When the close season was in place these fish then enjoyed a further four months of prime weather without being fished for. June the 16th would then roll around and invariably the fish could have spawned or were
just about too. We are getting to a situation where the carp’s first
capture is at the end of June or July as opposed to early spring
(April/May). You can start to see that there is now a bigger window for
captures at the backend simply because the carp is only on its first
capture. It could do another couple of captures before the winter
draws in. The other big factor that is linked is the bait.
There is no doubt that carp love to consume boilies, with today’s
ingredients we are providing an irresistible food source that triggers olfaction and gustation (taste and smell). Too much to resist when a big fish swims over 2 kgs of prime fishmeal! As a bait maker I am ticking their dietary requirements in terms of protein, fats, carbs, vitamins and minerals etc and also adding in pre-digested, fermented, soluble signals that scream food and ‘eat me’ in their turbulent, aquatic environment. These baits are very calorific and it’s no surprise that the carp absolutely love them. I’ve built my business on that very fact. Since the close season was abolished we have seen vast quantities of boilies being applied as soon as the water warms up, generally Late April through to spawning (May-June).
The amount of quality food being applied through the calendar year has increased considerably. This is reflective in fish weight as the UK now boasts a huge number of 40lb, 50lb and even 60lb+ carp. Especially compared to when the old close season was in place pre 2000 when there were a tiny amount of UK 40lb carp in comparison. From the 2000’s to present day, carp fishing has boomed for both better and worse. This again has signalled the increase of both anglers and in turn, more quantities of bait going into our fisheries.