Trip 49 Carp Fishing – 2018


With a break in the weather passing through this weekend, I was very keen to get on the lake.  With a few family things on, there was only one option – two quick overnights over the weekend.  The pressure had dropped a lot, plenty of strong winds due and loads of rain, it just had to get the fish feeding.

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After a long look round and there were a few anglers with the same thought as me!  I settled on the middle part of the complex out on a point, however in the past I lost a few carp in the snags to the left.  I would be keeping well away from these, I feel there is no real point in losing carp for the sake of it and the potential of harming them.

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I baited a new area to my right, which has produced fish in the past for me.  I flicked some bags on the stop, laid on my bed watching the world go by and the sun going down.

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Hoping I had chosen the right spot (which I was sure I had) but it may be my next trip that produces some fish.  This is part of my baiting plan, as I would be back every other night for the next 3 trips out, well that’s the plan and we shall have to see how it works out.

With no carp the first night I was up early to head home for a family day out.

Until next time

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There’s A New Day Dawning


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As you all know, I have been fishing for a long time and I am still amazed at the number of anglers who just pick a brand and stick with it forever.  This is regardless if there is a down turn in quality of the products.  I call them Brand sheep.  I agree, there are a lot of similar products out there, however, a little change to products, can make all the difference between a fish on the bank or not.  I have been a fan of the odd product from different brands over the year, but never the full range, as part of the brand sometimes let the side down.

Now the tide is turning and there is a new company in town – Spotted Fin.  I came on board early on and am part of the team.  I am able to test products new to the market.  There is no doubt in my mind, that this company will be taking over the fishing world. You can feel the passion for the best products (with no compromise on quantity), past on to all the team.  They believe in quality always, the angler always comes first and foremost, this is in all the products that I have seen and tested so far.  If i am honest, it’s very hard to find a fault or suggest any improvement, there has been a great deal of effort and thought, gone into every single product with no compromise.

Finskin

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Cannot fault any of these (as you can see from reading my blogs), most of my fishing is close quarters snag fishing and the hook link material holds up amazingly well.

Hooks

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Carrying on from above, I use Finskin in conjunction with these beauties and I can’t fault any of these, the hook hold is amazing

Boilies

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What can I say?  Other than, after I struggled with my previous boilies and then switching over, my catch rate and confidence has risen up and not faltered.

Pellets

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In conjunction with their boilies, the pellets certainly pull the carp onto the bait and have accounted for some very nice fish – for myself and others.

Hookbaits

Image may contain: foodThey smell and last perfectly, you couldn’t ask for more.  They are not rock hard (like a lot of pop ups) and are not to soft, they are right in the middle and just spot on.

Stix Mix

Krill, Salmon, Tuna – Are one of my stix mix ingredients and without a doubt these are the best on the market.

Ground Bait & Spod Mix, Particle Range

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The range of products is just perfect and whether you are a match or carp angler, these will not fail to catch.

Liquids

Tuna, Salmon, Krill, Minamino, Betalin

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You just can’t go wrong with any of these liquids, there are so many more products coming on line every week – I just can’t keep up.  There is just no compromise on quality and some of these products have been tested over a two year period.

Go on join the revolution.

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PELLETS RANGE


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Spotted Fin is an amazing fishing brand, it is one of the new breed of bait companies who have an amazing ethos – Spotted Fin is the realisation of an idea that began some years ago.  It stems from a desire to create a destination brand for Carp, Match & Coarse fishing in the first instance.

PELLETS
RANGE

 

BetaFin Pellets
BETAFIN PELLETS
Boosted Pellet Range
BOOSTED PELLET RANGE
Premium Coarse Pellets 2mm
PREMIUM COARSE PELLETS 2MM
Premium Coarse Pellets 4mm
PREMIUM COARSE PELLETS 4MM
Premium Coarse Pellets 6mm
PREMIUM COARSE PELLETS 6MM
Premium Coarse Pellets 8mm
PREMIUM COARSE PELLETS 8MM
Smokey Jack: Pellets
SMOKEY JACK: PELLETS
The Catalyst: 2mm Pellets
THE CATALYST: 2MM PELLETS
Halibut Drilled Pellets
HALIBUT DRILLED PELLETS
The Catalyst: 4mm Pellets
THE CATALYST: 4MM PELLETS
The Catalyst: 6mm Pellets
THE CATALYST: 6MM PELLETS
The Catalyst: 8mm Pellets
THE CATALYST: 8MM PELLETS
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BASE MIX INGREDIENTS


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Spotted Fin is an amazing fishing brand, it is one of the new breed of bait companies who have an amazing ethos – Spotted Fin is the realisation of an idea that began some years ago.  It stems from a desire to create a destination brand for Carp, Match & Coarse fishing in the first instance.

