By Paul Fisher
We would like to express how much we have enjoyed our Carp fishing holidays at La Bletiere for the last three years. The lake is set in such a lovely landscape with picturesque views, which is so peaceful and relaxing.
Our first trip was in July 2017 and was our first ever French Carp Fishing holiday and although Paul & Rhys had been carp fishing in England for many years, they didn’t know quite what to expect in France. We were blown away with how much John and Karen really helped Paul and Rhys with their knowledge of their lake and how to fish their lake. They gave lots of advice on their pegs, which baits had worked well, tackle to use and Johns special particle mix which was essential. John showed us which areas of the lake to fish.
July 2017 Catch report
32lb Mirror New PB Paul
25lb 5oz Mirror
24lb 4oz Common
23lb 10oz Mirror
23lb 8oz Common
23lb 8oz Mirror
23lb Grass Carp
11 of the biggest of 18 Carp caught
Total Weight Caught 325lb 2oz
Our Second Trips in April and August 2018
We couldn’t wait to return and see if Paul & Rhys could better there PB’s. Every carp that was caught were in an excellent & healthy condition and this is something that John & Karen are so passionate about. They take daily regular water samples and check the air pressure, and let us know about the fishing conditions. We have hired equipment from John so we don’t have to bring so much with us.
For non-anglers, Kim has found the tranquil setting so peaceful & relaxing to get away from the stress of busy lives. Kim enjoys reading on the patios and to watch Paul & Rhys catch fish. In the grounds there a trout stream and a woodland area to have a stroll round. All you can hear is the birds & the carp jumping in the lake, you occasionally see deer in the woods. There is a nice walk into the local village Montmirail, with a few shops, and La Ferte Bernard is a historic town with a large lake with boating on the river. There is also some quaint shops and cafes to enjoy.
See April & August 2018 Catch reports.
April 2018 August 2018
36lb 7oz Mirror New PB Paul 35lb 6oz Common New PB Rhys
33lb Common 30lb 2oz Mirror
32lb 10oz 30lb 2oz Mirror
32lb Mirror 30lb Grass Carp
31lb 8oz Mirror 27lb 10oz Common
30lb 5oz Common 27lb 2oz Mirror
28lb 10oz Mirror 27lb Common
23lb 6oz Common 27lb Mirror
23lb 6oz Common 26lb 2oz Common
21lb Common 26lb Mirror
10 of the biggest of 11 Carp caught 24lb 7oz Common
Total Weight 270lb 23lb 7oz Common
13 of the biggest of 28 Carp caught
Total Weight 460lb 3oz
The Gite has everything that you would want to enjoy your stay, with great views over the lake and countryside. The two bedrooms have comfy beds and are light & airy. There is ceiling fan in the bedroom for hot nights in summer and a lovely log burner in the lounge for when it’s a bit chiller in the evenings at the start and end of the season. There is English programmes on the satellite TV, & DVDs and books to enjoy too.
Returned to La Bletiere in April & August 2019
This April John & Karen had strengthened the banks around the lake and in August they’ve dug a stock pond near to the lake. They are always maintaining and improving the lake and surroundings.
See April & August 2019 Catch reports.
April 2019 August 2019
37lb 7oz Common New PB Paul 42lb 4oz Common New PB Paul
37lb Mirror New PB Paul 38lb 2oz Mirror New PB Paul
35lb 2oz Common 35lb Common
33lb Common 31lb 4oz Common
32lb 8oz Common 31lb 2oz Mirror
32lb 7oz Common 31lb Mirror
32lb 6oz Mirror 28lb 10oz Common
32lb 4oz Common 28lb 8oz Mirror
32lb 2oz Mirror 27lb 4oz Common
30lb 2oz Mirror 27lb 4oz Common
29lb 2oz Common 27lb 2oz Mirror
29lb 2oz Mirror 26lb Mirror
28lb 6oz Common 25lb Common
27lb 10oz Mirror 21lb 9oz Mirror
27lb 8oz Mirror 14 of the biggest of Carp caught 33
27lb 4oz Common Total Weight 587lb 4oz
23lb 3oz Common
22lb 4oz Common
20lb 8oz Common
19 of the biggest of Carp caught 37
Total Weight 725lb 4oz
Highly Recommend the Food Package.
Every carp fishing holiday we’ve had John & Karen’s food package which is excellent. John uses fresh produce some of the fruit & vegetables grown on their veg patch. John cooks fantastic meals and Karen does some amazing deserts.
Breakfasts are hot Bacon, Sausage Egg baguettes to suit us, and delivered in the Gite.
Evening Meals examples, we have enjoyed
Roast Pork & Trimmings
Pizza, Chilli, Shepherd’s Pie, Gammon
All with either large salad, vegetables, new potatoes, chips etc.
Apple & Blackberry Crumble
Fruit Flan, Poached Pears in red wine, Chocolate Mousse
John is very accommodating with requests.
Each fishing holiday Paul & Rhys have learnt new tactics from John and have exceeded their expectations with the fantastic carp that they’ve caught. We look forward each week at the online catches, of the other anglers at La Bletiere.
Every time we leave, we count down the weeks till we return and see John & Karen again, and excited to see what fantastic carp we’re going to catch next year.