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Oct 2004 by Patrice Buard
After a warm welcome from the owner Mr Daho my friends (Alexandre LEVOIR and Henri STERCKS) and I entered the venue. What a magnificent lake - prettily wooded with a wooden chalet next to the car park housing the toilet block with hot shower, fridge etc all immaculately clean, and with a large number of photos on the walls of anglers holding their magnificent trophies from lake. After a detailed tour of the lake we were impressed by the swims, wide and well kept. We decided to set up in the “Anse” swim which had been getting the wind for a few days.
In order to get the best out of the lake we tried three different baiting tactics, to see which worked best.
Alex baited the margins, which were well coloured up by the waves, with a mixture of oily fish pellets and hemp pellets as well as home made Monster Crab boilies, crushed.
Henri opted to bait an area at long range (90m) with home made Solar Squid and Octopus boiles, and a dynamite stick on each line.
Personally, as I was fishing the left hand side of the peg, I baited heavily with groundbait laden with crushed hemp, salmon boilies and fish pellets.
Results the first night were not encouraging, a few line bites from sturgeon, but no fish. Due to the lack of carp activity, (no fish leaping) we decided to change pegs. As the wind had also swung round we chose to fish the exposed bank. We therefore set up on the “Pointe” and undertook a careful plumbing of the bottom. We baited on small spots with a spod with pellets and boilies and each rod baited with a dynamite stick or PVA bag.
We were fishing clean areas on small drop offs and gravel patches. During the evening carp started to show in the centre of the lake, which sparked our curiosity and we decided to cast further out with a small PVA bag filled with pellets and enhanced with a few drops of salmon oil…. just to see what would happen.
We didn’t have to wait long for a bite, and Alex landed a magnificent 32lb carp and two large sturgeon in less than two hours. We had found the best tactics to employ. We continued to fish this way for the rest of the week and caught some magnificent fish.
Observations: The fish, which were not showing well during our session, were massed in the central part of the lake. Our small PVA bags laced with oil and encapsulating the whole rig proved to be very effective traps. Other techniques did not work, including the dynamite sticks, the rigs had to be in the bags.
It proved to be an unforgettable session due to the number of large fish landed in just four days. It included my own PB and the lake record equalled, a fish of 55lb 12oz.
Carp average: 37.5lb
Total average: low 40lb