roach and bream in to a number of waterways such as the Trent and Mersey Canal in Staffordshire and the Grand Union Canal in Watford.

Further stockings are also planned for the coming months at fisheries in central England including Luton and Milton Keynes.

“We believe more and more anglers are coming back to canal fishing and therefore it’s vital for us to really bump up the stocks and help clubs keep their fisherman happy,” said John Ellis, National fisheries and angling manager for the Canal & Rivers Trust.

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