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Wonderful family time on the bank and a tough week’s fishing but we still saw cats to 98lbs and carp to mid thirties

This week we welcomed back Colin and wife Hazel with Colin’s sister Julie and husband Simon. They loved their first trip last year in June and couldn’t wait to have another crack at them as well as enjoying the peace and quiet of the place.

A big part of their fishing holiday is to recharge and spend time together so they set up camp as a group in the Big Double fishing 6 rods.

By Monday, Colin had managed to bag a big catfish of 98lbs on the first night of trying (early hours of Monday morning). Simon reported that he’d had a serious flurry of beeps on both rods but he’d probably been done a few times as the insert was still in his inline leads. That’s a big no here so we got that sorted.

On Tuesday night Colin lost two cats on a tipper rig. This is a technique I’m not familiar with but Colin has caught loads of cats on this method. It’s how he caught his first one here this week. With most cats being caught here on boilies over pellets on the cat trap method, I’ve never seen a reason to use dedicated catfishing methods. If you are a fan and you want to try your luck then by all means have a go.

Everyone gets to work!

By Tuesday we still hadn’t seen a carp on the bank. After a quick chat, I suggested that Colin donned some waders and went for a paddle. After a good deal of searching, he literally stumbled onto, and then into, the Quarry spot. This little feature is barely the size of a desert plate. This takes the level of accuracy required to a whole new level. Both Hazel and Julie love to go out in the boat to find features and drop rigs so they were tasked with rowing out the rigs while the boys stayed in waders and literally dropped the rig on their toes. I learned this technique from our Beausoleil regulars Nathalie and Maurice. They used a bait boat but placing the rig while in waders means you get pinpoint accuracy.

The guys persevered with this high precision technique for the rest of the week and had a lot of fun doing it. As our regular readers and visitors will know, it usually always pays off big style but this week, bites were as rare as rocking horse poo! In the end, the two carp came from singles (2 x 20mm bottom baits) cast to showing fish.

Slip sliding away

Early on Wednesday morning Colin managed to bank another good catfish. Again this was on a tipper rig. For bait, Colin likes a small squid heavily glugged in oil. There’s no weight on this cat as in the confusion, everyone forgot that the catfish sling is permanently open at one end thanks to a rather inferior quality zip. While everyone’s backs were turned, the catfish slid gracefully down the mat and straight back into the lake…. Oops!

On the catch front it was a hard week’s fishing for sure but the guys had an absolute blast trying and try they did. No effort was too much in their pursuit of a bite and I have nothing but admiration for how hard they tried. They know what this place can do, as they saw last year, and very much enjoy it for what it is, a thinking angler’s water.

At some venues, just being there, trying your hardest is enough. It was a real pleasure to welcome the guys back and see them enjoy their time together so much. We are delighted that they are already planning their return trip for next year!

Catch report & Feedback from:

Colin, Hazel, Simon and Julie
Dates at Beausoleil: 7th to the 14th September 2019
Number of anglers: 2 teams of 2 sharing 3 rods each from one swim

Brief details of your catches:

1 x Mirror Carp: 32lbs
1 x Common Carp: 28lbs
2 x Catfish: 98lbs, 75lbs
3 lost cats (2 x hookpulls and 1 hook failure)

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

The Big Double, Beausoleil baits. Single baits cast to showing fish for carp. The tipper rig with squid for the cats

How was the weather?

One rainy day, the rest of this time it was warm and dry

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What could we do to improve your holiday?


Would you recommend our venue to a friend?


General comments

Sadly the end of an amazing week, reconnecting and putting the world to rights with a few fish and glasses of wine. Cherished time, precious memories. Roll on next year with the wet suits and oxygen tanks ;)

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