Ignore The Open Water
Well it was that time of the year again for our annual trip across the channel to try our luck at catching some French whackers. After a long drive through some stunning French countryside, we were finally at the lake. This year’s venue was the stunning Juvigny lake, part of the Marne Valley carping complex.
After meeting the owner Christophe Brasher, we had a good walk around the lake before it was finally time for the dreaded draw. If anyone has ever been to France before and done the draw, they will know just how nervous a moment it can be. Thankfully I pulled out number 1 which gave me plenty of options.
I decided on swim number 10 which gave me a lot of open water and access to a set of snags with a channel area that I was told that the carp loved to run up and down.
The first day is always a very tiring one, the journey, setting up camp and finding the right areas to which you want to fish and build on for your weeks fishing. I opted to ignore the open water and concentrate all my efforts on the snaggy area with two rods and my third to my right-hand margin just a little closer in. I really enjoy this style of fishing, but you really need to take the time to make sure everything is set up right, with good strong end gear being essential.
Due to the fact they have some right lumps going to mid 70lb’s, I’d already spooled up with 18lb Trapline (which is bulletproof) and from that I had 24 inches of our 50lb Pindown unleaded leader, attached to a QC Lead Clip and a 3.5oz Flat gripper on all 3 rods.
Now for the business end, I opted for a simple but very strong snowman rig, so with that I decided to use blowback rigs tied from 25lb Captive coated hooklink, knotless knotted to a super strong size 4 LSK hook and some 1.6mm two tone shrink tube to help turn the hook quickly on the take. As for bait choice, I went with hardened TripleN hookbaits that had been glugging for months, topped with a small white pop up on top just to add a little colour. As for bait, I chose to fish shelf life TripleN boilies in 10, 15 and 18mm accompanied with Tiger nuts and sweetcorn, to which I added some pineapple glug just get them even more flavoured.
There is no point in getting takes if you’re not going to land them, so I made sure I pointed my main 2 rods directly at the snags and fished tight lines with the clutches locked up as tight as I could get them. The last thing I wanted was for a fish of a life time to manage to get in the snags and risk losing it and possibly harming the fish too.
Well that was it, the gear and the rods were all sorted. As I sit and write this I’ve started to realise that there was simply so much that happened over the week that I can’t simply write it all down.
But over the seven days fishing I managed to have an awesome week, managing 25 takes and landing 24 fish, including numerous 30’s and a 40.10lb, 43.12lb, 44.13lb, 47lb, 48.09lb and a new PB common at 50.04lb, all from the snaggy area.
It’s safe to say that I was one happy angler. It just goes to show, if you make sure that your tackle is up to the job and you make sure you take your time to get things right for the situation that you’re confronted with, there’s no reason you shouldn’t convert those well earned takes into chunks on the bank.
All in all, I had an incredible week, fishing a beautiful lake for some amazing fish and spent it with some even better friends.
I’d like to finish by saying a massive thanks to Chris for a fantastic week and we will be back for sure, we have the Juvigny bug
Until next time