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Le Moulin du Mee - A cold, wet week.

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 This week has seen some of the worst weather we have ever experienced in the fishing season. Heavy rain, gale force winds and temperatures more suited to February than April had a great effect on the fishing. However, all in all the week turned out a lot better than we could have hoped and despite the appalling weather we still had 48 fish landed. Best of the bunch was Tony's 51lb 8oz mirror followed by another 19 carp over 40lb and 19 x 30's. There were also 6 x 20's and 3 sturgeon up to 38lb 2oz included in the catch. It is fair to say that all the lads did well to stick out the wettest week we have ever experienced and although the fishing was far from easy all credit for those that were caught. The carp were not evenly spread out and without doubt the dam area was the main holding part of the lake with those fishing elsewhere finding things very patchy indeed. It was still a good week for many reasons with the banter and Mr Grumpy's imaginative wind ups adding a bit of spice to a grey and wet week.

Total catch up to the end of April, our first month of 2012 is as follows...

2 x 60's

14 x 50's

65 x 40's

82 x 30's

26 x 20's

1 x double

14 x sturgeon

Posted by Jim Everiss on 30/04/2012 08:11 Categories : Le Moulin du Mee

Les Basses Berthieres - Very wet and very windy

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Cold wet and windy, but Damian and Lorraine were not put off. They bravely fished, day and night to be rewarded with 25 fish during the week. Sadly none of the big boys came out, with the largest being 26lb 11oz, although Damian did hook into a big one on his last night but unfortunatly he lost it. Says he is determined to come back as he now has unfinished business.

Posted by Alan Selby on 29/04/2012 17:38 Categories : Les Basses Berthieres

La Petite Martiniere - Our very 1st customers Adi & Paul are back for their 4th trip

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Day 1 for Adi and Paul our very 1st customers to fish at La Pettite the lads are on their 4th trip with us and are setting up in the rain showers down at swims 4 and 5 and are hoping cell and xxx will do some damage for them this week.. we also have our great friends Nick and Sandra over from the uk for a long weekend so after a lovely lunch out with them in Vitré we took a walk down the the lake to see Adi playing a fish after a 5min fight in come Jurgen the Sturgeon

Day 2 is a very wet very slow day for the lads with just 3 fish 2 for Adi and 1 for Paul both the boys had two very nice single linears and Adi netted Jurgen again they said the showers is killing the feading at the min

Day 3 our friend Kevin the bait tester said that he can't believe the weather!! Sunshine, rain and hailstone all at the same time! Think I'd be better off in the bar and i think he is right..i did the breakfast run at 9am in the rain yet again only to see Paul's left hand rod pick up a run and after a little sport a nice 28lb.14oz mirror hit the net ..then Nikki and i dropped off Nick and Sandra at the airport after a great lunch out with them..just back from the dinner run and Adi banked the 1st tench of this year one of our smaller ones at around 4lb also he dropped one and got into Jurgen again

Day 4 very wet and slow night for the lads but a better day with some dry and sunny times Paul was at it again bang on breakfast time with a 27lb fish and Adi was messing around with the big sturgeons for most of the day...At dinner the boys said Adi had a 2nd tench and his 1st 30lb fish this year our old mate split tall

Day 5 High winds of 35km from the south and rain hit today this along with cold water temperatures of only 10c a drop of 3c just this week are not inducing the fish to feed far only Paul netted a fish today ..April is always likely to be a changeable month but we would have expected conditions to be a good bit warmer than they are now.. with the next weeks weather looking to be cool and wet it is looking likely that the fishing will continue to be rather unpredictable roll on summer

Day 6 The winds have past but the rain is still around Adi has moved to swim 1 the cabin for a bit of stalking just for the day time and to get away from the big sturgeons for 5 mins and it payed of for him with a 31lb 4oz carp.. Paul is still catching by swim 2 with some high singles and low doubles also the 1st time out for little sid in 2012..he said that he thinks he has hooked into the grass carp but it just snaps the line all the time

Day 7 The Last full day for the lads ..With a break in the wet weather the boys packed up the big stuff and will sleep in the cabin tonight with the carp not playing the sturgeon are running wild

We said goodbye to the lad today and i must say they deserved a medal to stick it out in this weeks weather the boys did bank 28 fish 15 for Adi with two over 30lb giving him the fish of the week and Paul on 13 with a best at 27lb 14oz.. best bait this week was CC Moores XXX with a carp balls uk yellow blackcurrant pop up doing the most damage

