The death of Benson, the immaculate common carp from Bluebell Lakes back in August this year ignited the uncooked particle debate once again. You can read the Daily Express article here.
The article contains a couple of quotes. The first come from an anonimous Web Poster;
“Tiger nuts and peanuts are not swallowed whole, they are crushed up by the throat teeth, so how can these small pieces swell anyway? We have all seen carp excrete these and other baits out on the mat. The whole nut thing is rubbish in my opinion. You would need to use sackfuls to have an adverse affect.”
The second comes from the well respected fish expert, Dr Bruno Broughton;
“I strongly suspect that in this case, given that the last couple of times it had been caught it was less than maximum weight, it was probably nearing the end of its life anyway,” says Dr Broughton.
“The claims about unsoaked dried nuts swelling up in the intestines of a fish are largely exaggerated and it is pure speculation that Benson was killed because of nuts. I don’t know all the facts but my own speculation is that it probably wasn’t the cause.”
Here’s a couple of view points from regular contributors to this Blog;
Big Ron writes;
This is a subject I have had several discussions about with a good friend of mine, Dr Bruno Broughton. His thoughts are that it is most unlikely that nuts ( soaked or raw) would actully kill a carp, because as they swell they would have to be passed normally. Just like us…if your full up of food you naturally go to the loo.
And here’s a point of view from the owner of Beaute, Alex Mills, who has 40 years carp fishing experience;
On several occasions over the years, I have seen fish belly up, still alive and manage to expel some of the feed that they have been munching. One particular species, sturgeon, sweep up all that they can. The nuts swell up in their bodies, this is a well known proven fact. To prove this theory for yourself, get some fresh uncooked tiger nuts and leave them in a bucket of warm water overnight and see how much they swell. The sturgeon I found was lucky enough to express the nuts from, and after I kept keep an eye on him for a couple of hours, was ok again.
Hope this helps, and I would like to know for sure myself that my fish are not just for people to catch, they are my pets and I am always willing to learn more to ensure that they get the best life I can give them.
So… what’s your view? Would you allow uncooked particles if you were a fishery owner – tell us by voting in our poll… and feel free to leave a comment below if you have a view.