Jim Kelly and I have just returned from a week at Etang du Boux in Central France, one of the Angling Lines venues. It was a difficult week with the carp not getting onto my bait until Thursday. I was watching a display from dozens of carp at the top end of the lake, well out of casting range from where I was camped. Dave Keep who was at the top of the lake was getting a little action, but only in the form of 1 run per day, despite fish crashing all around his baits. Both Jim and Dave were initially using tigernuts as the main bait due to the presence of crayfish, whilst I started off by meshing either my HG All Seasons or the Patshull Park Squid and Orange.
I made a few mistakes over the 1st four days of fishing by spreading my baits all over the place, initially trying to establish a location to try and draw the fish. A new wind was due to be blow in my direction, so on Wednesday I pulled myself together, wound all my rods in, and sat and thought about a new approach. I decided on short range fishing at 50 yards, and my boilie only approach would be administered by throwing stick.
This was the answer as over the next 48 hours I landed some big carp, a 46lb 8oz, 40lb 2oz, 4 thirties to 39lb 9oz and 5 twenties. Initially they came out on meshed Squid and Orange but after only a few hours I had realised that the crays were not bothering me on my new baited area so naked boilies it was to be.
It just goes to show, when you have confidence in your bait you can catch in most situations even when the fishing gets difficult.