What To Take Carp Fishing in France: Easy Checklist

Pat Gillett always produces a list to check against when preparing for a trip. He kindly agreed to share it with us and we hope that this detailed list of what to take carp fishing in France can prove as a great point of reference and jog a few memories when packing for your trip…

What To Take Carp Fishing in France: Easy Checklist
One of Angling Lines French carp fishing lakes


  • Carp rods x 4 (includes 1 spare)
  • Marker rod
  • Spod rod
  • Spods / Spombs
  • Reels x 6
  • Bite alarms x 4 (includes 1 spare)
  • Receiver box
  • Spare batteries for alarms and receiver box
  • Rod pod (if required)
  • Bank sticks
  • Bivvy / overwrap
  • Bivvy table
  • Bedchair
  • Day chair
  • Landing net
  • Scales
  • Weigh tripod
  • Weigh sling/retaining sling
  • Unhooking mat/mats
  • Made up rigs
  • Spare hook length material
  • Spare hooks
  • Spare swivels
  • Anti-tangle tubing
  • Spare main line
  • PVA stocking / bags / string
  • Carp care treatments
  • Life jacket (if I intend to use a rowing boat)
  • Waders
  • Torches x 2
  • Torch batteries (spare)
  • Stove and tea/coffee making stuff
  • Boilies
  • Pop-ups
  • Pellets
  • Hemp etc
  • Artificial Bait
  • Anti-Crayfish/Poisson chat gear (find out what this is here)


  • Passport
  • Travel Insurance (remember to take this out at point of booking the holiday)
  • Angling Lines Info Pack which includes channel crossing details, reference numbers for check-in etc
  • Euros
  • AA or other Euro-breakdown cover

Driving in France

  • UK plate
  • Headlight deflectors
  • Warning triangle
  • Hi Viz jacket
  • Spare bulb set
  • First aid kit

Miscellaneous items

  • Clothing – lots of spare layers and waterproofs
  • Boots
  • Crocs (easy to slip on quickly)
  • Camera
  • Camera tripod and bulb release
  • Camera batteries (spare)
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Shower gel
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Euro socket adaptor

We hope the list has been useful, happy fishing!

Check out our 40+ French carp fishing lakes here: Angling Lines


3 thoughts on “What To Take Carp Fishing in France: Easy Checklist

  1. larry arnold says:

    Pat I would add 2 things to your list a good map and ant powder

  2. Pat Gillett says:

    Two good points Larry, i am sure there are others that i have probably missed that other anglers can think of. but i will add your 2 to my kist now.

  3. Terry Lee says:

    Bite cream the “Clegg’s” ware Clogs there

    Went last year but would like to find a pond near as possible to Courcelles 17400. Charente-Maritime tried
    St Jean d Angley but finished up near thor bit of a trek and not bothered about driving

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