What a busy two year it has been for the Northern Ireland Carp Anglers Society!
The addition of Glenvale brought with it a year of hard graft and unprecedented stockings prior to its opening in 2016. Looking back, Glenvale has been such a success, we’ve experienced massive growth rates and seen the stock progress to upper double and over 20lb in a very short space of time The current lake record is a Common called “The Edge” that came out at 24lb 10oz. Without a doubt Glenvale has some of the best looking Carp in the UK & Ireland.
The success of Glenvale brought with it media attention, this resulted in a surge of membership applications, it was evident that we required another lake. The search was on for a new venture and it didn’t take long before we found a lake, Brookhall Trout Fishery or as it was to become Brookhall Carp Fishery. The Society acquired Brookhall Carp Fishery in the summer of 2016 and has spent a year working on it, building fences, cutting grass and installing gates. The chairman and wider team worked tirelessly in the background obtaining the money required to carry out a major stocking, in April 2017 Carp up to 21lb were introduced with an average weight of 13lb it was evident that Brookhall would be a very special carp fishery. The fish settled in nicely adopting well to the intense feeding programme, this resulted in huge growth rates and new lake record on opening day, a common called “Delilah at 24lb 12oz”.
All of the Society venues have had investment in infrastructure, this will be continuing to ensure that we maintain the high quality, safe fisheries that our members expect and enjoy. Our stocking programme will be stepping up a gear; we have secured carp in excess of 20 lb for all of our lakes and so will be setting even more records! All of the society venues have got carp over 20lb, this is fantastic to see and is proof that all the hard work by our members is paying off.
The future is bright for Carp Angling, our Committee is looking to the future and planning to continue our expansion, watch this space!