Storm Success in France – Eric Sprought

Storm Brian was in full swing and there I was sitting at the ferry port waiting to see if my weeks fishing in France would still be going ahead. 8 hours later I was docking in Caen and on route to Hideaway Lake in Lonlay L’abbey.  We pulled in to the lake and were met by the owners Diane and Trevor to get the low down on the lake before settling into our caravan and bivvy for the week.  I had already enjoyed my lads fishing holiday this year so this time I had the Misses and my daughter with me.

Hideaway Lake is a small 2 acre secluded stream fed lake within Normandy national park. Its been an established lake but unfished for about 18months. Since the new owners took over they spent several months clearing fallen trees  from a previous storm and it has only been re open for fishing since March this year.

Whilst I was setting up my rods, my daughter cast hers and had the first carp of the trip within minutes. I was eager for a fish and decided on a blowback rig, snowman presentation to critically balance my hook bait to sit above the silt on all 3 of my rods. I fished a Bait-Tech Triple-N 10mm boilie topped with a The Juice pop up fished over Bait-Tech Superseed Hemp.

Last rod out I didn’t have to wait long until I landed my first fish, a nice 20.8 lb carp. Not a monster but the quality was immaculate, with its curtain in tact. Yet again I could hear an alarm screaming off, this time my partner. She was happy to be off the mark with a mirror carp caught on a 15mm Bait-tech Triple-N boilie on the size 6 blowback rig.

The next 36 hours bought rain, rain and more rain, but with that came 10 carp between us, all from Bait-Tech Triple-N boilies and Bait-Tech The Juice pop ups fished with a small PVA bag of Triple-N 10mm boilies glugged in Triple-N Stick Mix Liquid and dusted with Triple-N Stick and Bag Mix.

Trevor and Diane were very friendly and helpful throughout the course of the week and could not do enough to make your stay more enjoyable and stress free. Down the far end of the lake I spent several days pre baiting small amounts of Triple-N 10mm and 15mm boilies to a small sunken tree but stay cleared of the area for as long as possible. When I did venture down there at certain times throughout the week it resulted in quick success, however one or two did manage to find there way into the depths of the snag.

With only 48hours left the bites were few and far between so I decided a change in tactics was needed. Due to the silty bottom I decided on a Ronny rig with size 4 Krank hook with Bait-Tech 15mm Triple-N pop up. This soon proved successful as the session came to an end with a further 9 carp landed, bringing the total for the week to 34 fish to just over the 30+lb bracket.

Tight Lines

Eric Sprought

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