Fish Of A Lifetime At 16 - By Tom Winder

Fish Of A Lifetime At 16 - By Tom Winder

Laroussi France 2016

With months of waiting in anticipation of our first ever France trip, myself, dad, and younger brother couldn’t wait for that day to arrive, excitement wasn’t the word, in fact, we don’t know what the words were, excitement, emotions, giddy, there were many feelings. We set off at 3 in the afternoon to beat the traffic on the way down to Portsmouth but we didn’t do very well, our ferry set off at 11 so this didn’t really matter we arrived at Portsmouth with a hour to spare.We sat in the line waiting to board the boat tying rigs and talking about how excited we were to get to the lake and get the rods out.

 

After a long 7 hour journey with little sleep we arrived in France. When we got off the boat it was a long two hour drive to the lake, we sat in the car park and did the draw for the pegs, I drew peg one which the owner of the lake told us hadn’t produced a fish over the last week.

I set up in the swim and found 2 areas and baited   them both with a large amount of particle, a custom mix that Cheshire Particle made up for our trip as there were certain bans in place on the particle, and mixed boilies, one spot at 110 yards and another clean area in the weed at about 50 yards I stuck 2 rods out at the long spot and 1 on the smaller spot in the weed. The lake was fishing slow as the fish were coming to the end of spawning one 30lb grass carp came out on the first night followed by a cracking 59lb mirror on the second night everything went dead then for another 24 hours with the lake only producing a sturgeon of around 60 lb. 

 Con… I believe I hooked into one of the 6 catfish present in the lake having the fish on for around 10 minutes, I realised it could not have been a carp and then the line snapped when I brought the rest of the line back in, it looked as if someone had run it back and forth on a brick, the line was ruined so I put it down to being a cat. Nothing happened for the rest of the day until that night at 5 in the morning I received a take after a short battle the fish was in the net we didn’t quite realise the size of the fish until we got it into the cradle, we sacked the fish up for a few hours until it turned light and we could weigh the fish properly In the morning, we agreed that the fish topped out at 62lb 11 ounce I couldn’t get my head around the size of the fish.

I had to get in the water with the fish to be able to get a good picture of the fish and the sheer size of what really was the fish of a lifetime The biggest fish I have ever seen and even better it was my own, overjoyed, to say the least at what had just happened to me, it really was a dream come true and never thought this was what could happen on my ever first France trip,

 

 I had to get in the water with the fish to be able to get a good picture of the fish and the sheer size of what really was the fish of a lifetime The biggest fish I have ever seen and even better it was my own, overjoyed, to say the least at what had just happened to me, it really was a dream come true and never thought this was what could happen on my ever first France trip.

AMAZING after the fish nothing else happened for me I decided to move over to the last peg on the lake for the last night as it hadn’t been fished for 3 weeks but it wasn’t meant to be, I had nothing else all week but it doesn’t really matter I was buzzing with my catch, I was just happy enjoying the scenes Laroussi had to show to us and cannot wait for another trip over to France and continue this quest of what really can happen over here, even my dad and brother got in on the action with these crackers below, with a sturgeon at 60lb and carp at 39.05 and 30.05.  I would like to give a massive thank you to Mark at Cheshire Particle for all his help in assisting us in this trip and putting together a mix that really did have The Pulling Power.

    
I would like to think you have enjoyed reading about my journey as much as I enjoyed being part of it…Tom

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