Today Andrew Ellis and Ben Pinniger of AE Fisheries and BP Milling arrived at the Rosie to carry out our annual fish crop. The club do this each year to cut back on the really small fish which take up valuable space and oxygen. Once removed this allows the rest of the fish to grow at much better rates.
Around 8am this morning Andrew rowed a net out across one side of the island to split the lake into two. Once the lake was split he rowed out a second net in a large swoop right around the far end of the lake and then started pulling it in. To say we were amazed is an understatement, the amount of Roach, Rudd and Bream fry was unbelievable. Also the amount of good sized Crucian Carp that were in the net were an absolute joy to see. The fish were scooped out of the big net using a landing net, then sorted in containers to split the good sized fish we want to keep from the fry that we need to take out of the lake. On this first netting we had some great Crucians, Bream, Skimmers, Roach and Ide.
Then it was onto the other side where again Andrew rowed out his net in another big swoop until he settled in on peg 28 to start to pull the net in. This net produced a mass of fish fry, along with good Crucians, some original Carp, Stockies, big Roach, Ide and Skimmers. We also had a bit of a surprise when Andrew dipped down into the net and came out with a mountain bike of all things.
With the fish graded and the keepers returned it was time to bag up the ones that were going. These were put into clear plastic bags which were filled with oxygen and then sealed. Overall we estimate around 400lb of fish were removed from the lake. Mostly Roach, Rudd and Bream fry but also some of the Crucian x Goldfish and Crucian x Common Carp hybrids. The club has donated these fish to Ynysmon Angling Association, another Welsh club, based on Anglesey. This club also run Junior events similar to our own and it will be nice to think that the fish from the Rosie will be helping get even more youngsters into the sport.
The club would like to say a massive thank you to both Andrew and Ben for the amazing job they did today. Not only that but for the no-nonsense approach they have towards fishery management which has helped guide the club to where it is today in regards to the quality of our fish. Ben also did some filming at the lake, both of the netting itself and of Andrew talking about the quality of the fish. Once the footage is available we will share this on our Facebook page.
With Andrews expertise and guidance we have followed a structured management plan to bring the best out of the club waters. Partner this with the high quality substitute feed supplied by Ben from BP Milling that we feed the fish with throughout the year and we can see why the condition and size of fish improves year on year. Please check both AE Fisheries and BP Milling out for more information.
Also if you are ever towards Anglesey and are looking for a local fishing club, please check out Ynysmon A.A.
Thank you to all involved including the members that came along and got to see what its all about.