41.12 – John’s new Pb!
As any of my regular guest here at Bletiere will know, I have never been blessed with a 40lb’er out of the venue. Well I’m afraid the day has now come when I’ll no longer have to listen to the usual ribbing when another 40lb’er comes out!
Having been working around the lake for the last few days I could see the carp feeding in the spots where I fed them, and not just a few odd fish but several in one area. So with a cold snap forecast I thought it was time I had a go myself at catching something.
I set up in the middle swim and thought I would try 3 different baits to see what, if anything worked. Once all was sorted I sat back with the dogs and waited, but I have to be honest with the air temperature only 6 degrees and the water 8 degrees I was not expecting a lot of action.
After about 90 minutes the left hand rod slowly tightened and the alarm started a slow but steady signal. I tightened up into the carp and immediately I knew it was going to be a good fish as it plodded down towards the end of the lake and just hugged the bottom.
After what seemed an age I had the fish in the net and what a beauty – not a mark on her and very solid, so looked like she had been feeding well. As I bent to pick the net out the water that’s when I knew it was going to be big and close to my first 40lb’er.
As I put the weigh sling on the scales I was well pleased to see it settle at 41lb 12oz, smashing my previous Pb here of 39lb 14oz. The only unlucky thing was that there was no one here to take a photo of me holding it. So after a quick check over and a big thank you I slipped her back into her home.
I am now determined to get the self take gear out and practice with the camera for the next time as I would hate to get a bigger fish out and not have another decent photo. Never the less I am a very happy lake owner.
Tight lines, John
Fishing Holidays at Bletiere
Translation to help with particle baits…
Most Angling Lines venues will be happy to prepare particles for you and then have them waiting for you when you arrive, as I do here at Bletiere. but if your booked venue doesn’t offer this service then this will help you buy particle baits in the shops over here.
Flocons De Mais
This is flaked maize that doesn’t take much preparation. Just give it a quick soak in water to make it sink (otherwise the ducks will love you!)
Mais casse/Brisure de mais
This is crushed maize that needs little preparation, except may be a quick soak in water to help it sink. Sebastian, the owner of Blue Lake, just tips this straight into his lakes – in fact it’s all he feeds his fish on.
This is what I feed my fish on a lot – it’s Wheat and the carp just love it, but this does need some preparation because it needs to be soaked in boiling water for a couple of hours. A money saving tip is to buy a cheap cool box and fill it just over half full with Ble. Then fill with boiling water to the top of box (it will absorb a lot of water). Put the lid on and leave overnight… it’ll be soft by morning.
Bc collant pellets
Baby corn. You will see this in most tackle shops over here and it’s used by the match anglers. It’s compressed maize pellets that you can use straight from the bag.. It’s great as a spod bait or for close in with a catapult.
Carp extrude-coul 9
These are pellets and the ones I feed the fish here on and sell to the anglers for feeding. They are a great pellet, full of goodness and come in various sizes. That’s what the coul 9 means – they are 9 mm pellets. So coul 15 will be 15mm and so on.
I have not mentioned things like whole French mais, hemp and other baits that take more preparation. Although they are readily available over here, the ones above are ones that most lake owners would not be happy for anglers to prepare themselves.
I hope this helps. These are the foods I give my own fish all winter and they are readily available in France in farm feed shops and tackle shops if you wish to do your own. But please check that your venue is happy for you to prepare your own and has the facility for you to do this. I have made a short video showing all the above and it will be on the site in the next couple of weeks.
Tight lines, John
La BletiereTags: Bletiere, First Carp Fishing Trip to France