Posted by Nikki Fossey on 29/04/2012 11:34 Categories : La Petite Martiniere

Le Moulin du Mee - Week 3 results

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 With a week of constantly changing weather the carp seemed to become unsettled and as the week progressed the fishing became more patchy. Today we have a little watery sunshine with rain and thunder storms forecast however temperatures are staying low for the time of year. April is always likely to be a changeable month but we would have expected conditions to be a good bit warmer than they are and with the next week looking to be cool and wet it is likely that the fishing will continue to be rather unpredictable. Having said all that the Cumbrian lads had a great week with plenty of good humour, banter and along the way a host of new pb’s. The total catch was 34 carp comprised of 1 x 50 (58lb 8oz), 11 x 40′s (up to 49lb 8oz), 12 x 30 (8 over 35lb), 8 x 20′s and a solitary double at 19lb. The lads also spent a lot of the daylight hours fishing Poppy’s lake and have a stack of doubles with some nice 20′s up to 27lb 8oz and although the better stamp of fish proved pretty elusive the lads really enjoyed some rod bending action.

The pick of the last days action was Stevens epic battle with a cracking 43lb mirror taken from close in from Zippy’s pit. All of us were convinced that he had hooked into a good 50+ fish such was the struggle Steve had to eventually bring the carp to the net. Good fish and a great mirror carp !



Posted by Jim Everiss on 16/04/2012 22:06 Categories : Le Moulin du Mee, Catch ReportUpdate

Etang Rendezvous - Has Winter Returned?

It was a very changeable week which saw halestones to heavy rain and then to sunshine all within about 20 mins and the rest of the week was pretty much the same. Carp-wise we had 1 x 58lb+ common, 1 x 47lb+ mirror, 2 x 40lb, 5 x 35lb+, 9 x 30lb+, 13 x 25lb+, 21 x 20lb+ and 14 x 15lb+. Cat-wise, the best cat out was 104lb followed by a 86lb, 65lb, 58lb, 55lb and 28lb. The grand total for the week was 2,120lb. A different approach was taken, as the anglers were fishing with boilies only at medium range. Water temp was 16C and the fish seemed to be following the wind.

Posted by Sandi Raby on 16/04/2012 20:08 Categories : Etang Rendezvous, The Latest

La Petite Martiniere - Season opener

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Our very good friend Frank van Luijn of sticky baits Holland fame come with two fishing friends Big Ben and Jerome for our 1st week in 2012 he also come with a very big box trailer full of new goodies to try they set up at swims 4 and 5 to start the winds had dropped off but it was still a full moon and cold in the night frank got off the mark 1st with his old friend big sid and jerome banked split tale at 31lb they like the new pathway and updated equipment our new monster carp cradles, landing nets and weigh slings for 2012 also just to try one of the Nash Kaptive Retainer Slings to help with returning the Sturgeon and they are still provided free

(day 2)  when i did the breakfast delivery at 8.30am..Jerome said that last night was like a sea world dolphin show with the full moon Around 24 hours of fishing has gone by for the boys so far 7 fish have hit the nets and 2 lost.. Big Ben is off the mark and his 1st fish is a PB for him at 14kg after getting wet from the waist down the boys finished the job off

(day 3) Back from the breakfast delivery and its a nice sunny day but cold with some ice on the cars ..Frank said that last night was like a dolphin show again all over his bait but still no takes...Jerome got Jurgen the Sturgeon the 1st time out for him this year and Big Ben got 2 young carp around 3-4kg..i did see with all the rain the water temp has gone back down from 13.5c on sat to 11.6c today

(day 4) The Sturgeon are having a break after we had a sonic boom from the euro-fighters letting the carp feed more.. with no rain today and full sun making it nice again around 17c but will be cold tonight 2c.. the boys are on 5 fish for today and are booking to come back in Oct this year

(day 5) Just back from the dinner run and it is tipping it down here at the min but the old dutch master big ben is at it again upping his game using old school methods to bag a new PB of 15kg this is his 1st fish over 30 dutch pounds nice work my friend also he had a very nice little guy at 5kg .. Jerome netted one just under 6kg all from swim 5 and Mr Sticky is very quiet at swim 4 but is riding it out looking for the bigger pets tonight

