SPEAKING TO OLDER ANGLERS AT THE LAKE IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN THAT THE ROSIE HAS SOME VERY SPECIAL CRUCIANS HIDDEN AWAY.  OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS HOWEVER THE CRUCIAN FISHING HAS REALLY EXCELLED.

DURING THE WARMER MONTHS THESE BUTTERY LOOKING FISH PROVIDE SOME GREAT SPORT. WHAT THEY LACK IN SIZE THEY CERTAINLY MAKE UP FOR WITH ENERGETIC FIGHTS, ESPECIALLY ON LIGHT TACKLE.  ALTHOUGH TENTATIVE AT TIMES THESE BEAUTIFUL FISH SEEMED TO FEED REALLY WELL THROUGHOUT THE 2017 SUMMER.

THE AVERAGE SIZE OF THE CRUCIANS IN THE ROSIE SITS BETWEEN THE 1LB AND 2LB MARK, HOWEVER THERE ARE ALSO SOME LARGER SPECIMENS LURKING BENEATH THE LILLY PADS AND THE CLUB FEEL A POTENTIAL WELSH RECORD COULD BE ON THE HORIZON.

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THE CLUB WORKS HARD THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO TRY AND MAKE SURE THAT THESE SPECIAL FISH ARE LOOKED AFTER SO THEY ARE AROUND IN YEARS TO COME.  WE TRY TO MAKE THE BEST ENVIRONMENT POSSIBLE TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO NOT ONLY FEED AND GROW WELL BUT ALSO BREED.  THIS SEEMS TO BE WORKING QUITE WELL AS THIS YEAR A LOT MORE SMALLER FISH HAVE MADE A WELCOME SPLASH.

THE CLUB ALSO MAKE SURE THAT ANY HYBRIDS OF THE SPECIES ARE REMOVED ALONG WITH ANY GOLDFISH THAT MYSTERIOUSLY FIND THEIR WAY INTO THE LAKE. THIS IS TO MAKE SURE WE KEEP THE CRUCIAN STRAIN AS PURE AS POSSIBLE.

IN DOING THIS THE ROSIE POOL HAS ACHIEVED A 'B' GRADING ON A LIST OF WATERS CONTAINING PURE CRUCIAN CARP, WHICH IS FEATURED ON THE 'NATIONAL CRUCIAN CONSERVATION PROJECT' WEBSITE. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE POSSIBLE WHILST KING CARP ARE PRESENT IN A FISHERY. CONNAHS QUAY ANGLING CLUB, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER CLUBS ACROSS THE UK, ARE DETERMINED TO MAKE SURE THE CRUCIAN CARP IS APPRECIATED AND ENJOYED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.

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THE HARD WORK HAS OBVIOUSLY PAID OFF TOO AS THE ROSIE, AND ITS CRUCIANS, FEATURED IN 'IMPROVE YOUR COURSE FISHING MAGAZINE' IN SUMMER 2017.

Andrew and Ben from AE Fisheries and BP Milling who were given the task of netting the Rosie.

Andrew and Ben from AE Fisheries and BP Milling who were given the task of netting the Rosie.

WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THE NEW YEAR IT WAS TIME FOR THE ANNUAL CROPPING OF THE FRY WITHIN THE ROSIE.  THIS IS DONE EACH YEAR TO BRING THE BIOMASS IN THE LAKE DOWN TO ALLOW THE FISH IN THE LAKE TO GROW AT BETTER RATES AND TO ENSURE THEY HAVE A GOOD AMOUNT OF OXYGEN.  ITS SURPRISING HOW MUCH OF THE OXYGEN THESE SMALL FISH TAKE UP.  THIS IS ALSO A GREAT TIME OF YEAR FOR THE CLUB AS WE CAN SEE JUST HOW WELL OUR FISH, ESPECIALLY OUR CRUCIANS, ARE COMING ALONG AND THEY CERTAINLY DID NOT DISAPPOINT.

 

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AS YOU CANS SEE FROM THE IMAGE ABOVE PLENTY OF OUR BARS OF GOLD TURNED UP IN THE NETS. AVERAGING EITHER SIDE OF THE 2LB MARK WE ARE VERY PLEASED WITH HOW THE FISH ARE GROWING ON.  ESPECIALLY AS THESE FISH ARE NOT FROM A RECENT STOCKING BUT ARE HOME GROWN AND DESCENDED FROM FISH STOCKED MANY YEARS AGO.

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THE CLUB ARE ALSO OVER THE MOON TO SEE THAT OUR CRUCIANS ARE NOW BREEDING WELL IN THE LAKE.  SEVERAL SMALL CRUCIANS LIKE THE ONE ABOVE SHOWED UP IN THE NETS.

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DUE TO THE LOCATION OF THE ROSIE, WITHIN A PUBLIC PARK, THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL GOLDFISH RELEASED INTO THE LAKE ILLEGALLY OVER THE YEARS.  MANY OF THESE WILL HAVE FOUND THEIR WAY IN DUE TO THE FAIRGROUND, ALONG WITH GARDEN PONDS.  WE WORK TIRELESSLY TO LOOK AFTER OUR CRUCIANS SO WE ALWAYS USE OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THIS TO REMOVE ANY OF OUR UNWANTED GUESTS.  CLUB BAILIFF JAMES WATSON IS SEEN IN THE IMAGE ABOVE HOLDING ONE OF THE INTRUDERS WHICH HAS NOW BEEN REMOVED FROM THE LAKE.

FOR 2018 THE NETTINGS ARE NOW OVER AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK HARD THROUGHOUT THE COMING MONTHS ENSURING WE HAVE THE BEST POSSIBLE HABITAT FOR THESE BEAUTIFUL FISH TO THRIVE. A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO BOTH ANDREW AND BEN FROM AE FISHERIES AND BP MILLING WHO CARRIED OUT THE NETTING.

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