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Articles about WatersmeetOur stay at Watersmeet
Jul 2008 by Chris Murray
We did have a great time. I did not fish as much as I had intended but really did enjoy the place. It was after all a family holiday and not just an all out fishing two weeks.
I achieved most of my targets. I had a mirror over 30lbs and a common over 25lbs both PBs.
My other target was a 30lb common which I missed by 4 ounces. This 29lb 12oz common memory will be with me for evermore. After playing the fish to the net and almost landing the common, one of the arms on my carp net came out and the net folded and sank to the bottom. There I was with what I hoped was my first 30lb common and no net just a handle. Helen and Sam had gone out and the only thing I could see was one of the cows in the field across the lake!! PANIC. I played the fish a little longer until it started to get tired then put the rod back on the rest and put the bait runner on. Then I had to run to Helen's swim where the second carp net was. When I got back to my swim I picked up the rod and the fish was still on and only 3 rod lengths out. The fish was soon in the net at last. After weighing the fish the scales went to 29lb 12oz. I thought to myself that I deserved a thirty but it did not matter. It was a fantastic looking fish.
I did have one problem on the middle weekend where I had a run and jumping up to my rods I slipped on the top of the steps and went flat on my back banging my head as well. Getting up I managed to land the fish, another 20lb plus mirror. However, the fall caused me to miss a couple of days. The lesson from this is to wear proper boots.
On the last Thursday I lost 4 good fish with hooks slipping. I did manager one fish over 20lbs along with a number of smaller commons. I could not believe my bad luck. Next day was the final day where I managed to hook two 20lb plus fish so confidence was restored. By teatime is was time to pack up and get all the gear packed for the journey home the next day. And as usual I started to take the rods in one at a time. First the right hand rod followed by the middle rod. Helen was standing behind me when I picked up my last rod. "That's it I said to Helen" happy with my last day result. I struck the up as you do when I realized that I had a fish on. After a short while a 28lb common lay in the net. Lucky? Well I just like to think the carp gods had been kind to me. WHAT A RESULT!!
I did learn a few things about fishing in France. Don't be afraid to put in some bait and use bigger baits than I normally use. I still managed to pick up a number of smaller fish even on 20mm baits.
If I was to be asked to comment on the holiday my response would be:
You are not going to catch the 40lb plus fish at Watersmeet but I can't think of a better place to be in France. Fantastic house, Fantastic Lake, Fantastic looking fish. Fantastic family holiday.
Many thanks for your help during our stay and please pass on my thanks to the owners for allowing us to have a brilliant holiday.
Many Thanks, Chris Murray