BASE MIX INGREDIENTS

Acid Casein 90 Mesh
ACID CASEIN 90 MESH
Antarctic Krill Meal
ANTARCTIC KRILL MEAL
Blood Plasma
BLOOD PLASMA
Blood Powder (Purified)
BLOOD POWDER (PURIFIED)
Blue Cheese Powder
BLUE CHEESE POWDER
Calcium Caseinate
CALCIUM CASEINATE
Egg Albumen
EGG ALBUMEN
Extra Strong Chilli Powder
EXTRA STRONG CHILLI POWDER
Feather Meal
FEATHER MEAL
Fenugreek Powder - Seed
FENUGREEK POWDER – SEED
Fine Oyster Shell
FINE OYSTER SHELL
Fish Meal - LT94
FISH MEAL – LT94
Fish Meal - Salmon
FISH MEAL – SALMON
Fish Meal - Sardine & Anchovy
FISH MEAL – SARDINE & ANCHOVY
Fish Meal - Standard
FISH MEAL – STANDARD
Fish Meal - Tuna
FISH MEAL – TUNA
Fishmeal - Pre-Digested
FISHMEAL – PRE-DIGESTED
Haith's® CLO (Cod Liver Oil)
HAITH’S® CLO (COD LIVER OIL)
Kelp Meal
KELP MEAL
Lactalbumin
LACTALBUMIN
Lamlac (Volac)
LAMLAC (VOLAC)
Limestone Flour
LIMESTONE FLOUR
Maize Flour
MAIZE FLOUR
Maize Meal
MAIZE MEAL
Meat Meal
MEAT MEAL
Pea Protein
PEA PROTEIN
Peanut Meal
PEANUT MEAL
Rennet Casein
RENNET CASEIN
Robin Red ®
ROBIN RED ®
Semolina
SEMOLINA
Shrimp Shell Meal
SHRIMP SHELL MEAL
Soya Flour
SOYA FLOUR
Supergold 60 - Maize Protein
SUPERGOLD 60 – MAIZE PROTEIN
Tiger Nut Flour - FINE
TIGER NUT FLOUR – FINE
Wheat Gluten
WHEAT GLUTEN
Wheatgerm
WHEATGERM
Whey Gel
WHEY GEL
Whey Protein Concentrate 80
WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE 80
Whole Egg Powder
WHOLE EGG POWDER
Zero Gravity Pop-Up Mix - Fluoro Pink
ZERO GRAVITY POP-UP MIX – FLUORO PINK
Zero Gravity Pop-Up Mix - Fluoro Yellow
ZERO GRAVITY POP-UP MIX – FLUORO YELLOW
Zero Gravity Pop-Up Mix - Standard
ZERO GRAVITY POP-UP MIX – STANDARD
The Catalyst: Base Mix
THE CATALYST: BASE MIX
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Trip 48 Carp Fishing- 2018


I arrived back down the Airfield lake just before 7pm after a fun drive through the New Forest.  I was trying to avoid the traffic jam but failed badly.  After my last trtrip, I had put a load of bait in before I left, in the hope of fitting in a day session.  This I also failed at this week, you can never win them all.

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I did have a good look round first but I just felt the need to give this swim one more go.  There were clearly fish about last time, so with that in mind, I set about finding a nice margin spot, with the Deeper.

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The best area was to the right of me, which left me a lovely spot not to far out from the other rod.

As night fell I got my head down and fell asleep only to be woken by a belting run on my left-hand rod.  After the normal long battle on here, never really knowing if you have a 10lber or a low twenty.  It was in the net and quickly transferred to the hooking mat, upon lifting the net you discover what you have and for me, it was a pleasant change, a nice common at 18lb 4oz.  Not the big lump we all search for on here, as we all love the unknown and wildness of this lake but never the less a fish is a fish and I was very happy.

