Can anyone shed any light on the rumours and hearsay surrounding the future of Tunstall park LAKE?
I have been bombarded by people telling me that the lake is to be returned to a boating lake. On more than one occasion I have heard that this may involve removing the fish from the lake. In case you were not aware there are around forty mirror and common carp, specimens weighing upto 25lb (monsters) and also ghost and koi in the lake.
We cannot surely allow the removal of these fish form our doorsteps. There are commercial fisheries up and down the country that would be proud to have these specimens in their waters and we should be equally proud to actually have these local for us all to enjoy.
I like many other people take the view that drastic work needs to be done at the lake end of the park (the boat house, the bicycle filled lake bed, and the island needs attention), but this is not the first time that removing the fish has been mentioned.
A few weeks back I witnessed a group of lads attemting to illegally catch fish by foul hooking (casting a huge tripple hook over the fish and then yanking the rod back to pull the huge hooks anywhere into the body or head of the fish). I approached the council workers at the park who informed me that there was nothing they could do as the lake was actually run by Middleport Angling club. The helpfull and angry staff at the park put me straight on the phone to the club and I explained what was happening. The reply I got was 'yes mate thats why we want to net all of the big fish and put them in Westport lake. We have this every year but there is nothing we can do about it'. Well there is! I have fished the lake regularly over six months and never seen one bailif checking rod licences, day tickets or even taking a strole around the water. The council aslo refuse to intervene to protect the welfare of the wildlife lake we have to enjoy.
Its clear that these fish that we should all be trying to protect are not a consideration when talking about the future of the Park lake. Yet a call to the enviroment agency could actually support Middleport angling clubs case for removing the fish.
Is there any assurance that these fish will be kept in the home they have had for some 20years plus to be enjoyed by the locals and visitors to the park.?? Why arent Middleport angling club taking responsabiliyt for the water? Is this because the park lake was something they had to take on in order to get Westport lake onto their books? I personally think so!!
For anyone unaware of these fish on your doorsteps goto the lake on a clear day and stand at the far side on the top of the grass bank and look into the water. You will see groups of fish the likes of which some of you may never have seen in your lifes, patrolling and creating huge clouds as they scurry for food along the bottom. Lets not lose what we are privelidged to have so close by.
Can you please post your opinions here hopfully to convince me I arent the only one bothered or aware of this situation.
p.s Got pictures of a 17lb and two twenty lb carp caught from the lake in a 2 hour session last week but dont know how to upload them on here??? they are posted on my facebook page:- http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=1532898845