Etang de Planchon’s sixth week was a busy one for the anglers, the weather has been warming up and the carp showed their appreciation by gracing the banks.
Between Tony Montero, Gary Smith & Des Smith (who only fished in the daylight) there were 113 fish caught totalling over 2600 lbs.
This week saw a bit of confusion when Tony, Des (Tony’s father-in-law) and Gary (Tony’s brother-in-law) arrived. As soon as they were picked up Des & Gary were calling Tony “Mark”, apparently it’s because his dad is also called Tony and it avoids confusion (we nearly got it right by the end of the week)
Tony (Mark) was in buzzard swim and he mainly fished Trigga (lake specials) with or without fake corn, it was over beds of particle or with a few freebie boilies. He also caught a few using vortex boilies and Mistral rosehip boilies.
Tony landed himself 46 carp, 5 of which were 30’s and his biggest was a 37 lb 11 0z mirror.
Des fished only daylight hours and had opted for Owl swim, he started his week using Tiger nut boilies, he caught over half of his carp on them and the rest were caught on Trigga (lake specials) or vortex both topped with fake corn. He also fished over particle and pellet.
Des landed himself 43 carp for the week, 1 of which was a 30 and his biggest was 36 lb 14 oz.
Gary fished Harrier swim and the wind was against him most of the week, he fished a combination of either Trigga (lake specials) or vortex with or without fake corn. He also fished over particle with some maize and pellet.
Gary landed himself 24 carp, 1 of which was a 30 and his biggest fish was 37 lb.
Of the 113 carp caught, there was 7 x 30’s & 95 x 20’s (of which 30 were upper 20’s).
The top 5 fish for the week were: 37 lb 11 oz, 37 lb, 36 lb 14oz, 33 lb 10 oz, & 33 lb 1 oz.
Etang de Planchon’s seventh week started with high pressure and temperatures that were up and down, -3 degrees one night, so there was a slow start to the catches.
Initially there were 2 guys fishing the lake, Anthony Smith and Sean Barrett. Sean had his twin brother (Connor) with him, but his brother wasn’t planning on fishing, that was until Sean pulled his first 30 out. Connor decided to pay for fishing and hired a 1 rod setup and join his brother in catching.
Tony started his week in Owl swim, he only fished one night and spent the rest of the nights in the Gite with his wife (Shirley). Tony moved between swims during his week and landed fish in Owl, Harrier & Buzzard swims.
Tony fished Trigga (lake specials) topped with fake corn. A couple of fish landed to Trigga (lake specials) topped with half a pop up and he also landed a couple of fish on 3 bits of fake corn (an idea he got from the boys below).
Tony landed himself 17 fish, 2 of which were 30’s and the biggest was 38 lb 10 oz.
Sean & Conner were fishing in Kestrel and the fished mainly Trigga (lake specials) topped with fake corn. Towards the end of the week they tried fishing 3 bits of fake corn and no boilie, this also caught them a couple of fish.
Sean landed himself 22 fish, 4 of which were 30’s and the biggest was 37 lb 12 oz.
Connor landed himself 10 fish, 3 of which were 30’s and the biggest was 34 lb.
Between the 3 of them (7 rods) they managed to land 49 carp totalling over 1100 lbs of fish.
Of the 49 carp caught, there was 9 x 30’s & 29 x 20’s (of which 8 were upper 20’s).
The top 5 fish for the week were: 38 lb 10 oz, 37 lb 12 oz, 34 lb, 33 lb 6 oz, & 33 lb 3 oz.
Etang de Planchon’s eighth week saw the arrival of Arthur Hudson (aka Rob) having the lake to himself for the week.
Arthur’s first couple of days started off slow, only landing 2 carp, but that soon picked up.
Apart from day 1 Arthur fished Kestrel swim and tried various baits. Throughout the week he tried Trigga (lake specials) on their own or topped with faked corn, halibut boilie or a Tuna / Chilli pop up, he also tried Vortex, fake corn on it’s own and pineapple pop ups on their own.
Arthur landed himself 26 fish over the week with his biggest being a 32 lb 6 oz mirror.
Of the 26 carp, there was 1 x 30 & 19 20’s (of which 3 were upper 20’s)
Etang de Planchon’s ninth week saw the arrival of Paul Fernley and Gordon Stapley, it also saw some signs that the carp may spawn, but they never did.
The first day was very busy for the guys and they landed 7 carp between them in 6 hours, then the lake quietened for a day.
Between them they ended up with 37 carp for the week totalling just under 1000 lb of fish.
Paul fished in Buzzard for the week and caught all of his fish with Trigga (lake specials), all but 2 of which were topped with fake corn.
Paul landed himself 21 fish over the week, 2 of which were 30’s, with his biggest being a 35lb mirror.
Gordon fished in Hawk for the week and 12 of his 16 carp were caught on Trigga (lake specials) topped with fake corn, while the other 4 were caught on a cell pop up topped with fake corn.
Gordon landed himself 16 fish for the week, 4 of which were 30’s, with his biggest being 38 lb 12 oz mirror.
