Beausoleil French Carp and Cats - 2013

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5 years 3 months ago #7083 by Matt_Beausoleil
Catch report: 10th to 17th August

This week we welcomed another new group of anglers of 2 fathers and 2 sons who were venturing over to France for their very first carp and catfish fishing holidays. The trip was to celebrate Henry's 70th birthday and although he's not big into carp fishing he's a very successful sea angler used to targeting 180lb+ shark off the cornish coast! A number of the group struggled at first and even those that did get pickups lost fish. Beausoleil is a venue that can be a step up in terms of difficulty, it depends on what sort of waters you’ve been used to fishing. Our big catfish are ludicrously powerful and some of our visitors do struggle if they only own light weight carp gear. Powerful rods and big pit reels make a lot of difference, as does swim choice. Our carp are pretty clued up too and find it very easy to do rigs that don’t incorporate hand sharpened hooks. On Tuesday I gave the lads some help with hook sharpening and tied them up a Beausoleil carp rig which they really felt helped with their results. After that the results started to come in with 7 carp banked in the last three days. Blue Oyster accounted for all fish and a snowman presentation worked very well. The lads were disappointed that they never got to meet one of our monster catfish, unlike the previous weeks, but I’m sure they will be better prepared next time. And at the end of the week, it was sea angler Henry who outfished them all!

1 x Common Carp: 21lbs
7 x Mirror Carp: 35, 33, 33, 27lb 4oz, 27lb 4oz, 27lb 2oz, 26, 26 lbs
2 x Catfish: 55lbs, 19lbs
1 x Sturgeon: 19lbs
Photos on the website.

PS - I have a new video out, this is with my mate James again who was here a few weeks ago and here showcasing some of his carp captures from that week: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWXCdKt4O10

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5 years 3 months ago #7094 by Matt_Beausoleil
Catch report: 24th to the 31st August 2013
3 anglers

This week we welcomed French regulars, the Walker family and what a delight they were. They take their carp fishing seriously with the whole family spending 6 nights underneath the stars. During the days, they enjoyed relaxing and playing in the house and grounds. During my midweek visit I was most amused to see a fully marked out badminton court on the lawn, a training hurdle and a shot put! It turned out that 12 year old Lishy was in training for the Heptathlon! The family also found time for multiple games of pool, a trip to the local lake-type beach and horse riding. It’s a wonder they had the energy left for fishing but fish they did, and very well too! Tactically and technically their approach was excellent: swims were rested during the day, traps were moved until the hotspots were located and other spots primed prior to fishing them. Lines were kept mega slack and although hook sharpening was new to them they were very keen to learn and adopted the approach with enthusiasm. It was their first trip to Beausoleil and they weren’t (no one is!) fully prepared for the power of the catfish but lessons were quickly learnt. They had a great week with 10 carp to 39lb but the icing on the cake was when young Jack, desperately keen to land his first big catfish, decided to fish right up until the last minute to make his dream come true. Despite being smashed up earlier in the week after an epic battle, Jack stuck to his guns and baited heavily in open water well before the evening feeding spell. At 3am he succeeded when he landed a fantastic specimen of 74lbs! Needless to say he was delighted (and so were we!). Congratulations mate, you worked hard for that one, good skills!
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5 years 3 months ago #7106 by Matt_Beausoleil
Catch report: 31st August to 7th September
2 anglers

This week Kevin and John return to France for another crack at our specimen carp and catfish. John is a dedicated predator angler and mainly targeted the big catfish. He landed four fish over 50lbs but lost another three good fish. I have to say that John was unlucky this time round as he suffered two hook pulls and one mainline failure when a large catfish picked up a rig on one of his carp rods. John piled on the pressure to stop this big cat going round the point of the island but the 18lb mainline snapped with a bang! John uses 25lb big game on his catfish rods to avoid this happening.

The star of the show this week was Kevin who took 3 x 30’s and had nine carp in total and 2 catfish to 62lbs. Technically and tactically Kevin got it absolutely right. He used hand sharpened hooks and the Beausoleil carp rig to great effect. Lines were fished super slack and he fished a different swim every day so the fish could never work out what was going on. He also pre-baited various spots where he’d seen carp activity and targeted them later during the week. Bait wise the guys used both D-liver and Blue Oyster but it was the Blue Oyster that did all the damage. Kevin also experimented with washed out baits as he found that a bait that had been in the water for 24hrs produced consistently. A move to washed out baits produced results much quicker towards the end of the week. Kevin is a smashing guy and very modest with it too. He doesn’t rate himself as a competent carp angler but from what I saw and his end of the week catch report I don’t share his opinion! Kevin put a huge amount of effort into his carping session despite being slowed down by arthritis in both hips. It was great to see them again and we look forward to seeing them again in the future.
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5 years 2 months ago #7117 by Matt_Beausoleil
Catch report: 7th to the 14th September 2013
Number of anglers: 4

This week we welcomed two lovely families that will always remain dear to our hearts as they were our very first customers at the venue back in April 2011. After discovering the Beausoleil lake that year, they’ve returned each season and we were very pleased to hear that they’ll be back in 2014. Chris is still the holder of the lake record for catfish at 95lbs. Unfortunately despite hooking a couple of massive catfish this week, neither were landed. I know Chris has the skills and experience to handle them but at the end of the day if you hook one of these beasts when they are full of energy there will usually only be one winner. It was great also to see Craig’s dad Alan back. Alan fished days only but still managed three very nice carp including a 31lb mirror. Not to be out done Derek (Alan’s best mate and father of Chris) also had a mirror of 31lbs. Excellent work gentlemen! The lads found the fishing a little slow to start with but getting rigs right underneath the marginal cover transformed their results very quickly. A little brushing up on hook sharpening skills also helped. By the end of the week, they had put 15 carp on the bank! It was pleasure as always guys, see you next year!

