Hampshire carp has been producing mirror carp for some 30 years. In the early days we produced a pure ‘Dink’ strain which was a characteristically rounded shape with big ‘shoulders’ and small amounts of scales. Over the years angling syndicates became more selective as to the strain of fish stocked so we responded by introducing fish of known lineage into the mix.
To produce a more elongated fish with interesting scale patterns and importantly, that continue to grow to a very large size, in conjunction with Sparsholt College and V.S. Fisheries, we introduced the ‘Sutton’ strain lineage . We have been rewarded by having our own line of really pretty fish that tick all the boxes for the discerning fishery.
Carp grow very quickly so we tend to only produce one year old fish up to 6 inches in size. If you wish to stock fish in a fishery and can’t afford to stock the larger fish immediately then these fish would benefit from further growth in a purpose built and well managed stock pond (see fact sheet).