21 mai, 2018 |0 commentaires
An angler from Essex experienced a carp fishing trip to France to remember when he banked a mammoth haul of original ‘Seine’ fish including five forties and a fifty.
James Moor from Colchester, visited the magical 40-acre snagfest gravel pit in La Tombe on the Seine, a pit connected to the famous Paris river, where he banked an amazing 12 fish on CompleX-T baits.
James topped the haul with a stunning 54lb 5oz mirror caught on a Hardened Hookbait topped with fake corn.
James continues the story of his trip…
« I have walked this pit on several occasions in the past years and have been Always Intrigued in what it held and how to go around fishing it.
As a historic gravel pit linked to the Seine, it was known to me – through discussions with the owner- that there were original Seine fish in there that had grown on and captures had been recorded of 70lb plus commons. I was then lucky enough to be invited to fish the lake by the owner. What struck me was the fact there was only 4 swims available in a 40 acre water surrounded by an 8 meter canopy of mixed deciduous trees- and over the years the marching had become a mixture of branches and root debris. Couple that with the area I chose to fish having a 60ft river barge wreck sunk in the margin with the stern and rudder being prominent from the canopy of trees hiding its size. It was here that I chose to fish my rods spread on clear spots to this far margin for a direct pull of 105 yds. Using a boat and prodding pole , I could ascertain the topography of the margin and feel for submerged snags.
I’ve seen the reaction of fish to the CompleX-T in local waters close by so I knew with confidence that these fish will switch onto it the same as I have watched the others do in the past so after finding the spots – I spread 3kg of CompleX-T around each spot and a mixture of matching pellet and frenzied Hemp. First night I settled knowing it usually takes a day or so for your spots to get going but true to form and a 48.8 old river strain fish was in the net- followed by a 41 mirror on another spot in the morning.
These fish were bang on the bait but after a few hook pulls – I figured something was not right. Fishing my hardened hookers on blowback rigs – 4oz leads to 5ft of leadcore and 30ft braid leaders – gave me the confidence to really hook and hold – but the hook pulls were baffling me.
I realised that the fish must be feeding differently due to the hemp and pellet mix so I began introducing a lot of the 15mm and 20mm boilies on their own instead- This soon resulted in strong hookups and the confidence in fishing came back. The fish continued all week feeding on the CompleX-T – showing again that the bait is a ‘long term’ option with instant attraction.
They were venting out in the sling small pieces of the maize, hemp and rape seed in the boilie too. The session was such a memorable one – fishing locked up and holding onto fish up to 54lb – just showed me how we as Angler’s have to adapt to every situation and keep thinking about our approach every time we go fishing.
The faith I have in this bait is massive- to watch fish react to it and feed all week on different spots shows what a great bait this is. Coupled with the right technique I know I’m on for some great hits this year with some more exciting trips ahead of me. »