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Jan 2018
January Update

Happy New Year to you all, we hope you have all had a good Christmas and are well in to this year's activities.

We have now turned the corner with the weather, the wet and stormy weather has calmed down, we wont say gone away but for now given us a respite.

This has now given us the chance to carry on with the jobs we started before Christmas and before the bad winds and rain moved in, the grass is still very wet and the ground is not yet hard enough to use the plant and machinery on, but given a couple of weeks we should be ok.


Karen has finished off the bank clearing around Alan's swim, all is now ready with an additional step each side to make access safer for all. All of the swims will have fresh new bark added just before the first guests of this season. The work carries on around the rest of the lake as the banks are drying out, the two Poplar trees left to log up in the wood's we will get to as soon as we can.


Gite maintenance, this year we have replaced the front door to the Gite, as existing guests know it was a little bit quirky, as in hard to shut and once shut would open on its own, albeit a modern door it had to go, and I have now replaced it with a new double glazed one. 


The mild winter and constant amount of rain we have had will have refreshed the lake right through, the three springs would have been at full flow right through the winter ongoing, the Carp have been fed on Particle every other day since we close back in November and we will carry on feeding until we open in March for the new season.


Bookings this year have gone well up to now, we do still have a couple of week's free this season, and if any of you are interested please contact Angling Lines direct, or go on line and have a look at the Angling Lines Web Site.

Jan 2018
December Update

Hello to you all, so that was Christmas as they say and we hope you all had a great time, receiving lots of new fishing tackle ready for the new 2018 season.

December was a wet and cold month which stopped work around the grounds as it was just too wet to use any machinery safely, Karen kept on clearing around the banks, leaving just about 80 feet to clear from around all three swims to finish.

We suffered some damage again from the very high winds, it brought down a couple of trees and damaged a couple more, giving me just reason to cut the damaged ones down adding to the log pile for the burners.

We have had a delivery of wooden stakes from Sebastian, these have all now been pointed at one end, we shall use these to widen the path around the back of the lake, by means of pushing them in to the lake bed with the digger, and back filling in behind them to the bank with clay and a mud mix. This will work in two ways first a wider bank by a foot, and secondly creating a stronger rear bank where required, we will only do this marginal improvement in the places where we feel it is required.

Additional fish added to the lake - we have added 12 x pike and 15 x perch. They are a good size to grow on and our plan is they will reduce the number of silvers in the lake natures way. We do already have an exisiting stock of Pike, Perch and Black Bass, and with these additions too we hope to control the silvers better.

Couple of pictures attached of the pike and perch we added, the wood stick for use on the back bank, and a water colour painting of Lee and one of the common carp he caught from our lake, which was painted for him by his partner Cheryl as a Christmas present.


New Year 2018, we would like to wish all of our guests a Happy New Year 2018, we look forward to meeting every one in the New Year, some returning guests from seasons gone by and new guests that have not stopped with us at La Bletiere, it is going to be a great season.


Tight Lines All.
John and Karen.

Nov 2017
November Update

Hello to you all from a very cold and frosty France,

We started off this week with dry but cold weather, which has turned in to quite a cold snap with snow. We have been working around the lake and grounds trying to get on despite the weather, Karen has now all but finished the back bank of the lake this should all be done by next weekend.

The sand bags have been placed over the rocky surface around Sugar's swim, this is to help reduce any damage to the Carp when landing them. We have been to a fish sale only last Sunday at Sebastian's fish farm, we are still talking over this years plan on any new Carp, so we shall wait and see what happens.

Bookings are looking good for next season thank you, we have 19 weeks booked up to date, we like to get around 28 weeks booked a season so we do still have 9 weeks spare to book up.

The single swim which was called the number one swim has now been named, when we moved over to France and bought La Bletiere, Karen's Brother David moved here with us, sadly David passed away with in our first year of living in France and the swim has now been called Frosty's swim after David Frost, Karen's Brother.

Oct 2017
September Update

September is now over and we are well in to October, and very close to the end of our Fishing Season for 2017, this year has been a great year for the Carp Fishing at La Bletiere, we started the season a little later than was expected then it was full on for 25 weeks and still going, a big thank you to you all for choosing La Bletiere for your French Carp Fishing Holiday.

John will be popping back to the UK in October to collect a dumper truck, this will become part of the plant we will use to dig out and construct our new stock pond, which we are going to locate to the back of the lake on the edge of the woods, this will allow us to feed the new stock pond with a water source from a small stream in to the pond and out through a running outlet, this we will start to dig out the first week of November. we have one of our guests, Steve Dickinson, returning at the end of the season to spend 14 days with us working on the new stock pond, big thank you Steve.

