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A stunning start of the 2023 season with loads of carp to 50lbs

Peter and Janet were back at Beausoleil this week for their 3rd visit. Whether there’s fish on the bank or not, they both absolutely love the peace and quiet here and it was wonderful to see them again. With conditions absolutely bang on, Peter was able to apply the tricks he’d learnt during previous visits and make the very best of the conditions. 

Session of a lifetime for me. Simple tactics with simple rigs as suggested by Matt. The rest as they say is history. Some fantastic memories to take away from this week’s trip. Ren & Matt run an outstanding fishery.

Peter caught at least one every single day and during some exceptional periods he banked multiple fish on the trot. It’s rare but when conditions are right and you join up the dots, anything is possible. His biggest carp was Mr. Angry at 51lbs. Peter never imagined in his wildest dreams that he would catch such a large carp and he’s now a proud member of the 50s club. Peter prefers not to lift the carp for photos as he’s concerned about dropping them but he was able to take snaps in the cradle.

Peter was also able to bank one of our massive catfish (“he fought like the devil 👿!) which again proves that you do not need anything larger or stronger than the Nash twisters in a size 6 to bank a very large animal. Peter did not remove the catfish from the water but what we do know is that the average size is 90lbs and the smallest one we have is at least 60 lbs if not 70lbs nowadays!

The winning formula

Peter kept it really simple on the rig front and used the basic mono D rig tied with size 6 Nash chod Twisters used straight out of the packet and changed every cast. The rig was fished with a lightweight running lead. Peter used the Scopex carp food pack to good effect and got through a few jars of Nash hemp, sweet tigers and small mixed seeds which kept the fish feeding over his rigs for longer.

Not only did Peter catch a hat full of carp this week, he also achieved the rare feat of zero loses which is a great testament to his attention to detail. Big shout out to Janet too for her expert netting skills in all weathers!

Rods were cast out with stringers and the freebies spread over the top from the bank or boat. 

Peter kept it very simple, which is exactly what I recommend, and it worked really well. It was wonderful to see him do so well and we look forward to seeing them again to enjoy our little paradise (and a big thank you to Janet for the delicious treat 😋)

Catch report & Feedback from:

Peter & Janet
Dates at Beausoleil: 24/03/2023 to 01/04/2023
Number of anglers: 1

Brief details of your catches:

Carp: 50lbs, 45lbs, 35lbs 12oz, 36lbs, 35lbs, 34lbs, 33lbs 8oz, 32lb, 33lbs, 24lbs, 23lbs
Catfish: Large!
Pike: 1 x pike on the retrieve!

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

Point ’C’ - The tip of the island produced the most bites with rigs positioned in between the fizzers. All fish came over a large bed of Scopex Squid boilies, flake, pellets, hemp and seeds which was topped up regularly.

How was the weather?

Mild, wet and windy. Perfect carping weather!

How did you find the accommodation?

Has everything we need for a pleasant and comfortable stay.

What could we do to improve your holiday?

Slightly later checkout would be welcome!

Would you recommend our venue to a friend?

Without any doubt! Fabulous.

General comments

Another fantastic week with a warm welcome and outstanding fishing. Ren & Matt run an outstanding fishery and the accommodation is comfortable and well equipped.

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