Friday 11 August 2017
So... Fishing in France... What can I tell you? Monsters! Absolute monsters! I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to fish at Cherpont Lake (Etang de Cherpont) in France with Euro Carp Tours and what a trip it turned out to be ;)
A slow (but HUGE) start but the fishing really picked up as the week went on. I landed 12 monstrous carp in all, with the biggest being a 55lb PB doubling mirror that just blew me away!
A massive thank you to Terry and Steve Smith at Euro Carp tours who made this whole trip possible.
If you're looking to do a trip to France carp fishing, check out the links below and get booking!
Euro Carp Tours
Ever dreamed of breaking your PB carp? Now's your chance!
Euro Carp Tours are proud to announce fully inclusive trips to various big fish venues in various locations across Europe.
Our starting point is BS36 in Bristol with either secure parking options or flexible pick up on route. We will be using both ferry and tunnel crossings in our new fleet of customised vehicles.
All trips can be customised, just ask them and they'll see what they can do!
I've been a field tester for Innate Baits for several years now and can't fault them.
Innate baits are a family run business that supply high quality bait to fisheries and the public. Fronted by the main man himself Terry Smith, who has a wealth of knowledge from his years in the fishing industry.
Terry's knowledge has been established through a passion for fishing and fishery management, as a fishery owner himself he knows what makes a good bait!
The range of baits have been developed through long term use by the Innate team and our loyal customers.
Fish with confidence - "The natural choice, every time"
Although the river sessions have been fun, I wanted something a little closer to home (the Avon is a good 30 minutes from school) and Windmill Fishery is pretty much on the doorstep. There's 4 lakes to go at: the match lake, the specimen lake, a silvers lake and the carp lake. They all offer something different and I've been tempted back to the carp lake by the recent images I'd been seeing on Facebook - there's been some pretty decent fish coming out!
The big problem with the carp lake however is that the fish in there have been allowed to breed... This means there are millions of small carp between a couple of ounces and the 2lb mark who are more than hungry enough to have a go at anything bait wise. It's gotten so bad that the owners are actually planning on turning the water into a match lake!
But if you're willing to persevere, there are some good fish to be had. As well as countless small fish, I did manage the two pictured here which gave me a good run around. Both were caught on Innate Baits tuna boiles over a bed of hemp and corn.
From chatting to other anglers though, there's been a lot of success with surface fishing so maybe a summer evening session is in order some time?!
It was a slow start but the action really picked up in the arvo with fishing falling to innate baits 14mm boilies and yellow foam on zigs. almost feel that i'm getting there with the zig float too ;)
Happy days - just need a sunny evening now for a couple of hours surface fishing!
Wednesday 12 April 2017
The 3rd and final venue in this years spring fishing trip and this was the big one... I first visited Festival Fishery down in Glastonbury back in late 2015 and although I only banked one fish in a 48 hour session, I promised myself I'd be back for another go.
This time I went armed with a plan: the advice I'd been given was to bait heavily and fish a rod tight to the reeds and a 2nd a rod length off the reeds on the far margin with a 3rd rod fishing as 'chuck it and see'. I was also going 'large', using 20mm custom boilies from Innate Baits and size 6 hooks (which still seem massive to me!).
And the plan paid off!
Apologies for the wind noise, there was a bit of a breeze...
The session was pretty slow during the day so I took the opportunity to get my head down as I was shattered after a brilliant session at Todber Manor the night before.
So I baited up two spots, slept for most of the day and got the rods out on darkness. The action was relentless but the size of fish was pretty small... Loads of sub 10lb commons! By midnight I was dropping so I baited up once more, got the rods in, set an alarm for 7am and crashed out...
The wind had dropped early morning and I was rewarded with two bigger fish within 30 minutes of casting out! Baring in mind I only fished for probably 12 of the 24 hours, I had 12 or so fish and was fully rested for the next venue - not a bad stop gap?!
Once again, all the fish fell to my custom 'signature' boilies in either 14mm or 16mm. So as always, massive thanks to Innate Baits, the boilies really did the business.