My usual trips to France usually consist of a group of anglers armed only with carp fishing tackle. We set our hearts on fishing a group of venues which we alternate each year. What’s the point in returning to the same lake year in year out, right?
After catching many fish from Sky Lake I decided to have a look over the road to a lake which has hardly been touched by people, let alone carp fishermen. It holds an unknown small head of carp, 90% of which have not seen a hook, line or sinker.
I decided to leave the fishing bivvy on the bank and take to the boat for some reconnaissance. A bit of exploration with the boat I’d landed upon a nice clean gravel hump surrounded by forests of weed, it seemed a perfect place to bait and get my tackle on. During the heat of the afternoon my efforts were well and truly rewarded with a mid thirty pounded.
Not massive by Sky standards, but he was truly wild, unknown, un-named and fought harder than any other thirty pounder I’ve caught. The icing on a fab trip to France as far as I was concerned.
Dave Lane – TF Gear carp fishing consultant