We have our first visitors of the year to Bletiere with Duncan and his wife Sharon here for two weeks. Duncan took advantage of us being empty last week and arrived on Thursday night to give him a couple more days fishing.
On the Friday the cold front hit and we woke up in the morning to a layer of snow and -3 temperatures, so things were not looking good for fishing.
Despite the weather up until Sunday evening Duncan had managed to get 5 carp out and although the biggest was only 26lb 12, what a stunning fish it is and I cannot wait to see this grow.
Thankfully it has warmed slightly and so far, fishing only days with a break at lunchtimes Duncan has had;
1 x 40
3 x 30′s
2 x 20′s and 3 x doubles
John, owner at Bletiere Fishing Holidays
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Craig with his new PB – 39.02
Following a week-long visit to Bletiere, I described the venue in my feedback as being a wonderful place. That simply doesn’t do the place justice and I felt compelled to give a more detailed account.
My brother, Greg, and I spent a week as the guests of John London at Bletiere during the first week of November 2012. We caught the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Caen and then had an easy, steady drive along the deserted and immaculately maintained network of toll roads. Three tolls on the way down cost us a little over 20 euros. John can give a route back that’s not much slower, more scenic and, importantly, saves on the toll charges.
Directions to the venue were spot on until we hit the point that my Sat Nav veered away from them. Guess what? We then got lost. We made it as far as the picturesque village, local to Bletiere, but had no clue where to go from there. However, a quick phone call to John and we were quickly guided the last couple of miles to the venue.
The first glimpse of a new lake is always a memorable moment. For me, there is always the gradual build-up of excitement and anticipation of things to come, yet tinged with a little trepidation that the lake, fish and surroundings will live up to expectations. I was not to be disappointed with Bletiere. continue reading…Tags: Bletiere
For our non-fishing guests at Bletiere I supply a folder of things to do & this year I have added a list of brocantes (markets) in the local area.
The brocantes take place on a Sunday and last most of the day and they range from a small village to the bigger towns where all the roads are shut and the locals set out stalls to sell anything they no longer need… it’s a bit like the car boot sales in the UK.
They are a great way to pass a couple of hours while the fisherman back at Bletiere set up their gear. You never know, you might just find that valuable antique that’s been missed, but you’re sure to find some great local produce.
This is just a list of local ones & there are a lot more further afield. If you fancy a morning out look on the map when you are coming over and see where the places are and I can always give directions.
Tight lines, John
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I’ve started to put on the forum the water temperatures for Bletiere for this season. A lot of anglers like to see this as it’s a good guide to what other lakes temps may be over here and also shows when it’s getting near to possible spawning time.
I found a weather site the other day and it had some interesting figures for the last 20 years and below are a few that shows average rainy days and amount of rain for the peak months….
Month Rainfall (cm) Rainy days
March 5.74 15
April 5.68 14
May 6.42 15
June 5.72 11
July 6.05 10
August 3.88 10
September 5.67 11
October 7.0 8 15
This is for the Sarthe area and covers the last 20 years so not rocket science but a good indicator to the rainy days and from my experiance not far out.
Tight lines, John
Fishing Holidays at Bletiere
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