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It’s the last day of 2015 and weather watching produces the goods.

Well it’s New Years Eve and  I’ve just returned from a short 2 hour session on my local syndicate water. The forecast was for heavy storms early in the afternoon, so my thoughts were to try and get an hour’s fishing just prior to the storm, with the chance of a feeding window for the carp. I got it spot on. I love inclement weather in Winter as if you get the timing right, you can get a result.

32lb mirror caught just prior to the storm

32lb mirror caught just prior to the storm

I set up just off the head of the wind constantly watching the water for signs of moving fish. It happened, and I saw my first fish head and shoulder into the now increasing wind. I dropped a baited rod within a rod length of where I saw the fish which was only 20 yards off the bank. On went a back lead and I settled down watching the lake and my rods. 10 minutes later and there was a single bleep on the recast rod then a one toner and I was into a strong fighting fish. As I played the fish to the bank I saw a further 2 fish head and shoulder. Into the net with my fish and I knew then that it was a low thirty mirror. Onto the scales which registered at 32lb. A few photo’s and returned the carp back to the water as a massive storm hit. Torrential rain and gale force winds. This lasted for around 1/2 an hour. As soon as the storm had passed, in came the rods. Job done I was on my way home.21lb 8oz 23rd December 2015 (2)

This is not the 1st time that I have hit it right this month, as I have caught on every other short session that I have been on the bank-side. Timing is the secret to my success as well as changing my tactics to accommodate the season. As soon as Winter approaches, I reduce the size of my hook’s, hook lengths and hook baits. Conventional knotless knot rigs with fairly long hair rigged bottom baits or really small wafters. The biggest advantage that I have is my garden pond, which has a few nice sized carp swimming around in it. Their main diet is broken up boilies, the same boilies that I feed into the lake. There are periods when the food remains untouched for days. A change in the weather or air pressure and they begin to feed. This is my trigger to load up the car and get down to the lake. This year the main feeding spell has been from 12am to 4pm, so I try and spend at least 2 hours fishing when this happens.

This 23lb 4oz common was munching heavily on the Winter Birdy mix.

This 23lb 4oz common was munching heavily on the Winter Birdy mix.

A few days before Xmas I noticed my garden pond had come to life, so off down to the lake. Within an hour I had landed a 21lb 8oz common and a 23lb 4oz common. In came the rods and I was home within the next hour. You may think that the lake is easy, but 1 fish a month is a good result and that is only if there has been time spent on the water. It has to be down to good timing and excellent bait.

Graham Rowland and I put a new bait together late November, which is mostly a birdy mix with a few highly nutritional ingredients included. I have been introducing this bait along with other my Squid and Orange all through December. It has been a toss up between the birdy mix and the Squid and Orange to which has been the better bait. With 6 fish landed and 1 lost, this December has been one of my best on record. Tomorrow is a New Year with new challenges. As for bait, I have a few ideas which I will be putting together from the Quality Bait range, I will see January and February out on the Birdy mix then look towards a new bait.

I hope you all have a Happy New Year.

Tight Lines

Paul Cooper

 

 

The town of Mequinenza from the far bank

November Carp Fishing on the River Ebro.

Mequinenza is a town in the province of Zaragoza in the community of Arogen, Spain. It sits on the confluence of the rivers Segre and Ebro. Around a mile above the town sits the hydro electricity dam which holds back the upper waters of the River Ebro. Around 16 miles downstream of the Ebro is the next dam on the valley holding back the Mequinenza Reservoir. The Mequinenza Reservoir ranges from a third to half a mile wide and holds some of Europe’s largest Catfish to weights of over 250lb, along with Carp to over 70lb.

Edd Brett, our guide and owner of Catfish Tours.

Edd Brett, our guide and owner of Catfish Tours.

Pat Gillett had received an invitation from an old friend of his, Edd Bretts, to join him to fish on the River Ebro at the famous fishing village of Mequinenza. Edd runs Catfish Tours, one of the most popular companies on the River Ebro. Catfish Tours not only run guided tours for Catfish, but also guided tours for Carp fishing. This where I come in. Pat asked me to join him on his adventure.

The layby swim just outside Mequinenza

The layby swim just outside Mequinenza

Edd Bretts runs the full package. All you need to take is your essential end tackle. No need to take reels, rods, indicators, pods shelters, nets etc. Everything is provided. The packages for both the Cat fishing and carp fishing also includes, free Airport pick up, accommodation and a guide for the week with a boat.

