It is now possible to combine your passion for carp fishing with a holiday involving your wife or girlfriend and even the kids too !
If your partner is happy then you will be free to pursue your favourite quarry !
Carp Fishing Holiday venues such as Les Croix and Les Levades which are situated in the warm sunny Charente Region of South West France offer fishing holidays with a difference – instead of having to spend a week in a bivvy, you can relax in style in lakeside accommodation which is fully equipped inside and out with all mod cons, even including heated swimming pool and UK satellite TV !
The warm climate of South West France is very popular, especially so with couples and families on holiday from the UK.
This type of venue has been designed to make your holiday incredibly relaxing whilst also providing access to carp fishing that most people can only dream about ! Many venues, including Les Croix and Les Levades are heavily stocked with big carp with lots of 30 pound plus fish, with forties and even 50lb fish present !
Everything is laid on for you, Les Croix even offers a food package so that you won’t have to cook for yourselves during your holiday ! If you take the kids, the swimming pool provides hours of fun, normally they don’t want to do much else, and in the evenings UK satellite TV will keep them occupied. There are also plenty of activities in which you can participate if you should wish to take a break from the fishing, including canoeing on the nearby River Vienne which is highly recommended, and there are lots of good restaurants in the local area if you fancy spoiling yourself at lunchtime or for an evening meal….!
It has been a long hard winter and one of the most anticipated events in the spring is wetting a line on open water. While ice fishing is fun and productive, there is nothing like being out in the boat after taking a few months off. What really adds to the open water fishing experience is the thrill of catching slab crappies.
There are many fishermen who wait in the spring for the crappies to move in to spawn. Don’t get me wrong; if you find crappies on their spawning beds, the fishing can be fantastic! But why wait to the spawn when you can have your cake and eat it too. Crappie fishing right after ice out can be equally rewarding.
The water temperature right after ice out will be very frigid. After a few bright warm sunny days the lakes ecosystem will start to come alive. Many crappies in the early spring will be found deep. These deep water spots typically will be the last spots the ice fisherman were having success. By using light jigs and minnows in these deep-water spots, chances are you will have good success. But if you are really looking for fast action think shallow water.
As the water starts warming up, the insects will start hatching and small baitfish will move closer to shore. When that happens the crappies will move in right behind the food to feed. The best thing about early season crappie fishing is that the best times of the day to be out is during the peak of late afternoon and early evening when the weather is the nicest. Every lake is different, but the best early season lakes are the more shallow and muddy bottom lakes because they tend to warm up quicker.
If the lake has a small bay or channel the crappies will be drawn in there like magnets. Fallen trees, sticks brush and last years weeds will attract more insects that are hatching that the crappies will feed upon. This combination will become your “A” fishing spot. The water temp that typically starts this early season action is about 50 degrees. There are many fishermen who incorrectly think the crappies at this time are coming in to spawn. They are simply coming in to feed at this time. Crappies will move in to spawn a little later in the spring when the water temperature is about 65 degrees.
There are many fishermen that will use a jig and minnow. They will catch fish, but if you really want the fast action switch your presentation to a tube jig. The best depths typically here are about 6 feet or less. When you rig you tube jig, place a small bobber a foot and a half up from the jig. Cast and retrieve it slow. The bobber basically simply keeps your jig at the same depth. In detecting the bite, crappies will often grab your jig and swim side to side or the bobber will tip up and then move slowly down. The tube jig body is plastic so give the crappie a little time to suck it down. The best thing about the tube jig is that if you miss you will often get another bite right away. When using minnows for bait, you miss your done.
Once the crappies move in, the action can get very fast. This spring crappie pattern usually lasts a few weeks. After that the crappies move slightly deeper staging for the spawn and then move back in. So why wait for the crappies to spawn? You waited all winter. Early spring crappie fishing is a real bonus. Have Fun!
Many people wrongly think the only time you can catch a Crappie is during the spawn. Your dead wrong if you think that. I make a living catching crappie year round. While they may be the easiest to catch during the Spring spawn, they can also be caught at other times of the year. Sometimes better than during the Spring spawn. It’s called Crappie fishing, not Crappie catching!
The problem is that many fisherman think of only in terms of Spring fishing. Crappie are much like any other schooling fish and many of the same tactics that work on Bass, Walleye and White Bass work when Crappie fishing.
These fishing tips are here to help you extend your fishing season to the point you can catch fish year round.
My favorite times other than the spawn are the Fall and Winter months. Sometimes if the day heats up after a morning duck hunt, I’ll head out into the lake and find a school of Crappie hanging above a submerged creek bank or over submerged timber.
Most times of the year, I’ll find the fish out in the lake in 12 to 18 feet of water. I have caught them as deep as 25 feet during really cold or really hot spells. But day in and day out, 8 to 18 feet is where I’ll find Crappie.
When I’m after deep water fish holding over structure, I’ll use a 6 lb test line on a 7 foot light action spinning rod. This can have some obvious drawbacks if you hook into a big Striper or Catfish. Been there, done that!
