Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Lake in the Woods. This is Brie.

The beautiful waters of Brie

The beautiful waters of Brie

Jim Kelly and I have just returned from Brie which is a new Angling Lines water. The 15 acre lake is stunning, set deep in rural France only 4 miles from Lac de Der Chantecoq. At the head of the lake sits the manor house where the excellent facilities are installed. The lake has been in existence for over 80 years and was stocked in 2009 with some magnificent carp which are continually gaining weight each year.On our arrival at the lake the temperature was well into the high twenties and tipped 32C by the end of the day. Carp were cruising and crashing all over the lake and we thought that we were in for a massive haul. How wrong could we be!

32lb 7oz Common. The first fish of the session

32lb 7oz Common. The first fish of the session

By Sunday night high pressure had moved over the whole of France which put the carp down and the lake went still for the rest of the week. I created a baited area around 100 yards out in open water with HG All Seasons and Just Krill and fished bottom baits over the top. I put one of my rods over on the margins some 140 yards on the far bank using a PVA bag filled with crumbed boilies and a yellow fluro pop up sitting on the top.

32lb 14oz. My final carp of the session

32lb 14oz. My final carp of the session

The baited area produced carp during the hours of darkness and the marginal rod daylight hours. The carp seemed to live on the far margin during the day and only moved into open water at night.

By the end of the week I had landed 13 carp, 4 being thirties and the rest averaging about 27lb. Jim had the prize fish of the week, a common of 43lb.

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Carp Fishing in France with over 35 venues

Paul Cooper

Wading out baits in shallow lakes gets the results on Just Krill

My 1st fish of the session after wading out a Krill boilie

My 1st fish of the session after wading out a Krill boilie

This week I have been out to two different lakes with the Just Krill, On my 1st visit to a Shropshire syndicate lake I baited up with over two kilo of 16 mil Just Krill boilies to attract the attention of some very wary carp.

I ended up with Two 15lb plus carp, both caught on 16 mil Krill bottom baits to Smart Point SP315 barbless hooks.

Today I fished another of my syndicate lakes with totally different tactics. I set up on the shallow banks of the lake and waded out my baits some 40 yards out into the lake, placing my Just Krill hook baits on some clear weed free patches in the lake offering around 20 freebies around each bait.

27lb 7oz on the new Quality Baits Just Krill

27lb 7oz on the new Quality Baits Just Krill

I am due to visit Etang de Brie next week with Jim Kelly and the rules are very strict about completely barbless hooks, so once again I was trialing my new hooks, Smart Point SP315 barbless in size 4. They did not let me down! Another two carp, a common of 17lb 1oz and a mirror of 27lb 7oz graced my nets.

Confident on my new bait and new hooks I am ready for my next challenge, the new Angling Lines venue of Brie.

Paul Cooper 2013 Fishing Diary

 

Carp Fishing in France with over 35 lakes

Paul Cooper

Caught on Krill

 

35lb 13oz mirror caught on Krill

35lb 13oz mirror caught on Krill

Just got back from my first carp fishing trip in England for 3 months. I did a 24 hour session on Grenville. I fished two rods on Krill and one on HG42. Nothing happened during the night, but the next day I had two runs at the same time, one to HG42 and one to Krill. Unfortunately I lost the one on HG42, but did manage to land the one hooked on Krill, a nice plump mirror of 35lb 13oz. Not a bad start to the season. As I suspected both baits are very good and can be fished with confidence. I packed up after catching the fish as I thought that everything else would be an anticlimax.

There’s no stopping Just Krill

Paul Cooper’s 2013 Fishing Diary

 

26lb 14oz caught on Just Krill

26lb 14oz caught on Just Krill

I’ve not long returned from from a recent French trip and I could not resist giving the Just Krill another try. My latest visit was to another of my syndicate lakes that I visit very occasionally. I do seem to have a bit of luck on this lake so armed with a couple of kilo of Just Krill, I could not fail.

 

My first fish was a 26lb14oz spawned out mirror that took my single 16mil Krill bottom bait which was quickly followed by 2 smaller mirrors of around 15lb.

Challenge achieved, I packed up and headed home thanks once again to top class bait.

Paul Cooper

What Makes a Goods Bait?

39lb 14oz caught on HG42

39lb 14oz caught on HG42

I would really like to get some discussion going , different people will have very different thoughts. In the end of the day if the bait catches carp then it is a good bait. However, we all know that some baits are better than others. So what makes them better? During this discussion I am going to concentrate on HG42, and two baits that are being trialed-HG All seasons and The Krill.

 

Top left HG42, top right The Krill, bottom HG All Seasons

Top left HG42, top right The Krill, bottom HG All Seasons

1) To be consistent, over a long time the bait needs to cover the majority of the carps’ nutritinal requirements. Hence it needs carbohydrates, protein, ruffage, minerals, vitimins etc.What I would call a good profile. For example HG42 has stood the test of time as it is a good food source and very attractive to carp. Initial tests on the other two baits are very promising as they are packed full of goodies.

 

 

Paul with a recently caught 30 on HG All seasons

Paul with a recently caught 30 on HG All seasons, it works in the summer and will work in the winter.

2) The bait needs to be digestible, the quicker the better, in my opionion. The quicker it goes through them the more they will eat providing the bait doesn’t give them belly ache. The more they eat the better chance I have of catching them. Which is why I use milk and birdfood baits in the winter. My  winter baiting strategy is to bait fairly heavily over a long period to keep the fish active. HG All season is a highly digestible bait suitable for all seasons including a prologed winter campaign.

 

Caught on Krill, the bait was only rolled the week before capture

Caught on Krill, the bait was only rolled the week before capture

3) The bait needs to be fresh. How can a bait that has stood on a shelf for 6 months be as good as a bait that has recently been rolled? Quality baits, having their own rolling facilities, rolling baits when they are ordered.

 

 

 

 

Paul with a 49+ caught on HG42, carp obviously recognise it as food.

Paul with a 49+ caught on HG42, carp obviously recognise it as food.

4) The bait needs to be recognisable as food. This usually means adding some attractors that make the baits smell (and taste) like a good food source. I firmly believe that overdoing it with flavours, bulk liquids, essential oils etc. can has an adverse effect and actually repel carp. A carps’ sense of smell (which is more like tasting the water) is much better than mine. If I can smell the bait a carp definitely can.

 

 

Now there are some very high profile exceptions to my thinking for example peanuts. Carp love them, but they don’t do them much good. Carp in the eighties actually ate themselves to death on peanuts. Could it be that they actually like the taste of them, I know I do? I think that we owe it to the fish to give them something that will actually do them good. The three baits mentioned will certainly do that.