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Carp Fishing in France

With so many different carp lakes in France to choose from and there are a lot that have carp in excess of 40lb to 50lb plus, which is why it has become such a popular destination, especially for the British carp angler.

However, due to the sheer size of the carp, you do need to have sensible gear in which to land the fish of a lifetime and most people recommend at least a 2 and ? test curve rod or more, plus baitrunner reels are a must and 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 we have used.  But a lot of people also opt for the large 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.

Now, there are a lot of privately owned fishing lakes in France such as Rainbow Lake, L'Etang de Tricherie, L'Etang du Chef de Ville, that hire boats and many other lakes such as Bills Lake and Brittany Mill Lakes that allow you to hire out bait boats.

With regards to the type of fishing line you use, many carp fishing lakes do not allow braid and the best option is monofilament line and we have found that Ultima PowerPlus is an excellent quality fishing line but bear in mind that you will need a higher breaking strain for your line when you are carp fishing in France compared to when you are fishing most lakes in the UK.

Carp Fishing in France
Carp Fishing out of boat in France

Some lakes are also extremely strict on the type of accommodation in the fact that you have to use a bivvy, but like ourselves where we do this as a family, we have quite a large tent and although it is not gaudy in colour, it needs a bigger swim than most and does not conform to the standard bivvy aspect, so there are certain lakes that we could not go fishing at for this reason.   Therefore, if you are 'out of the norm' then it would be sensible to check out these details prior to booking your carp fishing holiday.

Bait is something that differs from lake to lake and in some French carp lakes they will only allow specific types of bait or certain types and it is a necessity to check this before you go.  That way you can arrange to either order your bait ready for arrival, or make sure that you take the correct bait allowed, for instance, tiger nuts are not allowed on some lakes and certain types of ground bait, boilies or pellet are not allowed on others.

Obviously, mobile phones are the norm these days, but apart from these that need charging, you do have to consider things like bait boats if you have one and there are now plenty of carp fishing lakes in France that do cater for charging different apparatus you will have with you.  Also, when it comes to facilities, something you may not have really thought about is the need for a freezer and these are often supplied for the anglers use, plus the use of a fridge is a major plus and not just for the bait, as on a hot sunny day chilled water really hits the spot, but a cold beer is also great as well!

Although we like the 'drive and survive' aspect of sorting out and doing everything ourselves, there are now numerous different carp fishing lakes in France that have complete packages available right through from accommodation, to all of your equipment supplied and even lakes that supply a complete service from the flights through to full board, along with exclusive fishing and some of these include Dream Lakes, Croix Blanche, Willow Lake, Lake Juvanze, Brittany Mill Lakes and many more.

You will also find that there are now lakes that you can hire exclusively with accommodation that are suitable for all the family, rather than just the lads that want to rough it for a week and of course this means you have the creature comforts, but knowing that you are not going to get in trouble from the Wife!  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.

The rules and regulations are going to be different at the numerous carp lakes in France and at some you will find that you are allowed to fish with three rods, whereas others are four.  Also, night fishing is only allowed if the owner has a permit for this, so again it is always a good idea to check these points prior to booking, along with any other points that you feel are essential for you, like any local bars, restaurants, shops or swimming lakes, etc.

Most people find that the carp fishing is best during the months from April through to October, but if you go further down to the South of France in the height of summer, although you are likely to get some glorious weather, most of the action will happen at night when it is cooler, so you had better be prepared for lack of sleep, and shade during the day!

On one particular session near Bordeaux in France, we were getting up and down to the bite alarms going off at least two to three times every night and by the time our stay was coming to an end, we pulled our rods in for the last night, just so that we could get some peace and quiet and catch up with much needed sleep before the long drive back to the UK!

But saying that, when you are catching 40lb plus carp each time, the lack of sleep becomes insignificant, and a cold beer takes all the problems away!

So, if you want to try catching a fish of a lifetime and beating your personal best, then a carp fishing holiday in France is definitely the place to go.

Carp Fishing Lake in France

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