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OUR FAMILY HOLIDAY CATCHING FRENCH CARP
OUR parents had organized a week’s family holiday in Burgundy, France.
Surprisingly there happened to be a couple of lakes where we were staying! These apparently had carp, roach and rudd, although very little was known as the owners don’t fish.
The first two days of casting solid bags towards bubbles were fishless however on the third evening I saw a fish jump just in front of the far bank tree. This was then where I chose to place my next cast and soon the rod ripped off and I lifted into my first ever French carp.
I was fascinated to know what it would look like, would it be a deep bodied typical French fish or a small common? I couldn’t be sure until it graced my net. It sure did put up a great fight and as it came to the surface I was amazed to see this little but scaly mirror carp. It was 4lb, maybe not even that, but I was over the moon!
The next day I baited up the spot, with chopped boilies, pellet and sweetcorn, where I had had the fish from the evening before. The bites came all day long with lots of pretty mirrors all being around the 2-5lb mark. It certainly wasn’t the carp fishing that most people would go to France for but I was so happy with these amazing looking fish.
The tactics we had been using over the gravelly bottom were simple coated braid rigs with the last half inch stripped back to give a supple effect, and a size 8 hook with a short hair and a monster squid boilie topped off with a fake grain of buoyant corn. As we were feeding boilies and corn this was, in my opinion, a perfect hookbait and I used this with an inline 1.5oz lead. We were casting to the far bank tree which seemed to be the hot spot.
The next two days were very similar to the previous day with about sevn small carp, however the last catch being this proper deep bodied, chunk, it looked like a typical French fish at about 7lb.
It was the perfect finish to a brilliant week in France. And it shows, always bring fishing gear on family holidays, you never know what there might be in store for you!
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