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Carp Fishing Runs Waters in France

We’re always wary of describing some of our French carp fishing lakes as ‘runs waters’. After all, the way a lake produces on one single week is down to many variables – weather, time of year, pressure and so on. However, with that said, the following 6 lakes usually produce the goods again and again…

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A guide for a successful carp fishing trip in France

That very 1st French carp fishing trip can be daunting, especially if you are in a party of anglers that are all virgins to the French carp scene. The possibility is that you will be fishing for very wise big old carp that have seen every rig, tactic, and bait available.  I think that there are a […]

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La Fonte Venue Video

The venue video is here for our latest lake, La Fonte. Mike and Matt Linstead had an incredible run of carp at the 7 acre lake in Normandy, France. Just three and a half hours drive from Calais, this lake is best described as a runs water and ideal for 4 anglers to share exclusively […]

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“A fantastic first trip to France”

Last week Lillybelle welcomed team Ashima’s Emily Blake and Martin Earlam. A very productive week was had by both anglers, but Emily took all honours with most fish banked and biggest fish of the week too. To cap it all Emily also broke our current ladies record not once but twice, with a new pb […]

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Planning Your Carp Fishing Trip – Common Q&A’s

If you’re currently planning a French carp fishing trip, have a look at our top tips for choosing the right venue…   There are only 2 of us… Can we book a lake exclusive? Yes, you certainly can. Exclusive lakes come in all sizes but most exclusively available lakes are around 3 to 5 acres, and take […]

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6 Ways To Have An Awful Carp Fishing Trip

The secret to a good fishing trip to France is preparation and being well equipped. This necessarily means a certain expense, but if you want to enjoy your trip and not have it turn into an unpleasant fiasco: like the boy scouts say “Be Prepared”. Keeping warm, dry and well fed will go a long way […]

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8 Tips For Choosing The Right French Carp Fishing Lake

Chuck Ives provides some advice on carp fishing holidays in France; from initially picking a venue, preparation for the trip and finally the journey through France and a few personal fishing tips. Hopefully these blogs will help anyone thinking about going to France for the first time… or even just to give an insight into the […]

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Tackling Big French Carp Lakes – Finding Features

How confident are you about fishing a 3 acre lake, or maybe a 4 acre lake or even a 10 acre lake? Most anglers would say that they’d know the features to bait up to:- snags, overhanging trees, island margins, the edge of weed beds to name but a few. Now lets increase the size of […]

Carp fishing in France with accommodation at Golden Oak

A Trip To Golden Oak

Steve Bedford has written a really great informative post on his trip to Golden Oak from start to finish. A perfect read if you’re either looking for an accommodation venue with great fishing OR if it’s your first trip to France carp fishing and you want some pointers… Well it’s been a while since my […]


Top 5 Tips To Get The Cheapest Ferry Crossing

Here’s our top 5  tips on getting the best value out of your ferry crossing… It’s cheaper to take a car and trailer than 2 cars A minibus doesn’t cost much more than a car Booking additional height (above 1.7m) costs very little more.  But it must be booked in advance so if your bedchairs etc. will […]

5 Things To Avoid When Driving In France

Five simple things to avoid; 1. Paris at rush hours – Rush hour is normally 8:00-10:00am &  5:00-8:00pm 2. Tolls –  Can be expensive. Check out which route is best using Viamichelin 3. Drinking – France’s drink driving laws are fiercer than our own; 0.5 mg per ml as opposed to 0.8 mg per ml in […]

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Carp Fishing in France – What To Take

  Pat Gillett always produces a list to check against when preparing for a French carping trip. He kindly agreed to share it with us and we hope that this can prove as a point of reference for some of you and jog a few memories so that stuff isn’t forgotten.   Equipment Carp rods x […]

A Guide To Carp Fishing in France

A Beginners Guide To: Carp Fishing in France

Every year hundreds of British anglers invade France in search of those monster carp. With literally hundreds of lakes to choose from, it seems that more and more Brits are traveling to France in the hope of smashing their PB’s.  A week seems to be the average length of time that an angler would spend […]