Bank and tree clearing, once again that time of year is with us. Karen has been to the back of the lake clearing nettles, weeds, unwanted trees from the back bank between the lake and the trout stream, we will then go around the lake cutting back the higher bushes and trees that have grown again this year, this will allow for better fishing sight and access for our guests whilst lake-side.

The trout stream is also in the process of having a make over, raking it through and clearing weed and fallen debris from the stream allowing a better flow.

New front door on the Gite, this will be fitted during the closed season, the existing door has never been that good, albeit a double glazed door, it never felt robust enough when you opened and closed it, John will be fitting this before the start of the new season. 

Carp caught this year, all carp caught have been photographed, and will be placed in an A4 folder and kept in the Gite, this will join the folder we have for the 2016 season, our plan is to build a collection of pictures of each season as they come and go for all to see. 

Well that's it for a late September newletter, short but sweet as they say, Tight Lines All.

John and Karen.

Aug 2017
August Newsletter


Welcome to the August newsletter, albeit a couple of days late.

So what has happened in August, well the sun came out, and boy it was hot some days, reaching a high of 34 + which slowed the carp down a bit, only wanting to feed at night, but saying that the catch reports were good considering.

Water leak was one unexpected surprise from the rear bank of the lake opposite Alan's swim, we noticed the level had dropped a little but thought it may be the springs slowing up as the weather was so hot. On further inspection, we could hear water running from the rear of the bank, but could not see it, first we thought it was the stream making the noise, as its to the rear of the lake, oh no not that simple, we had a very small seep, about ten inches under the surface of the bank.
We called the fish farmer Sebastian, he turned up and said the cause was the very hot weather drying out the surface of the bank, allowing a small leak. He dug away the bad area with my mini-digger and replaced it with new clay and mud, and there we are, all ok now, one lesson learnt in how to fix a small leak quickly.
We were always intending to build up the already thick bank at the back of the lake this winter, as the rear bank of the lake is graded and falls away to the small stream. When we start to dig out the new stock pond, we will use the mud and clay to re-inforce the back bank of the lake, as over the past 400 years it has started to wear away in places, as it goes away to the stream below.
We have also invested in an electronic fisher, this works off a small 12 V car battery, sending a small charge through the hoop, as it is held over the water, this momentarily sends a small shock through the water, bringing the small silver fish to the surface, then this allows us to quickly net them, and Sebastian the fish farmer places them in his tanks and takes them away  and sells them on, this method is one of the safest ways to reduce silver stocks in the lake, with out having to drain the lake and net it, there are different levels and setting on the device, allowing us to work safely without risk to the other fish.

Dumper Truck, if all goes to plan we have acquired one, old but a good workhorse, and I should go back to the UK to collect it before the end of October, this will be a great help when we start to dig the new stock pond in November this year.

The weather is now starting to change as we enter into September, there is a change in temperature and it is a bit wetter as we move towards winter. The rain can stop the grass cutting, so for those of you still waiting to fish La Bletiere we apologise if the grass looks a little long, we will still try to keep it as short as we can but this is now weather permitting.

Once again a big thank you to all of you that chose La Bletiere as your French Carp Fishing Venue for 2017, and for those of you still waiting for your dates to come around to fish the lake this year, we look forward to meeting you all on arrival.

Remember Baits, Pellets and Particle if required, please pre-order them as the Particle is made on site at La Bletiere, Food Packages if required please pre-order, allowing Karen the time to shop for the extra food.

Tackle hire, we have a good selection of tackle, please e-mail me if you think you may need to hire any.

Well time to go for this month,
Tight Lines All.
John and Karen.


Jul 2017
July Update


Apologies for the July newsletter being a few days late.

Sunny days in France look like they are going to be around for a while, our lake levels are holding well as this dry spell is slowing up the springs are servicing the lakes around France. The hot weather has slowed up the fishing during the daylight hours, but is still producing catches by night, and the lake is fishing well albeit the weather is not helping.

Sebastian our fish farmer called by last week, as we seem to have a number of small common and mirror carp being caught from the lake of 1-10lb and he has said they are from the spawning two years ago, and was quite surprised as La Bletiere had never in the past produced small carp from spawning. We are told this has been caused by the very hot weather in the past couple of years,
Sebastian is placing a holding cage in the Lily end of the lake where it is cordoned of, to allow the carp to be placed in to the cage once caught, then he will remove them and credit us for the carp.

We have replaced our old Tractor for grass cutting with a new one as the old Kubota decided to mechanically implode one day when cutting the grass, this new one we have bought is a bit quieter but slightly quicker, and with Karen's new ride on lawn mower the grass cutting has been reduced in time quite considerably, this hopefully will result in less disturbance for all our guests when fishing, as we do have to cut the grass every week.

New Carp Cots and Flotation Weigh Slings have now been bought for your use, along with a couple of new tri-pods, the landing nets are last seasons but still doing well, we do have some new ones for next season 2018.

