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   Old Thread  #19 13 Mar 2019 at 6.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I fished at HF last autumn as a space became available on a group booking and I fancied a social with some mates, I only went and banked a 64lb fish! But you take it for what it is, in my eyes my UK PB is 43lb and a fish from my old syndicate that I really wanted to catch 👍🏼 But just enjoy your fishing and donít take it so seriously and you enjoy it a lot more👍🏼👍🏼
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   Old Thread  #18 13 Mar 2019 at 9.33am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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HF is for guys that like numbers. The fish are ugly as they come and they have zero heritage so all they have going for them is weight . Ideal for guys that want a 60 lb PB. It's fair play but not my bag at all.
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   Old Thread  #17 13 Mar 2019 at 8.58am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Very well said. Gone are the days (hopefully) of big stolen carp making their way across the channel in the back of a Transit. Places like HF cater for a niche in the market, a niche that even some well know anglers (Mark Bartlett, Dave Moore, Rob Hughes etc) choose to fish.

Like I said before, origins aside, the stocking is incredible...akin to a French commercial fishery. I personally choose to fish for fish with a bit more heritage, however with an ever reducing amount of bank time I can see why people chose to fish such places. For what it is, it looks well run. I understand that all fish care products (mats, slings etc) are provided to keep the risk of any cross contamination to a minimum?
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   Old Thread  #16 13 Mar 2019 at 7.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Everyone fishes for their own reasons, you havenít got to justify it. Itís your time and money. Hope you catch a lump
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   Old Thread  #15 13 Mar 2019 at 7.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They are from Israel mate not France, go to Elphicks for french fish
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   Old Thread  #14 12 Mar 2019 at 11.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for your very sensible tips Shadow.....


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To be honest I canít see any difference between catching these from a UK water rather than a French one aside from saving a crossing over the channel at extra costs and extra travelling time.

A carp is a carp wherever it is swimming.

So Iíll be hoping for a PB.

I have no doubt at all that I would value a 50 yr old original 40 from an historic water more than a stockie 50 but as those are all stitched up by syndicates, well known famous anglers and the wealthy Iíll probably never get the chance of one of those anyway!!!!!

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   Old Thread  #13 12 Mar 2019 at 4.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Bang on Bristol 👍 definitely has a place but not for me fella, I would not fish it for free or rh fishiers
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   Old Thread  #12 12 Mar 2019 at 11.09am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If any one want to know the details of fish in Holme Fen itís well documented

https://www.carpfeed.com/fishing-features/articles/all-you-need-to-know-about-holme-fens-record-carp

If you want to fish for them pay your money there arenít many free swim through calendar this year.

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   Old Thread  #11 12 Mar 2019 at 10.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Origins aside that's an insane stock, the Euro-Aqua of the UK (minus the huge amounts of supplementary feed!)

Carp are carp and they fascinate me. That's an incredible biomass for a water to sustain, be interesting to see the longevity of the water. IMO it has a place in modern day carp angling. Will I ever fish it? Probably not. Will others? Certainly.
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   Old Thread  #10 12 Mar 2019 at 8.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's got 20 or more fiftys in and six sixtys 😂

How long have these carp been in holme Fen!?

I seen a picture of Rob hughes holding a big one from there, it looked like a camel with fins... Massive hump on it 🎣



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   Old Thread  #9 12 Mar 2019 at 7.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The Fishery cancelled on me today because apparently i was going to be the only one fishing this friday and saturday.

i wont be going back here. Also seen a few videos on youtube and despite the fish and venue looking good there looks to be some right noddies that go.

All the best on your trip Bud!
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   Old Thread  #8 12 Mar 2019 at 7.33am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If doesnít warm up then the fish are likely to be in the main area of the lake rather than the bays.

Go easy with bait as you will know doubt follow someone in to a swim when arrive and the bait that people put in just because they think more bait because the fish are big is in unreal. So you could be fishing over KGís of bait that you havenít put in and fish havenít ate. I would find your spots which can be hard work as it will still be weedy now and fish PVA bags and bait if you get a bite.

You have to use Korda Safezone leaders or tubing but 1m lengths, safezone leaders are better to get range as if itís busy the fish will be out in middle somewhere so you wil need to hitting 120-130 in some swims.

Listen to bailiff before the drawn he will tell which swims the fish have come from during the week and at this time of the year they wonít of moved much.
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   Old Thread  #7 11 Mar 2019 at 11.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not trying to steal any thunder but also going myself in a couple of weekends time....same scenario invited due to spaces freeing up.

There must be some tips to had peeps???


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   Old Thread  #6 7 Mar 2019 at 4.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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a very carpy look

Don't forget to take a Falafel for lunch

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   Old Thread  #5 6 Mar 2019 at 11.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Take a Mitznefet with you.
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