Top Quality French Carp Fishing

NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz

120 -150 different carp of 40lb. or bigger inc. 41 + different 50lb. plus carp

and 6 different 60lb plus carp And 2 known 70lb plus carp.

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Read Iain MacMillans review of his last trip to Moorlands

Well, that was a good start to the week, first out in the "Watercraft" draw for swims. Myself, my wife Lisa and our eldest son Jem had been planning our trip to Moorland fisheries in France for over a year and here we were, sat outside the Gravel bar lodge just after dinner on Friday with number one in my hand and under a little bit of pressure to make a good choice with the pair of swims that we would pick for the week ahead.

We'd arrived at Moorlands at around 1.45 p.m. which gave us plenty of time to speak to the owner, the very well known Keith Moors and also his fishery manager, Alan. These two are a font of knowledge when it comes to Moorlands having both fished it for many years and having caught most of the big fish swimming around in its coloured waters. The advice from both was simple, find the fish, find where they are feeding in the soft silt and then be very accurate with your baiting and fishing.

        The lake hadn't been fished for the past four weeks due to the mid season break which gives the lake a chance to rest a little and also gives Keith and his family the opportunity to have a well earned break. No fishing for four weeks could mean that the carp would be very hungry, however , with temperatures forecast to be in the mid 30's for the coming week and water levels being around two feet lower than full  it could be a tricky week for all of us.

        So, back to the draw. For those that have never been, Moorlands is a sort of "Y" shape with the bottom of the "Y" being the long southern arm and the top left of the "Y" being the main bowl area with the dam wall being at the top of the main bowl area. During our walks around the lake since our arrival it was obvious there were a lot of fish around the dam wall end which meant that either "first pontoon and second pontoon" or "Pampas and Mistletoe" would be the areas to target and, as we had first choice, we chose the two pontoon swims, apparently those two swims were the first choices for everyone.

 As there were no anglers on the lake for the week leading up to our arrival Keith had very kindly allowed everyone to have an extra night free fishing so nine expectant carp anglers all made a hasty retreat from the Gravel bar lodge to get set up ready for the night ahead.  

The Gravel bar lodge where breakfast and two course evening meal are served

Although we had the benefit of being able to fish the extra night for free on the Friday, we decided to get the bivvies up and just put out three single hookbaits each. Jem had already decided that he wanted to fish "Second pontoon" which meant that I was able to fish my first choice swim "First pontoon" for the whole week if I wanted to. Thankfully, Friday provided us both with a much needed good nights' sleep and we awoke early on Saturday morning, keen to get properly started on our weeks' session.

        Jem and I had identified a couple of likely looking feeding areas {those Moorlands carp do like to bubble up when they are having a feed} so straight after breakfast it was on with the Chest waders and into the lake to see what I could find in the areas where the Carp had been bubbling up. I'd made a prodding stick with a rake attachment and spent the next few hours exploring the spots and by using the rake I found there was an area in each swim that had a lot of bloodworm where the carp were feeding the most, that would do for us so out went the marker sticks onto the edge of the spots. We then proceeded to make up the first batch of bait to be put onto the spots.