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Laroussi
15
72lb
7
8
1h 49m Caen



Articles about Laroussi

Carpe Magazine Article
Jun 2004 by Alexandre Levoir

It was a telephone call from Jean-Noel Grosbois, one of my colleagues that persuaded me to head for his home department – the Sarthe. Objective: to be the first to wet a line in an old gravel pit, until now closed to the public. The venue was soon to open its doors as a day ticket fishery.

Who could resist the opportunity to fish a place that hadn’t see hide nor hair of a carp angler for over thirty two years? It was therefore with great pleasure that I joined up with Jean-Noel at the end of June 2003 and that I discovered the famous Etang de Laroussi under a shroud of mist.

An extraordinary venue:
The lake was formed just over thirty years ago, following the extraction of sand and gravel. Since it has held water no real stocking had taken place, and as such fish had arrived naturally by the influx of ditch water and eggs transported by water fowl. The lake covers around 15 acres, being vaguely circular in shape with a narrowing in the centre forming a large and a small bay. Upon arrival, and after a quick cup of coffee made on my Coleman, we had walk around the property, in order to become more familiar with the venue and to pick the best swims. I soon noticed similarities with other old gravel pits I frequently fish. In the margins one could see gravel and silt patches, which were only very shallow, but meaning that some organic matter has had time to build up, which was a good sign. I was not surprised then to find a similar pattern with a marker float. Part of the west bank of the venue is wooded, and is a magic part of the lake particularly when the sun is high and the heat oppressive. The lighting is extraordinary and the shade offered by the trees provides a pleasant freshness. We therefore opted for this little corner of paradise in which to cast our lines for two days and two nights.

Laroussi means Louis in Arabic. It is the first name of a grand father who passed on his passion, having the patience to teach his grand-son the art of fishing. The boy was called Medhi and today he is the proprietor of this superb lake, the name is in homage to his granddad.

