A Tail of Two Fifties At Alder Lake

Every angler coming to France for the first time looks forward with great hope and anticipation to the challenges ahead. Will they catch at a new venue in a new country? Will they have to admit to a blank in the bar of the ferry on the way home?

Dan Meleder hit the jackpot on Saturday night at Alder as his first carp in France weighed in at 52.6lbs, doubling his PB. He caught on a standard critically balanced rig using Cell boilies.

Dan had joined Jean-Paul and Wayne who were back on their third trip to Alder.  Many groups have found it an effective strategy to bait up and then rest their swims at tea time for an hour or two, resulting in a lively evening and night session.

The group were fishing their favourite west bank, which has been very productive in previous years, and were catching steadily when Wayne hooked into a fish which fought differently from the usually lively, hyper-oxygenated Alder carp. This fish confidently used its weight against the angler, refusing to be drawn in. Wayne patiently played the fish until it agreed to visit the net. After hauling the carp to the scales the needle spun round to 53lbs: Lightning had struck again, twice in the same week!

Alder Lake 50lb carp caught

Dan – 52lb 8oz

The guys’ final tally was over seventy fish in cracking Creuse sunshine. Here’s their feedback;

Holiday date: Sat 5th Apr to Sat 12th Apr 2014
Name of customer: Wayne Haskett
Number of anglers: 3

Details of your catches: 69 fish ranging from 13 to 53.6lbs. All excellent condition

Your best tactics/bait/rigs: Standard rigs with critically balanced baits. Prebaiting & fish as you would at home. Baits were Spicy Sausage, Cell and Live system.

Were the facilities what you expected? Yes
Were you happy with them? Yes

Would you recommend the venue to a friend? Definitely without question

General comments: Food package excellent, Steph & Chris are the most friendly hosts.

Carp fishing in France at Alder Lake

Hot days and cold nights

Carp fishing in France at Alder Lake


Carp fishing in France at Alder Lake


For more information on Alder follow the link – Carp fishing in France



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