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Jul 2019
An Update

Following on from the last report...

Over the winter, Mehdi is working to remove all but one catfish from the lake. Mehdi reports that these big cats are hardly fished for but he will leave one of the largest ones for anyone wanting to pit their wits against it. 

There are now between 1-3 sturgeon left in Laroussi and he doesn’t believe a single one has been caught in 6 weeks. Mehdi will continue to reduce as they are caught to leave just one. 


Mehdi has also consistently removed any grass carp under 40lb. But is removing fewer and fewer as less are being caught so their numbers are really reduced.


Readdressing this balance should mean a very healthy stock of carp for years to come and the continuation of the big fish on the bank we come to expect at Laroussi. 

Last week one angler had 12 carp with 8 of these being 40lb+ - an incredible average weight.  







Jul 2019
Catfish and Sturgeon Update

As mentioned in previous updates, Mehdi has been working hard over the last 12 months to re-address the balance of carp, catfish and sturgeon in Laroussi.  We now believe there are three sturgeon left, the biggest one at 70lb+ and four big catfish left from 124-185lb (weights as last caught). 







Jun 2019
An Update

We removed one sturgeon yesterday at Laroussi. So only 3 left and I will remove the others too.

So far, I removed only 12 baby catfish this season, so all that work is starting to pay now off now. 



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Mar 2019
Winter work and news

It has been a long and very wet winter. Despite the tough conditions, we managed to look after the lake very nicely.


We trimmed the whole 1000 meters lake perimeter, cut the branches along both sides of the car track, inscreased the size of each peg, and removed underwater snags on every swim (that will reduce danger for anglers lines).

After severals weeks of efforts, the amount of branches was absolutely HUGE! Then we spent a few days to mulch them all and spread all those wood chips on every swim.

Now they are very confortable without any mud. For example, peg 1 has 2 gaps to fish from. Both gaps are now wider.

We also refilled the gravel track, repaired some fences, and placed a strong weed barrier under the picnic table.

 

To prevent any weed problem that could happens during the hot summers, we introduced some young and small grass carp.

When they are under 20lbs, they do a really good job and regulate any excess of weed quckly.

The second effect when they reach 20lbs is they almost feeding of weed and start eating baits as carp. This is why we will ask to any anglers to save in retention slings any grass carp weighting between 20 and 40lbs.

There is a fair amount of grass carp over 40 and 50lbs. (About 20 fish over 50lbs up to 56lbs)

Also, we decided to remove all the catfish to avoid any risk of breeding. The small ones and also the big ones should be removed.

We already took out about 150 catfish, so there's not much left. (Thanks a lot to all anglers who save them)


The result can be already seen. The first carp caught in the last 2 weeks are already bigger.

A mid 40lbs common has been caught by Craig Lancashire at 52lbs! He also caught the famous Ziplinear at a new maximum weight: 38lb7oz (photos coming) and a 43lb8oz mirror that was a high 30lbs last year.

During the same week, Andrew Pritchard landed a few good fish up to a nice 52lb5oz.

Last week, Jamie Dyke, for his first visit to Laroussi and despite bad weather conditions (frost nights, cold and srtong north wind and high pressures) had 6 fish up to 53lb7oz, while Nathan Francis captured a nice 48lb10oz mirror.


We are looking forward to see the next catches on the bank. Tight lines!



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Dec 2018
A Winter Update

We saw some fifties out in October and November off Laroussi (you can see photos of some of those in the Fish Gallery).

We are working hard around both Laroussi and Old Oaks, removing some snags from both lakes, filling holes with gravel on the tracks, cutting bushes and trees around each swim, we will mulch the branches and spread on each swim. 

We look forward to welcoming anglers in 2019. 







Sep 2018
September so far

July and august fishing has been very good this year. September is still ok but the changing weather has affected a little bit the results. Still we have had weeks at 17 & 28 fish out this month including a monster catfish out this week at 7.5 feet long.



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Jul 2018
An Update

Just an update following on from our June newsletter below... 

We have listened to angler's feedback and are in the process of thinning down the grass carp, catfish and sturgeon in the lake. We have removed 50 small catfish and 
so far removed 12 grass carp between high twenties and low thirties. 

