Etang de Planchon’s twelfth week saw the arrival of a father and 3 sons. Ted, Jon, Dan & Matt Luik arrived Sunday, only Jon fished nights and he only did 2 all week.
Ted, the father of the group likes to experiment and he tried various different things to catch his carp.
He spent a couple of days surface fishing with one of his rods, he tried a ball of worms and he even put out a chod rig, unfortunately to not much success, apart from 1 carp on the chod rig.
The weather for the week was very hot and the pressure was high, but despite that the 4 guys still managed to land 47 carp totalling over 1100 lb of fish.
Jon started in Owl for the week and swapped around with his dad and one of his brothers over the week.
He fished Trigga (lake specials) topped with Mega corn, squid pop ups or double fake corn over beds of pellet, hemp & maize or with just freebie boilies.
Jon landed 14 fish over the week, 1 of which was a 30 weighing in at 36 lb 8 oz.
Dan started in Buzzard and moved to Harrier and then Falcon over the week.
He fished Trigga (lake specials) topped with fake corn or with a Trigga pop up as a snowman, all this again over beds of pellet, hemp & maize.
Dan landed 13 fish over the week, 2 of which were 30’s and his biggest was 35 lb.
Matt started in Kestrel and moved to Owl and then Kestrel over the week.
He also fished Trigga (lake specials) topped with fake corn, mega corn, a Trigga pop up or a pink (fishy) pop up.
Matt landed 10 fish over the week, 1 of which was a 30 lb 1 oz common.
Ted had a slow start to the week in Kestrel and so he moved to buzzard and even managed to sneak a fish from Jon in Owl.
He fished Trigga (lake specials)or Robin red pellet, topped with fake corn, mega corn or a pop up of some description.
Ted also landed 10 fish over the week, 1 of which was a 30 weighing in at 33 lb 2 oz.
Of the 47 carp, there was 5 x 30’s & 32 x 20’s (of which 8 were upper 20’s)
Etang de Planchon’s thirteenth week saw the arrival of 6 lads from Preston. Wayne, Graham, Jimmy, Eddie, Peter and Gary all arrived on Sunday for 5 days fishing.
Half of the lads fished 2 rods all week and the other half used 3 rods towards the end of the week.
This week also saw some very high pressure and high temperatures reaching 35 degrees. Unfortunately for the lads this slowed up the fish bites, they still managed to land 37 fish between them totalling over 850 lbs of carp.
The lads fished Trigga (lake specials) and cell boilies, they topped them with fake corn, mega corn, and even fresh prawns, Gary even dipped his boilies in a bloodworm dip.
The majority of the lads fished on beds of hemp, pellet & maize.
The biggest 2 fish fell to Wayne and Eddie, Wayne landed the biggest of the week at 38 lb 8 oz and Eddie was not far behind with his 37 lb 12 oz catch.
Despite the slow fishing over the week, the lads enjoyed themselves so much they have already booked for April next year.
Of the 37 carp, there was 2 x 30’s & 30 x 20’s (of which 10 were upper 20’s)
Etang de Planchon’s fourteenth week saw the arrival of Raymond Loughran & David Palmer from Northampton and it also saw a return visit from Tom Suckling, Ian Dixon and Alex Dixon from Hertford.
The fishing this week was very slow and the fish were just not biting, was it the pressure? Was it the changing weather?... I don’t know.
The guys persisted and between the 4 people fishing they managed to land 32 fish totalling over 700 lb.
Despite the catches being slow there was a lot of banter and funny comments flying around all week.
Ian had us all in stitches telling us of tales of the fish hooking itself then jumping out the lake and extending its fin like a middle finger and spitting his boilies out.
He couldn’t quite get to grips with the words “back leads” and was calling them “back legs” all week, he also said he managed to a land a 46 lb carp but apparently couldn’t get hold of anyone to take a photo.
Towards the end of the week, he informed us over the walking talkie that he had been poaching (he meant stalking) and had just fallen out of a tree.
He topped it off by breaking the plastic chair he was sitting on and all that could be seen were his 2 legs sticking up in the doorway of his bivvy where he went flying back.
Check out Ian’s attempt of using the bait boat on our facebook page: Etang de Planchon Facebook page
This was the first time fishing in France for Raymond & David and between them they opted for Hawk & Buzzard, although later in the week David changed from Hawk to Kestrel.
All but one of their catches was on Trigga (lake specials) topped with whit fake corn, one catch was on DT baits N Blend topped with white fake corn.
David landed 8 fish for the week, 1 of which was the biggest for the week at 37 lb 6 oz.
Raymond landed 14 fish for the week 1 of which was 31 lb.
Tom and Ian started in Harrier but moved to Owl & Falcon mid week, they did not fish any nights.
Between them they landed 10 fish, not a patch on last years visit, they tried everything possible but the fish were just not having it.
Between the 2 of them the biggest was landed by Tom at 28 lb 6 oz.
