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Questions and Answers
A few questions answered recently that we thought were worth sharing...
1. What is classed as a bent hook rig (banned in rules)?
The Bent Hook rig was basically a Long Shank hook that had been bent approximately halfway down the shank to assist in the hook turning in quickly. It is banned on most fisheries as it causes damage to mouth.
2. What quantity would you recommend per angler for a week?
Difficult to say but 10kg of maize with pellet for one fish then top up. So maybe start with 20kg or so of each. You can certainly buy some pellet and maize later in the week if you need extra.
3. If I am to buy your carp pellets, what size are they?
10mm in 20kg bags
4. Could you recommend any certain type of boilies that have been doing well recently?
No particular boilie but snowman presented over maize and pellet always does well.
5. Is there currently much weed present in the lake?
No, not so far there is a bit but anglers are not saying it’s an issue.
Additional photos from Andrew Boulter's trip to Blue this April...
'Hi there just going through some pictures from the trip. we had to blue lake in April I managed another 2 30+ carp after Sebastian came around for the pictures. The common was 30lb 4oz & mirror was 31lb, fishing over a bed of chopped 4G boilies and maize.'
A New Video
Mike and Matt Linstead travelled out to French gravel pit Blue Lake on May 23rd this year. You can watch the video below and read the full article over on the blog here.
Some lovely feedback from Alec, fishing Blue Lake this April...
'Hi Heather, this is Alec Elliott , Pete Dawson and I came back after a week at Blue lake France. We went on the 25th April 2015 and returned 2nd May 2015.
Despite the weather we had some really good fishing, I had 4 mirror carp from 28ILb to 35Ilb, 7 common carp ranging from 16ILb to 42plus. All of these fish I caught at distance.
Pete had many carp and sturgeon the biggest sturgeon was 40ILb. And 2 grass carp.
Had a great week and already thinking of returning. Bridget came to see us, nice of her.
I have attached some photos.
Thanks, Alec Elliott.'
Owner Sebastien has stocked one beluga sturgeon in to Blue Lake this November, here are a couple of photos from the release...
Blue Lake joins the Fifties Club!
The lake stepped it up this month and joined the fifties club after this 50lb 7oz mirror was landed last week by Legare Guillaume!
Other notable catches for Legare included a 40lb 5oz mirror, a 39lb 6oz common and a 37lb 4oz mirror. All the pictures can be viewed in the fish photo gallery.
Tips on Fishing Blue Lake
Paul was recently asked to advise an angler on fishing Blue Lake. We thought it'd be a good idea to stick it up here too and share the knowledge...
I have been asked to give you some advice on Blue Lake by the Angling Lines team. I have fished the lake on 2 occasions, the 1st prior to stocking and the second after stocking.
I will try to answer your questions as best I can.
On arrival at the lake, try and spend some time watching the water as the fish do show themselves. Where they show is the area that you need to get into. Swim 10 is a very good swim, deep margins and is around 12 feet deep at around 45 yards. There is no need to fish any farther out than this in swim 10, and it does produce a lot of carp.
Another good swim is swim 7 fished at about 90 yards in line with swim 1 on the far bank.
Swim 2 also controls a lot of water however there is a steep graveled slope down to the water and you will need a mallet to hammer in tent pegs. 40 yards out from this bank is a sunken island that is just below the surface and runs parallel with the bank. A good point to fish is to the right of this sunken island on its drop off.
Swims 3 and 4 are at the top end of the lake and can be excellent holding areas for basking and feeding carp. Watch the bays, if the fish move in, follow them, I did and caught 17 carp over a 24 hour period. Light lead and short casts was the answer. Watch the video that I made on fishing the shallows at Blue Lake here.
As for rigs, I would use the blow back rig for bottom baits and the Ultimate pop up rig for pop ups.
During the month of August the crayfish could be active so be prepared for them. Again I put a video together when I fished Boux on how to defend against the little critters. You can watch it here. Meshing or plastic boilies work well. Take a few tigers just in case.
As for bait, I would not use any particle or pellet as they do tend to draw the attention of sturgeon. Use boilies only. When Jim Kelly last fished Blue Lake I got through over 35 kilo of Quality Baits HG42 and HG47. Both are excellent baits and just keep producing the fish for us. Any of these two would be my choice or the Quality Baits Patshull Park in Squid and Orange. Take what you feel confident in, mine is the baits that I have just mentioned. All the Quality baits boilies are made fresh and to order and are not sitting around in a freezer or on a shelf.
I am off to test another lake in France in the morning so if there are any further questions that you need answering I will be back on line on the 18th May.
All the Best
If you're heading out to Blue lake and have any specific questions you'd like to ask Paul you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org