Stocks of huge carp that have never been fished for will soon be available to anglers as specimens rumoured to weigh over 50lb are netted from a historic water which is out of bounds to fishermen.
Mockbeggar Lake is a 50-acre water, part of the Blashford Lakes complex in Ringwood, Hants, and its stocks of huge carp are legendary. But due to it being a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) anglers have never been able to do more than talk about them…until now.
Natural England has employed Quiet Sports fishery management to remove all the specimen carp, which it says can adversly affect water quality and plant life.
Once removed the company, which is the largest commercial fishery manager in the UK, will be able to then supply the thoroughbred English carp to specimen waters nationwide.
Mockbeggar is just one of countless other SSSI waters that boast numbers of huge carp and it’s hoped that this latest operation, orchestrated by NE along with the Environment Agency and Wessex Water, could see similar nettings happen in the not too distant future.
“The stocks of this lake have been talked about for years and many believe that there are fish to well over 40lb and even 50lb, which makes this an extremely exciting operation indeed. We can’t wait to get started,” said Steve Barnes, owner of Quiet Sports Fishery Management.
“This is such positive news for the sport because it emphasises the fact that Natural England realises that the relocation of such prized fish will be a massive boost for angling.
“I see this as another huge positive because it provides a stock of true British thoroughbred carp at a time when illegal fish movement and illegal foreign imports pose a big problem.”
Steve Barnes has already visited the fishery to start planning the removal of the carp that will take place over the summer.
Simon Curson, Natural England advisor for the area, said: “All organisations worked together and quickly agreed to removing most of the carp. This will benefit an internationally important wildlife site by improving water quality.”