Last weekend we set off for lake Beauregard situated in the Champagne region of France for a well needed carp fishing holiday to recharge the batteries and hopefully catch a lump or two.

Conditions for the week were far from ideal with clear-cloudless nights and below zero temperatures followed by clear bright days and a northerly wind to top it off, however we didn’t let this deter us and did our best throughout the week to snare a carp.

Gary kicked things off with the capture of a wonderful 47lb 2oz common followed not long after with a couple of 30+ commons during the night. The rest of us really did struggle for a bite but after a hearty full English breakfast and a few ambush ideas we returned to our swims with renewed enthusiasm. Steve was next to score with a 32lb mirror and Neil Clay was hot on his heals snaring a 33lb 8oz common – not bad for a guy who managed to get sun stroke on one of the coldest days of the week!

The next few days saw Gary land a 34lb common, 38lb 8oz mirror and a 41lb 2oz common. Steve also went on to catch a 40lb 3oz mirror which for him was a new french PB.

Jamie also had a struggle to get the fish confidently feeding around his baited areas but he did do a great job filming every ones captures and taking photos so expect to see a video from us soon utilising this footage. With all the running around the lake he did this week he may have burnt off the succession of fry ups we had every morning!

Lake Beauregard has on previous trips been one of those lakes where you can build up a serious amount of large carp, this year for us the weather was against us but we made the most of what the session was and still managed to bag a few. We will be returning to Beauregard again this year and hopefully we will have a belter of a session!

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