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7 Tips for Combating Crayfish in Carp Lakes

Crayfish occur naturally in most lakes & rivers in France.  The carp love to eat them & almost without exception where there’s large carp you’ll find crayfish too… they are an excellent source of protein which makes the carp grow very quickly. Under normal circumstances they are not a problem to anglers but in the […]

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VIDEO: A November Thirty Landed at Laroussi

Francis Bayliss lands a lovely 31lb carp during a trip to the famous French carp lake Laroussi in November. Pete Castle kindly filmed as the action unfolded… Over the last two decades Laroussi has established itself as one of the premiere big carp waters in France, containing carp to over 70lb. Want more info on […]

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VIDEO: Winter Carp Fishing at Lillypool

A February carp fishing session on Lillypool in France resulted in plenty of carp for bailiff Richard. Highlights include a 40lb+ mirror and a 53lb common lake record. Richard kindly kept a video diary and it is well worth a watch if you’re heading to the lake this year…  

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Do Fishmeal Baits Work In Winter?

If you listen to the experts you would never use a fishmeal boilie over the winter months. My thinking was the same, however over the years my views have changed drastically. For the past 2 years I have continued to fish through the Winter months, feeding and fishing with Squid and Orange from Quality Baits. […]

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Winter Carp Baits – Thinking Tactics and Rigs

This is the time of year when some of the biggest fish in a lake can be most vulnerable to capture; so winter carp fishing is not as mad as it might first appear! Good planning and preparation including refinement of baits, rigs and use of using warm clothing and equipment is easy. Read on […]

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Winter Carping – 9 Things You Need From a Winter Boilie

Another of our resurrected winter carping posts, today’s blog is 9 top tips on choosing your cold weather carp fishing bait.  1. Easily digested – the quicker it’s digested the sooner the carp need to eat again. 2. Low flavour level (that will surprise some!) – if I am presenting baits where I know the […]

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Baiting Techniques in Summer Months

Here’s a useful article on how to tackle baiting during the warmer months courtesy of the Quest Baits Blog… The long hot days of summer often mean relatively short feeding spells for the carp (and for many other species come to that) between hours of simply basking in the upper layers of water enjoying the warmth […]

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Tactics For Finicky Carp

Have you set your sights on a lake where this fish are shy, finicky or just down-right difficult to catch? Here’s a blog post that might help… Trev wrote: Just wondering if you could help me on my local lake.  When we have put a bed of pellets down the fish are bubbling like crazy and […]

Winter Carp Fishing Video at Old Oaks

Tom Robson and Rowan Charnick had a very successful winter carp fishing session at Old Oaks this February. They had carp on the bank to 55b including 2 x 50s, 10 x 40s, 6 x 30s, 2 x 20s and 1 x 10. An impressive average weight of 39.8lb. For more information on Old Oaks follow […]

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Handling Cold Water Carp

A repost from last year, this is a subject I never see covered anywhere despite mentioning it in several of my articles in the past, but it is a vitally important issue which can’t be repeated often enough in my mind. Carp are cold blooded. This means that the carp is the same temperature as […]

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An Incredible Christmas Session for David

A Happy Christmas for David Wellard currently fishing Laroussi. He first experienced a successful few days on Old Oaks – in 48hrs David landed 9 carp including 5 forties and the fifty, Christmas day alone bringing him 2 of the forties and the fifty. He has now moved to the bigger Laroussi lake and been gifted an amazing […]

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Winter Carping – 4 Great Tips to Put More Fish on the Bank

Jim Kelly fills us in on the first things he looks for when winter carping… I wrote this article some years ago, but my recent post regarding what makes a good bait has bought up the topic of winter carping, so here goes. Winter carping can be one of the most sole destroying pastimes imaginable. […]

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Winter Carp Fishing Baits & Expert Tactics

This is the ultimate winter carp fishing bible, written by Tim Richardson, you’ll find everything you should consider when tackling cold weather carping below… 1. Location, location, location! First find your fish; they may be indicated by other anglers catching fish, or come from where you caught previously. Past year’s records of hotspots and over – […]

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Tips To Make The Most of Your Winter Session

Well, it’s that time of year again when you are fishing for hard earned carp. Over the next few months I will be fishing very short sessions, in the hope of getting a couple of bites.  Winter is generally a very non productive time of the year as the carps metabolism slows right down due […]

Sorting the Bait as we Approach Winter

Shaun Harrison, owner of Quest Baits, gives us a heads up on his winter baiting tactics… As the cooler weather is now starting to set in it is time for my annual autumn sort out of my tackle and bait but particularly the bait. From past experience I know that some of the baits that […]

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The Four Season Approach To Carp Fishing

Well we all know that the carp in this country act differently and feed in different ways at different times throughout the year.  Each season I have a different approach and this has helped me over the years to put a few more carp on the bank, here’s a quick overview of my tactics….   […]

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Finding The Right Combination To Catch Big French Carp

Mark Lambert explains how he found the right combination to catch carp on a very tough week out in France recently…   Recently in mid August I had an opportunity to spend nearly a full week fishing Lac Du Villefond. This is a hard lake with some very large fish and August on any lake is one of the hardest […]