Carp lake Field Testing tales

Return to Blue Lake – Field Testing Tales

Last year Jim Kelly and I visited Blue Lake in almost monsoon conditions, with freshly dug swims with marl and mud everywhere, it was a trip to forget and we finished our trip early due to the adverse conditions. A view of Blue lake from swim 7 On our return to the UK we reported […]

boux carp lake

Boux carp lake – an update

Jim Kelly with a fine 31lb Boux common Paul Cooper and I had a week booked on Boux during the end of October. It was to be my first trip to the venue; Paul had fished it on two previous occasions. On arriving at the lake I was not disappointed as it is situated in […]

Boux carp fishing lake in France

Return to Boux Carp Lake – Field Testing Tales

Being a lake tester for Angling Lines does have its advantages; one has to be the chance of a return visit to one of the best venues in France, Domain de Boux.  I had previously visited Boux in June this year along with Ron Key, and despite a hard week we still managed fish to […]

Field tester for Angling Lines

A Year in the Life of an Angling Lines Field Tester – Pt 5

Paul Cooper is one of a small band of anglers we use to Field Test our venues. Over the course of several Blog Posts he’ll take you through his 2010 trips; Alder Lake Alder Lake was to be my last trip of the year and was planned for mid October with Jim Kelly. Unfortunately France […]

Molyneux 40lb carp

A year in the life of an Angling Lines Field Tester – Pt 2

Paul Cooper is one of a small band of anglers we use to Field Test our venues. Over the course of several Blog Posts he’ll take you through his 2010 trips; 40.04 Molyneux mirror for Paul Part 2 – Etang Molyneux Another call from David at Angling Lines in early June and Pat Gillet and […]

Field testing at Sapphire

How to Tackle Sapphire Carp Lake – Field Testing Tales

Carp Lakes are strange places, some you enjoy but know you will not return, and others grab your imagination and keep you going back for more.  Sapphire is like that, I‘ve just returned from my third visit in twelve months and the magic is still there.  To me it represents what a French fishery should […]

36lb Sapphire Mirror Carp from France

A year in the life of an Angling Lines Field Tester – Pt 1

Paul Cooper is one of a small band of anglers we use to Field Test our venues. Over the course of several Blog Posts he’ll take you through his 2010 trips; 36.04 mirror from Paul’s Sapphire trip From early Spring to late November with Angling Lines; Part 1 – Sapphire Lake I have been field […]

37lb Alder carp

End of the year Success at Alder – Field Testing Tales

The carp have had their last feed in readiness for winter, in comes the rain, high winds and cold northerly winds… Ron Key and myself (Paul Cooper) are off to try our luck at Alder Lake, in Central France!  We both saw this as our last opportunity to pick up a few carp before the […]

Golden Oak Carp Lake Accommodation

An October session on Golden Oak carp lake

An article by Paul Cooper describing his session on Golden Oak in October 2010. Golden Oak Lake is situated deep in rural France, just South of Limoges. The 5 acre lake is owned by Jo and Dick Muntimer, and it sits on their 38 acre estate. They purchased the estate around 5 years ago from […]

Sapphire carp

Sumptuous Sapphire – a carp fishing trip to remember

Looking towards the shallow end from the dam Sapphire is a beautiful, natural, rich lake, of around 20 acres set in the heart of rural France. Several parties had found the lake difficult and I must admit to having some reservations about fishing it. However, the lake looked such a gem (Sapphire!) I decided to […]

Molyneux carp lake

Return to Molyneux carp lake by Paul Cooper

A cracking 40.04 mirror from Molyneux As I left the gates of Etang Molyneux in March 2007, having fished through temperatures ranging from 1 degree to 18 degrees in the same week, I hoped that I would once again get the opportunity to visit this beautiful and picturesque lake under better conditions… but it was […]

Sapphire Carp Lake in France

Shaun Harrison On His Sapphire Carp Trip

I guess it could be the years creeping up but these days I really can’t be doing with a long drive through the U.K. (I live in Nottinghamshire) to the ferry, then a long drive followed by setting everything up for a weeks stay by the waterside. Sapphire – June 2010  I find after a […]