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Bonjour to you all,
La Bletiere Holiday Competition - There was a lucky winner chosen by Angling Lines, Dicky Dyer. The winning photo was of himself playing in a Carp, with his little Grandson assisting him by holding the landing net. Dicky has been chosen as the lucky winner along with three of his colleague's to get a free weeks holiday at La Bletiere. Dicky and friends will open our season being the first group to fish the lake in March.
We are now well into February 2017, the weather is still a little cold but is warming up as we move on towards March. The work around the grounds and lake is now going to plan, the back bank has now been cleared of over growth, and is clear as far back as the Trout stream. This will leave Karen time to work on the other side of the stream tidying up and raking out the dead grass.
Jobs left on the lake
CHAUX - this is a fish friendly lime it comes in 25KG sacks in granule for. We have now been in the lake at the larger bay end and raked the lake bed removing leaf deposits and twigs etc from the lake bed. On the second week in March we will scatter the CHAUX from the boat covering the lake bed both ends of the lake and through the centre of the lake from the left side of the island. This CHAUX will start to decompose the leaf and silt left on the lake bed, reducing the deposits down as the year goes on, then each year we will repeat the same process but on different areas of the lake, alternating every year, given time this will help to clear the lake bed of silt deposits.
Wood Chip Bark - this is a job we do every year around the swims a week before our first guest arrives, it is just a case of collecting the wood chip from the saw mills and spreading it evenly on to all of the swims. This will help to keep the swims free from mud, helping to keep your fishing equipment clean.
Mini Digger - this is a little bit of a want on our behalf, has anyone got or know of a Mini Digger 1.5 Tonne, we are looking to purchase one from somewhere. We are not looking for a Rolls Royce of Diggers, we only need a digger that is mechanically sound, cosmetics not so important, cost we only want to pay as little as possible, it would be a bonus if it has a trailer with it but collection is not a problem.
Gone but not forgotten, David Frost, this was Karen's Brother who moved to France with us to be part of the Team at Le Bletiere. For those who have met David will know he was a Gentleman, nothing was too much of a problem, he was retired but always on hand to help out. David was diagnosed with Cancer back in November 2016, this took a hold of him fast, and after a strong battle against the Cancer he lost his fight to it and passed away peacefully this week, Monday just gone. He said he would be keeping a watch on us and wanted to wish everyone a great Fishing Season for 2017. Gone but not forgotten.
Tight Lines All,
John and Karen.
Win A Free Week at Bletiere
Win a week at Bletiere for up to 4 people on the 25th March this year. Lakeside accommodation and your Dover-Calais ferry crossing included.
We will be running this contest over on our Facebook and Twitter until mid-day on Monday 13th February. We will then pick our favourite and notify the winner.
A Happy New Year and a great fishing season ahead,
Well, we have had a very cold snap over here at La Bletiere, the lake has only just warmed up enough to melt all of the ice.
Karen is still cutting away at the rear bank foliage of the lake trimming back trees and overgrown bushes, the cold weather has not helped, as some days it has been just too cold to work outside, -8 was an average plus the winds have been bitterly cold. but she is two-thirds finished and it looks very tidy all around the lake.
John is going to place new bark in all of the swims this year, as he has done in the past, allowing for a mud-free swim to fish from. The trees around the banks of the swims have been cut back allowing very good vision all around.
Liming the lake will take a day in March, it does not affect the fish or the fishing but is used to destroy any build up of leaf silt on the bed of the lake. We will cover the two ends and around the island this year, being a spring fed lake we have a bed of silt around the springs and the lime will help to reduce the silt going forward.
Sebastian our Fish Farmer will be supplying the Lime and assisting to help with spreading it on the lake bed, this liming we will do every year concentrating on different areas each year rotating them going forward.
John has also looked at putting a lower small platform just above the water level in Swim No 1 and Sugars Swim, if and only if he gets the time they should be done before the start of the 2017 season, this will assist with launching bait boats and landing those big carp.
We have put a stop to anglers using Halibut Pellets and paste in the lake, it caused a slick of oil on the top of the water which turned sticky. This request has been added to the La Bletiere rules which are on the Angling Lines webpage for La Bletiere.
