Redmire And Vanishing Big Fish

Note From:- Julian

This question is relevant to anywhere, not just Redmire and I believe some of you may know considerably more than I do about such matters.

A question often posed about Redmire and the huge uncaught carp, is that during the 1976 drought the pool shrunk to a much smaller size and the carp were frequently seen at the surface most of the time:- presumably due to trying to get more oxygen.

This proves the huge carp did not exist, as they would have to have been at the surface much of the time as well and would have been seen.

But would they necessarily have to spend a lot of time near the surface? I remember clearly, that time in 1976, on the pools I was fishing. There was definitely not a noticeable increase in fish near the surface and certainly not any increase in sightings of large fish at the surface. In fact the opposite appeared to occur. A lot of the time there seemed to be no signs of fish at all – and I fished frequently at the crack of dawn and in the evenings.

Is it possible that in drought conditions large fish, especially large carp, may actually tend to bed down in the mud as they would in wintertime – ie become very sluggish, torpid, and go into their almost semi-hibernation state?

My logic, though almost certainly flawed, would be that in this state the metabolism slows right down and therefore the demand for oxygen is much reduced.

Any answers please?