All the guys on this week enjoyed themselves despite the slow fishing and are looking to return next year and improve on their catches.
Of the 32 carp, there was 2 x 30’s & 16 x 20’s (of which 6 were upper 20’s)
Etang de Planchon’s fifteenth week saw the arrival of 3 lads from Farnborough, Sam Bell, Theo McCusker & Lee Wilson.
After the last two weeks of fewer catches, I was waiting to see if the fish had livened up for these guys and the carp did not disappoint. The guys landed 47 fish between them totalling over 1100 lb of fish.
Sam Bell fished in Hawk for the week, he had the most fish for the week landing himself 24 carp totalling 542 lb 13 oz. He brought his own Trigga boilies tweaked with GLM, topped it with white fake corn. Four of his carp were caught on Trigga (lakes specials) topped with white fake corn. All his baits were fished over a bed of boilies and his biggest for the week was a 33 lb 6 oz mirror.
Lee Wilson fished in Buzzard for the week, he landed 18 carp for the week and they were all caught on Trigga (lake specials) topped with fake corn, all his baits were fished over a bed hemp, maize & pellet.
His biggest fish for the week was a 33 lb 4 oz mirror.
Theo McCusker started his week in Owl and moved midweek to be sociable with the other 2 lads, unfortunately for Theo when he moved the carp dried up. Even though his week was slow with him catching just 5 carp, he left a happy man having landed the 2 biggest fish for the week, both mirrors weighed in at 37 lb & 35 lb 4 oz.
His biggest fish was his first fish deciding to take his bait late evening during a heavy downpour.
The lads have already booked for next April and I look forward to seeing them all again.
Of the 47 carp, there was 4 x 30’s & 37 x 20’s (of which 10 were upper 20’s)
Etang de Planchon’s sixteenth week saw the arrival of 2 groups of 2, David & Nick Pinder, from Lancashire, arrived Friday and Richard and Adam Morecroft, from West Yorkshire, arrived Sunday.
There were a few showers in the week but mainly the weather was hot, reaching 31 degrees one day. The four guys between them managed to land 51 carp totalling over 1170 lb.
Nick & David fished on the left side of the lake, opting for Buzzard and Hawk.
Nick having been to France before let his dad have first choice of swims (Buzzard) and Nick opted for Hawk, a good choice as he landed himself 22 carp totalling 501 lb 8 oz.
Nick caught most of his fish on Trigga (lake specials) topped with white or yellow fake corn, a few of his carp also fell to tiger nuts, or Tiger nut and plum boilies.
Most of his baits were fished over balls made up of softened pellet, 2 of Nicks fish were over 30 lb with his biggest being 36lb.
David was a French novice and started his week by racing ahead of Nick, on their first full day David landed 6 carp to Nick’s 2. David ended his week behind Nick with 17 carp totalling 387 lb 9 oz.
David caught his fish on Trigga (lake specials), all but one was topped with white or yellow fake corn.
Again most of David’s baits were fished over balls made up of softened pellet, his biggest for the week was 26 lb 1 oz.
Richard & Adam fished directly opposite Nick and David but they unfortunately caught fewer carp. They were not disappointed though as they arrived with UK PB’s of 13 lb & 14 lb and doubled that by the end of the week.
Adam fished Falcon for the week and landed himself 8 carp totalling 184 lb 12 oz. The majority of his catches were on Trigga (lake specials) topped with fake corn, 2 of his catches were on cheese cubes topped with fake corn.
His last fish was caught out of Hawk when Nick left.
Most of his baits were over pellet, hemp & maize. His biggest for the week was 27 lb 8 oz.
Richard fished in Owl and fished Trigga (lake specials) topped with fake corn & pineapple dumbell.
Richard only managed to land 4 over the week totalling 96 lb 12 oz. Despite the low catch rate he was happy to walk away with a new PB of 31 lb 4 oz.
Nick & David have already booked again for next year and Richard and Adam plan on booking once they get home. Well done all and look forward to seeing you next year.
Of the 51 carp, there were 3 x 30’s & 39 x 20’s (of which 11 were upper 20’s)
The top fish for the week were: 36 lb 34 lb & 31.4 lb
Etang de Planchon’s seventeenth week saw the arrival of Mike Bingham, Dan Bingham & Les Horton from Birmingham.
The fishing was slow this week, the pressure was high and the temperatures hit 35 degrees.
The three guys between them lost 10 carp and landed 16 totalling just under 390 lb.
Mike fished Falcon, Les fished Owl and Dan fished Buzzard.
The three of them fished Trigga (Lake specials) topped with fake corn.
Because the week was slow, an experiment was tried mid week, a 25 kilo sack of pellet and a kilo of boilies was split between 3 spots (1 at each swim). They all fished 1 rod on the spot and it produced a few catches within a few hours. From this, two of Mike’s catches were 30’s.
Of the 16 carp, there were 2 x 30’s & 12 x 20’s (of which 1 was an upper 20)
The top fish for the week were: 37.10 lb & 33.14 lb
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