Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ampthill Park - Westminster Pond

This morning I joined a bunch of members from the Ampthill Angling Club as they netted an over-stocked Westminster Pond in order to catch and transfer a number of Mirror Carp and Common Carp to Marston Pit, near Lidlington. It was fascinating to watch the operation taking place.

It was difficult to get any decent photos, though I'll try to put some video footage up here sometime soon. Unfortunately, the net snagged and ripped in several places which allowed a number of fish to escape, but there was still a good haul: Roach, Rudd, Tench, Bream, Perch (my favourite fish), Catfish, and several Carp species: Ghost Carp, Mirror Carp, Common Carp and Crucian Carp. 28 Common & Mirror Carp were caught and removed. But the highlight for me were two Wels Catfish, which I've never seen before. There is reputed to be a specimen in the pond that approaches 30lbs. The individual below is smaller - probably 15-20lbs - but it's still a pretty impressive beast!

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