(day 6) Rain rain and just a bit more rain and it looks like the same for the rest of the week but the Dutch masters are just taking it in their stride and are well setup for it..still quiet down at swim 4 for Frank but swim 5 had a bit more luck with Big Sid pulling Jerome around for 15mins and Big Ben banking a 12kg mirror

(day 7) Last full day for the Masters at La Petite..just back from the breakfast delivery and its a dark day in the sky..when i got to the lads Big Ben is playing a fish over by swim 2 so i take a seat to see what we have after a good 10-15min fight she hits the net and looks good..a lovely 15kg mirror to start the day

(home time) Not the best day to packaway with a wet night and a day time temp of only 6c with 95% chance of rain...36 fish was the total this week...Frank down at swim 4 on 6 his best a 13kg,next Jeroen with 12 the best maching his PB at 14kg next time my friend ...and the winner Big Ben on 16 upping his PB three times this week to 15kg both Ben & Jeroen fished from swim 5..i did think about Franks offer of a swop of the trailer for Nikki but then though i will have to start working again lol..Ben a young 69 said to us it was one of the best weeks in his life this guy loves fishing and still go's 5 days a week in holland...Thanks guys it was a great one for us too have a good trip back and we will see Frank back on our banks in 42 days..Big Ben had a big tear in his eyes when Nikki handed him the champagne bottle and again said it was one of the best weeks in his life


Posted by Nikki Fossey on 14/04/2012 17:23 Categories : La Petite Martiniere, Update

'Mega' week at Ultimate

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Danny Windust and his party had a week to remember. More PB's than you can shake a stick at!! Possibly too much info for you, but for your reference:

41 Mirror pb
37 Mirror
29 Mirror
47.12 Mirror
16.10 Pike pb
53.14 Mirror Arthur pb
43.06 Mirror pb
37.02 Mirror pb
16.10 Pike
46.06 Mirror
40.01 Mirror pb
52.06 Mirror Spike pb
41.02 Mirror
15.10 Pike pb
40.02 Mirror
54.06 Mirror unknown, now called "Big Bry". pb
36.14 Mirror
6 Pike
15.08 Pike
6.04 Pike
28.05 Mirror
30.00 Mirror
53.14 Mirror Arthur (again) pb
43.07 Mirror
20.04 Mirror
15.06 Pike pb
38.08 Mirror
20.04 Common
20.01 Mirror
26.14 Linear


Posted by David Gordon on 13/04/2012 13:45 Categories : Catch Report

Etang Marolles - Catch Report for week ending 7th April '12

Cold nights, warm days with high pressure. Wind North Easterly changing to Northerly.
Bar Pressure

Max Temp: 19
> Min Temp: 1
> No. of days fished: 7
> No. of anglers: 3 and one child

No. fish lost: 10
> Doubles: 4
> 20's: 7
> 30+: 12
> 35+: 7
> 40+: 2
> 45+: 1
> 50+: 0
> Fish of the week: 46lb Mirror
> Comments: "We had a great week. Lovely people, superb fishing, beautiful lake. We really respect the way the owners take care of the lake and the fish in it. They have a long-term policy that you can notice. We strongly recommend you come here. Thanks for everything. Harran and Leo. PS We will be back in May on the caravan lake!"
"Fantastic cooking and lovely service. Brilliant weeks fishing. Myself and my son both broke PBs. Awesome. We will be back. Thanks to Dave,, Caroline, Sophie, Bea and Dina the dog".


Posted by David Midgley on 10/04/2012 17:13 Categories : Etang Marolles, Catch Report

Poplars Lake - Al Sproughts 103lb Cat Pic!

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Here is a picture of carp-france client Al Sprought from Romford with his pb 103lbs Wels' catfish from Poplars Lake on the Etangs De Breton complex!

Posted by Paul Selman on 10/04/2012 12:29 Categories : Poplars Lake

Le Moulin du Mee - A cracking start to week 3.

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 The week started well with 11 carp banked so far, the majority being high 30's with a 45lb common as well as a new best mirror at 58lb 8oz to Tony. Conditions have now improved with cloud cover and a drop in the cold wind so I am expecting some more good fish to be banked in the coming days.


Posted by Jim Everiss on 09/04/2012 09:34 Categories : Le Moulin du Mee