We arrived at Barcelona Airport on 21st November to be met by a taxi which took us direct to meet Edd at Mequinenza.  Edd then gave us a guided tour of potential fishing areas of the Mequinenza Reservoir.

The weather calmed down on the Friday and this Common graced my nets.

The weather calmed down on the Friday and this Common graced my nets.

The evening was spent dining at the Wembley Bar, which came to be our social club for the rest of the week. Brilliant meals and beer, and was the meeting place for anglers from all nationalities over Europe.

7 am on the Sunday morning  and we were on the road, setting off to our first fishing location of the week. This was going to be a new fishing experience for me, a huge river system with depths of over 40 feet, where the flow and undertow would be determined by the Spanish electricity companies as they let water in and out of the 2 main dams. Rods would be fished high, almost vertical to keep the line as high off the water surface as possible.

This Kingfisher caught a lot more fish than I did

This Kingfisher caught a lot more fish than I did

Initially I saw fish showing at around 80 yards out into the main river system but after a couple of hours they were at range. I initially cast the baits out and was fishing in around 30 foot depths at 80 yards. I  recast to the fish until they well behond my casting range. This is were Edd came into his own. He rowed the baits out along with some loose feed to ranges of up to 200 yards. Due to the flow of the river and cross winds, we were fishing with 6 to 8 oz leads in order to hold the baits in place, with the rods almost vertical on rod pods. The rigs were set up so that any pick up would result in the leads being dropped almost immediately,this bringing the fish to the surface as soon as possible. My hook rigs were made up of 15lb N-trap soft with the blow back rig to size 4′s long shank hooks, and 4″ hook lengths.   My baits were attached to a long hair in the form of a snow man set up, with a 16mil Patshull Park Squid and Orange bottom bait and a purple fluro Squid and Orange pop up.

River Ebro sitting in the back ground

River Ebro sitting in the back ground

The weather determined our fishing locations during the week as we tried to make the fishing as easy as possible for ourselves. For the first 3 days the temperature did not rise above 9C which is well below the average for this time of year. The fishing was slow and we had some huge winds on the Wednesday and Thursday making fishing almost impossible at times due to cross winds and the wave action on such a huge water system. Friday saw a change in the weather with the temperature rising and hardly any wind.

A 36lb common, the last fish of my session on the Friday

A 36lb common, the last fish of my session on the Friday

At the end of the week I had hooked and landed 7 carp to 48lb 8oz with 3 huge catfish lost to cut off’s on the marginal rocks.

The biggest specimen of the week at 48lb 8oz

The biggest specimen of the week at 48lb 8oz

Our guide and Host, Edd remained with us for all our fishing, providing excellent advice and showed that he had a vast knowledge of the water systems around Mequinenza.  I would fully recommend the service that he provides as being a totally professional operation. There are many companies that run tours on the Ebro but few provide the fully guided tours that Edd provides.

There was very few other fish caught during the week by any other parties on the river so I put my success down to the ever faithful Squid and Orange bottom baits and pop ups and the help that Edd provided.

For more information on Catfish Tours click here

Paul Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35 32lb 4oz 6th November 2015 (5)

More Squid and Orange results

Over the last month I have been back on my old favourite, the Patshull Park Squid and orange. I had some 14mil freezer baits made up ready for a some short sessions on one of my syndicate waters.

This 23lb 4oz linear took a liking to a 14mil Squid and Orange boilie.

This 23lb 4oz linear took a liking to a 14mil Squid and Orange boilie.

I decided to spend a night on the water, arriving at the lake around 4pm. As the light was just fading I had my 1st run and by midnight I had tallied 4 low twenty pound carp. A feeding spell of 4 hours then nothing else.23lb 8oz 29th September 2015 (3)

The 6th of November and I decided to spend a full day on the same water, arriving at around 9am. I had just picked up some 12mil Squid and Orange ready for the cold weather. The weather was mild, around 15C and I saw a few fish moving around so I fed around 2 kilo of bait on 3 different spots which resulted in nothing.

The light was just fading and a drop back resulted in this 32lb 4oz Linear.

The light was just fading and a drop back resulted in this 32lb 4oz Linear.

Mid afternoon, and  I decided that a move was on the cards to a location where I had seen a big mirror put it’s head out of the water. As I was travelling light I was fishing in my new location within about 10 minutes, Out went more boilies. With half an hour of daylight left, one of the rods indicated a drop back. I was soon into a strong fighting carp. Into the net went a 32lb 4oz linear, what a surprise. This fish had put on around 4lb since it’s last capture over 12 months ago.

