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Something has eaten my fish !

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Alex.B, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. Alex.B

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    Was just cutting the grass and found a load of scales on the grass :eek:

    Checked my pond (which is netted) and the big common carp is gone and the large goldfish :(

    They were the survivors of a heron attack 3 years ago and had grown to a decent size and the carp would take food out my fingers :(

    We have some large border pond plants at one end that have grow through the mesh net where I found a hole had been chewed through . Gutted doesn't cover how I feel right now :(

    So I'm gonna cut back the plants and hide tonight to see what visits . So my question is can I shoot what ever it is ?
     
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    Doubt it! lol. Maybe shoot it with a camera, print out the picture... Range here we come! :thumb:
     
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    Suppose it depends whats taken it get footage of whats taking the fish first could be anything from a cat to mink/fox to heron if netted cant see it been heron tho if its been chewed through gutted for you mate my boss as big carp what takes food from his mouth he has a strange bond with them and would be gutted if some thing happend to the big ones
     
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    Thanks for the replies , looking on the web there's a lot of people had attacks from mink and otters , but we have a pair of weasle looking things that live under the shed , but they have never been a problem before ?
     
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    Wont be weasles mate i dont think there way too small if mink tho u have every right to shoot them :up:
     
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    Stick some fresh fish,in front of a good beckstop!As Dave says if its Mink fill ya boots.
    Regards,Stu.
     
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    I'm quite interested to whom the culprit is keep us updated pal

    Atb
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  8. r10hunter

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    Sounds like mink. Very hard to shoot with a rifle as they don't stay still long.
    As above you would be best trying to shoot them on bait.
    Wrap your bait is some chicken wire and fix it down so the mink is working to free the bait giving the chance of a shot.

    Fix your bait to the battery of a small alarm clock with some fishing line so if your not watching you know what time he is visiting.

    Consider a trap also http://www.trapman.co.uk/mink-traps.html
    Good luck
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    Most likely mink ... in which case you're lucky ! About two years ago I had approx. £10K worth of Koi and other fish taken over a two week period by an otter mum and two kits. Re-stocked and have just lost all but two over the last ten days. F****rs :mad:
     
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    Sorry but for 10k of fish id be investing in a patterdale or fell terrier ect just a deterant like to patrol the pond be no otter probs then or mink you must be devoed mate
     
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    Sounds like a Mink to me, nothing else apart from an Otter would be big enough to take a decent sized Carp.
     
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    I'm gonna be on a mission tonight , will have the Ultra and a camera at hand . Just going out to cut back the plants so I can get a better view .
     
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    The saddest part of this is that carpy was going to be moved to a bigger pond as he'd outgrown ours .
     
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    Hi Andy , that trap looks like my squizzer trap . Are they the same thing?
     
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    Yes andy a squirel trap will work on mink with right bait ;) becareful tho once trapped they go mental watch your fingers
     
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    If it's a big enough strong enough squirrel trap.
    Many of the garden centre versions are too small. A mink trap really needs to be 20 inches from door to treadle plate. Also fix down well mink are very powerful. The double door mink traps are very popular as he can see clean through and is not so nervous about entering.
    Cheers Andy
     
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    Sorry to hear that mate ..let us know how you get on with working out who done it
     
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    Right , well its big enough (not a garden center job :) ) I've pegged it down with 4 large tent pegs and baited with crab sticks (all I have) . Knowing my luck I will catch a rat lol .
     
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    Tuna brine poured over the ground of the trap works well but you need to consider howyour going to dispatch it a hard job with just a air gun it wont stay still for you and hard peg down good luck mate aTvb dave
     

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