Fish & Chips

Posted by CarpLife on June 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Lifer Roman Buczynski has been returning a few favours recently, giving one of his old French buddies a taste of Oxfordshire fishing! With scaly warriors on the menu, not to mention fish, chips and a bacon butty or two, Roman gave long-time friend Laurent a true taste of carp fishing, UK style! Read on...

I couldn’t have been further away from any body of water containing a carp in the last few weeks. The majority of my time being spent flying around Sub-Saharan Africa with work. However, I had a small window where I could recce the river Thames near to my home in Oxford prior to the season beginning as well as host a trip for a good friend of mine.


For those of you who follow CarpLife, you will have seen my writings on previous expeditions on the French rivers. The local connections in these regions I have nurtured into strong friendships. Without doubt having up-to-date local knowledge available to you certainly makes the mammoth task of tackling the large river systems slightly more manageable and logistically viable especially for shorter trips. Luckily an opportunity had arisen for me to repay some of the favours I had received in the last few years. My French fishing partner Laurent and his family were making a visit to the UK for the wedding of fellow Lifer Sam Robb, as well as a short holiday. Laurent’s plan was to try and fit in two nights fishing on a UK water so that he could target some fully scaled fish, something that is seldom seen in the Rhone valley. Concurrently his wife and son would spend this period entertaining themselves shopping and on various tourist trails. Luckily I live near to Oxford, with no shortage of water’s containing dark scaly fish and with Blenheim Palace and Bicester Village on my doorstop, I could deliver a nice little holiday for my French friends.


The plan was hatched. Laurent would use my kit and equipment and Linear Fisheries would be targeted. I would then spend the mornings and evening with his family and the days with Laurent. Once EA licenses were purchased on the web, we made the short drive to Linear. We wasted no time in securing a swim on Manor where the fish were moving around. Although it had seemed a recent algae boom and slowed the fish down. Hardwick conversely had not been affected by this and a walk around the lake suggested this would be the best place for Laurent. Spying three mid twenty fully scaled in the margins looking like they were travelling with intent to feed soon had us running for kit.


Needless to say the Frenchman was soon into the swing of things, by watching the fish and the people around him. He soon had his traps set. His first 24 hours resulting in a 32lb mirror, followed up by his dream, a 33lb scaly beast! With Fish and Chips and bacon butties replacing his standard Brie and Saucisson baguettes, Laurent was more than happy.


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Reply Matt
4:18 AM on June 16, 2014 
Those fish are stunning mate, nice write up. Might have a trip up there myself aint been for ages.