FURIOUS fishermen are demanding action after allegations a number of prize specimens were stolen from a popular Wigan angling spot.
The Environment Agency (EA) is investigating claims several carp were illegally taken from Scotman’s Flash in Poolstock by another fishery.
Fishermen from the North West Carp Anglers group on Facebook bombarded the agency’s hotline with requests for the matter to be looked into, with a thread discussing the threads online generating more than 300 comments.
One member of the group described the fish movements as a “disgrace to the sport” of fishing and another said the fish were moved in
September but the matter only recently came to light after photographs of the carp were posted online.
An angler, who asked not to be named, said: “Carp are being caught in one lake and put into another. We’ve got to go through proper processes to do this.
“You can see pictures of the fish being caught in Scotman’s Flash on Facebook and since it came to light numerous people have phoned the agency to report it.”
The EA spokesman said: “We are looking into the allegations of thefts from Scotman’s Flash and anyone with information about the incidents to get in touch.”
Carp are one of the most highly-prized coarse sport fish in the country because of the difficulty catching them and their considerable size.
Carp are also unusual in that they are one of the few species of fish that can be transported in wet sacks without actually being in water for a limited period of time.
Information about the Scotman’s Flash incident can be reported to the EA by ringing 0800 80 70 60 or emailing intelligenceGMMC@environment-agency.gov.uk
Anonymous calls and tip-offs will be taken.