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Hello everyone, got back from willow lakes this morning at around 2am. We set off last friday at around 11am and took the portsmouth to le Havre ferry which should of taken about 8 hours. Due to a rope getting tangled around the propellor we didn't set off until gone 1am. We arrived in Le Havre at 10.30 and set off for willow which should of been a 3 hour drive. Due to going at least 100miles past where we were supposed to  go due to there being two Mayenne's. We finally arrived at around 7pm. The light started to fade so we set up our bivvys, unloaded the car and got our heads down for the night after a longer than expected journey.

We woke the next day at around 8am, got dressed and began properly setting up ready for the week ahead. The owner of the lake had told us that the common method on the lake is to row your baits out the the far bank, as you can only fish from one side, and drop your baits just off the trees on the far side into 4-5 feet of water on a hard gravel bottom. I set up and didn't ignore his advice as it would be unwise to do so, however i chose not to row out and clipped up 2 of my rods and fished them about 6 feet off the far bank. At this point my 3rd lefthand rod was put on single sticks and the bait was placed into the margins until i could decide where to fish. I sprayed about 100 baits over the 2 far rods and a few handfuls of pellets over the other. Not a lot happened during the first day, my dad managed a upper double in open water at around dinner time but other than that it was a quiet day, also looking a the previous few weeks fishing had become pretty hard. It was starting to get dark as i got set for my first ever night session. Upon darkness it was clear that the fish were allot more active at night crashing and boshing all over the lake, unfortunately i woke up the next morning after a good nights sleep which wasn't a good sign, at around dinner time i reeled all 3 rods in and went for a walk around the lake. As i walked round the lake a saw a number of fizzing/bubbling patches down the centre of the lake all the way unto the damn wall end where the depth is around 10feet. After looking at a rough guide of the lake it showed that there is a silty channel running down the spine of the lake all the way to the damn. I thought if every angler that comes here fishes the far margins on the gravel then the fish would wise up to that. I set my left hand rod up with a 7-8inch hook link of soft coated braid straight through to a atomic tackle choddy hook with just the hair stripped back, on the hair i put 3 10mm live system boilies, this was attached to a lead clip and about a foot of tubing, i clipped on a small ova bag of pellet dipped in some liquid mussel, this was then cast inline with tree past the damn, i cast and felt it down into the silt, didn't really feel it thud more slowed down, i then fed a few pouches of 10s 15s and 18mm boilies around the area. The other two rods were still fishing towards the far margin. At 11.50 the left hand rod roared off and i was attached to my first french carp, after around 5 mins of fighting time i netted it and got my dad on the walkie to come down and offer some assistance.

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This was the culprit, a cracking mirror which weighed 28.00oz and was now my french personal best. After a couple of pictures i slipped her back, baited by rig and cast back out into the silty channel. At 5.55 the left hand rod screamed off once again, after scrambling down to it i struck into another fish, it felt considerably more weighty compared to the previous fish but as it became visible under my head torch i was convinced it was smaller than the last fish, i netted her and woke my dad once again to give me a hand, i broke the net, slipped it into a flotation sling and started to check the fins were flat to the body, upon checking one of the pecks it felt unusual like it was split halfway down it, i thought nothing of it and lifted the fish out and i then realised it was a much bigger fish, after getting her on the mat and peeling the mesh away i noticed the peck was split halfway down it and this was the noticeable mark of a fish called Chloe which was the largest carp in the lake, after unhooking we then weighed her and she went 47.10oz BUZZING.4710lbWLCHLOE_zpsaafa4951.jpg

After the pictures i slipped her back and got some well deserved rest. The rest of the session went as it started as 4 out of my 5 fish came from the silty channel on 10mm baits and double 15mm boilies. Tuesday night produced another upper twenty which weighed 29.10oz unfortunately due to the weather conditions at the time i didn't bother the get a picture i just slipped her back. Wednesday night produced a 28.10oz mirror on the left hand rod2810WL_zpse4092a6e.jpg

Thursday night and my last fish of the week was a cracking 33.00oz mirror which fell to the same tactics.3300lbWL21_zps2be85eb8.jpg

Throughout the week my dad caught carp to low 30s and 2 catfish one single and one 17lb. All but one of the fish were caught at night. Fantastic week with some lovely carp caught. Back to work tomorrow unfortunately but abbey lakes is calling next may so i have a week to look forward to. Cheers Everyone.

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Well done Danny that 47 is a monster !

 

Glad you had a great time . I'll be asking YOUR advice in future .

I NEVER take the Bailiff advice i usually try to be different and it worked fir you mate bravo !

 

Spose you'll be night fishing from now on ? :)

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Thanks mate, well made up with it :) Exactly, I'm not saying completely ignore any information but if anything is done to a certain degree the fish could and will wise up to it, i just couldn't ignore that fizzing, its probably not a well fished spot on the lake which could be why they tripped up :) and yes i am relieved i have done a session now, hopefully i can use that and get some more fish on the bank and as always ccmoore doing the business once again :wink:

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Thanks mate, well made up with it :) Exactly, I'm not saying completely ignore any information but if anything is done to a certain degree the fish could and will wise up to it, i just couldn't ignore that fizzing, its probably not a well fished spot on the lake which could be why they tripped up :) and yes i am relieved i have done a session now, hopefully i can use that and get some more fish on the bank and as always ccmoore doing the business once again :wink:

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