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