Of the 37 carp, there was 6 x 30 & 29 20’s (of which 13 were upper 20’s)
I’d just like to say thanks to the guys for keeping the animals entertained.
Etang de Planchon’s Tenth week saw the arrival of Andy & Sam Lane and the rest of Andy’s family, it also saw the arrival of Mick & Callum Hayes. Both groups were only fishing for 5 days.
There was also signs that some of the carp had spawned overnight, but nothing major compared to last year (still more to come I think)
Over the 5 days, both groups between them managed to land 94 carp totalling over 2000 lbs.
This was Andy & Sam’s fourth visit to the lake since it opened in March 2011.
On their previous visits Sam & Andy fished in the same swim, this visit Andy felt Sam was ready to fish his own swim and he could introduce the rest of his family to French carp fishing.
Between the 2 swims (3 rods in each) they managed to land 56 carp totalling over 1300 lb of fish.
Andy also let Ethan his youngest son land 8 of his carp and his daughters helped land a couple of others.
Team Andy fished Falcon and landed 39 carp in total (including 8 to Ethan and 2 to Yolanda) Andy’s biggest carp was 38 lb 6 oz, Ethan’s biggest was 33 lb 12 oz and Yolanda’s biggest was 27 lb 12 oz, 2 of the 39 carp were 30’s.
Andy stuck with the old faithful Trigga (lake specials) topped with fake corn, mega corn or mini yellow boilies. All of this on beds of pellet, hemp & maize.
Sam started his week in Harrier and them moved to Owl and landed himself 17 carp, 2 of which were 30’s. Sam also stuck with Trigga (lake specials) topped with fake corn or yellow pop ups. All of this on beds of pellet, hemp & maize. Sam’s biggest was 36 lb 8 oz.
Sam only fished one night and Andy didn’t fish two of the nights as he wanted to spend time with his family.
Father & son, Mick & Callum Haynes arrived the day after Andy and despite Callum being unwell from a bug he had brought with him from the UK they still managed to land 38 carp totalling over 900 lbs of fish.
Mick fished Kestrel for the 5 days and landed himself 24 carp, 4 of which were 30’s. He fished Trigga (lake specials) topped with different coloured corn or pink pepper pop ups, again all of this on beds of pellet, hemp & maize. Hi biggest was 34 lb 14 oz.
Callum fished between Kestrel and Hawk for the 5 days, despite being out of action for 2 days, he landed himself 14 carp, 1 of which was a 30. He fished Trigga (lake specials) topped with different coloured corn and again all of this on beds of pellet, hemp & maize. His biggest was 31 lb.
Of the 94 carp, there was 9 x 30 & 75 x 20’s (of which 28 were upper 20’s)
Etang de Planchon’s eleventh week saw the arrival of 6 guys from Cheshire. Karl D, Carl T, Clive, Ian, Stephen and Billy arrived on Sunday, they all fished with 2 rods except Ian who fished with 3 rods and only Ian fished nights.
This week also saw England’s first two Euro games and the guys decided they wanted to watch England v France in a local bar, it was a good night and the guys even managed to end up on French TV.
Check out our video diaries page to see the clip of the guys: www.carp-fishinginfrance.com/videos.htm
Later in the week they decided to watch the England and France game at the lake but asked me to invite the neighbours for a BBQ, let’s just say it was a good night and no one fished that night.
Over the week the guys managed to land 100 carp totalling over 2400 lbs.
Ian was in Buzzard and bagged up for the week, he fished all but 2 nights and landed himself 36 fish. He fished Trigga (lake specials) topped with fake corn over beds of pellet hemp & maize.
4 of his fish were 30’s and his biggest was 35 lb 6 oz.
Carl T & Karl D started in Kestrel.
Carl T stayed in Kestrel all week and started his week with a 32 lb 2 oz mirror, he landed himself 16 fish over the week, all falling to Trigga (lake specials) & fake corn.
4 of his fish were 30’s and his biggest was 38 lb 6 oz.
Karl D stayed in Kestrel all but 1 day, he decided to poach a few of Ian’s fish from Buzzard for a day.
He landed 13 fish over the week with his biggest being 28 lb 12 oz. He also fished Trigga (lake specials) topped with fake corn.
Clive started his week in Harrier with Billy, but moved half way through the week to Hawk.
He fished Trigga (lake specials) over beds of hemp, maize & pellet and landed himself 16 fish over the week.
2 of his fish were 30’s and his biggest was 33 lb 8 oz.
Stephen fished in Owl and his first catch was his biggest for the week at 30 lb 2 oz.
He fished Trigga (lake specials) topped with fake corn, he also landed a few fish with Tutti Fruitti boilies.
Stephen landed himself 15 fish over the week.
Billy fished in Harrier, Falcon and even had a go in Owl. His methods were the same as the rest of the group (apart from not using back leads), despite this he still only managed to land himself 4 fish for the week.
Billy’s biggest fish for the week was a lovely 30 lb common.
Of the 100 carp, there was 12 x 30 & 76 x 20’s (of which 23 were upper 20’s)
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