There are a lot of carp lakes in France ... at Les Croix we prefer the old school approach...
A Carp Fishing Holiday at Les Croix is far removed from overcrowded waters, booze on the bank, bait boats, 24 hour fishing, so called "consultants"
and the fish at all costs attitude that prevails on many dayticket waters, which results in poorly conditioned carp with mouth and body damage.
Having first wet a line when I was 6 years old, and having been a carp angler for 35 years or more, and having witnessed the "evolution" of carp fishing from the early
1980's, my wish was to offer an old school type of venue for the current day - where the carp are not paranoid and neurotic to the point that they will only feed at night...
and where having the lake completely to yourself and catching beautiful pristine carp in the daytime and from the margins is actually possible as it was back in the 1980's !
This venue is about tranquility, exclusivity and relaxation, - much more than just fishing. Les Croix is not open to anyone and everyone, a lot of hard work has gone into creating this venue
from scratch, and we are now in the fortunate position to be able to be selective about our clients - we look for experienced anglers, (but also for those who may have less experience but
have the right attitude and outlook), those who really appreciate what carp fishing should be about, and actually realise that the surroundings and facilities, as well as the quality of the
fishing are important - but in addition we also look for polite and respectful people whom we can hope to welcome back as friends in the future.
Located at the top of a wooded valley in the eastern corner of the Charente at around 1000ft above sea level, the spring fed lake is surrounded by woods and farmland - wildlife
includes deer, wild boar, lizards, red squirrels, buzzards, kites, osprey, kingfishers, not to mention the frogs in springtime, and more besides .... we have even seen the odd preying mantis !
Key benefits of booking an exclusive carp fishing holiday at Les Croix
Cost - Exclusive use of the lake and accommodation available for less than some venues charge for exclusive lake hire only.
Exclusivity - No other anglers , no conflicts or arguments - the lake is exclusively yours for the week - just you and the carp !
Lake Size/Angling Pressure - for a nice relaxing holiday with good fishing, smaller waters are the best choice - you will not be far from the fish, so you will have a very good chance of an excellent week's fishing !
At around four acres, Les Croix is perfect for one or two anglers. The reduced angling pressure, a result of the way we run the lake, means that great daytime fishing is possible !
Management - Les Croix - the only carp lake in France that is owned and managed by a UK qualified fisheries management professional.
The Carp - The lake is spring fed and has an abundance of natural food which is supplemented by high quality feed during the closed periods.
Most carp anglers visiting France want a chance of some big fish - we have in excess of 50 different 40lb+ fish, as well as 15 different fish over 50lbs going right up to almost 70lbs.
The total number of carp is around 125, which provides for excellent sport, and with some stunning specimens in the lake, there is a very good chance of something to remember during your trip.
Location - Les Croix is situated in the beautiful Charente-Limousine area of South West France where the departments of Charente, Haute-Vienne and Vienne meet, a region of rolling countryside,
hills, woodland, lakes and rivers - with a very desirable summer climate - the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region is one of the sunniest areas of France - this can make a big difference to your holiday !
As mentioned elsewhere, there is a good 3G phone signal, and wi-fi is available at our house, should you need to check your email or similar.
If you are interested in seeing some of France during your stay, you won't be disappointed with the beautiful surrounding area.
Our aim is...to provide fantastic carp fishing holidays in France with big and beautiful carp in pristine condition, excellent facilities and a quality on-site service for our guests - a holiday to remember.
A look at our feedback pages will give you a good idea of how our customers have felt about their holidays at Les Croix.
The owner, Jon, as an ex Fisheries Officer of the N.R.A./Environment Agency in England with 10 years working experience in the field of freshwater fisheries management, has an Honours Degree in ecology and holds both the certificate and diploma of the Institute of Fisheries Management - the Diploma qualification is held by less than 100 people in the UK.
This professional background in fisheries management guarantees that you will be fishing a lake where things are done correctly. Apart from the fisheries background, Jon has also been an all-round angler since the age of 8, having fished for the school team, then on the club match circuit, progressing through into specialist angling for pike, barbel and tench, and has been a carp angler for more then 30 years.