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   Old Thread  #53 11 Jan 2014 at 10.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Today I got a picture of a 38-41 mirror which I caught many moons ago, older than me and from the king of bucks carp waters...... A sad day indeed... I can't put the pic up as I don't know how. This water is now nearly fishless
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   Old Thread  #52 11 Jan 2014 at 6.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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found another 20+ dead today on my walks....this time on a local canal....i'll post pic up soon
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   Old Thread  #51 10 Jan 2014 at 11.42am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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totally agree mate, it would be great to show we are NOT narrow minded
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   Old Thread  #50 10 Jan 2014 at 11.20am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Agreed a very sensitive issue when we also start to post for example bird life kills by otters such as moorhens,coots,ducks, avocets!, young swans etc then we strengthen our case.
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   Old Thread  #49 10 Jan 2014 at 9.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Mid twenty pound mirror...



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   Old Thread  #48 10 Jan 2014 at 9.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That Hugh Miles report raises an important issue regarding otters and their hunting practices. Not only in his pond, but in carp fisheries, once the otter knows about the body of water and the fact it contains an easy meal, it gets extremely determined.

Hence why those fisheries that have fenced BEFORE kills don't seem to suffer as badly as those who wait until after the first few fish are killed.

Pretty much the same with your house being burgled.....if it happens once then the chances of the thieves coming back are much, much higher than if you were secure in the first place and kept them out
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   Old Thread  #47 9 Jan 2014 at 9.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you thought It won't happen to me, my venue, or river read every word of HUGH MILES and his personal account with otter/s.
The best known, Iconic UK Wildlife film maker and author, I know of, even he is not safe from the otter.

A Great 'real life' extract below:

Tuesday, 26 March 2013
"Wildlife Film Maker Killed by Otter – from Sleep Deprivation”

I can believe the headline because I’m that victim. The time is 02.45 and the otter is just outside the window right now, eating the last of our golden orfe. I have tried to keep it away with a six foot fence and by lighting the pond, even shining a torch at the ‘playful’ little otter as it runs around our garden but every night this last week it has found a way in, keeping me awake in my futile attempts to protect our fish. It’s all over now, the last fish has just been eaten, I’m exhausted and the otter will go hungry.

It is distressing and sad when fish that have grown up as our children’s pets are killed, especially when a healthy ecosystem is destroyed. The pond was a vibrant haven of life, native fish such as rudd breeding successfully, weed growth flourishing, the surface alive with dragonflies, damselflies and even mayflies, aquatic life flourishing, fed on by mallard ducklings and minnows dived on by kingfishers. Now it’s all gone and the situation is deeply disturbing.

The final act was when the otter absolutely trashed the place, ripping up lilies in order to eat the last few minnows. I feel sympathy for an otter that is so hungry it has to hunt minnows. I also realise that my losses are nothing compared to those that are trying to make a living running carp fisheries and farming fish. There are big problems out there and I naturally ask why?

I feel gutted for Hugh after reading his blog.
OMG - There will be a lot of worried Koi owners & Enthusiasts across the country now, along with us anglers now.
Wake up people and be vigilant out there !!


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   Old Thread  #46 9 Jan 2014 at 9.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thank you Beave
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   Old Thread  #45 9 Jan 2014 at 9.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #35 9 Jan 2014 at 0.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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should look like this but miss the space out after < cant put it up correct or it thinks its an image.
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   Old Thread  #34 9 Jan 2014 at 0.01am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sorry just couldn't get the link to work

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   Old Thread  #32 8 Jan 2014 at 9.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just to clarify - this isn't from my lake, but another a few miles east
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   Old Thread  #29 4 Jan 2014 at 7.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I will be doing heavy duty rabbit mesh, and electric, and an out turn at the bottom as the ground around my lake is so hard an otter will not dig through it. Unfortunately the contours of the lake and trees will be a bloody nightmare but I don't care if it takes all summer I'm gonna bloody do it.
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   Old Thread  #28 4 Jan 2014 at 7.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Wayne
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   Old Thread  #27 4 Jan 2014 at 7.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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your linky
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