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

By mid summer 2002 we had been in our new home for 7 months and been open for business for four. We were both enjoying the new life but there were times when we had time to realise just how far away we were from our three lovely daughters.

I guess every Garden of Eden has a serpent and this would always be ours. It seemed that almost every week revealed some more discoveries and oddities. It seemed that, in the words of the song, there were proving to be “more questions than answers.”

Since owning the lake we had a considerable amount of work to be done so my fishing had been confirmed to short sessions adjacent to wherever I needed to be working or evening stalking sessions after the “bubblers.”

This change to my style of fishing, as well as the fact that it is a shallow, estate lake, had resulted in some new problems to overcome.

The vast majority of my angling in England was on typical gravel pits and finding a feature was generally the first part of the jig-saw. This feature could, in theory, hold the carp for the entire session and failure to get into the “going swim” could result in a resounding blank.

This was one of the main factors in making us decide to purchase an “estate” type lake. Again, in theory, this kind of uniform depth and topography, should result in the carp visiting every corner of the lake and thereby giving every one of the anglers an equal chance to catch during their week’s holiday.

We had to remember that each angler had just one week to be able to work out how to catch. It was never going to be like a club or syndicate lake where you could spend some time working out how and where the fish fed and then start catching later in the season or maybe even next year. With a holiday venue the watching and learning had to be done for you and the advice needed to be thorough enough to enable you to start catching early on.

This was borne out early in our existence but it still became apparent that the better anglers caught more than the less experienced. The good anglers were able to use their watercraft to benefit from the signs of feeding fish.

One other small problem was that the carp in our lake had absolutely no experience of ever having been fished for, let alone hooked, and this fact alone has thrown up some more unexpected results.

Let me try and paint the relevant picture. The lake is fifteen acres of water with a depth ranging from three to eight feet with a bed of clay, sand and silt.

When we bought the property the entire 33 acres had been kept entirely as a nature reserve for the herd of deer and thousands of ducks, plus a handful of geese. Without any fishery management the fish stocks had been allowed to run riot with the result that there was no weed growth whatsoever and the water was permanently murky with suspended silt.

On top of all this the lake also contained the French plague, “poisson-chats.” Literally translated this just means cat-fish but is now the accepted name for the American bull-head catfish which some clever bastard imported many moons ago.

Basically they have thrived on the French climate and are a major problem, eating almost every bait or food item presented for the carp.

We removed the floating duck nests early on and a lot of the waterfowl departed as a result of the anglers being present.

Our next target was to start a planting campaign and began by putting in water lilies and oxygenating sub-surface plants.

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