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!
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.
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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