12th December 2010. The weather has been great here in the South West
of France, certainly compared to the UK for the last two weeks. We have had
highs of 24°C in the afternoons and most days have been T shirt weather. The
carp fishing has been good, with a couple of high 30 pounders out last week
plus lots of carp in double figures. We have just purchased several more
mirror and common carp around 18 Kg (40lb) to put into the lake, hopefully
they will be arriving before the end of January.
3rd November 2010. Despite a few rainy but warm days the fishing has
been quite good recently, but still no capture of the big one just yet.
This is what the last couple that were here fishing had to say :-
What an idyllic place to spend time just relaxing and chilling out.
The fishing is excellent & there is an abundance of big carp in the lake
(patience is the word & ground bait)
We will definately return & many thanks to our hosts who have thought of
everything to make our stay comfortable.
Many thanks Shane & Rula, See you again,
Mike & Ann
7th October 2010. The weather for this time of year is
fantastic, it has been close to 30°C in the shade all week. The last couple
that were here (Dan & Roxanne) said that they had a lovely time despite not
catching any big carp & that they are definitely coming back to try again.
The carp must have spawned again because the lake is teaming with small fry
that are only a few millimeters long, which goes to show just how good the
conditions are for them.
9th September 2010. Finally the temperature over here in the
south west of France is declining (25°C on average) & there have been a
couple of rainy days which have dropped the water temperature in the
carp lake to 20°C, this should make the
fishing better than it has been through out the hot summer that France has
had. We threw some bread in the lake today and there were
lots of carp coming to the surface of the
lake to feed, which is a very good sign. The next carp anglers to fish the
lake arrive on the 18th for a week in the
24th August 2010. So far it has been a fabulous month with very
little rain & most days reaching 35° +. The fishing has not been to good due
to the temperature but the fantastic weather has certainly made everyone's
holiday a great one. Peter Kay & family ( who stayed for two weeks in both
holiday properties ) could not praise Smallwater lake & the accommodation
enough and have booked to come again later this year. We are still waiting
for someone to catch the
50lb plus carp that was Stocked into
Smallwater lake in Febuary.
Hopefully it will be caught & landed soon , then we can have some great
carp photo's to put in the
gallery . Book
your carp fishing holiday here in France at Smallwater lake and it could be
you holding a catch of a lifetime !!
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1st August 2010. A cloudy but very pleasent day today after a
scorching 42°C in the shade yesterday. Alan from Wigan was catching some
very nice Tench & bream last week on a pole using maggots for bait, the
water in the
lake was fizzing like lemonade in the early
morning & late evening wherever he cast. Alan & his wife said that they both
had a great holiday here in France & wished that they could have stayed
longer in the
7th July 2010. Now its getting very hot, today was 37°C & the
forecast for tomorrow is 40°C. We have guests from sweden at the moment in
chalet & they say that they have never
experianced such fantastic weather and are very glad that there is a
swimming pool. The
lodge has a couple staying in it who have
never been fishing before but with a little tuition they have had plenty of
carp, the best so far has just topped 30lb caught on a monster crab boilie,
plus a very nice breem of 9lb caught on ledgered worm. They say that it has
been one of the most exciting holidays that they have had and will definatly
take up carp fishing as a hobby.
25th June 2010. After a bit of a wet month the weather is now
back on track with highs of 37°C & the long range forecast has the sun
shining with temperatures in the mid thirty's for the next 7 days at least.
Both the swimming pools are now 28°C & the lake temperature is 26°C,
making the carp are very active, splashing around in the margins & jumping
clear out of the water. Swallows & house martins are putting on a flying
display every evening dive bombing the lake for insects, it's really great
26th May 2010. The weather has been glorious for the past two
weaks, not a spot of rain & temperatures reaching 36°C in the shade. The
water temperature in the lake is 26°C and the carp & tench are feeding very
well, packing on the weight. There are lots of fry & fingerlings in the lake
now after the spawning, when you approach the margins the water seems to
boil with activity.
10th May 2010.Well the weather has finaly changed & its back
up to 30°C + with sunshine & showers plus a cracking thunderstorme during
the night. The carp did not go off the feed during the breif cold spell as
the water temp in the lake only dropped 4°C from 20° down to 16° & now its
19°C again & on the rise. A few of the carp were still spawning yesterday
but the majority of them are back to thier usual hungry selves taking food
as soon as it hits the surface of the lake.
4th May 2010.
Well its gone from being 30°C every day for nearly a month to an absolutly
baltic 8°C today & the forecast is not improving at least for the next 5
days Brrrrrr. The water temp in the lake has'nt dropped much just yet, still
18°C but if this keeps up the fish will certainly go off the feed & become
harder to catch. Take
a look at the
fishing jokes , a good laugh might warm you
We are now taking bookings for next year at this years
prices. Have a look at the
availability calendar and book your carp
fishing holiday in France at Smallwater lake now.
27th April 2010.
Another hot one today (30°C) The carp seem to have stopped spawning now but
they have made a real mess of the reed beds. The
larger carp have started to join the others
basking in the sun just bellow the surface & are also feeding from the top,
they would be an easy catch with a few floated dog biscuits. (still waiting
for someone to catch this 50lb + carp)
A short film of carp spawning in the lake on the
20th April 2010. It was a warm day about 28° with
hardly any wind.
February 2010. We took delivery of
another one ton of Carp and Tench (including a 25 kg mirror carp) to make
our carp fishing lake the best runs water that there probably is.