This Blog is Moving

May 24, 2014

Hi there
After a few years on the free WordPress this blog is ;oving to a hosted site:
http://www.croixblanchelakes.com/blog/

see you there
thanks
Gareth

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Spring 2014 Photos

May 14, 2014

Here are a few shots from fish April & May caught at the complex. The Spring has been pretty productive with a good number of nice fish banked.

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40lb common from the Croix Blanche

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Ceri with a 40lb mirror from the Tortue which was part of a 61 fish haul.. Awesome!!

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Some March Photos

March 31, 2014

Here are a few shots of fish caught during March on the complex. Fish between 11kg (23lb) and 18kg (40lb).

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Self-take Photography Revisited

March 20, 2014

Last year I started to take my self-take photography seriously. After landing a 46lb Common at night and not being able to do adequate photos I decided to right things.

My first piece of equipment was the SRB Griturn air release. (See my previous blog post). The item was shown to me by Shaun Harrison and had loads of advantages over simple self timer shots. It worked well and let me take shots once the fish was calm and I was ready. No more dashing round and desperately trying to pose while the fish wriggled and flipped, and putting slimy fingers on an expensive SLR.

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The Hanhel Giga T Pro 2…

But as good as the shots were that the system allowed me to get, it was somewhat flawed on a number of levels. Firstly it worked mechanically, an air release pushing a pin that would focus and trip the shutter when you stepped on the ball. On most modern SLR’s the shutter button is angled for ergonomy, and made of shiny plastic.This means that the pin can slip and not trip the shutter. Shaun’s idea of putting some velcro in the button went some way to solving this, but the very fact that the pin was not pressing directly down on the shutter made it very fiddly to set up and on more than one occasion it refused to fire.

It was very frustrating to set it all up pose with the fish but not be able to get a shot. When this happened I hadn’t much option but to release the fish (for its own well being) and forget a trophy shot.

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February Result

February 27, 2014

Dutch angler Ralf Verhoeven spent three nights in early February on the Tortue Lale, taking advantage of the unusually mild weather for the time of the year. I had myself seen several fishing showing while working on the venue, so it was of no surprise that Ralf was able to get amongst the carp.
Fishing on peg 13 he was able to place lines on both the plateau and the right hand margin. Both sectors produced fish. The best fish of his stay was a superb scale perfect common of 43lb.

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Feels very Spring-like today!!!

February 24, 2014

Feels very Spring-like today!!!

A shot across the Croix Blanche Lake. The trees are in bud, the weeping willows starting to leaf, it really feels like Spring in the bright sunshine today.
The fish have been active too. So if you fancy a Spring time trip to France check out the website and give me a call. http://www.croixblanchelakes.com


‘Le Tour de France’ is coming this summer!

February 4, 2014

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Any body in the Reims area on the 10th July will be able to get a glimpse of the “Tour de France ” that is arriving in Reims that evening.

This year’s tour is of particular interest to people in the UK as it starts its 21 day journey in Leeds, going through York, Cambridge and London before hitting the shores of France.201310237_06-1-2-p

The sixth stage will be run from Arras in the Pas de Calais and arrive in the famous Champagne city of Reims. The 194km stage will ride through the first world war battle field of the Aisne department, crossing in particular the ‘Chemin de Dames’.

As a homage to the Great War which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year the route has been chosen to pay its respects to those who fell in battle.
the route passes within four miles or so of the Croix Blanche lakes as it heads across the “Chemin des Dames” after leaving Pinon, before going through Craonelle & Pontavert on its way to the finish in Reims.

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