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A fun-filled family holiday with carp to 40lbs

This week we welcomed Paul and his family to the venue for their first visit to us. It was Paul’s first fishing trip to France but son in-law Sam has been coming to France for the last 16 years. Normally Sam does drive and survive venues with friends or his father but this year they chose to make it a family affair.

Focused tuition

Both anglers were confident in their skills but wanted to learn a few tricks from me while they were here so booked a ½ day session. I decided to focus on the most important aspect which is the technical session. On Saturday night they’d already tried and failed to pass our 8kg kettle bell test so that’s where we began. It’s a brutal test but it’s what you need if you want the chance of banking a monster. The lake record catfish currently stands at 125lbs! With a little help we soon had their knots up to the standard and we could move onto other things. I kept things very simple on the rig front and shared with them my new supple multi rig which I’ve been tinkering with on the QT for a few months. We did have 30 minutes left to take to the boat for a quick spin round but it wasn’t exactly the same as my 2-3 tour I do on a full tuition session. The guys were happy though and had a taste for what was out there to be discovered. After a very quick chat about baiting strategy I left the guys to it.

Sam banks a 40

It wasn’t until Tuesday when Sam managed to bank an upper twenty that the guys got themselves off the mark. It was a good start and he then went on to bank a 40lb carp which was much more like it. Both Sam’s carp came from off the aerator which I’d left running as the oxygen levels were a little low. Not terrible, just not quite where I wanted them.

Family time

This was never going to be an all out fishing holiday. The family was here to relax, chill out, and do some sight seeing. They loved the nearby medieval town of Vitré and also visited the market in Chateau Gontier which is always a colourful affair. Evenings were spent in the Point swims sitting around the firepit with a massive BBQ/smoker which I was extremely jealous of! The guys fished through until around 10pm most evenings and then wound in, returning to the comfort of the lodge each night. Charlotte brought along her guitar and a lovely time was had by all. Luckily the weather was fabulous all week, dry, bright and clear but the nights are getting a little  fresh now.

Paul gets off the mark

Paul finally got his string pulled on Thursday when he met Sammy, our friendly sturgeon. It was a big relief to see him off the mark and it wasn’t too long before he banked a 30lb carp later that evening.

Friday catch up

As the guys needed to hit the road early on Saturday we met them on Friday for a catch up and to wish them safe travels. The guys were still going to have one last spin of the wheel on Friday afternoon and then pack up ready for the morning. Beausoleil is all about having the holiday you want and I think we managed to achieve that for this family. It’s not easy catching carp here and having quality family time along the way but it is possible and although we didn’t see many catch photos we did see happy smiling faces which is the most important thing to us. Beausoleil is not an easy water. It never has been and it never will be. That’s just one of the reasons why it’s a little bit special.

Catch report & Feedback from:

Paul, Dawn, Sam and Charlotte
Dates at Beausoleil: 18th to the 25th September 2021
Number of anglers: 2

Brief details of your catches:

3x Mirror carp: 40lbs, 30lbs, 27lbs
1x sturgeon: 25lbs

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

The Beach which offered social elements. Multi rigs

How was the weather?

Très bon ☀

How did you find the accommodation?

Fantastic, not wanting. Everything we needed.

What could we do to improve your holiday?

Install a beer fridge on the beach 😊

Would you recommend our venue to a friend?

Yes, most definitely

General comments

Comfortable accommodation, fantastic hosts, very friendly and helpful. Great pool table. PS Haven’t seen Daisy at all today, grumpy duck was flying solo, hope she is OK, brioche for Daisy if you see her!

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