A 25lb 14oz Common caught on a 12mil Squid and Orange.

A 25lb 14oz Common caught on a 12mil Squid and Orange.

I returned  for an afternoon session a couple of days later. Again armed with my old faithful, Squid and Orange. Out went 3 rods. Again it was mild with a strong South Westerly blowing into my face. 1/2 a kilo of boilies on each rod and after waiting no more than 2 hours I was once again into a fish, a 25lb 14oz Common. More Squid and Orange please Simon.

Paul Cooper

 

 

 

Squid and Orange at Alder Lake. The more I put in the more runs I had.

Alder Lake carp that loved the Squid and Orange

Alder Lake carp that loved the Squid and Orange

Alder Lake is one of the top venues on the Angling Lines books as it is probably their best runs water to date. This does not mean that the lake produces lots of carp every week. This was the case in this particular week that Paul Brook’s and myself fished. Mother nature was not on our side as she moved the goal posts by varying the temperature that much that it effected the normal feeding patterns of the carp.

Biggest fish of the session at 44lb 12oz.

Biggest fish of the session at 44lb 12oz.

On the Friday evening of our arrival in France the temperature was 36C and by Saturday lunchtime on our arrival at Alder Lake, it had dropped by 20C too 16C. A mist was rising from the lake as the water was cooling. The carp did not know what had hit them, after weeks of warm humid weather it was like the end of Autumn. The rain arrived and it killed any chance of that early capture of carp. 16 hours later and the rain eased.

Within 10 minutes of heavy spombing they were straight on the bait.

Within 10 minutes of heavy spombing they were straight on the bait.

Now for business. Slowly the temperature began to rise and our bobbins eventually became active.

One of the mid-thirties that fell to the 1 rod approach at Alder Lake

One of the mid-thirties that fell to the 1 rod approach at Alder Lake

By Tuesday evening the temperature was back to the mid-thirties but grass carp had moved in for a feast. A move to shallower water was the only answer as predominately they were feeding in anything over 2 meter depths.

Boilie munching 36lb 8oz carp

Boilie munching 36lb 8oz carp

I ended up concentrating all my efforts on one rod and by Friday I had withdrawn 2 of my 3 rods and just banging in the bait on a 3 foot square area of the lake. Over the week I used 40 kilo of Squid and Orange with 20 kilo being put on that 1 spot in the last 48 hours of fishing.  I only fished during daylight hours and still ended up with 30 mirrors to 44lb 12oz and 17 grassies averaging 20lb.

Full version on the angling lines blog

Paul Cooper

Back to one of my old favorites. Squid and Orange.

Graham with a nice mirror on our new bait. This one of 2 fish caught over a short afternoon session

Graham with a nice mirror on our new bait. This is one of 2 fish caught over a short afternoon session

I have an order in with Simon for a new bait that Graham and myself are putting together to add to the HG range. In the mean time I have run out of bait and had to dig deep into my freezer for a bag of Squid and Orange.

24lb 6oz Common on old faithful, Squid and Orange

24lb 6oz Common on old faithful, Squid and Orange

I have put the bait through its paces this week with 2 single night sessions. Having arrived late evening on each occasion I spombed out around 2 kilo of Squid and Orange on a tight area. 2 rods on the spot and the 1st night produced a 27lb 2 oz mirror followed up with a 24lb 6 oz Common. My second evening start and I banked a 24lb Common.

Big male mirror at 27lb

Big male mirror at 27lb

I still have a couple of kilo left so that’s another bait order to go in. The trouble is, the Quality baits range is getting so good that I often get spoiled for choice, and I do like to try out new baits. Simon is continually trying to improve his ready rolled boilie range but I think he is not far off hitting the his aim at getting the best boilies for price on the market today.

Paul Cooper

Things are picking up and Squid and Orange produces the goods

27lb 12oz common

27lb 12oz common

It has been a slow start for me this year and my lake has been exceptionally slow. Only 4 fish have been out all Winter, so it was nice to see the odd fish on the bank in the last few weeks. I have been putting in the odd few hours here and there and have landed 7 carp.46 21lb 5oz 19th April 2015(3)

16mil Squid and Orange bottom baits has caught every fish for me.22lb 2oz 19th April 2015 (3)

The water has been crystal clear and any warm days has seen the bottom of the lake coming to the surface. This often happens on estate lakes which are heavily silted and the scum it creates drifts on the wind in the day then settles down to the bottom again as the water cools at night. It certainly has effected the fishing this year and has made it extremely hard work. The clear water has allowed all the bird life to see any bait easily in the shallow lake.22lb 4oz 5th May 2015 (1)

Despite this I have been spreading around the lake, half a kilo of boilies each time I have packed up, mainly because of the problem with coots and diving ducks. Any introduction when I was fishing inevitably drew in the our feathered friends into my swim.

