Top Quality French Carp Fishing

NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz

120 -150 different carp of 40lb. or bigger inc. 50+ different 50lb. plus carp

and 14 different 60lb plus carp And 2 known 70lb plus carp.

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Read Iain MacMillans review of his last trip to Moorlands

Imagine being able to wake up and look at your own lake from your bedroom window. The problem was that our house had not yet sold and there was no way that I could risk making an offer until I had the ten percent deposit. It was heart-breaking because Jan fell in love with the house (as long as I bought her a new fitted kitchen) with its pine vaulted ceilings and huge open fire.

We drove away after telling the owners that we loved it but knowing that it would sell long before we would be ready to make an offer. At least we now knew the “bench mark” to aim at for our dream property.

We looked at many other places some of which had good sized lakes but you didn’t own the land all round it and others which were relatively newly dug and stream fed so night fishing was not allowed.

It was exceptionally frustrating to think that you owned the entire property but you weren’t allowed to night fish in your own garden.

We decided that the best course of action was to wait for our house to sell before making any more ventures into France. Once we had the money fairly secure then we could start serious excursions. Unfortunately we soon received the letter to say that the Burgundy property was now under offer so that one could be deleted from our list.

My English fishing trips had been drastically reduced because of the effort needed to search for our future and I only managed three night sessions, to Linear Fisheries’ “Guy’s lakes” complex and my total catches only included two thirties at 31lb 6oz and a 32lb from Gaunt's using Richworth Multiplex. However, my thoughts were firmly on owning and fishing my own lake as soon as possible.

During the summer our house came under offer and then the purchasers found that their own house wasn’t worth what they needed so they were forced to pull out. Back on the market and more stress and it began to feel that the dream was slipping away. Suddenly another offer was received and the buyers informed us that they wanted to target a November completion which would suit us.

With new hope we planned a trip to Combourg in Brittany for 9th October to view a farm with three lakes consisting of 2.5 acres, 7.5 acres and 24 acres. The sales details stated that night fishing was granted and the lakes were already stocked with very large carp. It also had several buildings but all were in need of major renovation except for one cottage which could be made habitable very easily. As Jan put it: “at least we will end up with exactly the home that we want”. I couldn’t ask for more support from my wife. Wonderful!

My closest group of fishing friends were aware that we would eventually be moving to France whether it be to Combourg or into rented accommodation while we completed our searches and a “farewell weekend” was arranged for the weekend of 19th and 20th October 2001. The venue was to be the “Island” area of Linear’s St John’s lake.

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