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
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
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.