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Feb 2017
Cutting Back

Some photos from the last few weeks, whilst Alder has been completely frozen over for the first time in years.

We're taking advantage of Alder Lake being frozen to cut back some of the overhanging branches and have 
doubled the size of Silver Birch Swim.

Nov 2016
Photo Competition

Competition time!

Send us your best photo from your 2016 fishing holiday on either Alder or Notaire's Lake and you could win a £50 Amazon voucher. 
Here are the rules:
1. One photo per entrant. 
2. The photo can be of anything (e.g. fish, scenery, sunsets, wildlife etc) but must have been taken during your angling holiday on either Notaire’s or Alder Lake during 2016.
3. Photos must be sent as an email attachment to
4. The closing date for photos is midday on 29 November 2016.
5. We will post the photos onto our Facebook page on 30 November 2016. 
6. The competition will close at midday on 15 December. The photo with the most likes at that time will be the winner.
7. The judges’ decision is final.
8. The prize is a £50 Amazon voucher. It is non-transferrable, non-negotiable and non-edible.
9. This competition is meant to be fun so please treat the whole thing in the spirit in which it is intended. 
10. Facebook in no way sponsors, endorses, administers or is associated with this competition.

Aug 2015
A Risky Approach at Alder Pays Off

Paul Cooper has just returned from his second carp fishing trip to Alder, where an unusual approach really paid off.

You can read the article here - Summer Carp Fishing at Alder and a Risky Approach

And watch Paul's session diary video below...

36lb 8oz
36lb 8oz
44lb 12oz
44lb 12oz

Mar 2015
Perseverance pays off x 50

Terry, Gary and Charlie thought that the early season fishing they had booked would either be very hard or very good.

Terry was into a fish first on the Saturday night but a debate ensued as to whether it counted as the fish had spat out the hook and then foul hooked itself. Sunday went from bad to worse as Charlie bravely defended the group from an attack by a rogue sweetcorn can. Charlie managed to subdue the tin but it wounded him with a gash to the finger that required four stitches at Gueret hospital.

With most of Sunday gone, the group came up for a roast dinner and then prepared for the night’s carping. Sunday night was quiet, as were Monday and Tuesday nights. On Wednesday Gary landed a PB and new species with a medium-sized grass carp, but no one else had fish. Thursday was quiet and the week was starting to look like a bit of a wash-out but they persevered with the fishing, maintaining the flow of ground bait and varying rigs and locations.

By Saturday morning it was grins all round: the fish had finally come on to the feed. Charlie had landed a fish, despite angling with one hand wrapped up in bandages and waterproof bag. Gary was over the moon as he landed a thirty for a new PB, but he could hardly believe when he went on to land a whopping 52lb carp. Terry missed several runs as he was rushing round helping everybody else, but then he had caught the first fish of the week (or did he, does a foul hook count?).

Overall Terry, Garry (The Perch Whisperer) and Charlie caught 2 x teens, 3 x twenties, 1 x thirty, 1 x fifty. The also set a new record for fastest rebooking. They’d booked to come back in September within 48 hours, I suspect even before they’d finished unpacking! Look forward to seeing you in September.

'Cool hand' Charlie
'Cool hand' Charlie

Dec 2014
Catch statistics 2014 for Alder Lake

Another good year on Alder with an overall average catch (total carp/total anglers)  of 23 carp per angler per week.

Best fish and lake record is 58lbs set by Ard van der Heijden.

The weekly average catch per angler ranges from a low of 11, to a high of 41 for Ben Thompson and his dad (That was about 70 for Ben and 12 for his dad). Individuals have occasionally blanked but no group has.

A notable mention goes to Danny Potter from Australia who landed 73 carp on his first fishing trip to europe for many years. He wasn't even phased by a visit from Rosie, our Berkshire sow who called by his tent one night.

Carp over 50lbs were landed on 7 occasions and while I don't think that that are 7 different fifties, I am sure that there are more than one.

I only have records for 5 forties landed this year so I think that many of the 40lb cohort have grown into fifties.

There were 114 thirties landed, many of those high thirties (Hopefully next years 40's).

Thanks to all our anglers who kept such good records to share with the rest of the carping community.


58lbs 1oz record for Ard
58lbs 1oz record for Ard
Catch report 2014
Catch report 2014
Ben Thompson
Ben Thompson

Oct 2014
A Thank You From Australia

Hi Julie, 

Just a quick note as I am now back in Australia.

I just wanted to say a big thankyou to you and all at Angling Lines. The trip went without issue and it was a pleasure dealing with you throughout the process from start to finish.

We spent a glorious week at Alder Lake and would have no hesitation in recommending both Angling Lines and also Chris and Steph at Alder to any and everyone!! 

Chris and Steph were the perfect hosts which matched the perfect venue. 

Many thanks again for all your advice and making the process so easy from all the way in Australia!! 

If I’m ever coming back, I will look no further than Angling Lines for all my carp fishing needs.

Regards, Daniel Potter (15 x teens, 51 x twenties, 6 x thirties, 1 x forty)

Sep 2014
Slack lines by the ton at Alder

When Gavin, Karl and Stuart visited Alder Lake I was surprised to see them fishing with slack lines but the lads’ system worked well, as the group landed over 2000lbs of carp.

Their rig was a simple fluorocarbon and braid hooklink with CC Moore Live System topped with half pop-ups pink/white. They kept a steady feed of parti-mix going in to keep the fish feeding around their hook baits.

Stuart said, “I’ve been using slack lines with a flying back lead for about 18 months now. Same as Gav and Karl, I just find the takes to be much more positive and go well with fluro leaders.”

They chose to fish the west bank of the lake. The fishing was a little slow until a thunderstorm went through on the Tuesday. The fishing picked up after the rain and continued in blazing sunshine for the rest of the week.

Overall they landed 20 x teens, 55 x twenties, 14 x thirties and 14 grass carp.

May 2014
Conquering Dutchmen

Alder Lake’s first Dutch anglers set two new lake records in a row.

Ard van der Heijden and John Doomen visited Alder on the 26th April, just as the weather broke. The anglers fished through rain every day, though they did see the occasional patch of blue sky as well.

In the middle of the week, Ard caught a 55lb carp – setting a new lake record.

By Friday teatime Ard and John had landed 75 fish including 20s, 30s, a 45 and a 55. Fishing daylight hours only from Monday to Friday, Ard averaged a fish an hour!

Even more outstanding news awaited us. On Saturday morning Ard told us one of his last catches on Friday night weighed in at an amazing 58lbs. So two records in one week for our carpists from Holland – I think that gives a new meaning to the phrase ‘Double Dutch’!

Ard with lake record 58lb
Ard with lake record 58lb
Ard with 58lb
Ard with 58lb


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