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Sunday, December 10, 2017

When is the best time to stock carp?

I get this question all the time.  The answer is usually "now", when you realize you need them.  If weeds are still growing, then don't wait, carp will begin to work immediately. 

If you have the luxury of being able to plan ahead, like during the winter when weeds don't grow much, there are times when you can stock carp more reliably:

1.  Stocking April to mid-June assures the fish will be there and are healthy for the worst of the weed season.  Thus, its my first choice for "the best time to stock".  

2.  My second choice would be end of September to end of October.  This time period assures they will be there in the early spring when weeds start to grow- even if that is in February!  If you have a alot of winter and spring flooding or water going over a dam without a fish barrier, then late spring may be best.

Hot summer months are the times to avoid.  In my opinion, carp should not be handled in VA from the end of June to the middle of September because higher water temperatures are more conducive to pathogens that weaken carp and increase stress, and warm water holds less oxygen than cold water.  Netting and tranpsorting causes stress and if fish are not strong when doing so there can be problems.  But once carp are established in your pond, they are very strong and can endure ice-covered ponds and those that warm up to over 90 degrees. 

Sun, December 10, 2017 | link          Comments

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Thanks for a great season! Re-opening April 2018.

We appreciate your business in 2017.  The warm winter and hot weather contributed to fast aquatic weed growth, which thereby drove demand. 

We are closed for the year, reopening in the April 2018 timeframe.  If you want carp in 2018, please wait until VA DGIF posts the new years permits, then apply.  We will supply fish as soon as we get enough orders to warrant opening, likely in April.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Still have a few carp for sale
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.  The years work is mostly done, and I have a few fish remaining from my last shipments.  If you are interested in getting fish, call soon- 703.648.0299
Sun, November 26, 2017 | link          Comments

Friday, July 28, 2017

We resume stocking carp about September 20
We don't supply carp during the hot summer months, but you can still complete your permit application and submit it, and we will then add you to the top of the list for supplying them in the fall.  We can stock from late september through early november.
Fri, July 28, 2017 | link          Comments

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Carp are arriving Thursday July 6

I will have carp available Thursday and Friday of this week.  This will be the last shipments before closing down for the hot summer months. 

If you have an order pending, I will email you times and locations where I will be on Thursday and Friday.  If you are meeting me on my Thursday route through warrenton, charlottesville, Richmond, and fredericksburg, you will need to get back to me that you will meet me so I know how many fish to put on the truck.  If you didn't put your email address on your permit, I will call you. 

 If picking your fish up at my place in Fairfax, Thursday between 6 and 8 PM will be best, and I will have hours there Firday morning through 1PM.

If you can't make those times, please call and make other arrangements.  It will be important to get the fish in your ponds very soon because I can't hold them indefinately in my tanks during hot weather. 

Tue, July 4, 2017 | link          Comments

Friday, June 23, 2017

Status of Carp

 

I have been trying to get a shipment in from my supplier and the associated trucking company.  The next date I have a possibility of getting them is July 6.  We can’t handle carp when it’s too hot, as the water holds less oxygen and the carp are weakened by water conditions and the stress of transportation.  We are subject to the weather both here in Virginia and in Arkansas where the fish are raised.  If it gets too hot to handle carp, I will have to wait until after September 20 to provide them to customers.   I will post again next Saturday to let you know if they are expected to be shipped and when you can get them.

 

Fri, June 23, 2017 | link          Comments

Saturday, April 22, 2017

First shipments of year underway
WE COMPLETED the first shipment to customers who got early permits this week but quickly sold out.  Next shipment is May 4th. We will call or email customers next on the list.  Thanks!  The fish look great, as usual.!
Sat, April 22, 2017 | link          Comments

Monday, January 23, 2017

Grass Carp are Hardy and Will be Fine in Winter Months
Grass carp are hardy in the winter.  They have no problem surviving under a foot of ice as long as the pond is over 4-6 feet deep.  They over winter well even in the northern states where I used to sell them from our original hatchery location in Ashford Connecticut.  Carp will not eat much during the winter.  It is helpful when they fatten up prior to November when their weed consumption slows.  The fat stores will get them though the cold months until the water temperature warms up to 50 degrees or more and they start to eat again.   You probably wont see the fish much in the winter, but having them in your ponds when the weeds start to grow is a great benefit. 
Mon, January 23, 2017 | link          Comments

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Wrapping up the stocking season
With the temperatures dropping, we will be finishing up pending orders and selling our last carp.  It's still a great time to stock, or you can decide to wait until next spring.  Please call or email czulick@verizon.net to see if we have carp remaining.
Sun, November 13, 2016 | link          Comments

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Weather has cooled and we are selling Carp again
We are working on our backlog of orders after a long hot summer.  This week we get more carp and will be filling orders.  We will likely get one more shipment before we sell our final orders in late November.
Tue, October 25, 2016 | link          Comments

Friday, July 8, 2016

We are closed for the summer but will answer inquiries
THe weather is too hot to handle carp now, so we have closed down operations and will reopen the third week of September when it is cooler.  We will continune to answer inquiries emailed to us through this site.
Fri, July 8, 2016 | link          Comments

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Deliveries and Pickups
Due to the hot weather, we will be suspending deliveries and pickups this weekend as predicted.  I still have a few fish left, but once gone, we will not resume until the third week of September.  Have a great summer and feel free to contact me, we are open just not handling carp over the hot months.
Sat, June 25, 2016 | link          Comments

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Spring stocking season coming to a close

With the weather getting hot, pond and air temps are not conducive to transporting and handling grass carp.  The metabolism of carp is very high in warm weather and they have to eat a lot each day.  The main issues are that warm water doesn't hold oxygen as well as cold water, and their high activity in a holding tank is detrimental. 

 We have about 75 carp on hand, and when these are sold, we will wind down for the summer and reopen in late September.

 If you have a large order (100- 200 head or more) and can take a shipment directly without our holding them in our fish barn for long, we might be able to accomodate you.

Sat, June 18, 2016 | link          Comments

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Shipment arrived this week and already sold out. Next carp will be available on June 15
This has been a really busy spring srocking season.  I got a beautiful shipment of 10-14 inch fish in.  Thanks to Shirl Dressler at VA DGIF, your permits are processed quickly and efficiently.  She's great to work with.  Get your permit in right away because with the weather changing here and across the south, I may have to curtail shipments and pickups by the 3rd week in June.  Yesterday i delivered to Richmond and ponds were as hot as 92 degrees!  Weeds love that and fish grow quickly.  If you miss the spring, we will resume in late September.
Sat, June 4, 2016 | link          Comments

Friday, May 6, 2016

Lake Anna Stocks ByBrook's Grass Carp
Our latest stocking was at one of Virginias largest lakes- Lake Anna which straddles 3 VA counties.  Thanks Lake Management Association for being our latesst and largest customer!
Fri, May 6, 2016 | link          Comments

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