Top Quality French Carp Fishing
NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz
and 14 different 60lb plus carp And 2 known 70lb plus carp.
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Chapter Nine -
The beginning of 2009 was eagerly awaited and we opened in late March. The weather had remained very cold with major areas of the lake still frozen only two weeks before we opened.
We were concerned that the fish would not be feeding heavily enough with the water remaining cold and it was even less likely that they would be back on the boilies.
Our opening week only saw one angler pitting his wits against the fish and it’s fair to say that he struggled.
However, the second week saw two couples decide to fish from the Oaks and Royal Box swims and Rob in the ‘box gave us all a massive boost by landing a brace of mirrors of 46 lb plus. We heaved a huge sigh of relief and looked forward to the rest of the spring.
Our expectations continued when, during the next few weeks, Chris decided to fish the Southern arm and, while struggling to land numbers of fish he did manage to land a huge mirror at 49 lb.
We were now really beginning to believe that we had overcome the reasons for the slow growth rates and that we would see a new fifty very soon.
The weird spring weather continued with major thunder storms and, with Jan and I having a pleasant meal at a local restaurant one evening, not only did the power get knocked out but my computer was terminally fried.
Even more annoying was the fact that I had installed a surge protector which was totally ineffective.
The fishing continued to be good with some more upper forties coming regularly and then, during early May, I had the pure luck to be fishing while shooting some “rig-
Ian Newstead was filming whilst I sat in The Boneyard swim and explained how to tie the rigs that I use. Having finished the films we both returned to our fishing and I was lucky enough to get the first bite. It immediately felt like a heavy fish and I wondered whether it could be a catfish because of the strength of the thing.
Eventually I managed to land a large mirror which I recognised as “Clover.” On the scales she turned out to be our first home grown fifty at 50 lb 4 oz.
Unfortunately the carp then spawned a couple of times and the weights reflected their loss of eggs.
Good numbers of forties continued to be caught each week but now these were low forties with numerous upper thirties but another problem began to show.