If the fish are holding over a deep water break, I may go as light as a 6 foot graphite rod and 4lb test line. But beware! There are big bass and catfish lurking below!
If the water is a little murky or muddy, I like using a combination of bright and dark jigs. Like a two toned lure with a blaze orange head and black or brown body. Sometimes I’ll also add some sound to my baits by using a spinner blade or shot. Don’t get to loud with your sound, Crappie are spooky fish.
During early Summer mornings, I use a spider rig to find Crappie that aren’t schooled up. Once the Sun get’s up and the heat turns on, I use my fish locator to find schools of Crappie along deep water channels or over suspended timber.
Another good tactic to find scattered fish is suspending a jig from a slip float rig. Set out several rods, I like to use 6 or more, and drift along the lake until you start picking up fish.
Catchng these tasty fish isn’t hard. You just have to change tactics and get out of spawn mode. Just remember, Crappie have to eat year round. You just need to be there when they get hungry and give them what they want to eat!
Year round Crappie fishing can be a blast. Challenging at times, yes. Is it worth it? When there’s ice on the window sill and sleet is pelting the window and you’re sitting at the Kitchen table downing some fresh caught golden brown filets…yeah it’s worth it!
Willie Cameron is an important figure in everything to do with Loch Fishing around Dalavich. He is the LAIA warden for the north side of Loch Awe and also for Loch Avich and his love of the sport is infectious.
Willie was brought up in rural Perthshire where his forebears had a great love of fishing which has been handed down through the generations. offthemainroad offer a range ofÂ Fishing Scotland, Fishing Trips Scotland, Brown Trout Fishing which take place on some of the finest salmon fishing rivers in Scotland .
Willies other great love is music. At the age of 18 he learned to play the guitar, having previously been introduced to the accordion at the tender age of 12. His musical talent led him to playing in various bands including the Grampian Television Band in Aberdeen and the Jim Muir Band in Dunblane and eventually on the Canberra of the P&O cruise line.
Ill health forced Willie to retire from his building business several years ago, but after a successful heart operation he has become more involved in voluntary work. As well as promoting Fly Fishing in Scotland, Salmon Fly Fishing Scotland, Loch Fishing Scotland and music in the area, his involvement with the World Burns Federation has taken him as far afield as Moscow and recently at the Old School he set up a musical evening for a group of Italians who wanted to see how a real Scotsman addresses the haggis.
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Berkley does not stop with just creating and selling baits. They also make a point of ensuring that all their soft baits are a great value for money by having them tested by some of the top fishing professionals in the world. Because of the meticulous processing and testing of their baits, it is no wonder why more and more anglers are using and approving this for your fishing trips.
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Now that you have a background on what the hype about Berkley baits is all about, it’s time to learn how to properly rig and use them for your fishing adventures. Begin rigging your gulp baits by tying a hook that is slightly smaller than that of your chosen bait. By doing a clinch knot, tie the hook just a few inches below the tip of your rod. Take your rigged soft baits along with the hook and thread it through in a downward motion in order to allow the barb to emerge just below the bait and pointing towards your rod. For smaller baits, you can rig two or more at the same time to both sides of the hook. For other types of Berkley soft baits, you can also try to look up the net on how they can be rigged.
When rigging them, keep in mind that the kind of jig head being used can ultimately affect the performance of your gulp baits. There are various types of jig heads and each of these causes your soft baits to move differently when already in the water. Another thing to keep in mind is to always ensure that your baits sufficiently covers your hook. By doing this you are disguising the hook thus ensuring that once the fish bites on to your bait the hook will be able to successfully pierce through the fish’s mouth. Once you’re done rigging, you may now proceed with your fishing activities.
Fishing is a great activity for anyone, but it can easily become disappointing especially if you will not be able to get a good catch. And a good catch is almost always dependent with the type of fishing equipment and tools you use. Berkley soft baits are among the easiest to use and they have a good reputation to back up their claim of increasing your catch rate simply by using their baits. True enough, with their advanced scent and delectable flavor any fish will keep coming back in case you don’t get them in the first bite.
Berkley Power Worms Review
Berkley Power worms are not just any old jelly worm, for sea fishing these have to be some of the best jelly worms on the market. They come in packs of 10 and have a coating of Berkley power bait scent formula which seems to give the edge over other types of jelly’s. These have been a very effective lures for Pollack and Bass in the UK as well as other predatory fish around the world. The most productive color seems to be the Hotails, black over a hot colored tail. You can fish these worms in all manner of styles, off a boat or cast from the shore. The simplest method is to slide a weight up the main line followed by a 5mm bead, swivel then tie a 12inch hook length followed by a jelly worm hook or a long Aberdeen. This method is great for off the rocks!
To thread the worm on the hook start by inserting the hook point into the tip of the worm and work the worms body down over the shank until it is about two thirds down, then bring the hook point out of the power worms body. You want the worm to sit parallel to the hook with little or no kinks in the body as this will effect the worms action. Another great method is to just push the hook through the middle of the worm, this creates a random unnatural movement that some fish seem to find irresistible due to the distressed action of the worm.
