Carp Fishing in France

Archived News Issue 4

Newsletter 4 - Autumn 2013

Hello all,

We are coming to the end of our first full season as new owners of Redmill and Yvonne and I would like to thank clients, old and new, for their support. We have made many new friends this year and look forward to seeing some of you again next year. Regretfully Jez has decided to move on and we would like to thank him for all his help in making our new venture so smooth, for all the hard work he has put in over the last year, and of course for creating such a wonderful fishery over the past 10 years.  We wish him the best of luck in his new ventures.  This has made our minds up to pack up the dogs, make the move to France, and welcome all our customers personally to Redmill. 

The Fishing

In the summer months you expect the cat fish to start showing. Love them or hate them, you have to accept that they are one of the hardest fighting freshwater fish you will come across.  We had some good sized cats landed to 70lbs during July, however no one could control some of the cats that were taking carp baits. 
There was no way of knowing the size of these fish as no one had come close to landing one. Darren Collyer came armed with some cat gear and fished live baits over pellet and the result was a huge catfish of 115lb, and he backed this up with a carp of 43lb 12 when the catfish went quiet!.

July, August and September have turned out to be outstanding months with regular multiple captures and a fantastic average size of fish. The "stockies" are still putting on weight  and are averaging between 18-24lb now. They are incredibly pretty fish and although they grow slower than other strains they have made an otherwise quiet week into a good trip.

They fight hard as Ollie Matthews will testify, he spent over 2 hours fighting one of these fish. The hook fell out as I brought the net around the fish, it weighed 28lb and Ollie was exhausted!

All rounder Jarno Lahinen spent 1 hours fighting a 28lb common in the early hours of one August morning, he was heard laughing across the lake as he could not believe that a fish could fight so hard, he added to this haul a 9 1/2lb Zander and a 3 1/2lb Roach
Then we arrive at October............This traditionally is an excellent month as the fish feed up for the winter. However the temperature barely dropped below 18 degrees and the fish switched off!!  There is nothing to explain it as fish were showing all over and obviously feeding on everything except bait.  There were some very good anglers on the lake who tried everything in the tackle box, but the fish did not play the game.  I heard that phrase "that's fishing" too many times, but it is, and there is nothing any one can do about it when the carp don't play the game.  All that said, we set up the BBQ, ate good food, drank good wine, and complete strangers became good friends over the week. It's not always about the fishing, and they have all booked again for next year.

We are in the first week of November now, and the last anglers have left for home.  Paul with a 51lb 6oz under his belt and Andy with a 49lb 12oz, so maybe October isn't all that bad after all!!!! View the Redmill Catch Reports
Looking forward to next year.

We have plenty to do over the winter. The work on the new cabin is complete and the barbeque is built,  but we still need to finish the landscaping in the Poplar grove, and now the planning has finally come through the work on the new shower block has started.
The de-silting will continue in January, and we plan to move all alone swim to the area in front of the new cabin.

Our fish supplier is coming over to take away the smaller catfish that we have in the stock pond and he is bringing with him 6 new resident carp weighing between 32lb and 40lb and 3 x 30lb+ grass carp.

After a busy winter we are looking forward to next season, and we will be offering breakfast and/or evening meals for anglers should they be required, they have received a massive thumbs up to date, there is no need to pre-order, but  if you are interested please let us know.

Bookings 2014

Due to the popularity of April and May we could only release 1 week in each for individual bookings. The whole of April is fully booked now and the individual week in May is also fully booked. If we get enough interest we will open up another week in May for individual bookings so please Contact us. This will only be available for previous customers and those who receive this newsletter, also there are still two weeks available at the end of March. This is an excellent time to visit Redmill as the fish receive no pressure for 4 months and are just coming on the feed. Please keep an eye on the Availability page for up to date information.

We look forward to seeing you in 2014!

Daron & Yvonne

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