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With the rod recast it was time for some more kip as it was not even 2am yet.

My next take did not arrive until well after first light.  It was just gone 7am when the same rod rattled off again, with another common, but not as big as the last.

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It’s funny that I haven’t had a take on the margin after getting all those liners the other night.  I was convinced I would get a take off that spot but one of the spots I found the last trip with the Deeper.  It has done me well and next time I may well switch them around again.

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And it was no sooner home time.

Until next time

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PARTICLE RANGE


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PARTICLE
RANGE

 

PARTICLES

Buckwheat
BUCKWHEAT
Crushed Hemp
CRUSHED HEMP
Flaked Maize
FLAKED MAIZE
Frozen Bloodworm
FROZEN BLOODWORM
Frozen Krill
FROZEN KRILL
Groats (Naked Oats)
GROATS (NAKED OATS)
Hemp and Tigers - PVA & Shelf Life Ready
HEMP AND TIGERS – PVA & SHELF LIFE READY
Milled Hemp Shell
MILLED HEMP SHELL
Natural Hemp - PVA & Shelf Life Ready
NATURAL HEMP – PVA & SHELF LIFE READY
Particle Blend - PVA & Shelf Life Ready
PARTICLE BLEND – PVA & SHELF LIFE READY
Particle Mix
PARTICLE MIX
Peanut Granules
PEANUT GRANULES
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Carp Fishing France Brothers Lake


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Brothers Lake – FRANCE


CARP FISHING IN FRANCE

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Brothers Lake lies in the beautiful Limousin countryside in the central west region of France. Famous for its blue and white porcelain, the city of Limoges is just thirty minutes away. The surrounding area has plenty of sights to see and things to do if you can prise yourself away from the fishing for long enough.

Situated in the Haute-Vienne department, the weather is warm for much of the year and can experience long hot summers on a regular basis. Perfect for a week of carp fishing in France! The lake itself lies in a conservation area and relies solely on an off-grid supply.

The emphasis at Brothers Lake has been on developing a fantastic looking stock of fish in a fantastic little venue, catering more for the seasoned carp angler than the holidaymaker. There are no luxuries with regard to facilities and the focus is the fishing itself.

If you like dinner cooked for you, WiFi in your swim and Sky TV when you go fishing, this may not be the venue for you. If on the other hand, you enjoy fishing small intimate venues where a little thinking and a bit of stealth makes all the difference, then there are some truly stunning looking carp to fish for.

The lake also attracts a plethora of birds and wildlife to keep the nature lovers content. Amongst the species, you may see are wild boar, deer, pine martins, red squirrels, ospreys and Montagu’s Harriers to name but a few.

 

 

LAKE

Brothers Lake was dug in the 1950’s and covers an area of 5.5 acres. We purchased the lake in 2014 and will be opening for our first full season in 2019. Not opening the lake for the first four years has enabled us to grow on our fish in a safe environment, with no stress from angling while we develop the lake and facilities.

The lake bed is composed of clay and sand, with a few areas of silt and no snags. Depths range from a couple of feet at the inlet end to around twelve feet at the dam end. The banks have been planted with a great variety of trees, shrubs and wild flowers including Willows, Birches, Common and Italian Alders, Pines, Broom, Iris and Purple-loosestrife. A natural spring which runs year round feeds the lake via a stream, providing a good, constant supply of quality water.

We have five swims to choose from, so even with the maximum of four anglers present there is always a swim free to move to. Each swim is large enough for a bivvy, rods and an unhooking mat, making life easy for the angler.

For those who angle stealthily, the fish can be caught from just a few feet off the bank, especially during the hours of darkness. 

There are no nuisance species and the crayfish will pose little or no problems while you enjoy your week of carp fishing in France. 

 

Map of carp fishing lake Brothers Lake

RULES

Our rules are incredibly important for the welfare of our unique stock, and our carp lake. Each angler will be required to read and sign a copy upon booking. Please be aware there are no second chances or warnings. If any member of your booking breaks the rules, we reserve the right to terminate your carp fishing holiday for the whole group with no compensation or refund. 

