Top Quality French Carp Fishing

NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz

120 -150 different carp of 40lb. or bigger inc. 50+ different 50lb. plus carp

and 14 different 60lb plus carp And 2 known 70lb plus carp.

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Right, back to the fishing;

Andy has been coming to us regularly for some time and has been desperate to bank his first fifty. Again this session he was soon into the forties and a couple of high forties at that but still not the, longed for fifty. Mid way through the week on 25th October he connected to a very strong carp.

 The fish didn't give line easily and made some very strong and long runs. When I arrived in the swim I suggested that it was fighting like a big fish to which Andy replied that it would turn out to be 37lbs.

It fought all the way to the net and, just as it rolled over the net cord I noticed a tell tale scale at the tail root. I suggested that it was probably closer to 67 than 37. Andy's face lit up and his voice croaked "Really?"

In fact it was Cut-Tail at 65 lb 11oz and Andy went on to bank a fifty as well. She may have been down in weight by a few ounces but the fight and her appearance proved that she had survived the earlier idiocy.

The following week was the last one of our season and it included a guest who hadn't fished here for a few years. In the intervening period Lee had fished several of the known, French, big fish waters including Rainbow from where he had caught two scraper sixties and had a PB of 61lbs. I joked about the effort that he must have had to put into fishing Rainbow and how he could still beat his PB this week.

Mid week again saw him playing another big fish. Eventually it went in the net and I was almost disappointed that it wasn't Half Lin. It turned out to be Cut-Tail again but this time, just one week after her last capture, she turned the scales to 67lb 3oz. That is a  1lb 8oz weight increase in just one week. Obviously Lee was delighted with his new PB and we were delighted with her growth again.

That ended our season but I did also get a chance to fish from 1st Pontoon (closest to the house) during our first week off but, while I managed a couple of nice fifties and some forties, none of the big girls graced my net. In fact one of the fifties was a mid fifty but also a new fifty and a look back over the last few weeks revealed that we had seen a large number of new fifties and that some of them were shooting through to mid fifties and overtaking some of the known fish.

We didn't see our seventy BUT! I don't think many would argue with me when I say that there are probably TWO SEVENTIES swimming around in Etang du Roivre right now, as I type this chapter. In fact, one of them could easily be a mid seventy.

On top of that there are several more fish which should add to the known sixties plus more fifties than we can keep track of. My best guess as we head for 2016 is that we will have 2 seventies,10 sixties and another 30 fifties. I can't even begin to guess how many forties but, surprisingly, I am looking forward to see how well the very young fish grow. At three years old, some of them, have already made 26lbs plus and I have a theory that they could surprise some people, let me explain my theories; the current biggest fish have done really well, and especially so when you consider that their early years were spent in competition with roach, rudd, tench, bream, thousands of their brothers plus the dreaded millions of poisson chats.

To have made 60/70 in 15 years is very impressive but the "future generation" could eclipse this. The current youngsters have had none of the competition from the other species and we have, and will continue to, removed several of their siblings. This theory of mine revolves around the studies on the growth rates of humans which proves that those born in countries with poor nutrition or even just those born in the poverty years (between the wars) are, generally, much shorter than those born with a good start in life as far as nutritional foods are concerned.

 In fact this is shown by the fact that, often, current generations are taller than their parents. Hopefully this will result in some extremely big carp over the course of the next few years.

Whatever happens, it will be exciting watching the fishery continue to develop.

Here's hoping that I am around long enough to see the development and to write some more chapters to this little book of mine.

Be lucky.

Chapter 13-Changing goalposts mid-stream