big carp fishing in france
big carp fishing in france Irregular lake bed:
A characteristic of Laroussi and other lakes made from the extraction of gravel is the irregular nature of their lake bed. I’m not talking of drop offs and deep holes as is the case on barrage lakes, but bars, steps and slopes alternating with silt and gravel. To discover the nature of this topography it is important to use a marker to map out the bottom. Finding a hump, a bar or a pocket of silt can often help you catch fish (right – Jean-Noel?) It would appear that a flat uniform bottom is not synonymous with success. At best you’ll catch a few smaller fish. So take my advice and don’t forget your marker float…
The right Choice:
It is true to say that Jean-Noel had a distinct advantage over me, having already fished the lake, and had enjoyed some good results. We decided to set up on the windward side in the swims called the « Anse » (the Bay) and the « Saule Pleureur » (Weeping Willow) respectively. Both are in the area of the wood and thus shaded from the hot sun that beat down during our whole stay. We marker floated for around an hour before casting out. Jean-Noel found a hump at around 70 metres, upon which he placed two dynamite stick rigs but no other ground bait. His third rod he placed on the slope to the rear of a gravel bar. As for me, I jumped at the chance to exploit a lovely gravel run at around thirty metres upon which I spodded three litres of pellets, before casting two rigs. The third rod I placed at 90m from the bank in a zone that alternates gravel and silt patches. The final rod only baited with a dynamite stick. Jean-Noel had a real result on his peg, in the first 24 hours he took two fish over 44lb and good series of fish from 21lb to 33lb. This is quite exceptional and I deduced that this peg is a real big fish haven. To my surprise my baited area produced no fish, particularly as my bait induced a great deal of feeding activity (lots of leaping carp). However the rod at 90m never remained quiet for more than 15 minutes without a run. It produced fish from 22lb to 30lb. Both I and Jean-Noel had our action on fish meal baits, Dynamite Baits the Source and Fun Fishing, Exctasy.
big carp fishing in france
big carp fishing in france
The right choice:
It is true to say that Jean-Noel had a distinct advantage over me, having already fished the lake, and had enjoyed some good results. We decided to set up on the windward side in the swims called the « Anse » (the Bay) and the « Saule Pleureur » (Weeping Willow) respectively. Both are in the area of the wood and thus shaded from the hot sun that beat down during our whole stay. We marker floated for around an hour before casting out. Jean-Noel found a hump at around 70 metres, upon which he placed two dynamite stick rigs but no other ground bait. His third rod he placed on the slope to the rear of a gravel bar. As for me, I jumped at the chance to exploit a lovely gravel run at around thirty metres upon which I spodded three litres of pellets, before casting two rigs. The third rod I placed at 90m from the bank in a zone that alternates gravel and silt patches. The final rod only baited with a dynamite stick. Jean-Noel had a real result on his peg, in the first 24 hours he took two fish over 44lb and good series of fish from 21lb to 33lb. This is quite exceptional and I deduced that this peg is a real big fish haven. To my surprise my baited area produced no fish, particularly as my bait induced a great deal of feeding activity (lots of leaping carp). However the rod at 90m never remained quiet for more than 15 minutes without a run. It produced fish from 22lb to 30lb. Both I and Jean-Noel had our action on fish meal baits, Dynamite Baits the Source and Fun Fishing, Exctasy.
Giant, Virgin fish:
At this venue the density of big fish is impressive. In fact it is hard to know the head and the size of the biggest ones. Suffice it to say that Laroussi holds fifteen carp over 38lb 8oz, the largest a mirror of 51lb. The bulk of the original fish are carp in the 12lb bracket, but the vast majority of the fish are between 22lb and 33lb. Other fish include Grass carp, the largest of which is over 44lb. Moreover I caught two of 29lb and 30lb and can vouch for their combatively. Those anglers looking for a bigger thrill will enjoy the large sturgeon that start at 33lb and go to 48lb. The original stock of fish certainly benefited from the exceptional richness of this old gravel pit, as they fight surprisingly hard. As far as other species goes, rest assured there are neither « poissons chats » nor bream. Only the Crucians can occasionally become a nuisance if you over bait with small pellets of particles.
big carp fishing in france
big carp fishing in france
A slice of paradise:
The young owner certainly has good taste, as can be seen by the set up at the venue. During our visit, work was still under way, but we could see that nothing had been left to chance. At the entrance a chalet serves as a reception. If you are short of pellets or end tackle these can be provided. A second chalet further away and surrounded with bamboo is fitted with toilets, a shower and a wash basin as well as a fridge and freezer. Electricity on site is provided to charge mobile phones etc. The property is completely surrounded by a fence and a gate at the entrance is locked at night. A track around the venue permits anglers to drop their tackle at the chosen swim, after which the car must be returned to the car park. On each peg three section of oak trunk have been placed and can act as a table and stools for the anglers. Each bank has three bins colour-coded to allow for the selective sorting of the refuse.

Analysis and Advice:
We fished Laroussi at a non too favourable time of the year, as the heat was oppressive. Despite that, we had a really exceptional catch of over 45 fish to the two of us (21lb to 44lb for Jean-Noel and 22lb to 39lb for myself) of which three were grassies over 29lb and four sturgeon, the largest weighing 35lb. Based on our experience of searching for spots likely to hold carp, we deduced that minimal baiting was the best adapted technique. However I would bet that during an intense feeding period heavier baiting would prove an even better tactic. At only seven swims the venue offers a good quality of comfort for the angler and doesn’t overly pressure the fish. Another intelligent initiative of the owner is to give each peg a name rather than a number.
The opening of the venue is planned for August 2003. I would strongly recommend that you book a swim for the end of the season. We particularly appreciated the friendliness and attitude of the owner Medhi, who is himself a fervent carper. We have little doubt that his venue will be a great success and we will return regularly to the Etang de Laroussi for our technical articles.


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