I aim to write around once a month and to start us off, I've decided to take it right back. So far back in fact that it's 2013 - a whole year before I even purchased the lake. Now call it optimistic, or even over confident if you like, but I like to think of it as serious forward thinking and planning. I knew from the outset that I wanted to have a fishing lake in France with a big stock of scaley carp. Not like other lakes, who may boast a couple of scaley fish that everyone has on their hit list, but a lake full of stunning, mental looking scaleys. Proper looking carp that I could mix with some typical big shouldered strains and of course, some scale perfect Commons. So, where to start...?