Top tips for plan­ning over­seas suc­cess

Anglers Mail - - Mk18 D25 -

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.

Be pre­pared

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!

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