I have been involved in the carp scene since the early seventies, continuing to the present day. I have tried to keep away from the circuit waters during my fishing experience, however I did spend around 8 years fishing the Mangrove and 4 years on Grenville. I presently have the pleasure of running my own carp fishery which contains some beautiful fish. My main object on this fishery is carp welfare and keeping a natural stocking balance in the lakes. I have also been field testing for Angling Lines for at least 8 years visiting numerous French venues on my travels.
Favourite UK water;
My own syndicate water (not named) with fish to over 40lb.
Most memorable capture;
Amongst a 27 fish capture, I had 4 carp on the trot from Etang de Boux – 49lb 15oz, 49lb 3oz, 50lb 4oz and a 51lb 11oz.
Old fashioned casting with my Free Spirit rods coupled with Shimano 10000 Techniums reels. When fishing abroad I like to prepare a tight bed of bait at a reasonable casting distance in the lake and fish all rods either on or just off this area. When fishing in England I like to fish light with a couple of rods, so that I can move with the fish around the lake, as I seem to get my best results fishing this way.
When in France, once I have found an area that I am happy with I stick to it through out the fishing session, drawing carp from around the lake to feed.
If there was one piece of advice you could offer to a first time French carp angler what would it be?
If it was my 1st time in France I would be looking at a water that is well stocked so that I could experience plenty of runs. Reading all the information and watch all the videos possible on your chosen venue and always be prepared for nuisance species.