Top Quality French Carp Fishing
NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz
and 6 different 60lb plus carp And 2 known 70lb plus carp.
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Chapter 12 Two steps Forward and One step Back
As an illustration of just how effective the baits were by the end of the season, we were giving away some samples to anglers who were really struggling on their own favourite "they work everywhere" baits and some of them said that it was like turning on a switch and they began to catch immediately.
We now have a bait which is very efficient in our lake but which can be purchased by our customers (direct from Eclipse) for use in their UK fishing.
With the decision already made to use fish meal boilies I also decided to start to introduce pellets. I had wanted, in fact I had been searching for, some pellets with a high fishmeal protein content for some time. We had used the soya and wheat meal protein pellets and they were, at best, ineffective.
The fish were not attracted to them and as the proteins were of the vegetable type the carp would not be able to easily assimilate them. We switched to a Coppens pellet and the change was remarkable. I was convinced that a combination of the new bait with the new pellet would pay dividends so I fished over a marker float and added a large quantity of bait. At 7.30pm I tipped in 25kg of pellet plus 5kg of boilies. My first carp came at 8.30pm in the shape of a 47lb mirror followed by two more thirties and another forty by midnight and then everything went quiet. Surely they couldn't have eaten all of that food?
I did exactly the same the following evening and caught another three carp including two thirties and another forty. The bait and pellet was working well and my next couple of sessions also produced two fifties for me including "Arfur" at its first ever fifty plus 52lb and "Chunky" at her biggest ever 57lb. Chuffed for many reasons. It also proved that we are now at the point where very big beds of bait are working well.
Right, that almost brings me to the end of another chapter but we have needed to add another rule as we found "Benign" towing around a three ounce lead on a lead clip. The rig had not been used incorrectly but there was simply no way that the lead would discharge and that was purely down to the type of clip used.
I immediately banned lead clips but we will now allow certain types but only after I have had the chance to examine each type prior to use.
Furthermore, with the obvious benefits of using quantities of pellet and boilie we are changing another one of our rules. We haven't allowed bait boats since the early years when we had several situations where idiots were abusing their use and annoying other anglers.
However, we are going to allow their use during 2014 but only on exclusive week bookings and only if everyone in that booking group is in agreement. After all, if you abuse their use and upset your mates then that should be sorted out by your group and I don't need to be called out to referee the fights.
It will be interesting to watch how the catch rates are affected by the extra food available.
Another chapter and another year done.