Over­seas Fish­ery Fo­cus

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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.

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