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Croix Blanche Lake - First Forty of the Year

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As I said in my previous blog post, with the mild weather, until now anyway, and relatively high water temperatures the carp have been very active. I spoke about the pair of young Dutch anglers who fished from the 2nd of January. I now have a couple of photos to add. Here is a brief resumé of their session.
Jimmy Heijink and his mate set up on pegs 5 on the Croix Blanche and 13 on the Tortue. The used a bait boat to drop PVA bags of pellets and strawberry boilies to the shallower areas where fish were showing. The water levels were quite high so that would be around 12 feet deep.
Within 24 hours they had managed several fish to upper 20’s, which is pretty good for a month of January. Despite being mild the weather was quite extreme with gales force winds and heavy rain showers.
The lads stuck it out however, with Jimmy moving up to peg 15, due to the activity he had observed in front of that peg.
The last night saw one more fish out of the Croix lake and the icing on the cake for this early season session a superb 20.5kg (45lb) mirror.
The lads did very well and it goes to show that good results can be had year round in the right conditions. While we saw poor results in the autumn, I sure this was down to the unusual weather. January temperatures were more like November and the carp seemed top respond in the manner of an autumn session.

Posted by Gareth Watkins on 10/02/2012 17:23 Categories : Croix Blanche Lake, Catch Report

Juvanze Lakes Roundup

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 The season is off to a flyer on the Juvanze Lakes:

Firstly, let's talk about the newcomer which is Juvanze-Blue. We've have a lot of interest in this lake, with particular interest in the early months as guys want to be the first to fish a virgin water with many unknown originals plus, of course it has also had a quality stock of Carp put in up to 55lbs.

A work party of 2 guys has just fished 3 nights (nights only) and between them they landed 22 fish from 26 runs. All, but two, were over 20lbs with 7 x 30's and a 41lb original. All fish came out of the Juvanze Specials over a bed of pellet, maize and hemp. Not bad for a short session. We're waiting for photo's, once they arrive we'll post them up.

Lake Juvanze started it's season last weekend and that's also off to a cracking start with 4 anglers on they have already banked 9 fish with the smallest being 33lbs and the largest being 42lbs and an average of 36lbs. With only 3 nights fished so far, this is pretty awesome. Again, all fish came to a bed of pellet, maize and hemp mix with either Specials or Live System on the hook. Watch out for the full round up.

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Photos to follow later in the week.

Posted by David Gordon on 06/03/2012 15:25 Categories : Catch Report

Lake Juvanze - We're off and running..

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Opening week, 3rd -10th March was superb. The Welsh Carpers, Big Gav, The Beast, Lee and Wiggy braved the cold and were rewarded with a total of 23 carp. Their average weight was 33lbs and each of them caught a 40lb+ fish. These included fish of 40.4, 42.0, 42.12 and 51.8. The 51.8, a new personal best for Lee was the first capture of this particular fish over 50, so it really topped a fantastic opening week. Most of the fish came to Juvanze Specials or Live System boilies fished over pellets.


Posted by Jeff Collins on 14/03/2012 19:28 Categories : Lake Juvanze, Catch ReportThe Latest

Birch Pool Retreat - Paul's Result

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Paul and his son Adam left the lake this morning after being here for a week, his final tally was 10 Carp including 4 x 40's to 49lb 12oz, 4 x 30's to 39lb and 2 x 20's the smallest fish being 25lbs.

Considering the weather changes, we were frozen over just 3 weeks ago, and yesterday's temperature was 26 degrees, although we did have a frost in the morning,Paul did very well and he left here a very contented man.

Everything seems to be "springing" into life now although we realised yesterday the Cats have woken  :up and they were finding fresh fornicated frogs to be the "plat du jour" yum yum!!!! :(

Posted by Nikki Morgan on 15/03/2012 12:48 Categories : Birch Pool Retreat, Catch ReportUpdate

Le Moulin du Mee - A dream come true....

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It has been a very difficult few days since the 3 lads arrived with still sunny days and clear starlit nights. Air pressure is perhaps rather on the high side for the time of year and certainly the carp are moving around a lot less with the water taking a much clearer tint than a week ago. The lads have battled on and Lee kicked things off with a mint common of a tad over 30lb and although the other lads have had several runs apiece and a few more fish have been hooked the tally remained at the solitary common to Lee – until last night that is. On Sunday morning Lee arrived at breakfast and regaled us with details of a vivid dream he had experience that night. “The most vivid dream I have had” he stated and then told about the capture of a huge common that was the feature of the dream. “It was Saddleback and it looked huge in the net” said Lee and we all nodded our heads in understanding. Well, at 3am this morning I got a phone call to say that Lee had Saddleback in the net and did I want to see her !! Too right I did and Jimmy and I drove round to find a stunned Lee trying to come to terms with having his dream fulfilled. She was in wonderful condition and turned the scales to 62lb 12oz. Last year when she was caught at 61lb it was close to spawning so we felt that her true weight was probably around the 57lb mark whereas now, at this early stage in the season her weight will be true and she is likely to be putting on around a 1lb per week between now and spawning. What a result.