We are now entering our second year of ownership at La Bletiere, I will say it came with many a challenge for Karen and myself, which we have over come, but more importantly was your good selves, the guests, you have given us some very good ideas, some of which have been put in place. Without having your input into this kind of holiday, improvements may never happen. Any suggestions going forward are all very welcome.
Last but not least a up-date on Karen's Brother David,
As I mentioned in the December newsletter, David is terminally ill with cancer, he is now in palliative car in a local hospital. David has managed to go through January which was very good, we brought him home for 24 hours last weekend as he wanted to see La Bletiere again, he is very limited with movement and quite frail, but he is holding in there. He said to say hello to you all, and wishes you all a great 2017 season.
I think we have covered as much as we can for now. As the season gets going we can give you all better news on what's happening but until the season starts, we look forward to seeing you all soon.
Tight Lines All,
John and Karen.
Happy New Year To You All
Bonjour from France,
Where to Start, may be a quick sorry for the December News Letter being late, time has just run away with us at La Bletiere...
Black Bass. We now have them in the lake, they were delivered back in December as we are looking to keep the silver fish numbers under control. Our fish farmer Sebastien recommended this was one of the best ways to control the silvers, hopefully he will be right.
Far banks of the lake are now well under way, Karen has this all in hand as she clears the old shrubs and grass by raking out the dead stuff allowing for better growth of the new shoots in the spring, small trees and large bushes along the lake banks are also being cut back, the rear bank from the back of the lake to the Trout stream is also having a make over by thinning out all of the overgrowth.
Weather at the moment is around -3 average with very heavy frosts, the lake is frozen right across on the top but you can still hear the overflow pipe running. All springs are still feeding the lake so hopefully the fish are quite happy resting.
Feeding the carp whilst this cold snap is here has been reduced as recommended by Sebastien, as the fish will reduce their feeding in very cold waters. We will of course go back to the normal feeding program once the waters and weather warms up.
There is a new three piece suite in the gite, this is a bed settee which we said we would replace before the start of the new 2017 season, the previous one had been left for us when we bought La Bletiere which was worn out and just had to go.
The grapes we grow at La Bletiere, we managed to harvest enough grapes to make 12 litres of red wine this season, along with 14 litres of elderberry red wine harvested from the bushes around the lake. In 2017 Karen will also be growing a greater amount of her own vegetables, allowing me to use more home-grown produce in the meal packages.
Looking ahead to the 2017 season, we have to offer,
Landing Nets are supplied by La Bletiere at every swim.
Bait Boat Hire,
Full Meal Package,
Breakfast Meal Package only,
Carp Bait for Sale,
Carp Pellets for Sale,
Fishing Tackle Hire, Rods, Bite Alarms, Bivy Tents, Bed Chairs, Fishing Chairs,
We also stock and sell a small amount of terminal tackle on site.
All prices are available on the Angling Lines Web Site (La Bletiere) or via Email direct to us.
Meal Packages any question please email or call John, All Meal Packages are to be requested in advance before your holiday starts.
Bait, Pellets and Particle requirements, please email or call me, baits need to be requested a couple of weeks before you holiday starts.
There is some sad news we have to share with you all, we have left this news until now for reasons,
One Man and His Dog,
David Frost (Karen's Brother) and his Dog Coupe.
David has requested that we share with you all. that he is terminally ill, David was diagnosed with Throat and Lung Cancer back in November 2016, David has been told the Cancer is very advanced and time left with us all is not very long, this could be on a scale of weeks but in reality no longer than a couple of months.
David said he has enjoyed meeting all of you that have visited La Bletiere, spending time chatting with you all, which he is very good at doing, and moving to France was going to be his big adventure, Coup his dog passed away between Christmas and the New Year through old age, they were together for 16 years.
David wishes you all the very best for the future.
David is now being looked after in a cottage hospital not very far from home, which allows Karen and my self easy visiting most days, David may not return back to La Bletiere before he takes his final journey onwards,
Tight Lines All.
John and Karen.
Good Afternoon everyone
Sorry we are a little bit late with the November News Letter it was a very bows down month with one thing after another.