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5 years 2 months ago #7129 by Matt_Beausoleil
Catch report: 14th to 21st September 2013

This week we welcomed back to the lake Sam, her husband, brother-in-law and a friend who’ve been fishing in France quite a few times and have chosen to visit us for the last three years. Each year they hold a friendly competition to see who will be this year’s top rod. At the end of the week I was delighted to learn that this year the honour for the first time went to party and holiday organiser Sam! Carp fishing has been a male dominated sport since its invention but times have changed and rightly so. Carp fishing is basically a mental game with some physical aspects and Sam’s meticulous, patient and organised nature is perfectly suited to the challenge. I was delighted by her success. In total Sam had carp of: 34lbs, 32.5lbs, 31.5lbs, 28lbs, 25.5lbs, 24.75lbs. This is the best ever catch of carp in a week by any of the women carpers that we have welcomed over the years. The secret to Sam’s success was to accurately locate and place rigs on the hard gravel patches using the rowing boat. Sam also used the Beausoleil carp rig with hand sharpened hooks. Steve, her husband also had the great pleasure of meeting one of our largest catfish and became the 6th angler this year to get over the 90lb mark. Congratulations Sam, and lads, it’s time to up you game I reckon!

4 x Common Carp: 27lbs, 25lb 8oz, 24lbs 12oz, 20lbs
9 x Mirror Carp: 34lbs, 32lbs 8oz, 31lbs 8oz, 29lbs, 28lbs, 27lbs, 26lbs, 25lbs, 21lbs
3 x Catfish: 92lbs, 72lbs, 34lbs

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5 years 2 months ago #7131 by bencarp16
Good to hear that a woman is showing the men how its done.

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5 years 2 months ago #7156 by Matt_Beausoleil
Catch report: 21st to 28th September 2013

This week we welcomed a new party for their fishing holidays at Beausoleil and for two of them it was their first trip across the channel in search of big carp. The highlight of the week was when carp angling novice Mark, helped by his more experienced friends landed Scalpel at 35lbs. As with many of our finer carp, Scalpel only makes an appearance a couple of times a year. It’s good to see him continue to grow steadily too and 35lbs is a new top weight for this carp. The capture of this carp was very special to Mark and one that he’ll remember for a very long time as it’s nearly doubled his previous PB! It was also nice to see one of our larger commons, Nicky, out at 31lbs. Nicky was my first 30lb plus common carp from the venue and the lads reported her to be in perfect condition. I agree with the guys that the unseasonably warm weather, high pressure and easterly winds didn’t make the carp fishing any easier this week. Unfortunately a couple of nice fish were lost for one reason or the other. The guys really loved the place though and got to see a few examples of the stunning carp that we have. It was very positive to know they’d like to return next year and we very much look forward to welcoming them back.

2 x Common Carp: 31lbs, 26lbs
3 x Mirror Carp: 35lbs, 28lbs, 24lbs
2 x Sturgeon: 21lbs, 19lbs
Plus 5 kittens and 2 pike

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5 years 1 month ago #7191 by Matt_Beausoleil
Date: 12th to 19th October 2013
1 angler

Usually, at this time of year, the catfish start to shut down and October is not a month that I would ever associate with large catfish. So when Sander, last week, not only caught his new PB at 88lbs on his second day but followed that later in the week by another massive catfish at 84lbs, I was gobsmacked! To get a brace of 80lbs+ mid-October is just unheard of at Beausoleil. Apparently the 84lber fought even harder than the 88lber and was nearly lost to a marginal branch. Unfortunately fish losses are a common occurrence at the venue, mainline failure being the main cause, so I was very impressed when Sander told me that he’d landed every fish he hooked except one. Sander also caught 3 carp to 33lbs. What is even more amazing is that Sander only fished days! Sander is a regular visitor to French venues and came from Holland with his wife and daughter who enjoyed the nice weather and mild temperatures of October.
Pictures at: http://www.frenchcarpandcats.com/gallerythisyear.php

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5 years 1 month ago #7210 by Matt_Beausoleil
Date: 19th to 23rd October 2013
1 angler

As our last clients have left, I got the chance to spend a few nights on the lake to try and bank a few. As we’d had a brace of 80lbs+ catfish out the prior week, I made sure to avoid the open water marks as I was not keen on meeting one of our large residents on my own! We have several swims close to the shallower end of the lake that allowed me to target my favourite marginal spots. I kept my approach simple and mobile and was very happy with three fish in four nights. Dropping rigs over showing fish and moving when they were beyond safe angling range was a good tactic. The carp were very active in the mid upper layers and I suspect they were feeding on Daphnia. This was confirmed when, despite carp crashing out over rigs all night long I didn’t even get a liner on some rods. I did found Daphnia in the landing net while weighing fish which further strengthens this theory. I believe that fishing over a very small quantity of bait in this situation is much more likely to produce results versus fishing over bait. I would never apply bait when the fish are obviously pre-occupied on naturals as I believe it would reduce my chances. All fish were taken early morning on 22mm Blue Oyster tipped with a 14mm dairy cream popup. Rig was an 8” Beausoleil bottom bait rig.

Photos available here: http://www.frenchcarpandcats.com/gallerythisyear.php

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5 years 1 month ago #7218 by bencarp16
Nice mate. :) Bet you love it when you get a chance to be on the banks of your own lake.

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