Power worms seem to be a strong favorite among anglers over the years and they are still sure catchers today.
Berkley Gulp Alive Baits – My Review of Fishing With Berkley Gulp Lures
I have done some of my best fishing in years when I discovered Berkley Gulp Alive baits. I have always had good luck with the line of Power Baits that Berkley developed many years ago, but I was truly surprised with the results I was getting when using the new Gulp Alive brand of baits.
I have always enjoyed the thrill of fishing with artificial lures, mostly because you stand a much better chance of getting a good size fish to hit an artificial lure, and I normally leave live bait fishing to my kids so they can catch pan fish all day long. But perhaps my one complaint using artificial lures was the amount of times I would miss a fish due to a short strike where I could not set the hook in time.
It is with this in mind that I set out one afternoon last fall with a new can of Berkley Gulp Alive leeches and twister tails. I rigged them up and proceeded to fish areas that I know hold large bass. What ensued was one of my better days on the water in quite some time. For some reason the new formula of these baits really encourages fish to hold on to them for much longer periods of time. I was not getting short strikes, and in fact, had ample time to set hooks on hit each.
My only complaint is the fish had a tendency to swallow the bait rather quickly, making hook retrieval an adventure every time. A good set of needle nose pliers, though, and I was able to successfully catch and release double digit bass in one afternoon of fishing action.
Berkley Powerbait For Trout Fishing Review
Berkley Powerbait lures are one of the best types of rainbow trout lures on the market, so it’s no surprise they are a popular pick for anglers all over the country. Powerbait is available in several different formats; some of the most popular are Berkley Gulp! Dough Trout Bait and Dough Trout Nuggets, Berkley Powerbait 3 inch Trout Worms, and Berkley 2 inch Power Minnows.
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As with any type of trout lure, it’s important to use Berkley Powerbait with the right equipment for trout fishing. A short, lightweight, and nimble rod and reel combo will provide the most success. Make sure that your rod is no longer than five feet and that your line is four pound test at the heaviest.
Berkley Gulp! Dough Trout Bait and Berkley Gulp! Dough Trout Nuggets are very similar products. The Dough Trout Nuggets are sold in preformed dough balls, while the Dough Trout Bait is a large wad of dough sold in a jar that allows its users to create their own dough balls and control the size of the bait. Both types of dough bait come in a variety of vibrant colors, such as orange and chartreuse. The best way to fish using Berkley Dough Trout Bait is to use an 8 or 10 sized hook with a portion of the bait molded onto it. A small egg sinker will provide appropriate weight to your line.
You can also use a small egg sinker with Berkley 2 Inch Power Minnows and Berkley Powerbait 3 Inch Trout Worms. Both these baits can be attached to a jig head or used as trout bait. The Power Minnows should be attached to the hook through the head. The worms can be hooked about two inches from the end. If you are using the Trout Worms, flicking your pole every couple minutes will help give the illusion of a sinking worm.
One drawback to using Berkley Powerbait is that some trout streams have restrictions against using scented bait. You will need to make sure what the regulations are for your fishing locales before heading out into the water.
There are even more types of Berkley Powerbait than the ones mentioned above. If you have never used Powerbait before, give some of these trout lures a try and you will soon identify your favorites.
Berkley Gulp Alive – Catching Surprise Smallmouth Bass
I am going to tell you a fascinating story about something I never thought would happen when using Berkley gulp alive. You will want to read this, for it will benefit you in your fishing success, as it has me tremendously. If you like to catch a lot of big fish, then what I am about to tell you will benefit you now.
I was on a lake that i have never fished before but was told it had nice over sized walleyes, so my eyes lit up and off to the lake I went. It was about a 2000 acre lake, and what I like to do is jump from point to point as great way to find fish. After i had caught 7 or 8 very large walleyes, I hooked onto a fish that gave me a much better battle. I thought I had a monster walleye on as I was using large crank baits, but after about a five minute battle I landed it, and it was a huge bronze back!
I was shocked to see a small jaw on this big crank bait, as small mouth tend like smaller lures than walleye. All I had was crank baits and jigs and so I cast my crank bait out for another half hour or so and was not catching any small jaws or walleye, but I knew the small mouth were there somewhere – I asked myself what to do?
I was panicking a little, but then it hit me: I have jigs and Berkley gulp alive minnows and leeches in my box! So I tied on a 1/4 ounce jig and put a gulp minnow on and immediately I was into my favorite fish: Mr. Bronze Back. For a period of several hours I was catching quality small mouth bass, until my arms were s sore I had to stop.
The point is the small jaws were there all along and I knew it. I was just cranking through them with crank baits, and then when I switched baits, it was an amazing transformation. And those minnows were not like live bait that you have to change every time you catch a fish. I bet I only went through 7or 8 Gulp lures in three hours of catching large bronze backs.
Some guys in a boat that were watching this asked me: “What in the world are you doing to catch all those big tail jumpers, this lake is