I have just returned from a week long trip from Sapphire Lake in France, which is one of the latest venues to be offered by Angling Lines.
On the second day of my visit I had made a decision to fish a shelf which stretched half the length of the lake, and went out for around 50 yards into the lake. I found around 3 ½ feet at 36 yards directly in front of me which very gradually became shallower towards the bank.
When I am in France, I usually select one area and fish all my rods on or at the side of the baited area. I had seen carp moving just below the surface on the shallows so I decided to change my approach to tackle this venue.
With the marker rod set at 36yards, I marked out all my 4 rods to the same distance. I then fished the rods in a fanned style. My left hand rod was at 90 degrees from the bank, with the other 3 rods set to marks on the horizon all to the right. This enabled me to fish the rods at different distances from the bank but all the same distance from my rod pod. I was hoping to intercept any fish coming onto the shallows from the depths to my right.
The ground bait that I was using was Shaun’s new Chilli Chocolate, in 15 and 20mil frozen boilies with hook baits being shelf life 10 mils Chilli Chocolate bottom and pop ups boilies.
I first fished hook baits only, picking up 3 fish within the first couple of hours.
As the evening approached I began to introduce the odd pouch of boilies into the swim with my catapult. The fish kept coming onto the shelf and I was getting a similar number of runs from each rod. By Wednesday I was feeding 3 handfuls of 15 and 20 mil baits onto the area that had just produced a fish.
Come Saturday morning I had landed 50 carp, mostly upper twenties and above, with 13 being between 30 and 38lb. This tactic is not guaranteed but if used in the correct situation it can result in some bumper catches.
Regards, Paul Cooper