Charlie Pitt, French Work Party
Posted on 1st December 2017 at 14:15
I’ve been volunteering to go to Petit Pretre work parties for 3 years now and every year’s different. This year I was mixing cement for Gary the brickie, building internal walls in the clubhouse, netting Chapel Lake, building the front of the new swim on Chapel and helping Peter fell trees.
To say it was hard work is an understatement but it did mean I got to fish a venue I love to fish for free! Ok, it did mean only fishing evenings and nights in November, but the fish are still there, just feeding less. It's like any fishing trip to France, the expectation is high and you just don’t know what’s going to happen. Fishing during the evenings only is the same as any other fishing for a week, you just rest the swim each and every day for eight hours.
We arrived very early (3am) on the Saturday morning and after being met by Bob we set our bed chairs up in the club house for some sleep. Waking up around 7am we picked Lakes and swims. Gary, Ian and myself chose to fish Cloister’s Lake and Bill and Peter chose to Fish Chapel Lake. I picked swim 2 with Gary in 1 to my left and Ian on 5. We set our bivvies up in our swims and then started work.
Heading in to evening I set my 3 rods up - my left hand rod with a blowback rig with a 14mm VNX+ boilie and a clipped 12mm white VNX+ pop up set straight out to 70yds with VNX+ boilies spread round with a throwing stick.
That night I was able to catch up on my sleep with no carp tripping up on my traps. Sunday night, again I managed to get plenty of sleep until 6am Monday morning, when my left-hand rod bleeped, then a steady but slow run and with a slow fight a 28lb common slid into my net. The next morning at 7:30 just as I was about to the Club house, my left-hand rod screamed off, this time with a hard fighting Common of 32lb 8oz, a new PB for me for a common. I’d been waiting 8 years to break my 30lb 2oz common which I'd had two at that weight.
The next night the temperature dropped to below 0 and the next morning we awoke to a hard frost, with water in the buckets frozen and our rods and bivvies coated in white frost. The temperatures for the rest of the week alternated between just above 0 to just below 0, which switched both lakes off, with only the odd fish was being caught. But still, what a great time help to improve Petit Pretre and get another PB!
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