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Last Updated: 8th April 2015

To start the year’s fishing I went to southern France last week and fished for the first time with the full Candy Floss range, but predominantly using the 14mm and 18mm ready mades. After a long period of working I was finally was able to get a week off and I’d planed a week-long session in southern France. A small gravel pit was the destination with some very descent carp in it. The lake was a well-known, hard carp lake, where it isn't easy to catch, but when it rattles off you have a very good change of it being a big one. Within that week was the full moon, so maybe we did have a bit of luck on our side.

After a 10-hour drive, and passing by some beautiful lakes, we arrived at our destination and it was time to get our bivvy up for the week. After a few descent hours on the lake with an inflatable boat and echo sounder I managed to get three rods on descent spots close to some fallen trees. This must be the place for the carp to hide from the bitter, cold wind.

With a water temp of 5.5 degrees I opted for the Candy Floss ready made boillies. Two rods were fished with a bottom-bait rig and one with a multi rig fished with a pop-up.

At the same time, I’d pre-baited a few other lakes so that we can move on if the carp in this particular lake didn’t play ball. My mate Marcel, who was with me for the trip, also put 3 rods against the fallen trees, as most other places of the lake were way too deep to fish at that time of year.

Amazingly, on the first night I had a take, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to land it as it found a huge snag on the bottom and once I was above the fish in the boat the hook pulled.

It was raining the whole day, so there was not much to do other than look out over the lake watching for some activity, but it was too cold and no carp showed that day. It was that night that two of Marcel’s rods rattled off. A descent 39lb mirror and a 31lb common were his prizes - a nice start of the week.

After that it remained quiet on the lake. The sun was shining and it was a real pleasure to be in such a surroundings and enjoy nature as it should be. After pre baiting the other lakes, the French carpistes had woken up and we weren't able to move, as most of the decent spots were taken by French carp anglers, so we had to make the best of the few remaining days.

With the arrival of the full moon I told my mate about he myth that surrounds a full moon and said that it could be a good chance for one of the rods to rattle off… and so it did.

At 1am one of my rods with the 18mm Candy Floss bottom-bait rig burst into life. After a hard battle from my small boat I managed to land my first carp of the year, a very nice mirror carp of 35lb 7oz.

Sadly we didn’t managed to land any more lumps out of the freezing water, but we had a lot of banter that week and I’m ready to rock for the rest of 2015.

Rogier Smit