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

In short I sat and watched the carp fizzing in front of the house.

Jan fell in love with the place and, despite our solicitor’s warning not to “sign anything” we made an offer which was accepted and we signed the compromise de vente (sale agreement) there and then.

We drove back up the A6 like a couple of excited kids.

Kids who had just agreed to buy “Etang du Roivre” (the lake of the oak forest).

Realisation slowly dawned that we had been very fortunate to buy a three bedroom house on the banks of its own fifteen acre lake.

   In all we were the new owners of 33 acres of Burgundy countryside. We were also lucky that it was over 300 years old and therefore also avoided the rules concerning night fishing.

It had originally been a carp pond to provide easy food for the “peasants” and would have been emptied every two years so had built-in sluice gates and fish traps.

Although we were given tales of big carp we would have bought it if it had been empty, it was so beautiful.

We knew that we were faced with the task of emptying the lake to take stock of the numbers of carp and other species and to work out bio-mass figures in order to give the carp room to develop and grow. We were given details of recent stockings: 250 carp with 50 of these being “large” carp of 15 kg (32 lb) plus.

We were shown photographs of some of these fish and for the rest of the month I sat dreaming about large “unknown” monsters swimming around in my own lake.

Our plan was always to provide holidays which included breakfast and evening meals and to this end we needed to construct a dining lodge as well as toilets and shower facilities. I sat and sketched the lake over and over trying to get ideas of where to cut the swims and how to try and improve the “wildness” of the place.

When we bought it, it was regularly flailed flat to allow the owners to sit on the dam wall and see the entire area of lake bank. This was not my choice as I prefer each swim to have its own little piece of the world and be almost totally unaware of the next, or any other, swim.

The farewell weekend at Linear Fisheries took place without anyone dying and between 15 of us we managed to consume two sheep as well as most of Tesco food and drink supplies.

We also used four boilies, each of which produced fish. A 16lb mirror to Ron Buss, 21lb and 28lb 9oz mirrors to Adam Penning, and I managed a 23lb 12oz mirror.

It was a superb weekend and Ron kept everyone in stitches with his humorous stories about friends and family.

It seemed strange that it may be the last time that I fished with and maybe the last time that I would see some of the people who had become part of my carp angling life.

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