Triple-N Produces BIG results in France – Ben Soane

Bait-Tech Consultant Ben Soane recently headed over to France for a weeks fishing with his group armed with the mighty Triple-N Boilie range – the results were outstanding!

I recently returned from across the channel where 10 friends and I spent a week fishing at the Dream Lakes complex which is situated in the Champagne region of France. I first fished at the complex some 18 years ago and have been back a fair few times since. It’s a great place to have a fishing holiday as the facilities are great, the staff look after you during your trip keeping you well fed, and above all else it has some really big Carp swimming around in all 6 of the lakes.

We booked ourselves onto Lake 2 which is approximately 18 acres in size and rectangular in shape. It has 30 swims that can all produce fish on their day and there is a maximum of 18 anglers plus a bailiff fishing it at any one time. The week we went was at full capacity but I was lucky enough to come out 4th in the swim draw and picked an area of the lake that I really wanted to be in. Everyone else spread out which helped as there were no areas big areas of the lake left empty that the fish could seek refuge in and would keep them moving around.

Once the draw was done early on the Saturday morning we all raced to our chosen swims full of enthusiasm despite our lack of sleep the previous night on the long coach journey from Essex. I rolled up in peg 12, cast out three single hook baits, then began to set my stall out for the week ahead. I had a good lead around to investigate what was in front of me, seeking a standout feature or two but it soon became apparent that it was mainly gravel on the base with depths of 6-7ft all over. I found one small pocket of silt at 70 yards to my right which I opted to put a rod on, and then to keep things simple when clipping up and spodding bait out, I picked a spot to my left at 70 yards also for the other two rods. Fish were showing at this range from the moment I arrived so I was confident of some early action. My swim fished well the week previous which was promising news as the April before proved tricky for us on the same lake. The fish hadn’t really woken from their Winter slumber last time. I had a feeling this year would be different as everything was in bloom on arrival. It definitely felt more like Spring during the day although we did suffer a few heavy frosts at night with temperatures down to -3, quickly reminding us to leave our shorts and flip flops in our bags.

My plan was to stick to my two chosen spots for the week regardless, keeping a bit of bait going in daily and then top the levels up if/once the bites started coming. If one spot began producing I’d move the other rods on it accordingly to maximise bites from any shoals of feeding fish moving in. It can be a crazy lake at times. Over the years I’ve experienced no action at all for a few days then all of a sudden you get double or even treble takes and can bank half a dozen fish in a few hours as  the fish move in and start feeding. The key is working out the right baiting balance to keep the fish in the area for as long as possible and keep the bites coming. I’ve witnessed so many anglers turn up there before with silly amounts of bait and pile the lot out in the first day or two expecting a big hit of fish and wonder why they go home empty handed. It’s not rocket science to understand that if the fish are not feeding much then a tonne of bait in front of you will only reduce your odds of a bite.

I put three fresh rigs out on my spots once everything was set up and my area of water was mapped out, each with a different hookbait on to start with but I kept them small and bright as one thing I learnt from the previous April was that the fish there preferred smaller baits at that time of year. The lakes have a boilie only rule enforced when the package trips start but throughout the Winter a lot of Sweetcorn and other particle baits get used. In summer they will eat the biggest boilies you can find but small baits were order of the day while the fish weaned off the particles and onto their strict boilie diet. I put 10 spods of 10mm Triple-N Boilies mixed with chopped, halved and crushed Triple-N on each spot to start with. A liberal dose of Bait-Tech’s Bloodworm Liquid was poured over this boilie mix and allowed to soak in. The liquid is an awesome natural attractor that I use whenever I can in all angling situations.

On one rod I cast out a size 6 Blow Back rig with a balanced 10mm yellow The Juice Dumbell on and within an hour I had banked the first fish of the week, a low 20lb Mirror. All three rods were then changed over to this presentation and it wasn’t long before I had two high 20lb Mirrors on the same set up. Although they weren’t the biggest fish in the lake I was buzzing with confidence having banked a few fish so early in the trip.

Unfortunately things then went quiet for me for a while but some of my group further down the bank began banking fish, one being a 51lb Mirror on Triple-N boilies.

Having used the last of my yellow The Juice Dumbells I switched my hookbaits to Triple-N Wafters and Coloured Triple-N pop ups. After two days without so much as a bleep on the alarms, things switched on for me. The fish moved back in my area and got on the feed, resulting in me banking at least one carp a day for the remainder of the week. I had a 40lb Common on the Tuesday, a 46lb 15oz Common on the Wednesday and on the Thursday I had a bit of a ‘Red Letter’ day.

I was awoken at 5am on the frosty Thursday by a screaming take and an immense battle from what turned out to be Grass Carp that weighed in at over 53lb. It put up a crazy fight in the darkness and I was convinced it was Catfish because of the shear length of the fish on the surface of the water in the moonlight. It behaved well on the bank allowing me to get some good photos as the sun came up before safely returning it to the water. Between breakfast and dinner that day I then managed a further four fish including a brace of Mirrors weighing 42lb 13oz and 48lb 15oz, the later being a bit of a character fish that is normally well over 50lb. My friend Jason netted it for me and instantly knew what fish it was as he caught it a few years previous at 53lb. I was jumping with joy as I thought I had a new French PB on my hands but it wasn’t to be as she was down in weight. Never mind, I was still super chuffed after the day I’d had.

I ended the week with 15 carp and 1 loss, including 3x 30s to 38lb, 5x 40s and the 53lb Grassy. This was enough to secure Top Rod on the lake that week and the kitty we had going for most fish so I went home with a fair few more Euros than I came with which was an added bonus.

In the weeks leading up to the trip our group had many discussions about what boilies to take. I had been showing the others all the catch reports that anglers using Triple-N had been sending into various publications and to Bait-Tech. A lot of these were from the Winter when conditions were at their most testing too so most of our group didn’t take much convincing, opting to take the Triple-N as their bait of choice.

The pressure was on me as I had recommended it to them and if they failed to catch on it, the blame would have no doubt been placed on me. Knowing how good it is though, I wasn’t worried and sure enough everyone that used it caught at least one carp over 40lb, most having fish over 50lb. PBs were smashed daily and the bait banked the majority of fish caught on the whole lake that week. It was a real testament to how good the new boilie is and I will definitely be taking it to France again next year.

Tight Lines

Ben Soane
Bait-Tech Carp Consultant

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