  • MAXIMUM of three rods per angler

  • No braid (except for marker and spod rods)

  • No leaders of ANY description, no knots in main line

  • No leadcore

  • Anti tangle tubing MUST BE USED. A minimum of 18 in (45 cm) has to be used on all rods. As we have so many fully and heavily scaled mirrors, this helps to prevent their scales from being lifted.

  • No bait boats, rowing boats or any inflatables

  • Microbarbed hooks ONLY

  • No bent hooks

  • Semi fixed lead setups only, lead must drop easily (each angler will be checked during your stay)

  • No shelf life boilies, fresh freezer baits only.

  • No pellets or nuts. You may use small particles in moderation if prepared correctly. Our pellets can be bought at the lake, do not bring your own.

  • Carp care antiseptic must be carried by every angler. We prefer the use of NT Labs Propolis.

  • Radios are permitted, please do not have them blaring across the lake.

  • You can stalk if you wish with ONE rod, however do not damage bank side vegetation in the process and other rods in your swim MUST be wound in.

  • No fishing areas. You may not fish from the Dam wall bank or behind any roped off areas.

  • No sacking of fish. You may keep fish in a retainer for a MAXIMUM of fifteen minutes to prepare weighing and camera equipment.

  • DO NOT MOVE FISH FROM THE GRAVELED SWIM AREA. All weighing and photography must be done within the confines of the swim, alternatively in the water. We will not tolerate fish being carried or moved around up the bank for any reason.

  • All fish over 40lb must be weighed and photographed in the water. Please bring waders with you.

  • High sided unhooking mats ONLY. No metal framed cradles, no flat unhooking mats. If you are unsure, please ask us. Examples of what we allow. Trakker Sanctuary Crib, JRC High Care mat, Chub Xtra protection cradle, Fox Carp Master Cradle are acceptable styles.

  • No rods to be left unattended.

  • Please do not arrive before 1pm on day of arrival. You must  be off site at 10am on day of departure. If you are early you are not permitted to wait at the gate as you will block the track for the farmers. If you are due to arrive before 1pm there are facilities in the local town.

  • No drugs, alcohol in moderation

  • NO GLASS BEER BOTTLES. All beer should be in cans; only wine bottles and cooking sauces etc. are acceptable in glass. This is due to the strict recycling rules and the fact we don’t benefit from refuse collection.

  • No litter, this includes cigarette butts. Please use an ashtray and then discard in the bin.

  • No fires whatsoever. BBQ only in the social gravel area in front of the cabin not in swims.

  • No using the banks or surrounding land as a lavatory

  • Shut gates at all times. Never leave the gate open or unlocked, even for short periods.

  • Please keep the facilities clean during your stay, and as you found them on arrival.

  • Please respect the locals and drive slowly down the track to and from the lake.

  • No dogs

  • Failure to comply with the rules after signing a copy to confirm you understand them will result in the loss of your security/breakages deposit.

  • Recycling: there are three different bins provided.

  • Bin 1: GLASS CANS/TINS

  • Bin 2: PLASTIC BOTTLES/CONTAINERS CARDBOARD

  • Bin 3: GENERAL/FOOD WASTE IN BIN LINERS. Do not put waste into bin 3 without a bin liner.

FACILITIES

Brothers Lake relies solely on an off grid system to provide anglers with basic but ample facilities for use during their stay. Solar panels provide power to the cabin for a bait fridge, lighting and USB charging point for mobile phones or tablets. There is also a toilet, hand basin and hot shower heated by a gas boiler.

The taps are operated by push button design fittings which prevent them being accidentally left running. The lighting is also set up on movement sensors to avoid lights being left on and draining the power.

There is no drinking water at the lake however we provide every angler with five litres of bottled water on arrival so that you have some to start your week. The nearest shops to buy more bottled water from are less than ten minutes away in the local town.

Image of the angler's cabin at Brothers Lake

There is an outside social seating and BBQ area in front of the cabin for your use. You may also park on this gravelled area, especially

if it’s wet during your stay. Vehicles cannot be driven around the lake, however there are two wheelbarrows available to help get your carp fishing kit to your chosen swim.

The local town is ten minutes away and has everything you will need. There are two large supermarkets both with fuel stations and a further two or three smaller convenience stores. The town also has two or three bar tabacs and plenty of smaller shops such as bakeries and butchers shops. Should you need it there is also a pharmacy and hospital in the town centre.

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