We think this is about it for the July News Letter, not too long but hopefully a little bit of information for you. We are a good way through the 2017 season and would like to say thank you to those of you that have spent the week at La Bletiere, and hopefully we will see you all again soon.

We also look forward to seeing our Guests that are still waiting to fish the lake this this year.

Tight Lines All,
John and Karen.

Jun 2017
June Update

June has been a very hot month for all our anglers this year, we had temperatures of up to 35+ on some days and what felt to last for days at a time, ending the last couple of days in June with heavy thunder storms and heavy rain. As you can imagine this has proven to be a hard couple of weeks to catch carp in France.

Albeit saying all of this carp were still being caught and landed but most were caught by fishing at night once the temperature had reduced for the day, lake temperatures some days were reading around 28 + by early afternoon its no wonder the carp were reluctant to feed during the day.

We are now in to July and looking forward to a good time ahead for all of our guests, the lake is looking good and producing some very good looking carp, our most recently stocked carp are of good quality with large shoulders and do give you a good fight once hooked.

The over hanging bushes we cut back in the winter have now produced a good cover over the banks of the lake giving the Carp some good shelter when the sun is out, but still allowing you good sight and access to fish the margins under these bushes where the Carp tend to feed.


June we have introduced a honesty fridge in the Bait room / Fisherpeoples area, we stock this fridge with bottled water, crisps, chocolate bars, red/white wine, lemonade/coke and variety of Beers, the idea is to allow you all to purchase nibbles and drinks whenever you want, all you have to do is drop the money in to the pot or let Karen or myself know and we can add the cost to the invoice at the end of the holiday for you, the prices are all displayed on the fridge door. This idea was suggested to us by Jason King, one of our guests who stopped with us in early June. Big thankyou Jason, all suggestions are always welcome.


Baits have sold well this season up to now and we hope they keep on-going this year, we are starting to look for a new supplier to add to our existing list of suppliers, once again any thought or feedback on good bait suppliers would be welcome, and once we have an idea of who can supply at competitive costs as they need to be shipped to us, we will then look to have a La Bletiere Bait to use in the lake.


Carp Cots we are going to re-new them this season, John is going to the fishing suppliers in Le Mans this week to look at replacing all three of them, as the old ones are ok but after five years they are showing their age, along with a couple of new tripods for weighing the carp safely.


Grass cutting is still on-going around the property, we do try to keep away from the lake side as much as we can as not to disturb you when fishing, we do tend to cut the grass on a Thursday and Friday afternoon when possible, and finish off around the swims and lake side on a Saturday morning before our new guests arrive.

May 2017
May Update

Bonjour All From France 

Karen and myself hope you are all well and just starting to enjoy the warmer weather, France is just starting to warm up around 23 / 24 most days.

Well April has been a funny month, the lake started off quiet with our competition winners only landing three carp between three anglers.

Then we started in to May with Mark Chapman landing 21 carp in a week, and only fishing four days out of seven, as he and his wife Tracy spent days out visiting places with their young son.

The lake has kept fishing well since with catch reports being good, this has just tailed off in the last couple of weeks as we started spawning around two weeks ago, which has reduced feeding to a minimum, but this week it has started to produce carp with four landed this week to date, and three that have slipped the hook whilst being played.

Carp pictures, all carp landed have been photographed, any that weigh over 35lb are laminated and displayed on the wall in the bait room. All carp landed under 35lb are also photographed and they are also on display in the bait room, but these are in an A4 folder for you all to look at, reasons are the wall is not big enough to display every carp caught at La Bletiere, there is also an A4 folder in the Gite with pictures of Carp that were landed in 2016. If you would like a copy photograph of Carp caught by your self, hopefully your PB in France, please ask and we will be happy to laminate a picture for you.

The weather has been very hot with thunder storms and heavy rain at times, we now look in to June and hopefully the weather will settle down again.

Grass cutting is now in full flow, we have to cut the grass once a week, we do try to keep the cutting down to two afternoons towards the end of the week, as we try not to disturb the fisher people too much.

We are now testing the water every day for oxygen levels once early morning and again late afternoon, this is because of the thundery conditions which can reduce oxygen in the lake very quick, we do have the oxygenator ring which we run through the nigh from 23.00 hours through to 05.00 am. It makes no noise and keeps the levels of oxygen in the water above 3.0 percent where they need to be.

Bookings are good this year and we need to say thank you all for booking your French Carp Fishing Holiday at La Bletiere, we think there are only about three weeks vacant to date, one in July and two in October.

So I think that's about it for this month short and sweet, we look forward to seeing you all when you arrive at La Bletiere for you holiday, and we would like to say thank you to those of you that have all ready been and stopped with us this year, we hope you have enjoyed you holiday.


Tight Lines All
John and Karen.


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