20th Octobert 2017

Viaduct Fishery - Somerton - Match Lake

caught with Luncheon Meat



RL Catch

 Laurence caught 2 bream

6th Octobert 2017

Viaduct Fishery - Somerton - Match Lake

caught on bread flake



RL Catch

4th October 2017

Goodiford Mill - Kentisbeare - Match Lake

Laurence had 3 Common Carp 6lb 10lb 12lb 2 Mirrors to 8lb and 1 small Silver Bream


30th August 2017

Viaduct Fishery - Somerton - Cary Lake

Roy and Laurence only went for a few hours because it was raining


16lb Common caught on bread by Roy



11lb Common on luncheon meat, caught by L B
no photo as it was raining

 

23th August 2017

Viaduct Fishery - Somerton - Cary Lake

Roy went for a few hours by himself to get some practice in



RL Catch

17th August 2017

Viaduct Fishery - Somerton - Cary Lake

 


RL Catch

 

10th Aug 2017

Goodiford Mill - Kentisbeare - Match Lake



LB catch

 

25th July 2017

Viaduct Fishery - Somerton - Cary Lake

We struggled to catch many fish this day as did other anglers, we had carp
to 7lb and Roy had a few roach


RL Catch

RL Catch


 

10th July 2017

Milton Farm Ponds - Payhembury


Roy and I have caught some nice looking fish here but there are no big Carp over about 12lb, plenty of carp in the 2lb - 5lb, and a few Tench and Roach


LB Catch

LB Catch

LB's granddaughter Polly with her first carp



Biggest Fish to date

16lb Common at Viaduct Fisheries caught by R L


bait was bread


Types of Carp

Common Carp

The Common Carp, is the most widespread species of carp. They are native to Asia and Europe, although have been introduced worldwide.

The Common Carp can grow up to a maximum length of 5 feet (1.5 metres) and reach a maximum weight of over 80 lb (37.3 kg). However the majority of Common Carp average around 1-2 feet (0.3-0.5 metres) in length, and 10 lb (4.5 kg) in weight. Wild Common Carp that are non stocked tend to be much less in weight and size, although Common Carp found in rivers tend to be much stronger than their lake water relatives.


Mirror Carp

Mirror Carp are very similar to Common Carp. However whilst Common Carp have an even scale pattern, Mirror Carp have only a large row of mirror like scales which run along their body. Mirror Carp were the first mutation of Common Carp and are thought to have been bred this way so that they were easier to prepare for eating.

The Mirror Carp can grow up to a maximum length of 5 feet (1.5 metres) and reach a maximum weight of over 60 lb (27.2 kg). However the majority of Mirror Carp average around 1-2 feet (0.3-0.5 metres) in length, and 10 lb (4.5 kg) in weight. The number of Carp caught in the UK over 40 lb tend to be Mirror Carp due to the ease of identifying them


Leather Carp

Leather Carp are similar to Mirror Carp, although they are not completely the same. Many people believe Leather Carp are Mirror Carp without scales, although their differences are much more genetic. Leather Carp have a reduced number of red blood cells, therefore their groth rates are slowed and they do not grow as big as Mirror Carp. The Leather Carp can grow to a maximum length of 4 feet (1.2 metres) and reach a maximum weight of over 50 lb (22.7 kg). However the majority of Leather Carp average around 1-2 feet (0.3-0.5 metres) in length, and 10 lb (4.5 kg) in weight


Ghost Carp

Ghost Carp, also known as 'Ghosties' are a variety of Koi Carp with distinctive white markings on the top of their heads. Their scales have an intense metallic lustre and can be in the colours of silver, gold, and white. Ghost Carp can also come with many different scale variations, such as those of Common Carp, Mirror Carp, and Leather Carp.

The Ghost Carp can grow to a maximum length of 4 feet (1.2 metres) and reach a maximum weight of over 50 lb (22.7 kg). However the majority of Ghost Carp average around 1-2 feet (0.3-0.5 metres) in length, and 10 lb (4.5 kg) in weight


Crucian Carp

The Crucian Carp is a much smaller variety of Carp and is found mainly in ponds, lakes, and slow moving rivers across Asia and Europe. Crucian Carp look very similar to Common Carp in their colour and scale pattern. However Crucian Carp have very high backs which almost form a 'disc' shape, as well as their noticable well rounded fins. There has been much confusion in Crucian Carp naming as many similar looking fish exist, such as hybrids between Common Carp and Goldfish.

The Crucian Carp is much smaller in weight and size than the Common Carp. It can grow up to a maximum length of 1-2 feet (0.4 metres) and reach a maximum weight of around 4 lb (1.8 kg)


Koi Carp

to follow


Grass Carp

The Grass Carp (or White Amur) was introduced to Europe and the United States of America for the purpose of weed control. It originated from the Amur River and is native to Siberia and China. Grass Carp are a greenish-yellow colour with a white belly and large scales. They are found mainly in slow moving bodies of water with plenty of vegetation.

Grass Carp grow very rapidly in size and weight, and depending on the age of the fish can grow over 10 lb a year! Grass Carp can grow up to a maximum length of 5 feet (1.5 metres) and reach a maximum weight of around 80 lb (37.3 kg)