So where do we start, ok then new Carp Stocks added to the La Bletiere Lake, we had full intentions of putting a maximum amount of 43 new Carp in to the lake this year 2016, in total we have now put 53 Carp and 44 Lb of Black Bass in to the lake.
All Carp are now on full view via a picture in the bait room, every fish landed this season 2016 is now logged pictured and on view, along with all of the new Carp stock we have placed in to the lake, each fish can now be viewed as they were all photographed before they were put in to the lake.
We now have a great selection on Size and type of Carp, average size is 26 Lb up to 46.5 Lb but there are, and we are confident at least one 50 Lb Carp that has not been caught to date in the lake.
Mirror, Common, Grass Carp were all added to the lake this year, largest Grass being 44 Lb, Mirror being 44 Lb, Common being 40 Lb, there was also a Linear added being 22 Lb this carp was added to the lake by Sebastian's Brother our Fish Farmer as he said it was such a good looking Carp, well we just had to agree with him it is stunning.
Total stock of Carp to date is around 150 all of which have been photographed, there are more in the lake but they have not been caught as of yet but we are sure they will be next season 2017.
Black Bass we have added 44 Lb in total to the lake this is around 30 fish in length of approx. 10 to 12 inches, the Bass have been added to reduce the levels of silver fish we have in the lake, to enable us to keep the silver fish to a controllable level, these Bass will grow in size quite quickly we have been told, so if you do catch one please return it to the lake safe.
Maintenance work has now started and is well under way, all small bush type and willow have been cut back around the lake to around two to three foot high with just the over hanging branches left in place to produce some cover for the fish when the summer is hear, some bushes have been removed as they were in the way of the fisher people,
All Banks have been raked through removing dead grass and reeds to allow better growth for the banks next season 2017,
The secure end of the lake for the fish where the lily's grow, known as the Sanctuary, we have removed some of the height in the larger trees and pruned them right back as they were growing fast and hard, it has opened up that end of the lake which we feel is a lot better for the fish and the plant life.
Swims have been worked on, new edging logs have been put in place as the older logs were rotting away making the banks of the swims on No-1 and Sugars swim look and feel a lot better, adding better safety for you and the fish when landing them, Alan's swim has no need for new edgings but we have removed a number of trees / bushes from the right hand side of the swim and cutting the height of the remaining shrubs, we have also cut down the tall tree that was in the swim making more room for you with out all the branches hanging over you.
Last remaining jobs left on the swims will be to put new bark down just before the first guests of 2017 arrive.
That's about it for November, just to say we will be selling Particle and Baits as we always have at La Bletiere, so please if you can remember to order the baits and particle a week before you arrive, to allow John to cook the particle and sort your baits for you.
Food Packages are on offer as they were last year, the food is all fresh and made to order and great value for money, if you are thinking of the food package please let us know in time to allow us to prepare.
One last thank you goes to Heather and all of the team from Angling Lines for all of the help they have given us in the past year, with the constant up-dating of the Web Site Page for La Bletiere on Angling Lines.
Whilst saying thank you it was great to see Bridget from AL last Saturday when she popped over to see us on her travels around France, Remember our door is all ways open to any of you if passing.
Tight Lines All
John and Karen
Last Of The Carp Stocked
Well all the new carp are in the lake and seem to be settled. In total this year we put 53 new carp in to the stock at La Bletiere.
Wednesday was the last to go in this being 24 fish size from;
1 X 22 Lb, 2 X 25 Lb, 1 X 26 Lb, 2 X 29 Lb
6 X 31 Lb, 7 X 33 Lb, 2 X 35 Lb, 1 X 38 Lb
1 X 40 Lb, 1 X 44 Lb
Here's the breakdown;
3 X Grass carp
19 X Mirror Carp
2 X Common Carp.
Tight Lines All
John and Karen.
The La Bletiere Experience
Terry and Steve have just returned from an Autumn trip to Bletiere, Terry has kindly written a review of all the improvements made over the last year and also manages to witness an additional stocking of some wonderful carp!
Read it here - The La Bletiere Experience