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

Chapter Ten - Even More Learning Needed

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Anyway, for a short while things returned to normal and the fishing again took centre stage. We saw more and more fifties and large numbers of forties hit the bank but we also saw far too many catfish being caught and some of these were doubles and twenties.

One angler actually landed 23 cats before he caught a carp. Catching the occasional cat can be fun but too many of them can ruin a well planned carp trip so it became obvious very early on that another vidange would be necessary in the autumn.

We also started to see some Poisson chats being caught and while they never really became too much of a nuisance, they needed to be removed before they spawned again which would then turn 2012 into an absolute nightmare to fish through them.

        Some new “firsts” were achieved during the spring and these included one angler catching our first brace of fifties and then another finishing his week with 4 different fifties under his belt. Our best week of the season saw 7 fifties banked and hopes were high for this form to continue. Unfortunately we then headed into a long, hot, dry summer which saw the carp spawn for two or three days each week for at least six weeks.

Some of the big females dropped nine pounds of eggs and then “moped” about for the rest of the summer without really getting back into top condition until very late in the season. We continued to see large numbers of good forties landed so not all was gloom but it’s fair to say that I was disappointed with the top weights.

It was slightly reassuring to find that a lot of the other lake owners across France were suffering similar problems so it was more to do with the weather than our lake. It was this disappointment that led to a plan being hatched. We needed a stock pond so that we could remove the small carp and give the big girls room to grow, after all you don’t come all the way to France, set the traps for your new PB only to have the traps sprung by a double.

We also needed to drastically reduce the numbers of catfish so that, if you did hook one it was worth hooking.
In the midst of all this planning came the next twist to our personal lives. Sharon began arriving for work looking absolutely shattered and very edgy.

Gradually she began to explain that her husband had begun to bully her and she had taken to sleeping on the couch with her children because she was simply frightened to go to bed.

We persuaded her to stay with us for a couple of nights and within a few days her husband had left and driven back to England to return to his mother. I have no comments to make about relationships breaking down.

Unfortunately that is a fact of life and more marriages end in divorce than last the distance, however, I find it totally unacceptable for a father to desert his four children and then tell them that he doesn’t want anymore to do with them and that he is not prepared to pay a penny towards their upkeep or future which is exactly what Wayne has done. That, I find disgusting. Any man can produce children but it takes a real man to be a father. Anyway, that’s enough of that so back to the fishing.

 As the summer drew on the lack of rain and the persistent heat saw the water levels continue to drop until the holding pools at the end of the eastern arm were almost land-locked.

At this point it became obvious that we should use this as the basis of our stock pond but to extend it and build a new, small dam across the arm between the holding pools and the “evening-pitch” swim.

Not only would this benefit the lake as a whole but it would turn the Evening-pitch into a very desirable swim with its own bay and reedy margins.

With the lake water level down we had the opportunity to use this to our benefit as it would be impossible to carry out any of this kind of work in deep water and there was no point in trying to carry it out as another part of the work to be done during the drain-down.

There simply is no time left to spare once we start moving fish, not even enough to take many photos of the event so fitting in the daily task of driving a digger was out of the question. It had to be arranged now.