Knockout Start for Notaire’s with 46 carp

New PB for Steve – 38lbs 4oz Steve Grant got the Notaires season off to a flying start landing 46 carp to 38lb, fishing daytime only. The fishing wasn’t easy in the first half of the week as Steve battled high winds and heavy rain but as the weather improved mid week the lakes really […]

Online Bait Shop for Alder and Notaires Carp Lakes

The Alder / Notaires ecommerce bait shop is now online.  As well as the Quest Baits range you can order your particles and pellets in advance without having to worry about having spare euros to pay for them at the end of the week (credit cards can be processed via PayPal). They stock Parti-mix, maize, […]

2011 Catch Analysis for Notaire’s Carp Lake in France

It can be difficult to deduce the trends from the catch reports at a family venue like Notaire’s since the angler usually isn’t fishing as flat out when compared to a Drive and Survive venue. Whilst there were a couple of difficult weeks, both of which occurred after massive temperature swings (seeing as much as […]

Taking Advantage of the Big Freeze at Notaires Carp Lake

They say it’s an ill wind that blows no good and the north wind certainly blew in with ill intent here at Notaires recently, freezing the upstairs pipes and causing havoc with the heating.  Even the drain pipes froze up overnight as the temperatures dropped below -10 each night for two weeks, even reaching as […]

Winter Carp Fishing & the Big Freeze

Well it looks like we are well into some really bad weather and the forecast is for more to come as the big freeze from eastern Europe now spreads across the whole of Northern Europe.  Temperatures have really fallen and I doubt there is anywhere in France that has not been affected… I know as […]

Notaire’s carp lake – 2011 round-up

Firstly a big ‘merci bien’ to all our customers who made the year at Notaires so pleasant and successful. We’re looking forward to meeting quite a few of you again next year. A return visit really is the biggest compliment you can pay any venue. The fishing was good all year and, although it can […]

The Zoo Parc de Beauval

Steph & Chris Dagg run Notaires & Alder lakes. Through this personal Blog, Steph is going to describe her experiences of moving to France and living the dream of many UK carp anglers. We began the holidays with a visit to a zoo at Haute Touche. Last week, as an end-of-holiday treat, we went to another one […]

A new arrival at Notaires carp lake

I’d been planning a blog about the economic impact of the Tour de France. I’ve done lots of research and it’ll make for interesting reading, I hope. But as I sat down to make a start on it this evening, in between watching the exciting last stage of the Tour, I noticed an unfamiliar shape out […]

Virgin catches a carp!

          When Paul Blakeley visited the Notaires Lakes with his family, he had only intended to float fish for the roach and the perch. However, lake owner Chris persuaded him to have a dabble with the carp. On the Friday Chris set up two rods for Paul, fishing to the trees […]

8 out of 10 carp prefer …

Here at Alder and Notaire’s Lakes, we stock Shaun Harrison’s excellent Quest Baits for our Angling Lines clients and also our own use – not that Chris gets much time to fish despite owning 14 acres of lakes! Anglers who come here can pre-order and find their bait ready and waiting, which leaves a bit […]

Souvenirs of your French carp trip

Time was when the only thing you’d think of bringing back from France was a bootful of cheap wine, perfume and cigarettes. However, the abolition of duty-free shopping put an end to the need for that, so you can be a bit more adventurous with the souvenirs you buy. ‘Souvenir’ means ‘to remember’ in French. […]

Look beyond the carp lake

Steph & Chris Dagg run Notaires & Alder lakes. Through this personal Blog, Steph is going to describe her experiences of moving to France and living the dream of many UK carp anglers. It’s easy to fall in love with a fabulous property – or at least one with a lot of potential! – when […]

A great first year with Angling Lines!

Notaires lake in its summer glory… 2010 was our first year with Angling Lines. We have two venues, Alder Lake and Notaire’s House and Lake, on our 75 acre estate in Creuse, in central France. And it was a great inaugural year. Notaire’s was booked for odd weeks off season, and pretty much solidly from […]

New carp record at Notaires – 41.07

Matt smashes the 40lb barrier and sets a new record for the Notaires complex Matt came to Notaires on his first French fishing trip with the Ruthven party. His PB in England was in the twenties and he was hoping to break into the thirties at Notaires. He did get his wish and landed a […]

The Notaires swimming pool is on the way!

The final phrase in my last news update about the Notaires pool when I said  “finishing the blockwork in a week weather permitting” must have angered the swimming pool gods and the temperature plunged below freezing slowing down the building. Somewhat counter intuitively the biggest problem encountered was with a surfeit of water, at times […]

And now for something completely different….. carp & llamas!

You would expect lakes and carp on your fishing holiday. You might even expect some nice countryside, but would you expect to find llamas and alpacas on a 75-acre estate? Well, you will at the Notaires House and lakes in Limousin. We trek our gentle, majestic animals around our woods and fields. This caused such […]