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FRENCH CARP FISHING.....
France has become an extremely popular destination for the carp angler, especially with so many different carp lakes to choose from throughout the country, many with carp in excess of 40 pounds. However, due to the sheer size of the carp, you need to have sensible equipment with which to land these fish.
Most people recommend at least a 2 ¾-test curve rod or more. Baitrunner reels are a must. We actually use the Shimano 8010GT Baitrunner reels, and although there are some more modern ones on the market, we prefer these to anything else. Many people also opt for the big pit reels that hold a lot more line, as some of the places you may choose to fish could be quite a considerable distance from the bank.In France, there are a lot of privately owned fishing lakes—such as Rainbow Lake, L’Etang de Tricherie and L’Etang du Chef de Ville to name a few—that hire boats and many other lakes, such as Bills Lake and Brittany Mill Lakes, that allow you to use your own or hire bait boats.Many carp-fishing lakes do not allow braid, leaving you with monofilament line as the best option. We have found that Ultima Power Plus is an excellent, quality fishing line, yet a higher breaking strain line is needed when you are carp fishing in France compared to fishing most lakes in the UK.Some lakes are also extremely strict on the type of tent, mandating that you must use a bivvy. Therefore, it is sensible to check out these details prior to booking your carp-fishing holiday.Bait differs from lake to lake, and some French carp lakes only allow specific types of bait. It is necessary to research this detail before you go. For instance, tiger nuts or certain ground baits are not allowed in certain areas.You also have to consider things like charging your bait boat. Luckily, there are plenty of carp-fishing lakes in France that provide charging equipment.Although we all know the “drive and survive” aspect, there are now numerous different carp-fishing lakes in France that have complete packages available, from simple accommodation to all of your equipment being supplied.
There are even lakes that supply a complete service from flights to full board, along with exclusive fishing. Some of these include Dream Lakes, Croix Blanche, Willow Lake, Lake Juvanze, Brittany Mill Lakes and many more. Other lakes are also available for an exclusive family holiday.However, the cost for these and the all-inclusive carp-fishing packages can be considerably more expensive than making your own arrangements,but it can certainly save you a lot of hassle and keep the wife happy!Rules and regulations vary at the numerous carp lakes in France. While some allow you to fish with three rods, others allow you four, with night fishing only allowable if the owner has a permit. So again, it is always a good idea to check these points prior to booking. You should also check on other things that you may feel are essential, like local bars, restaurants, shops and swimming facilities.Most people find that carp fishing is best from April through October. Bear in mind that if you go farther south in the height of summer most of the action will happen at night when it is cooler, so be prepared for a lack of sleep!On one session near Bordeaux, we were getting up and down to the bite alarms at least two to three times every night. By the time our stay was coming to an end, we pulled our rods in just so that we could get some peace and quiet and catch up with much needed sleep before the long drive back home.However, having said that, when you are catching more than 40 pounds of carp each time, the lack of sleep becomes insignificant, and if you want to try catching the fish of a lifetime or just beat your personal best, then a carp-fishing holiday in France is definitely for you!
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