Carp Angler Magazine CAM, Carpoholic Anonymous Issue 33, January 2017 - Page 4

Notes From Editor Talking with a staff member today the subject came up of American pay-lake carp care. My go-to explanation was that pay-lakes have been here since the 1930’s and probably fur- ther back if you count farm- ers getting together around a farm pond for some weekend recreation or competition fish- ing. Yes it is in the best interest of the angler and lake owners to take care of the fish. Both would benefit from prop- er care in so many ways. The overall cost of maintaining the lake would be less thus more profit for the owner. The fish would be healthier so more bites and a much better fight for the angler. The problem is you do not bring about change quickly especially a trend that has been going on for coming up on 100 years. The way to bring about change is to prac- tice it whenever you fish a pay- lake. Talk to owners about the benefit of proper care. Next came the question of how can we get our pay-lake carp to grow and get huge like the ones you see on facebook with mas- sive shoulders and gut. That is also easily accomplished. You know American pay-lakes and European fisheries are two dif- ferent results from a typical model. Both styles anglers pay for the opportunity to catch the lakes treasures. Both have purchased expensive gear, baits nets, tackle etc. Both have stores, food and people who manage and take care of the lake. Pay-lakes are often stocked with way to many carp so natural foods are non exis- tent leaving the anglers bait the only source of food. The thinking is the fish get hungry they will have to eat what is out there. How is that work- ing? Well you would think in this scenario that you would always be catching. Doesn’t work that way. They adapt by learning new ways to feed without being hooked. I know you have been on a lake with a crowd at one time or another with only one person catching. I’ve heard all sorts of explana- tions to this one but the only one that makes sense to me is that person has something that the carp need desperate- ly to survive. They know the anglers are there and smart enough to recognize danger. The only thing that would override that is survival. Now in order to get them growing larger and living longer is 1 better care and 2 giving them the nutrition needed to grow. Pay-lake carp are pressured day in and day out over and over. They actually learn to survive by feeding on whats familiar and getting caught. They know what to expect. Boilies being introduced only serves to scare them off. If add- ed during the slow/offseason at least three times a week (daily would produce better results) without a threat it will become an excellent food source. So yes feed them boilies and in a Jeff Skelton short time they will be caught on a much more nutritious food source. Getting the vita- mins, minerals, protein and nutrition needed to grow. It is a win-win situation for both the angler and the owner. The fish will grow and if taken care of by the anglers live a much longer life. Just think if your lake had forty pound common carp where would the majority of anglers want to fish on the weekends? They would travel from all over to fish a tourna- ment there. If you packed out on Thursday through Sun- day you could afford to close Monday through Wednesday giving owners more free time, fish time to heal, lake time to recover. Feed the fish boilies on off days to keep them inter- ested in healthy food sources. The models are in place across the pond and people pay huge amounts to get a chance to catch monster carp both com- mon and mirror over 50 lbs. Some lakes like Gigantic have carp over 80 pounds. Managed a little differently and your lake could be the most popu- lar of all the lakes, Just saying. 4