Out of the 7 fish that I have landed 5 between 20lb and 27lb 12oz.

My rigs have been made up of the combi-rig. There is a link to the Angling Lines web site that shows how I tie this rig. Click here to view.

Paul Cooper

1st trip of the year

7lb in weight, and this carp has not yet reached it’s 3rd summer

This Winter has been a long cold wet one, and the opportunities to go out and catch  feeding carp have been few and far between. In fact last week I took a look at my recently stocked carp by trying my luck on my syndicate water stock pond. Chopped down Patshull park Squid and orange boilies produced the goods. The fish appear to have gained around a pound in weight over the winter with the best of the stockies being 7lb. Bearing in mind these were stocked in September 2013 at 2lb, and they are not even up to their 3rd summer yet, this is not a bad growth rate. One of my older stocked commons also graced the net at 15lb. Not massive fish but these are my future big carp. On Friday I tried the main lake and caught yet again a young Common weighing in at 19lb 5oz. This fish was stocked in 2011 at around 4lb, so once again I am pleased with the growth rates in the main pool.

Young 19lb 5oz Common

Young 19lb 5oz Common

Well that’s enough about my lakes, I am off on my 1st Angling Lines trip this weekend with Jim to a lake in the Loire region of France. The lake is small in comparison to the more recent waters that we have tested, but it supposed to hold some decent carp to over 50lb, and we are looking forward to yet another challenge. This lake has some accommodation with it, so we will be living in luxury for a week instead of roughing it. My main source of bait is from the Quality Baits stable, an old favorite, Patshull Park Squid and Orange in 15mil shelf-life. The weather forecast is for temperatures of between 10C to 14C with overnight lows of 1C to 5C. Not the best forecast, but with the this Friday 20th March being the Vernal Equinox, the days are getting longer so it can only get better. I will have plenty of bait with me, but I can envisage bringing the majority back with me, as I do not feel that the fish will be feeding properly yet. We will see, and I shall update the blog on my return.

Paul Cooper

Short Session Angling and why you should try it

These days I spend less and less time on the bank and appear to be catching the same amount of carp as I was doing a few years ago when I was concentrating my campaigns on night fishing, not too many but enough to satisfy my interest.

This was one of a multiple catch on Grenville from following a shoal of carp around the 72 acre lake.

This was one of a multiple catch on Grenville from following a shoal of carp around the 72 acre lake.

In 2014 I spent 2 nights in total in a bivvy in England with the rest of my time being spent on short day sessions of 2 hours or more. I am fortunate enough to run my own syndicate on a private estate only minutes away from my home, so watching the water and fish movements is not a problem.

The tackle that I use for my short session fishing is a far cry to the amount that I take on a weeks session in France. I can either throw my gear on my back or on my barrow, with the latter being easier. With a 3 rod limit and most of the fishing being conducted at short range, my tackle easily fits into a small tackle bag, with my rods into a  sling. I have a small light chair to relax on, a new light 60 inch umbrella to get away from any inclement weather and their are unhooking mats positioned around the lake, so my own mat can be left at home. 2 bank sticks 2 buzz bars with my 3 compact ATTX indicators and receiver, everything is designed for a quick move.

I caught this fish from the shallows at Margot. Three rods, bank sticks and a pocket full of tackle was all that was needed.

I caught this fish from the shallows at Margot. Three rods, bank sticks and a pocket full of tackle was all that was needed.

My tackle bag contains my weighing scales, camera, tripod, air release system, a small tackle box which has my bait needles, stops and some other odds and ends. I have any spare hook rigs made up and keep them in a small cigar tin. Catapult, PVA nuggets, drying cloth, sandwiches and flask, what else do I need. Oh yes, bait! Small tub of assorted pop ups and a small bucket with my choice of Quality Baits boilies. The bucket is not only a container but also used for wetting down any captures when on the mat

The beauty of fishing this way, is that if I have started off in the wrong location and I see fish moving in another part of the lake, within 5 minutes I can be on the move. Being mobile has caught me lots of extra carp that if I was sitting bivvied up in a swim, I would have missed. I have fished this way even on some of the bigger lakes such a Grenville. By following the shoals around the lake I get the opportunity of trying to get just in front of the shoal  as they forage the natural hatches.

