Overseas Fishery Focus
In this month’s Overseas Fishery Focus we take a look at a venue set in the north east of France in the very popular Champagne region which holds carp up to mid-70s
In this month’s Overseas Fishery Focus we take a look at another venue set in the north east of France in the very popular Champagne region which holds carp up to mid 70s. Lac du Charlou is a 16 acre clear blue gravel pit surrounded by 23 acres of beautiful French woodland and countryside
Situated in the north east of France, in the beautiful Champagne region, sits a 16 acre gravel pit – home to some huge carp up to mid-70lb. Lac du Charlou has been providing anglers with numerous PBS for over 12 years now and holds a big head of carp over the 50lb mark.
Although not an easy water it does allow anglers to beat their PB every week in one form or another. It is a water for the angler who prefers a challenge in beautiful surroundings. The lake itself is just under 16 acres with depths up to 18 feet. There are 11 well-spaced swims, two of which are doubles.
Charlou is a very sociable water and although the swims are on average 50 yards apart you are never in a situation where you are cut off from your fishing companions. The venue surroundings are very well maintained and no stone has been left unturned to make the venue attractive in many ways. It offers all the facilities necessary to make the angler’s stay a very comfortable one whilst waiting for that monster carp to turn up. Catch rates vary obviously, depending on the time of year that you arrive, but there will always be good sized carp banked. What Lac du Charlou does promise is that all their carp are in first class condition, which will provide visitors with great trophy shots and lasting memories.
The ratio of mirrors to commons is around 50/50, which is unusual – so the chance of a huge scaly common is high. The average size carp caught is around the 44lb mark with at least 70 fish over 40lb having been recorded and photographed. There are at least 27 carp over 50lb with two over 70lb – both of which are mirror. The biggest common carp present at the time of writing is 61lb.
There are a lot of nice scaly mirrors, hybrids, big chunky mirrors, two tones, linears, and big golden commons to go for. There are no bream, tench, poisson chat or catfish to contend with in Charlou – although there is a good head of perch and pike to fish for in between the carp runs if you fancy it.
The facilities include a toilet, shower and basin alongside a nice sociable eating area which also includes a fridge full of cold drinks for sale. There is also a TV, English charging points and fridges and freezers for anglers to keep food and bait fresh. A food package is available which is highly recommended and an assortment of baits can be purchased if required.
Charlou Carping also sell a bait package at a discounted rate if purchased with the food package.
Baits such as Mainline and A2 Baits are kept in frozen form on site – and are available at recommended retail prices. In each peg there is a weigh post with huge carp cradles provided. There are also recycling boxes and bins in each peg to keep things nice and tidy. All pegs are timber fronted and have floatation sling tie eyes for retaining any fish if need be. Each swim is pruned back each week to keep them well maintained. The swims are covered with rounded gravel – kind on groundsheets but drainable if it rains, so no muddy situations. There is a nice gravelled track around the whole lake so dropping your tackle off on a Saturday is very easy before parking vehicles in the secure car park.
Lac du Charlou is very easy to find and is a drive of just under four hours from Calais. The venue is on the edge of the Forest d’orient and is very peaceful. There is a town five minutes away with supermarkets and Tabacs, etc.
The lake holds up to ten anglers and can either be booked on an exclusive basis or as an individual. It is recommended that you book well in advance as it is very popular due the quality of both the venue and the carp it holds.