River Indrois (1)
Arrival time: 16.00
Weather: Warm with little wind.
Swim: River walk at Montrésor
Tackle: 12ft Greys’ Rova Float rod, 5lb line, waggler, 14 hook.
Bait: All fish taken on bread flake.
Fish: One carp of 6lb 5oz and a very small catfish.
We were in France for three weeks so I took some tackle. I had bought two rods from the Greys’ Rova range and on this occasion used the float rod.
We had walked along the river the previous evening and I spotted a couple of carp under the lily pads. It always helps if you know where the fish hang out.
I returned the next afternoon (Saturday) but the river bank was quite busy with people taking a stroll. Many stopped to talk, which helped me practise my French, but didn’t do much for the carp.
Come 19.00 things quietened down. There were no signs of carp near the surface but after a while I had a few touches on the float. The river was surprisingly deep, about 8ft at rods length. I had forgotten my landing net handle and when I finally hooked a roach of about 6oz, I lost it trying to pick it out of the water by hand. A bit later a more positive bite resulted in a bit of action and soon a small catfish came to the bank. I managed to net this holding the landing net frame. My first catfish - all of 8oz!
At around 19.40 the waggler float lifted. I had a couple of shot laying on the bottom near to the hook to get the bread past the small fish. I tightened and a good fish shot off to the middle of the river. I saw its flank and realised it was a carp. After a bit of a battle I got the fish near the bank, but it was very difficult to land it without the net handle. I was lucky to get away with it, but finally it was in the net. A 6lb 5oz common carp in fine condition. It was extremely pleasing to catch a river carp, especially as I had seen the fish the previous evening and had managed to bag one.
A lot of commotion had been caused and I was being eaten alive by mosquitoes, so after photographing and weighing the fish I packed up for the evening, feeling very pleased.