It’s easy to move with this set up

It’s easy to move with this set up

I started to get into this type of fishing around 30 years ago when I was fishing a 17 acre reservoir. Armed with a catapult, landing net and just 1 rod with a small tackle bag on my back, I was stalking carp with either bottom baits or flavoured and coloured chum mixers. I caught dozens of carp, much to the annoyance of the campers set around the lake. Some of the best anglers that I know fish this way and they catch on a regular basis. You certainly learn more about a water and feeding areas.

Find the fish and you have a better chance of catching them than sitting and waiting. Thin down your tackle and give it a try. I find it more pleasurable than camping.

Paul Cooper

 

“Are you a Noddy mate”

A few years ago I joined a new carp syndicate lake that I had been trying to get onto for a few years. The  initial reaction I received was a stone-waller and I could not get past the first hurdle of Mr Arrogance (the syndicate leader). He did not know me and that was that. Eventually Mr Arrogance lost his place as head of the syndicate and was asked to leave by the lake owner. It was then that I got my opportunity to get a foot in the door to start my new season on a new lake.

It was my second visit to the lake, I was fishing days only so that I could move around and learn the lakes layout more quickly than if I had been static, bivvied up. This is a tactic that I will use when approaching a new water and you soon find the feeding areas and varying depths without interfering with the long stay anglers.

Obviously to do this I needed to travel light. On my back went a small tackle bag with my essentials, sandwiches and a flask. On one hand, a rod sling with 2 rods, banksticks, unhooking-mat scales, landing net and handle and umbrella, and in the other hand my very small light fishing chair.

The Noddy. This is not a carp!

The Noddy. This is not a carp!

That morning there had been a little bit of rain about, so my 50 inch umbrella was erected and I was sitting comfortably underneath it keeping dry and warm. I had the lake to myself so I was already on my second move trying to locate a few roaming carp.

Now the umbrella that I was using was one of the lightest that I had found on the market. The only downside, so to speak, was the colour which was grey and the little bit of writing on the back of it. Ok, perhaps not little, the writing was huge and in red reading ‘Flat Backed Brolly’. The grey colour was perfect as it matched the colour of the sky, which in this country is the norm. Now why am I harping on about the umbrella you ask? Well I will try and explain.

I had been fishing for around 2 hours, no chances as yet but I felt optimistic. Out of the blue a booming voice came from the side of me, “who are you?”. I turned around to see a walking tree, totally camouflaged and someone I took to be a carp angler.

“Good morning, I’m a new member” I said.

“Are you a noddy mate, there’s some big carp in here you know” came the reply from Mr Carp Angler. “Didn’t think they were letting noddies on this lake. You know that this is a carp syndicate.”

“Yes” I replied. And so this was how the conversation went.

Now I forgot to mention that my attire may not have fit the ‘Carp Angling’ criteria. I had blue jeans on, a cream jumper and a plain green coat that I purchased from a builders yard (waterproof and breathable but with no fishing logo). I also had a pair of thigh waders on and not white trainers. So along with my grey and red umbrella maybe I did not fall into the category of a carp angler in this mans eyes… but so what. Do you think I or the fish cared? No! What is the definition of a noddy? Does he mean that I was not up to his carp fishing standards?

I caught this carp in a cream t-shirt and blue jeans. What would Mr Carp Angler think about that?

I caught this carp in a cream t-shirt and blue jeans. What would Mr Carp Angler think about that?

“What is your, what do they call it, PB?” I asked

“Twenty seven and a half. I’ve had quite a few other twenties as well.” he proudly bragged.

“And why do you call me a noddy?”

“Well you obviously aren’t carp fishing. What are you after, tench or bream?”

“No, carp actually.” I couldn’t hold back any longer. “If I told you that this year alone I have landed numerous twenties, a few thirties and forties with a couple of fifties thrown in for good luck. Who is the noddy? I think you’d better leave this noddy to fish don’t you”

After a bit of a splutter and trying to withdraw his comments the walking tree wandered off with his tail between his legs. If I had have been a new angler to the scene, can you imagine what I would have thought of carp anglers?

Some carp anglers think they are a cut above the rest. Fishing is a sport and is personal. Ok some get their faces in the lime light and flaunt themselves in the magazines. This does not make them any better than any other angler that enjoys a days fishing catching carp and other species of fish. I know a lot of really good anglers that like to diversify into other types of fishing.

