Here are a few recent photos of catches from the venue.
I’ve just logged in to my Youtube account to see it has gone over the 1 million views. The site has been going for a few years now and features many of my videoclips with top carp angler and Quest baits boss Shaun Harrison. It also has featured videos of my Croix Blanche Lakes fishery in northern France.
I shall be shooting more videos over the next year or so featuring bothmy own French fishing and angling at my lakes. Read the rest of this entry »
Croix Blanche Lakes wishes you a very Happy Christmas and a great and fish filled New Year 2013. We hope to have the pleasure your company on the banks of the lakes during the coming year.
As I posted in my last article, I’ve been having fun this summer targeting other species than carp. Or to put it another way fishing for whatever comes along. This has been specimen fishing but doesn’t seek to exclude fish other than carp. And as you’ll see along the way I’ve caught my share of nice carp too.
In the last few months I’ve found a really excellent and most deadly technique: the Method feeder! The ones I’ve been using are the new(’ish) Drennan Method feeders.
These Method feeders are really an item originally designed with the match angler in mind. They have proved very successful on commercial carp fisheries.
If they have been so effective here, it is certainly because they offer a tight cluster of bait right by your hook bait and do a great job of concealing the hooklink. More often than not I use a small pop up, which once it breaks free from the ground bait wafts in a tantalizing manner just next to the feeder. So far this year, for most species in my lakes it has proved deadly. Read the rest of this entry »
Since I’ve lived in France I have not really fished for any other species, other than a few trips to Spain for the big Catfish. I’m really lucky in that the Croix Blanche venue not only holds big carp and cats, but also a superb head of big coarse fish including tench, crucians, bream, perch, pike and rudd.
So it has been rather refreshing this year to try my hand at catching specimen fish of other species.
It all came about when I met a group of French, former carp anglers, who had reconverted to general coarse fishing and match style methods. When I met these guys I was on a bit of a roll having had 3 fish over 40lb in a couple of months, the best being a 46lb common, from several venues.
Their approach though, I found fun and refreshing. I must admit the bivvy up style had been boring me a bit for a while, and I found short day sessions fishing traditional boilie methods less than productive. Also I didn’t really have the time to fish several days a t a stretch, couple with the fact I had a hard job getting a swim on my own lakes. Read the rest of this entry »
A trip down memory lane this film. Originally made for the French fishing and hunting TV channel “Chasse et Pêche” in 2003, it has since been edited to DVD. (Naturally the commentary is in French).
The film shows some nice fish caught during the early days of the Croix Blanche Lakes. A lot has changed since, but the essence of the carp fishing venue I wanted to create is still there today. The site has seen numerous improvements to the facilities, the swims and the fish stocks.