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.


40lb common from the Croix Blanche


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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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

500,000 Views on Youtube

September 20, 2010

Bit of a landmark passed this week with over 500,000 views on my Gwenllyn Productions Youtube Channel. I started the Channle as a way of grouping all the best videos I shot over the years for companies like Quest baits etc, as well as more recent productions with anglers like Ron Woodward at my own Croix Blanche venue.
The channel was started in 2007 and now has over 660 subscribers and gests over 1000 hits per day.

If you’d like to see some of the clips check out the clips

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Angling – What does it mean to you?

September 15, 2010

I saw a really nice thought provoking article by UK angler Pat Gillett on the Quest Baits blog. Pat is a long time specimen hunter often turning his attentions to the rivers in his region and their large barbel.

I too think angling and carp angling gin particular has lost its way. Ok I make a living out of fishing, but I’m sure those of us who have been fishing for over 20 years will remember the days when carp fishing had a mythical magic about it.

Fortunately the wonders of nature have not changed and a kingfisher alighting on ones rods is still a marvelous sight.

See the original article here:

“ ….I was talking to a mate of mine the other day (a good match angler) and it brought home to me how we all derive different pleasures from angling. To him it was all about the competition and the sheer numbers and weights of fish, obvious really, has this is what is needed to win matches. To me angling pleasure comes from something totally different. After being an angler for over 35 years the need to equate everything to numbers has long since gone. It’s more about ‘just being there’. It’ easy to get drawn into the numbers game and easy to lose sight of why we actually go fishing.

I do like to fish for larger than average fish (for my area) but that only comes from the many years of fishing and thus building my way up from catching smaller fish. To get the most enjoyment I need to be on the right venue and to be catching ‘on my own terms’.

One thing I try to avoid is ‘over pressured’ stretches of river or lakes, unfortunately the presence of bigger than average size fish tends to bring with it loads of fish chasers and swim jumpers and at times a total lack of angling etiquette. I fished one of these stretches (on a small river) a couple of times about a month ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Catch Report 5th June : 45lb Mirror Tops the Catch

June 14, 2010

Belgian carpers Rudi Bru and Pete Bleyaert got in amongst some superb carp and cats in a short three nighter in the company of their wives this week on the Tortue Lake.
As they arrived on the lakes they opted for peg 15 at the top end of the Tortue as there must have been 100 carp sunning themselves on the surface. The first 24 hours in the warm weather proved unproductive with just one small cat to show for their efforts. A change in the weather with a thunder storm and some rain soon put the fish back in the feeding mood and in the next few hours they banked several cracking fish.
Pete managed a lovely mirror of 45lb 2oz (20.5kg) as well as a 38lb 5oz (17.6kg) Common. Rudi not to be out done also landed some nice carp with a Mirror of 36lb 5oz and Commons of 24lb 5oz and 22lb 4oz.
The successful bait was the Proline Red Devils and a homemade garlic flavoured boilie. The flurry of action ended with the return of the hot sunny weather, and reluctantly they headed back to Belgium.

Croix Blanche Catch Report : Two fish over 20kg this week.

June 5, 2010

31st  May to 5th June

Two fish over 20kg (44lb) were landed this week in a carp bonanza that left everyone happy. With the cats in a very voracious mood of late the carp had been hard to tempt, but not this week. The weather was roasting hot but it didn’t put the carp off going on the munch. Andy Phillips opened the account with a cracking 47lb 8oz mirror from peg 14, while peg 10 followed suit 24 hours later with a 44lb mirror.
The catch of the week though went to Adam Lowridge on peg 11 who banked 18 carp including 8 thirties as well as cats to 37lb. In all 15 fish over 30lb were banked with catfish to 45lb.
Successful tactics were hempseed and boilies for the carp with Maineline Cell and SBS baits doing the business, where as pellets and boilies sorted out the catfish.
Most carp came at dusk to midnight or early morning, as the days proved hot and still only producing the odd welcome daytime catch. Surprisingly most of the cats were caught during the day.

For more photos : June Catches

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Spring Clean

March 28, 2010

Well it’s Spring again and the fish are moving. Its time now the weather is better to get all those jobs done that improve the fishery and could not be done during the colder weather.

  1. Strimming:  The first major task was to cut back the vegetation that has grown profusely around each peg. Armed with a chainsaw, and a petrol strimmer, I’ve been attacking the wild plants of the Croix Blanche. What amazes me though is that virtually every shrub I want to eliminate is armed with absolutely vicious spikes and spines!
    Well most pegs have been opened out and cleaned. This has made the lake generally look tidier and well kept. Add to this a large number of trees that came down in end of winter storms and I’ve had my work cut out removing huge quantities of wood. Read the rest of this entry »

Five tips for Catching in the Spring

March 9, 2010

by Gareth Watkins

  1. Signs of moving fish:
    After a long winter and this year was cold, long and severe, the fish are just starting to wake up in the Spring as the days lengthen and the light penetration lasts longer.
    As the fish slowly move out of their winter torpor they won’t be moving very far. So any signs of feeding fish will certainly move you closer to your goal. If you see carp top, lump out, crash out or simply break the surface, get a bait out there, close by!! I wouldn’t recommend you bait heavily, but a PVA bag or a couple of spods should see you in with a good of a take. Read the rest of this entry »