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For the majority of people a trip to France entails going to one of the many private, commercially run waters that can be found there.

But in the first episode of Series 2 of Thinking Tackle On Demand, Danny Fairbrass and Darrell Peck show that the country has much more to offer, as there are many public waters that are home to some huge fish and offer some great – not to mention, at times, very frustrating – fishing!

As anyone is free just to turn up and fish these venues as long as they hold a French Carte de Peche (rod licence) and there are very few rules, other than a ban on night fishing in most cases, it means that it can be a bit of a free-for-all and bankside etiquette isn’t high on the agenda.

With this in mind, Danny and Darrell decide to make a trip early in the year to a venue that they’ve been tipped off about and which holds some massive carp, and by doing so they are hoping to avoid the crowds, but are also taking a big gamble by approaching a fairly large water during the colder months – especially as neither of them have ever set eyes upon it before!

The weather conditions are far from ideal, with heavy rain and cold temperatures, but they brave the elements and set about showing that as long as you can find some fish, then only being able to fish the days isn’t really a problem, it just makes it harder work.

Often there is a misconception that if you’re fishing in mainland Europe, then everything that is applied to catching carp in the UK suddenly goes out of the window. But Danny and Darrell quickly dispel that myth, as they have done elsewhere in Europe in the past, and show that a ‘carp is a carp’ wherever it might be living, and what works well at home will also do so abroad.

A lot of anglers think that you need to put out huge amounts of bait and use a boat all of the time on these larger waters, and whilst there are situations where that is true, there are times where it can hinder your chances and casting at fish that you can see showing will work better, as they prove during this episode.

As you would expect, it isn’t long before both Darrel and Danny start to catch, but they are surprised at just how good the fishing turns out to be and the quality of the fish that they are catching, and during this episode one of them lands a very special fish.

Make sure you don’t miss this episode, because as well as being action-packed, it is also full of useful advice that can be applied both to your overseas fishing, and also at home, as the principles are often the same – if you find them and fish for them effectively, then you will catch.

Thinking Tackle On Demand Series 2, Episode 1 (Pt1), will be available from Monday, April 1, from 7pm onwards and you can watch it via Korda.co.uk or on our official YouTube channel.