Live and let live is my motto and I try to pass on the little bit of knowledge and experience I’ve gained over my years of fishing to others that are willing to learn. That is the purpose of my blog writing and articles and I hope that this little tale makes you think before judging other anglers.

Paul Cooper
Fisherman

This article has been published with the kind permission of Angling Lines

 

 

5 Reasons for taking a French Carp Fishing trip in Spring

One of my favourite times of the year to get out on the bank is Spring, which in 2015 starts on the 20th March. All around you everything is just waking up and over the following weeks you can watch new life being born. With budding shrubs and trees, flowers and even weeds, the landscape colours up with new life. Here’ s 5 great reasons to be out in France in Spring;-

Late March Castle Lake 41+ carp

Late March Castle Lake 41+ carp

I love Spring————————–Spring is one of the four temperate seasons, the transition period between winter and summer. Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and broadly to ideas of rebirth, renewal and re-growth. There will also be a total solar eclipse on this day in 2015  which  occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. For me this is the beginning of my 2015 season as I believe everything comes to life. Bird’s are all competing for the right to mate and the early morning chorus is at it’s best in Spring.
On the first day of spring, days are close to 12 hours long which increase daily as the season progresses. What a lovely time to be out on the bank.

All the trees are coming into bud at Castle Lake

All the trees are coming into bud at Castle Lake

Carp are at their best fighting weights——————————Carp have wintered in their natural habitats and have still carried on feeding lightly over the Winter in order to retain their Autumn weight. With the longer daylight hours they become more active and need to feed to retain this weight and get ready for the most important time of the year, spawning. This can happen anytime from the beginning of Spring until the end of July but generally in the latter months with a lot depending on the temperatures in the months of March, April and May. Generally the fish are hungry and eager to feed on our bait so some brilliant catches are possible. The fish are in prime condition and a lot of bigger specimens grace the bank.

Another Castle Lake carp

Another Castle Lake carp

Reduced angling pressure and great weather——————————–Most commercially run French lakes open around the 3rd week in March, having been rested over the Winter period. The carp have had time to settle into a normal feeding pattern and are not as cautious as later on in the season following captures and heavy angling pressures. These lakes see more angling pressure than your everyday carp lake in England, so as the season progresses the fish become more wary resulting in less captures. I have had some fantastic results at this time of the year when  the weather can be brilliant. This is not to say that it is great all the time, it is France and as I say, “when it rains in France it pours”. This is the reason for France having so many fantastic waters to choose from. I have fished in March sitting in my shorts and T-shirt one year, and the following year living in thermals for a week. As it progresses into April it generally warms up, but it can be wet. The fish feed and that is all that matters, I would prefer sunshine, but at the end of the day we are left in the hands of mother nature. By May it should be sunbathing weather, but yet again it can be wet and cold. I am afraid it is pot luck. I personally would prefer a mixed week of weather, as too much sunshine and high pressure certainly reduces the chances of a big hit.

1st day of April at Etang Molyneux, another Angling Lines water

1st day of April at Etang Molyneux, another Angling Lines water

Nuisance species————————–One of the most frustrating things about French carp fishing is being unable to present a natural boilie on the lake bed for my target carp. Poison Chat, Crayfish and silver fish are all active in the warmer summer months , so fishing in spring is a pleasure. I am not saying that the Chat and Cray’s don’t feed in Spring, what I am saying is they is  are less active. I have fished French waters in Spring and experienced no problems at all from Chat of Cray’s but come the warmer months on the same lake, I have had to mesh up heavily to keep the little critters at large. I would include Mosquitoes, gnats and any other biting insects in nuisance species. I am a magnet for every biting insect around a lake. I have to cover myself in insect repellent and I try hard to avoid handling bait after applying the stuff. Generally these little critters are still dormant and leave me alone during the Spring months, not always though. Damp warm weather and out they come to play and feast on my blood. I do love fishing?

Weed———————Generally most types of pond weed dies off during the winter months and starts to rejuvenate in April. Young shoots of weed certainly do not cause too much of a problem, in fact this encourages natural life to flourish around the weed beds, bringing the carp on the feed. Again, later in the warmer Summer months any weed will be flourishing and does cause problems for most anglers. It certainly makes it more difficult to present a bait on a clear spot. In Spring it is easy to find these clear spots, although prior knowledge of the lake bed certainly helps when locating a feeding area.

Well you can draw your own conclusion from seasonal carp fishing, but Spring will always be my number ONE.

Paul Cooper

Carp Fishing in France with Angling Lines