Top tips for planning overseas success
you’re thinking of venturing abroad for a fishing trip for the first time, the sheer amount of options you have can be overwhelming. Get it right and you could be in for the time of your life. Get it wrong and it could be a costly headache that will literally leave you ‘reeling’. Here’s a few tips that will get you on the right track…
IDo your research
This is the most important element of your trip. Before you go, you need to have a clear idea of the type of holiday you want, thinking about the location, all of the costs involved, and what you realistically hope to achieve. You have many tools at your disposal to do this: magazines, websites, social media and word-of-mouth. You will no doubt know some anglers that have fished abroad, so get a first-hand account of their trip, and then weigh up whether or not it’s the right one for you.
Make the right choices
There are so many overseas fishing holidays you can choose from these days, so it’s really important to choose something that suits you. If you’re not one for ‘roughing it’, then a week’s ‘drive and survive’ carp fishing in France or Spain might not be the best idea. There are, however, numerous venues where you can still live in the lap of luxury while fishing for monster carp and catfish.
One venue that instantly springs to mind is one that I’ve visited several times before, Etangs de Puyravaud, in the Charente region of France. C’est magnifique! A 38 lb common carp from Etangs de Puyravaud, one of many great French venues stocked with quality fish.
There, along with the exclusive use of their lake, you have a luxury cottage in which you and your family or friends can comfortably be accommodated. Similarly, a small company called Ebro Mad Cats can offer you exclusive use of their own stretch of the mighty Ebro river in Spain, whilst accommodating you in a Casita just yards from the bank.
Choose the right location
You need to have a clear idea of where you want to go, and what the weather is typically like at the time of year you intend to visit. If it’s likely to be freezing cold or boiling hot, then it’s not going to be very comfortable.
Travelling further afield may involve a plane trip, so make sure that you can hire all of the tackle and bait that you will need at your destination.
It’s well publicised how good France is for carp fishing and Spain for catfish, but the wider continent of Europe is full of possibilities these days. You need only have a look at Alan Blair’s escapades in his Euro Banx series on YouTube to see what gems lie in more obscure locations. You may even choose a location that offers something completely different from standard coarse fishing and opt for saltwater.
Places such as Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands, afford you the chance to fish for huge stingray, angel shark, smoothhound and barracuda, to name but a few.
In every aspect you need to be 100 per cent prepared for your trip. If you’re driving abroad, make sure that you know the requirements by law in that country for motorists, as they are not the same as the UK. Getting caught without the correct safety equipment in countries such as France and Spain can land you with a pretty hefty fine, so it is really worth ensuring that you have everything that is required.
Ensure that you know all of the laws regarding angling. In France, you don’t require any permits to fish private lakes, but on public waters (including rivers) permits are required, and these differ by region. Don’t just rock up somewhere on your travels and expect to fish, because it could land you in a whole lot of trouble. Pleading ignorance doesn’t tend to go down well if you get caught!