The main purpose of the fish farm is to produce carp up to three years of age for (to) clubs and commercial fisheries for both match and pleasure fishing. About 97% of the carp we grow are sold before they are three years old. During the course of harvesting these fish, we skim off the very best fish and grow them on as replacement brood stock and to produce big fish to sell to customers.
It is astonishing that for every few thousand individuals that we catch up there will be a handful of fish that are several times the average weight for the batch. We can’t really explain why they are so much bigger than the rest of the fish in the pond, having been born on the same day from the same parents and grown in the same pond on the same food. I presume they are just genetic exceptions. We treasure them and grow them on as our Fast Growers.
The two fish in the picture were hatched out on the same day from the same parents. The smaller fish is typical of the average for the batch whilst the larger one is clearly a fast growing genetic exception.
We are now growing these on in substantial numbers. If you are looking for fish to grow on for your own specimen carp fishery or are looking for carp to stock directly into your own lakes, then these carp are the ones for you.
Why the break point at 9 and 19lbs? When we harvest these fish, they tend to lose up to 10% of their weight within the first day or two. So a fish harvested today at ten pounds will weigh something over nine pounds tomorrow. Partly this is because they empty their stomachs and partly because they lose some fluids as a response to the stress of being caught up and handled. To avoid any arguments in the event that a ten pound fish is delivered to you a couple of ounces under that weight, we put the break point at 9 and 19lbs.
Why should you buy these carp? They are stunningly attractive English fish, literally selected from thousands, from a CEFAS registered and tested farm, grown in our own lakes on a diet that doesn’t rely on trout pellets. This means that you get fish which are strong, healthy, attractive, going to live for a very long time and which have never seen a hook before.
What they are not is illegally (or legally) imported fish, laundered so that they look like indigenous English fish (and please believe me you wouldn’t know). They are not force fed on trout food or grown in tanks with all the attendant risks to their health and longevity. They are not fish that were stocked into intensive match fisheries and have outgrown their welcome during which time they will have been caught and mauled around a hundred times with all the scars to prove it. And they are not fish that have been harvested from the wild and are already twenty years old. For any of the above, you will need to speak to a dealer!
We have a limited supply of these big fish and only move then when the water is very cold, usually between November and January.