eden’s lakes

Carpworld - - ECHOES - Dene Beard­well

Here at Eden’s Lakes in France we have a three lake com­plex to suit all an­glers’ abil­i­ties – be it from fun and ac­tion to the more se­ri­ous. Dur­ing the win­ter months, two great friends, Marc Knights and Danny Cook, came over for six days to help me out with a project, due to me be­ing un­well dur­ing the closed sea­son. They were go­ing to be fish­ing on the North Lake, which is our num­ber one spec­i­men lake on the com­plex. It is a dif­fi­cult lake at the best of times but can also be the most re­ward­ing, if you hit and fish it right. Quite how they’d get on with just a lim­ited num­ber of nights avail­able, be­tween shifts around the com­plex would be any­one’s guess? It ac­tu­ally turned out to be a red-let­ter ses­sion for Danny when he wasn’t work­ing. He started well with a 43lb mir­ror fol­lowed shortly af­ter with a new PB and one of our res­i­dent 60s, known as Split-tail at 64lb 6oz and then a 50lb 1oz mir­ror, just for fun. The weather was up and down with some rather heavy rain and gale force winds, along­side mas­sive tem­per­a­ture drops but, as soon as the sun came out and those tem­per­a­tures rose, the fish wanted to have a feed. Marc then snared his first fish a pris­tine 40lb 4oz mir­ror be­fore Danny was in again this time with a 55lb 7oz mir­ror and then a fish we were only talk­ing about at din­ner that same even­ing – the Grey Ital­ian. It was yet an­other new 60 for Eden’s at 62lb 2oz. As you can imag­ine, Danny couldn’t quite be­lieve his luck, or the stamp of fish he was catch­ing – but this is what our North Lake is known for! On the Thurs­day morn­ing it started again for Danny with a 43lb 11oz mir­ror, fol­lowed soon af­ter by a pris­tine 40lb-plus com­mon. Then Marc had a 35lb 11oz com­mon and, later that even­ing, Danny fin­ished off with a 32lb 2oz mir­ror. I have got to say I would have loved to have been out on the bank with the guys fish­ing but I’m so pleased for them – not just a great re­sult for a win­ter ses­sion but also for our North Lake at any time of the year.

Danny’s re­mark­able start con­tin­ued with this 50lb-plus mir­ror A sec­ond fifty for Danny at 55lb 7oz Danny Cook and Split-tail at 64lb 6oz FRANCE: EDEN’S LAKES A new sixty for the North Lake – the Grey Ital­ian at 62lb 2oz

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