27lb 7oz mirror.
I have been introducing HG47 in a small area of the lake for around 2 weeks. Today was my first visit since the bait started going in. I fished just the one rod which was placed in the middle of my selected spot.
18lb 10oz Common/3rd fish of the short session
Around twenty 12mil HG47 shelf life boilies loose feed, and a single 12mil bottom bait on the blow back rig did the trick. My first fish was a 14lb 8oz common. Out went the bait and I was soon into a 27lb 7oz mirror shortly followed by a 18lb 10oz common.
3 Carp on one rod in a 3 hour session in a cold south easterly wind in the middle of March, all thanks to HG47 and a bit of light pre-baiting. What a result.
Paul Cooper’s 2013 Fishing Diary.
I have been asked by the management at Angling Lines to put together a few blogs which contain sufficient information to assist new and existing customers, in their search for carp in France.
In these blogs I will suggest what I would list as the most appropriate tackle for the job in hand.
Angling Lines provide various sized lakes to their customers from 2 acres to over 25 acres in size.
Some lakes provide accommodation and others are bivvy only, so things have to be taken into account such as:
- Do I need home comforts, lakeside accommodation etc
- Will I be fishing during the hours of darkness, Bivvy or brolly
- If I am not fishing nights do I need a sleeping bag and bed chair will just a chair suffice.
- If I am using a bait boat, are their sufficient electrical points for recharging etc.
- Is there a food package available?
- What cooking facilities are available?
- Toilet and shower arrangements.
- Vehicular access to swims for unloading tackle etc.
- What tackle do I need
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Paul Coopers 2013 Fishing Diary
My fishing has been limited over the past 6 weeks following a knee operation, so it was nice to get out in this mild Winter spell for a few hours fishing on my local syndicate lake.
Its the beginning of January and the daytime temperatures have been averaging around 9 to 11C for the last week. Perfect for wetting a line!
The last 2 days I have dropped onto a swim on my local lake, introducing around half a kilo of boilies as I have packed up. This morning I arrived at the lake around 10.30am and cast out single 14mil bottom baits to my pre-baited area. I didn’t have to wait long as around midday one of my rods gave a couple of gentle bleeps and I was soon into my first fish of the 2013, a 28lb 4oz Linear carp.
The set up that I have been using is a short 5″ hook link, short hair rigged Knotless Knot rig with one of my new 14mil Quality Baits winter bottom baits.
It’s nice to be back on the bank.
By Paul Cooper
Paul Cooper Field testing tips continued
As with any lake, it is important to do your research as best you can prior to your arrival at the venue. With the venue that I am going to talk about, I was fortunate enough to have previously fished it in mid-November 2 years ago. I was aware of the stocking levels and potential of a big hit along with the depths and potential feeding areas to catch the carp. My destination was Alder Lake………..
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By Paul Cooper
- This fish was caught on a newly tested bait
Since my return from France in late July I have visited a couple of my syndicate lakes with a new bait that we have under development. I think a bit more tweaking is required with the bait but it still produced a few fish. Above is a 26lb 10oz common that was one of a 3 fish capture on an overnighter at a local reservoir.
A few days later I dropped onto my syndicate lake which was heavily weeded and I landed 3 carp, all of which were down in weight due to the heavy spawning that has taken place on the lake.
Due to the weed my method of fishing was to fish with the rod tips raised high so that there was as little line contact with the water as possible to avoid picking up excessive weed. This worked well although I did miss 2 fish due to the weed. Again all these fish fell to the new bait.
Over the past 10 days I have been giving the new bait a further testing which has resulted in 11 more carp gracing my net. The bait still needs a bit of tweaking but we are neally there.
Margot 40+ carp caught on HG42
I have recently been carp fishing in France at Etang Margot, one of the Angling Lines venues, and once again HG did the trick.
To read my full article on the Margot trip click here
Paul Cooper’s 2012 Fishing Diary
Paul Cooper’s Fishing Diary continued
In March this year I visited Monument Lake in Northern France which is one of the new Angling Lines waters for 2012. During my visit to the lake I experinced 4 seasons in one week, from freezing temperatures to highs of 18C and thanks to our new range of HG baits still managed to put a lake record of 47lb 5oz on the bank along with 11 other good sized carp.
Click here to read the full article on the Angling Lines web site.
Also during my visit to Monument, Martin Barker, who is the owner of one of the other A/L venues, Oakview, visited the lake to conduct a short video.
The new lake record of 47lb 5oz
Click here to view the video on carp fishing tactics at Monument Lake in France.
Carp fishing in France
47lb 5oz a new lake record
I,ve just returned from one of Angling Lines new venues, Monument lake. This is going to be a top venue for carp fishing in France, with 5 acres of water and a good head of big carp it surely is going to throw up some surprises in the future.
I arrived at the lake on Saturday 17th March to fish the official last week of Winter. The beginning of the week was difficult as the temperatures had dropped dramatically to around freezing with heavy rain. I managed a couple of upper twenty pound carp but after my 3rd move on the lake and into the 5th day, I managed to locate some feeding fish. I set the trap with all my rods being baited up with either Hg42 or HG47 bottom baits on my version of the blowback rig.
one of the 25+ carp
Within the next hour I had a run on one of my island rods and has that reached the net off shot a second island rod. Having dealt with the first carp a mirror of 25lb 7oz I was onto the second rod. The fish had run into a snag just of the island so off I trundled to release the carp from the snag, leaving Paul Brooks to look after the rod end. With a bit of persuasion the carp swam off up the lake. I returned to the rod and after a long hard fight landed what is at present the Lake record of 47lb 5oz. The 47 came out on the new HG47, what a coincidence!
I went onto to capture a few more fish with my total captures being 12 carp averaging in the upper twenties.
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Carp fishing in France with over 35 venues
Just before dark on 28th February I dropped down to my local syndicate lake to check on the water. I was standing talking to one of the other members, Phil Russel when we I noticed a vortex just under the surface of the water in the near corner of the lake. The water could only have been 18 inch deep over thick silt but there was no sighting of a fish. We stood watching the water when out came a mid twenty mirror, shortly followed by a simular sized common. Darkness was creeping in and we both left the lake.
I returned the following morning shortly after 9am and put a couple of rods with the new HG47 out in the bay where we had seen the fish. I only had to wait for a couple of hours and I was into a mirror which graced the bank at 26lb. A few quick pics and I packed up. I had arranged for an afternoons barbel fishing with Jeff Dace.
A quick change of rods and tackle and I was ready to go.
I picked Jeff up around 2pm and we set off for the River Dove at Tutbury. By 4 pm we were settled into our swims. Now Simon had asked me to try out a new barrel shaped boilie that he was putting into production, which is Halibut pellet based. I had a range of these boilies with me but decided to to try the 16mil. Within an hour I landed my 1st barbel of the season, a strong fighting 11lb specimen. I missed a couple of other chances but that was the only barbel of the day.
Looks like another winning bait.
Paul Cooper’s 2012 Fishing diary
Are you preparing for a carp fishing trip to France in 2012?
Via a series of Blog posts & a video diary Paul Cooper will take you through his preparation routine.
Blue Lake(Part 2)
It is now the beginning of February and I’m already thinking about what bait I will be using for the Blue Lake trip and what quantities I will require. This to me is the most important aspect to a successful fishing trip………….
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Click here to see part 2 of the video blogs
Carp fishing in France with 35 lakes
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