[VIDEO] Pike tries to spawn with carp at flooded venue

[VIDEO] Pike tries to spawn with carp at flooded venue

Carp have been filmed feeding on flooded paths and swims – and even avoiding the attentions of an amorous pike – at a day-ticket fishery.

East Delph Lakes in Cambridgeshire is currently closed due to flooding, but although fishery boss James Mackay has lost bookings he's enjoyed watching his stock take a "carp holiday".

 This is normally a dry path between the Front and Back lakes

This is normally a dry path between the Front and Back lakes

James filmed some of his fish merrily swimming over what would normally be paths and swims.

His venue is fully otter and partition fenced, so no fish can swap between the two fishable lakes on site.

The former teacher said: "I’m well out of pocket but the carp continue to have a lovely time swimming up and down the paths eating drowned worms and bugs. It’s happy holiday time for those fish."

He told Carpfeed the influx was like changing the water in an aquarium and gave the fish a boost. "The fish are more than ok," he said, "The are loving it!"

Dr Paul Garner explains what happens to carp in a flood

James grabbed his camera and stood still on one of the paths to capture a couple of his fish on the move. At one point, a spawning pike appears to mistake a carp for a potential mate.

 This is normally the car park and entrance track, with no water in sight!

This is normally the car park and entrance track, with no water in sight!