Pecky’s Progress

Fol­low­ing on from a fort­night-long ses­sion we cov­ered in last month’s is­sue, Dar­rell is back with the cul­mi­na­tion of this year’s for­eign ex­cur­sions to the French big-fish mecca, Lac d’ori­ent. At just un­der 6,200-acres in size, it’s not for the faint­hearte

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en­tirely empty through Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber. A few years ago I might have dreamed of fish­ing this en­tire au­tumn pe­riod, but with age, ex­pe­ri­ence, and now two young kids to con­tend with, this is be­yond even me these days. I am sure there are a few peo­ple out there that dig the fan­tasy of a re­ally long ses­sion on some­where like the Ori­ent, but in re­al­ity, the men­tal re­silience re­quired is be­yond most. I don’t say that to big my­self up, be­cause fish­ing is a per­sonal ex­ploit, but just to try and get across that it is sheer grit that is re­quired most to suc­ceed here. My plan for this au­tumn was for two ses­sions, one in Septem­ber and one in Oc­to­ber – 10 to 14 days each, with 10 to 14 days be­tween them. The prep for such ses­sions is in­sane and power is the name of the game. In the old days I read about loons row­ing and rock­ing up for these long stints with three leisure bat­ter­ies, but that’s cer­tainly not for me. I never want to be un­der-gunned and as a re­sult I have spent a small for­tune, not only on boats and en­gines but bat­ter­ies, charg­ers and gen­er­a­tors. I was as ready as I have ever been to take on this gi­ant again, I just had to go and do it!

For my first ses­sion I wanted to try an area I had not fished be­fore and as luck would have it I was tipped off no­body was there. I was in the gar­den/garage/van sort­ing my kit out when Trevor Cooke sent me a text say­ing he’d dropped in at the lake for a recce. He’d driven there just so he could fa­mil­iar­ize him­self be­fore a long Oc­to­ber ses­sion – that’s the kind of ded­i­ca­tion I spoke of ear­lier! We ex­changed a few mes­sages and with­out any prompt­ing, he men­tioned this par­tic­u­lar area was de­void of an­glers. Sud­denly, stand­ing

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