 
We explain to all anglers when they arrive - if you catch one of the smaller catfish, grass carp or sturgeon to notify Mehdi and use the keep net provided, we will then relocate it. No-one has yet called with a sturgeon caught, when they do, we will relocate it. 

 
The good news is that there appears to be far less liners going on in the last few weeks, I know these had irritated some anglers earlier in the season. 



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Jun 2018
Spring news

Challenging Conditions

After a long and very wet winter, spring is here. 

Weather has been and still is very changeable. From January to early April, we had heavy rain, almost every day. All that water was welcome because after the very hot 2017 summer the lake level had lost about 2 feet of water (nothing too bad since the average depth is around 11/12 feet). Then quickly the weather turned really hot (up to 32°C) and pushed the fish to start to spawn. After 2 days, temperatures dropped to 17°C and stopped the fish spawning.

Early May, high pressures, hot temperatures and almost no wind during a few days restarted the spawning action. Then again temperatures dropped quickly within a few days and stopped them again.

Finally, in early June, the weather turned very wet and windy, with many thunder storms bringing huge rainfalls.

All those factors affected the fishing. Despite those bad weather conditions, some weeks produced some big fish and PB's.


Rigs and Trailing Lines

Some anglers as the feedback states have been pestered with one liners and have assumed its the sturgeon. In fact, I believe the main reason so many were being experienced is because of the rigs being towed around by some carp.

We were appalled at the nature of some of the rigs (one being glued) and also the type of rig that was used being banned. We are dismayed that the trust we place in anglers to fish responsibly has been spoiled by the stupidity of a few. However, we now back to making random checks on rigs to ensure the safety of the carp. For example, Mike Winstone has reported 4 different carp were swimming with other rig in the mouth - those rigs were not safe at all. The rubber connector holding the lead on the lead clip was very tight and impossible to eject, meaning any carp hooked on that rig, despite the barbless hook, has almost no chance to escape safely. A few other bad rigs have been discovered in mouth of the carp including an in-line rig with a swivel too big plugged strongly deep inside the rubber that would have never dropped the lead.

Also a couple of running rigs looking good at the first view, but a rubber stop was placed about to 2 feet over the lead, making lead release impossible.


Sturgeon and Grass Carp

To satisfy some of you, we have decided to remove one more sturgeon, that means only 3 left, all weighing between 60 and 70lb.

We are aware some weeks the sturgeon are very active and produce liners, but in our opinion it can be explained by a heavy pellets baiting. Then during several weeks in a row, they are quiet. When we first opened the fishery, they were 11 of them, but over the last few years, we reduced the number, following anglers requests. We can't do much more than this, some anglers want to catch them, but also, they are useful to clean the bottom of the lake.

We also keep removing small grass carp (20/30lber), but a strong majority of them are now weighing between 40 and mid 50 ( a 51 and 2 X 46lber out this week).

 

The Fishing So Far This Season

Now regarding the fishing itself, some good haul has been reported some weeks with 26 fish out, 24 fish, 27 fish etc... with plenty of PB's, in all species: mirror, common, catfish, grass carp, sturgeon, tench, and even big crucian carp.

Last week, the famous fish called "the fully scaled" (not really fully but it is her name lol), has been landed, spawn out at 51lb10oz.

Chris Kirk party had a good time catching 26 fish and a few PB's up to 57lb12oz.

In March, the lake record common has been broken with a 55lb12oz. Many 40lb+ and 50lb+ fish have been landed in carp, grass, sturgeon and catfish.

The average grass carp is now reaching easily 40lb+ with many specimen between 45 and 56lb.

Monster catfish have been lost in the last few weeks after sometimes 2 hours of fight! Two weeks ago, Mark Woodcock played twice monster catfish and lost them both after an hour and two hour of fight each, but finally caught one at 90lb which is the smallest in the lake!

He was also happy to land a 52lb2oz common, a 51lb10oz mirror, a 46lb4oz grass carp and a few other carp.

 


As people use to say, on Laroussi, you never know what's coming next! It could be one of the lake records: 76lb mirror, 55lb12oz common, 65lb half linear, 35lb zip linear, 62lb two tone mirror, 56lb grass carp, 73lb12oz sturgeon, 175lb catfish, the WR tench 15lb5oz and why not the 7lb crucian carp??

We are hoping to meet some good weather conditions in the next few weeks to help anglers plenty of fish. 

Tight lines 

 



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