Catch Report – 19 July 2020

What a headline catch for 2 anglers :

64 Big Carp to 55lb

Paul and Keith have been here before, several times in fact, and they have quite a good knowledge of my lake.  Although they have had some reasonable catches, and of course, some fantastic fish, even having set some PBs, they have never quite bagged-up with a catch that should reflect their skill-level.  Well, they have now !!!!

They have always had a tendency to fish my venue as if it was a UK Syndicate Water, many people do this, and they over-complicate things with very complicated rigs and very expensive baits and additives, and I am sure that over the years they have got sick and tired of listening to me babble on about the volume of feed and the method of feeding that normally produces results.  Little but often.  If done correctly that translates in to:   a whole load of bait.

BUT, you have to find the fish.

Well this session they were going to give my theory a go and they armed themselves with so much bait even I didn’t think they would use it all, and remember, it does not have to be complicated, just good quality boilie, particle, and pellet, gets em every time.

Most syndicate anglers are used to hunting down that one big fish in their home-water that everyone else is after.  Often as not that will be a 30 pounder, or a 40, and some of the better syndicates are now boasting 50s.  If you want to catch one of those you have to develop a very careful approach.

But, anglers come to France to catch big carp, and as many of them as they can.  In my lake there is somewhere around 3.5 – 4 tonnes of Carp, and they take some feeding, and if you are not going to feed them they will go elsewhere, and invariably that means back on to naturals.

My fish shoal together in groups of around 30 – 50 fish, sometimes the shoals shoal, and you can have 200 big carp on your spots, the number of double and triple takes that our anglers experience are testament to this.

One shoal of 50 carp at 40 pounds a piece will devour 20kg of any bait in 20 minutes and then move on looking for the next little scooby-snack.  Because that is all it is, a little scooby-snack.   They have no loyalty to you or anyone, just to the guy who is prepared to feed them next, and if that doesn’t happen they will revert back to Mother Nature, the only supply of food that they can truly trust.

My logic is simple.  If you want my fish to take an interest in your chosen spots then you have to give them an incentive, and that is always food.  If you want them to stay there and continue to show an interest you have to continue with the incentive, that means more food, then more, and more, and more.

If you stop feeding they move on, and if they find a plentiful supply somewhere else they will not be back.

It truly is that simple, find the fish and feed them.

Once feeding they are caught on every conceivable type of rig you can imagine, keep it simple.

Most anglers seem to worry about the rig first and feeding second !!!!!!!

Enough !!  I can ramble on about this particular subject for ever.

Back to the catch report.

Paul was Top Rod with 34 big carp with his best going over 55lb :


That picture just goes to show how difficult it can be to get a good photograph when the lift goes wrong.

This one shows a better end result :

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Keith was in a very close 2nd place with 30 big carp to 48lb :

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The final tally was :

Zero Babies,  2 doubles at 18 and 19 lb,   1 @ 20lb,   1 @ 21lb,   2 @ 22lb,   1 @ 23lb,   4 @ 25lb,   4 @ 26lb,   1 @ 27lb,   2 @ 29lb,   3 @ 30lb,  10 @31lb,   3 @ 32lb,   4 @ 33lb,   2 @ 34lb,   1 @ 35lb,   1 @ 36lb,   2 @ 37lb,   3 @ 38lb,   2 @ 41lb,   2 @ 42lb,   3 @ 43lb,   1 @ 44lb,   1 @ 45lb,   1 @ 46lb,   2 @ 48lb,   1 @ 49,   1 @ 50lb,   2 @ 51lb,   1 @ 55lb

Well done Paul and Keith, a fantastic result, you Guys got it spot on this session.  Keith can’t get back on for a couple of years but we will be seeing Paul again next April when he will be fishing by himself, so lets hope for a repeat performance.

Another of my regulars on this week who knows exactly how to fish it, he didn’t get rods-in much before 9pm yesterday and by breakfast this morning he had already listed 5 on his catch-sheet.

Full catch report next week.



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