One Million Youtube Views

December 27, 2012

youtube pageI’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 02

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 »

Les Carpes de la Croix Blanche : TV programme from 2003

August 7, 2012

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 Originally made for the French fishing and hunting TV channel “Chasse et Pêche” in 2003, it has since been edited to DVD.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.

Les Carpes de la Croix Blanche from Gareth Watkins on Vimeo.

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A nice video clip by Dawid Jurewicz during a recent trip to Croix Blanche Lakes

July 13, 2012

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A couple of Dutch videos

May 8, 2012

Here are a couple of clips shot by Dutch anglers Jan de Jager and Germ Bruinsma in April 2012:

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Part 2:

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Croix Blanche Seasons

December 15, 2011

Over the last three or four years I have filmed the lakes and some of the fish during all of the seasons of the year. I thouhgt is would be nice to put a clip together showing these changing seasons and some of the varied fish that populate the waters of these lakes.

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Croix Blanche Lakes : Summer 2011 Video

October 5, 2011

A short clip shot with Andy Lear and his friends on the Croix Blanche complex during the summer 2011.

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Andy’s Carping Adventures: Tortue Lake, May 2011

September 18, 2011

Uk Carper Andy Lear shares his “Carping Adventure at Croix Blanche Lakes, Tortue Lake in May 2011. They banked some cracking fish to over 40lb..

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Summer News Letter

September 15, 2011

Following what was the hottest and driest Spring since records were kept, we moved into a month of July which proved to be the wettest and coldest in thirty years. The climate really does seem to be in complete turmoil. This in consequence has a knock on effect for the fishing.

With so much rain during July the lakes fished poorly in comparison to the previous ones. I believe that the influx of cold water, mostly through the water table, and therefore cold, caused the carp to moved up off the bottom and find a comfort zone in mid water. Groups of fish could regularly be sen in mid water. This made them very hard to tempt. Zigs were used with some success, but generally speaking things were not very productive.
I have over the years seen this on a number of waters, where July just in not a very good month for fishing.
Anyway we moved into August and things improved, with a mixture of cool cloudy weather with a few storms to hot sunny days. The fishing did pick up though and there were a few notable weeks where good numbers and size of fish were landed.

Paul Hamer and George Thomson, regulars at the venue, settled into peg 3 & 4 for the first week of July and with the cooler weather had a good week. Highlights for the guys were mirrors of 37lb 2oz, 34lb 10 oz and a Catfish of 33lb 12oz. Read the rest of this entry »

“51” Runs at Croix Blanche

June 20, 2011

Belgian Carper Rudy Coussens sent me this video of his week spent fishing on peg 6 of the Croix Blanche lake. He totalled 51 runs with carp to over 37lb.

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Andys Carpin Adventures- Croix Blanche 2010

October 15, 2010

Here is a post featuring a video of Andy Lear’s trip to the Croix Blanche Lakes in September 2010:

Andys Carpin Adventures- Croix Blanche 2010
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