Dennis Hellings reflect on a hectic week in France
Taska ace Dennis Hellings enjoyed a session to remember last week, after banking a succession of French carp - with the biggest ranging between 37lb and 47lb!
Dennis explained: "Every year I go around three times to France with my good friend Koen De Ruysscher, targetting a large public lake in the north of France.
When we arrived, things didn’t look good because there were almost no catches reported, but with the weather changing in the right direction and warmer temperatures moving in, we were still optimistic. The first night I bagged one fish. Luckily it was a nice 37lb 9oz mirror, and not a bad start to the trip!
We continued baiting up all the area’s with small boilies -and eventually our perseverance paid dividends. The second night we bagged four fish and the numbers grew every night.
As the trip wore on, we began to catch some smaller fish, so I started baiting up more heavily, putting in up to 1.5 kg of freebies for each fish I caught.
The tactic worked and at the end of our six nights, we had caught five fish over 33lb and four fish over 44lb. We were very pleased with the result when we packed up our gear and headed home!
My most productive rig comprised a Soft Coated hooklink to a size 4 hook complete with short shank Baseline Tungsten Line Aligners. Bait was provided by Dreambaits BAM.