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I had booked a week at the Le Val Doré lakes complex in France. I’d picked this venue and lake five as it was known to hold grass carp to over 40lb, my PB was only 6lb for a grass carp at the time. Also the lake record for other carp was in the mid 60s with lots of fifties, forties and thirties to fish for. 
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So on the 2nd Sept I arrived at Le Val Doré lake 5, swim 31; a corner swim on the lake. As I started to unload my kit from my car, trying to arrange where I’d be casting my rods and where my bivvy would go so that I could cast all round the swim, there was a loud splash in the right hand corner of the swim. I’d been there less than ten minutes and I’d seen carp within my swim. I put my first rod to where I’d seen the carp in the corner before I did anything else. Then I continued to set up my swim and get the other rods ready to start fishing. 
 
Once I was happy with the arrangement of the swim I cast out the Deeper Pro+ and mapped out the swim, spotting a ridge in front of the swim running from left to right, a foot higher than the 8 1/2 foot main bottom and averaging two to three feet wide. To the left of the plateau was a diamond shaped hole down to fourteen feet full of weed, with the narrow point pointing at the swim. All round the tree line the lake bottom rose to a five feet plateau before rising again to the bank under the trees. Two spots stood out to me, one a gap between the deep hole and the ridge, to me an obvious a route in and out of the swim. The other was where the plateau rose to a 3 feet wide peninsula shape sticking out from under a dead tree. I had not mapped the right hand corner where I had cast my first cast to the showing carp, it was to be 24 hours before I’d map this corner and the tree edged line that returned to the swim. It was to be the same as the rest of the edge with an irregular edged plateau that then rose to the bank under the tree line. 
 
I’d just settled into the swim and put the kettle on for my first cup of coffee, when a black car with Dutch number plates drove behind my swim and on to swim 32. I walked over to have a chat with the two lads to introduce myself and let them know where I was fishing and setting limits. Harko and Tommy became great friends and we were to spend the each evening chatting over a BBQ and helping with each others netting, photos and videoing of the catches had. 
 
The right hand corner where the carp had shown was fished with a 1oz lead, stiff D rig with a Krill pop up on its own. Spot two, that I started to call dead tree spot, was fished using my Waverunner ATOM bait boat so that I could fish as tight to the branches as possible. This time with a 2oz lead, KD rig with a VNX+ wafters and VNX+ Traveller boilies freebies soaked in VNX+ activator liquid. The open water spot between the diamond hole and ridge was a KD rig with a Krill boilie and Krill boilies spread round it. Time to sit back, have another coffee, put dinner on and then bed to catch up on some sleep. 
 
The first bite was not to come till almost 48 hrs in and it was a Sturgeon which jumped clear of the water. The second time it dove deep and fast and before I could do anything the line parted. NOT a good start - but good to see that fish were in my swim. The next 48hours passed with me losing another Sturgeon, this time at the net. Then the following evening I caught an 18lb grass carp and lost an even bigger grass carp at the net. Sometimes, just as you start thinking positive you lose the next fish, it can make you wonder why you do go fishing. 
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Tommy and Harko came into my swim at this point to help me with photos and a video of me and my new PB. You can see in the photos how happy I am, and the smile has still not gone away. Sitting in my swim with beer in hand talking over the battle and the size of the fish with two Dutch lads. Then at 9am I added an 18lb mirror to the other two carp I’d caught for the week. 
 
Tommy and Harko came into my swim at this point to help me with photos and a video of me and my new PB. You can see in the photos how happy I am, and the smile has still not gone away. Sitting in my swim with beer in hand talking over the battle and the size of the fish with two Dutch lads. Then at 9am I added an 18lb mirror to the other two carp I’d caught for the week. 
Then on the Thursday evening I'd got back into my swim from the evening BBQ with Harko and Tommy and reset my traps, when my left-hand rod screamed off. After 15 minutes of hard fought battle Tommy came into the swim to help land the fish. I had just said to Tommy that I thought the fish was beginning to tire when the hook pulled without us seeing the fish. “NOT HAPPY” Tommy left the swim quietly, he may have said something but I did not hear it!. Sitting there I was feeling sorry for myself thinking “what am I doing wrong?”. 
 
 
I sat there looking at the rod on the ground where I’d dropped it, going through the week, lost two large sturgeon and a good grass carp, Bait boat playing up and would need sending away to Waverunner! AND NOW, lost another big fish, probably a big carp? It’s Thursday night, only thirty six hours before heading home! Oh well, I know, crack a beer and get the rod back to the spot and anything can happen in the next few hours. 
 
 
 
 
“SCREAM” It took a second or two for me come round to what was happening. I had gone to bed and must have dropped off to sleep straight away. Once I’d come round to the fact that it was my left hand rod’s alarm screaming at me again, I leaned into a heavy plodding carp, no doubt about it, a carp. It battled up and down my swim - every time I had it under control it would dive for the deep hole or the over-hanging trees. How long did it take me to take control, I have no idea as all the time I was praying that the hook would hold. Thankfully it did and after some time the carp passed over the landing net and she was in. Once I put the landing net into the sling I collapsed it. It was only when I tried to lift the sling up did I realise that the carp in it was heavy. I thought at this time I may have a forty hopefully a mid forty and a new PB? Once I weighed it and the needle swung round to 51lb I had smashed my PB. Happy Days!! 
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On 13th March 2019 at 14:26, Jim wilson wrote:
Hi Charlie, great read mate.
Nice to see if worked out in the end, next time let it be the grassy you’ve been waiting for.
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