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Dec 2013 by Paul Cooper
I really do think so! Take a 17 acre natural lake in a rural environment and turn it into one of the best carp waters in France. That is the dream and commitment of one of the top carp angler's in France, Guillaume Rousselet.
It has been 12 months since Guillaume started is campaign to create his ideal big fish water. After years of searching, Guillaume found the perfect setting and lake to create his dream.
His first task was to drain the lake and remove most of the resident fish so that it could accommodate a brand new stock of an excellent strain of fast growing carp.
|A view across the lake from Swim 1||Maintenance in February|
While the lake was empty, with the help of some friends, Guillaume set about removing any snags left in the lake. Amongst his initial stocking, of over 100 carp, was his prize, a mirror carp of over 60lb in weight which he named Nautica, after which the lake has been named.
Guillaume's popularity amongst the French carp fraternity has drawn anglers from all over France onto his water & they've been getting some spectacular results. Angling Lines are lucky to secured the sole fishing rights & I have been fortunate in that I have managed to get 2 visits to the lake this year, and see for myself what the Angling Lines customers can look forward to.
|Guillaume with a November capture of Nautica at 62lb 9oz|
My first visit in May this year, was with the new BCSG Chairman, and one of my field testing friends and colleagues, Ron Key. At the time of our visit, part of the lake was un-fishable due to excessive rainfall just prior to arrival and, only days into the session, the carp went into full spawn mode. During the spawning we got some brilliant photographs of carp rolling together off the dam's margins. In the reed lined margins, I waded out amongst some huge specimens that were using me as a rubbing post to perform their act.
We managed to pick off the odd carp prior to the spawn and in the latter hours of our session but we realised the impossible situation that we had encountered and re-arranged a visit for later in the year.
Ron was disappointed as he had another planned trip, so it was down to Jim Kelly and myself to get stuck into the second session.
Jim and I arrived at Nautica in mid August to find clear skies and temperatures of 35C. There were 5 French anglers on the far bank occupying swims 1 to 5 so our choice of swims would be two out of the four on the far bank. With no change in the forecast for the forth coming week, our main objective was to find shaded areas to pitch our camps. The prolonged spell of dry hot weather meant that the water levels had receded, exposing some of the lakes shallow margins. This meant that our work stations for casting and landing fish would have to be at least 30 yards out into the lake.
Sunday afternoon and the French guys left the lake to Jim and Myself. Despite the red hot conditions, over the week we still managed to land 29 carp, 4 being over 30lb and the rest in the upper twenties. All the carp were well down in weight following some very successful spawning in the previous months. It turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable week on one of the most natural lakes that I have had the pleasure to fish in France.
Nautica certainly is not a manicured lake. As soon as you enter the grounds of the venue, you feel that you are entering into a wilderness surrounding a truly magnificent lake. The facilities that have been built and erected, are there to serve the angler. Shower room, separate toilet and a large wooden lodge to escape the elements are all provided. Next year the fish will have settled down fully in their new environment, and will provide some excellent sport to the lucky anglers that can secure a week at this venue.