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Carp Fishing in France
Crayfish are not uncommon on French carp waters - in fact their presence often increases the chances of the carp growing very large because they eat them. They can however, be a nightmare for the angler, completely eating your hook bait in a matter of hours. They seem particularly attracted to fishmeal baits so using a "non-fishy" base mix and flavour does help. Alternatively you could try Tiger Nuts - they seem to escape uneaten. However, if fishmeal is your choice then here's an approach you could try - securing fine netting around your hook bait i.e. "Netting" your baits. The Crayfish can't get through to your boilie and it doesn't harm the carp because they never get to digest your hook bait. It doesn't seem to put them off either - I've caught numerous carp using netted boilies.
You'll need some fine mesh netting. I bought mine from The Tackle Box, Kent, around 3 years ago. I got loads of the stuff for a few quid and it's still going strong! I think similar netting is sold to keep birds off garden crops. Basically it's the stuff that's used to make children's fishing nets.
Watch the videos below to find out a little more about protecting hookbaits from Crayfish or Poisson Chats.
Poisson Chat? Net your baits!
Technical, Jun 2011 |
How to combat poisson chat
Technical, Jun 2005 |
Crayfish or Poison Chat Protection
Technical, Oct 2011
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Bait boats allowed:
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Venues that cater for disabled angler.
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Venues that have catfish stocked.
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The maximum size in acres of the lake you would like to fish.
Travelling time to venue:
The maximum time in hours you are willing to travel from the nearest French port.
The type of accommodation your would like to stay in on your holiday.
The maximum weight of a carp you would like to catch. As a guide;
Smaller fish size = runs water
Larger fish size = hardcore water
The amount of anglers that are going on your holiday.
The date that you would like your holiday to start.
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