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.


french carp fishing castle lakeEquipment

  • Carp rods x 4 (includes 1 spare).
  • Marker rod.
  • Spod rod.
  • Spods / Spombs.
  • Reels x 6.
  • Bite alarms x 4 (includes 1 spare).
  • Receiver box.
  • Spare batteries for alarms and receiver box.
  • Rod pod (if required).
  • Bank sticks.
  • Bivvy / overwrap.
  • Bivvy table.
  • Bedchair.
  • Day chair.
  • Landing net.
  • Scales.
  • Weigh tripod.
  • Weigh sling / retaining sling
  • best baits to use to catch carpUnhooking mat / mats.
  • Made up rigs.
  • Spare hook length material.
  • Spare hooks.
  • Spare swivels.
  • Anti-tangle tubing.
  • Spare main line.
  • PVA stocking / bags / string.
  • Carp care treatments.
  • Life Jacket.
  • Waders.
  • Boots.
  • Waterproofs.
  • Crocs.
  • Torches x 2.
  • Torch batteries (spare).
  • Stove and tea / coffee making stuff.
  • Boilies.
  • Pop-ups.
  • Pellets.
  • Hemp etc.
  • Artificial Bait.
  • Anti – Crayfish / Poisson chat gear.


  • Passport.
  • E1-11.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Ferry details.
  • Euro’s.
  • AA or other Euro-breakdown cover.


Driving in France

  • GB plate.
  • Headlight deflectors.
  • Breathalyser kit.
  • Warning triangle.
  • Hi Viz jacket.
  • Fire Extingiusher.
  • Spare bulb set.
  • First aid kit.
  • Sat Nav.


things to take carp fishingMiscellaneous items

  • Clothing – lots of spare layers and waterproofs.
  • Camera.
  • Camera tripod and bulb release.
  • Camera batteries (spare).
  • Toothbrush.
  • Toothpaste.
  • Towels.
  • Shower gel.
  • Mobile phone and charger.
  • Euro socket adaptor.


3 thoughts on “Carp Fishing in France – What To Take

  1. larry arnold says:

    Pat I would add 2 things to your list a good map and ant powder

  2. Pat Gillett says:

    Two good points Larry, i am sure there are others that i have probably missed that other anglers can think of. but i will add your 2 to my kist now.

  3. Terry Lee says:

    Bite cream the “Clegg’s” ware Clogs there

    Went last year but would like to find a pond near as possible to Courcelles 17400. Charente-Maritime tried
    St Jean d Angley but finished up near thor bit of a trek and not bothered about driving

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