Last night Dave also had a sturgeon of 41lb and quite a few fish were evident around the baited area’s. Peter had half a dozen runs that amounted to nothing so it would seem that although the carp are starting to come on the feed again they are still rather fickle in taking the baits. Hopefully the next day or so will see things turn round for the lads.


Posted by Jim Everiss on 27/03/2012 10:06 Categories : Le Moulin du Mee, Catch ReportUpdateThe Latest

Les Burons - 2 x 40's already

The lads have had 2 x 40's out already this week, and it's only Wednesday!

Posted by Rob Parish on 28/03/2012 09:45 Categories : Les Burons, Catch ReportThe Latest

Etang Rendezvous - EXPLOSIVE START

What an explosive start to the 2012 season! The lake record was blown away with a stunning catch of over 4,800lb of fish. A breakdown of the catch is as follows: Carp - 45 over 15lb, 47 over 20lb, 33 over 25lb, 26 over 30lb, 23 over 35lb, 2 over 40lb, 1 over 50lb and 2 over 55lb. The two over 55lbs were both commons and actually weighed in at 59lb 1oz and 58lb 4oz. Grass Carp - 3 were caught with the best weighing in at 23lb 6oz. Cats - 6 were caught weighing in at 92lb, 74lb, 70lb, 69lb, 42lb and 28lb. Water temp was 17 degrees with a chilly north-easterly wind with bright sunshine. What a fantastic start.


Posted by Sandi Raby on 02/04/2012 14:10 Categories : Etang Rendezvous, Catch Report

Etang Marolles - 41lb 14oz mirror....just in

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A stunning 41lb 14oz Mirror just caught 

Posted by David Gordon on 03/04/2012 15:53 Categories : Etang Marolles, Catch ReportThe Latest

Etang Marolles - Catch Report for week ending 26th March '12

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Catch report for this week.


Hot days (26°) & cool nights throughout

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Fish of the week
41.14lb Mirror

Another fantastic weeks fishing for the third year in a row and we will be back for more! Thank you very much.
Sturart & Andy


Posted by David Gordon on 04/04/2012 13:23 Categories : Etang Marolles, Catch Report

Le Moulin du Mee - An amazing week.

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 Although the fishing has slowed down a little we are still seeing some cracking fish banked each day. Last night saw John bag his first 50 of trip in the form of a chunky 52lb mirror and Keith also had his first 50 in this case weighing in at 55lb 7oz. The night also saw a couple of big 30 mirrors to Keith and a cracking 38lb common to Kirk so despite a cooling of the weather it would seem that the carp are still on the feed. The tally so far is 62 carp comprising 1 x 60, 9 x 50′s, 14 x 40′s, 30 x 30′s and just 8 x 20′s. One pleasing fact worth noting is that of the 30′s there were 34 over 35lb with a good many being very high 30′s. It seems that with such a healthy stock of growing fish we will always have new lumps coming through for a good few years yet. It is also a fact that other than ‘Saddlback’ it would appear that all the fish over 50lb are new to that weight and we have yet to see the big girls from last year. During the draindown it was noted that there were several mirrors that were estimated to be bigger than Saddleback so it will be a very exciting season ahead methinks !!

A lot of the credit for the way this week is panning out must go to the calibre of the anglers on at the moment. Keith Williams is well known as a ‘top rod’ and is certainly proving that this week but all credit also to Tony Gardner who has amassed 6 x 50′s in his catch as well as to John and Kirk of the ‘Wirral Angling Centre’ who have both managed a 50 apiece along with plenty of other good fish. Well done lads and hopefully the next 24 hrs will see more good carp added to the tally.

The weather at the moment remains dry and the lake is starting to come alive with fresh leaves, blossom and new growth evident all around. The birds are very vocal at this time as they prepare for nesting and our special spring visitor, the cuckoo can be heard from dawn to dusk. We have also had the pleasure of seeing the osprey several times this week so we are hoping that it has decided to nest in the area. All in all this week is proving very special in many ways and hopefully it is just the start of a great season for us and our anglers.

Posted by Jim Everiss on 06/04/2012 11:23 Categories : Le Moulin du Mee, Catch Report