Mal Battenbough had a week booked at Mirror Pool, set in the Limousine region of France, with two good friends. The venue is around four-acres in size and comes with the reputation of being very tricky! The depths vary greatly from 2ft in the shallows, to 20ft at the dam end. The week’s fishing was proving difficult with daytime temperatures reaching 35ºc. This saw the fish content to sit in the upper layers unwilling to take a floater or zig, so the best opportunities would come during the hours of darkness when the temperature dropped. On the second night Mal managed a small common just shy of 20lb. None of his open water spots had produced, so he concentrated his efforts on the margins to his left. He opted to use the ‘washing line’ method to prevent spooking the fish from returning to this area. The shelf dropped to about 14ft but he chose to fish about halfway up the slope by placing the rig into a baiting spoon with some whole and chopped Krill boilies and then dropping it out to the spot, fixed to the storm pole in a fashion that would allow it to become free if a fish took the bait. At first light on the Wednesday morning his margin rod signalled a drop back and he wound down hard to feel a fish kick on the end. After an epic fight, Mal guided the fish safely in to the net and he took a deep breath. He called his mates over to assist with the pictures and the weighing of the fish. The needle spun round and settled on 50lb 10oz – a quick couple of pictures later and the fish was returned safely no worse for the experience.
FRANCE: MIRROR POOL Mal with his well thought-out capture from Mirror Pool