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Carp rush at rejuvenated Earlswood Lakes.

THE Great Carp Rush is on after a series of magnificent strikes at the born-again Earlswood Lakes complex.

Perhaps the most startling statistic on the state of play on the re-stocked Engine lake is the fact that the bottom weight in this week's 32-peg match was a might 86lb.

Top-weight winner was Shakespeare rod Dave Elliott with an astonishing 175lb bag of small carp. Behind him there were seven more individual tons, the lowest being 112lb.

Earlier, even a Sandvik club match produced bumper bundles with Ken Parsons scaling 137-9-0, Halesowen's A Chowns following with 123-9-0.

Nor are the super catches confined to the Engine. On the Yachter, the silver fish enthusiasts have also been having a birthday with big bream bags.

Tony Delves (Bromsgrove) and Worcester's Kevin Wright won their respective opens with weights of 41-8-0 and 39-5-0 in poor conditions.

Small wonder, then, that bailiff John Howse, said: 'I've not seen anything like it in my eight years here.' And he could have probably added nor has anyone else at the venue in living memory.

A total of 15,000 new carp have been introduced into the Engine this year and though it is generally accepted that 'virgin' stocks go food and bait crackers in the early weeks before becoming more wary, England's Dave Harrell is one top rod who believes Earlswood will continue to prosper. 'I fished it last week and everybody is having a field day,' said Harrell, 'and as the carp keep growing the catches will stay enormous.'

Whacking weights have also been much in evidence elsewhere.

International Will Raison, practising for this weekend's Ultimate League final at Moorlands Farm, pulled in 96lb from the Bank pool while in the follow-up match, Dudley's Kieron Rich also hit the spot with 85lb.

The Ultimate concludes today and if the weather turns out to be reasonably decent, there will be a hefty weigh-in come 5pm.
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Title Annotation:Angling
Author:James, Barry
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 4, 2000
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