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A fabulous week of total relaxation with some cracking carp to 41lbs for this lovely fishing couple

This week we had the great pleasure of welcoming back fishing couple Ian and Caroline for their third trip to the venue. As busy, hardworking professionals, they arrive tired yet excited and love the instant “I’m at home” feeling that they get when they arrive at Beausoleil.

After a glass and wine and good catch up we headed off for a tour of the lake (looking gorgeous right now!). There were plenty of signs of active fish and after a quick chat about strategy, we left them to it.

Ian with Horizon at 41lbs 6oz
Ian with Horizon at 41lbs 6oz

Rest and bait do the trick

It took Ian and Caroline a good 48 hours to properly unwind and catch up on their sleep so they didn’t actually wet a line until Tuesday. They were still busy though as they watched the water, did feature finding and pre-baited spots and this is essential preparation for success here.

Giving the lake a rest and pumping bait into various spots actually worked in their favour and Caroline had a 30lb mirror on the bank just 30 minutes after dropping the first trap! You go girl!

Caroline with Paw Print at 31lbs
Caroline with Paw Print at 31lbs

Caroline then had two more takes from the same spot but got smashed both times even after bucket testing 25lb Big Game mainline. We suspected that they were probably cats, they are crazy powerful mind!


It can take a few trips to Beausoleil to wrap your head around the place but if you can, the rewards are there to be had. Ian and Caroline have paid their dues, done the graft and learnt the lessons. This session was all about payback.

By focusing on the details such as hand sharpened hooks, pre-baiting and resting the spots, the results came easily. They were now in the zone and catching at will.

Ian with Batman at 30lbs 8oz
Ian with Batman at 30lbs 8oz

Ian caught a string of cracking carp, all 30lbs+, Bump at 35lbs, the Snub Nosed common at 32lbs and then Horizon at a whopping 41lbs 6oz! Man, that fish has been on the munch!

Fantastic results considering that that they didn’t fish the nights. Friday was a bit quiet but Ian did have a run that he didn’t connect with.

Ian with Bump at 35lbs
Ian with Bump at 35lbs

Rigs and Bait

Ian and Caroline only use our Beausoleil bait and rigs and after a couple of tutorials during previous visits, they are experts at rig maintenance. The fish were obviously having it and the spots were being cleaned so Ian wasn’t shy with the bait and he let them have it (so much so that I had to roll some more during the session). That’s one of the major advantages of using our bait, the fish treat it as an accepted food source and they can get through a tremendous amount of it.

It was fantastic to see Ian and Caroline enjoy the place so much again. They are massive fans of the venue and they’ve already booked for two weeks next year so they’ll have the time to enjoy the place and the area properly 🙂

Catch report & Feedback from:

Ian and Caroline
Dates at Beausoleil: 2nd to 9th June 2018
Number of anglers: 2, days only

Brief details of your catches:

4 x Mirror Carp: 41lbs 6oz, 35lbs, 32lbs 6oz, 31lbs
1 x Common Carp: 32lbs
2 baby carp
1 kitten

What did you find were the best swims/tactics/baits?

Using fishing rods, speak to security Steve for rod type
(Note from the editor: Oh Ian……………………….)

How was the weather?

Stormy to begin with, warm and overcast

How did you find the accommodation?

Fantastic as always

What could we do to improve your holiday?

Caroline would like enormous floodlights for night fishing

Would you recommend our venue to a friend?


General comments

Standards incredibly high as always. Loved it ?

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