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    Default river vienne - france

    Just wondered if any on had any info on the Vienne, even better for around the confolens area

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    Default Re: river vienne - france

    What do you want to know? I live about 10km from Confolens.

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    Default Re: river vienne - france

    Anything u can tell me, I'd love to catch a river carp. Heard some big uns have come out from a wier pool about 30kms downstream. Looks to be some good looking spots round confolens. How much are maggots in France?

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    There are some big carp and catfish in the Vienne and the best area for specimen barbel is a few km downstream of Confolens. There are also two huge lakes within 20km that hold some monsters of various species as well as dozens and dozens of small lakes. There are a few commercials in the area, but I haven't a clue about them.

    You'll need a rod licence, or Carte de Peche, which is about 90 euro for the year and 30 euro for a week. Once you have that you can fish any river and any public lake. Forget maggots. They are a fortune. I use maize for most things and the local tackle shop owner recommends cheese paste for barbel. You can also get pellets, groundbait and boilies either from the tackle shop at Chabanais (the one on Confolens has closed down) or Decathalon at Angouleme or Limoges. Supermarkets, some DIY and garden centers also stock a basic range of pellets and boilies.

    If you let me know when you are coming over I'll pick you up and show you the area. I can also prepare you some maize and ground bait if you need some.

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    Default Re: river vienne - france

    Cheers nicepix, coming first week august. Thanks for the info. The place I'm staying as its own carp lake, so bringing lots of bait down, but thanks for the offer.but I'll bring some pellets and corn now. So can you fiish anywhere on the rivers? Confolens and saint radegonde look pretty good on google

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    Default Re: river vienne - france

    Funnily enough we've just had a jaunt down the Vienne valley to the places you mention and beyond to L'Isle Jourdain. I wanted to check out the big dam on the river in that area.

    If you buy a Carte de Peche you can fish any river and can access across fields to get to the river. You've got to watch out the the cattle though. They aren't very friendly and they are in many of the fields near to the river. There are plenty of access places if you drive round the riverside areas. Many of them show up on Google Earth.

    August will be very hot and the best chances for catching a river carp will be at dusk or if you can locate the Carpe de Nuit area, at night. You can only fish certain areas of the river at night and it is subject to various regulations.

    Biggest problem on the river other than the sun and clear sky in August is that the fish aren't used to bait in many areas. Fishing the Carpe de Nuit places will solve that, but it will be busy in August especially at the weekend. If you find a good spot early on in the holiday I'd pop a bit of bait in for a couple of days first. I usually do better after a few sessions on the virgin water.

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    Default Re: river vienne - france

    I can't wait, cheers. Whats the carpe due nuit? So are wiers and bridges good places to look for the carp
    Last edited by justin ackroyd; 03-03-2013 at 20:47.

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    In France carp fishing is in its infancy, but unlike the UK where it gradually evolved driven by experimentation and a few dedicated anglers putting the hours in, here they all use the same methods taken straight out of the French equivalent of Carp Monthly. That involves pods of four rods set at waist height with line you would use for shark fishing and the use of an inflatable boat to drop their groundbait and marker buoys

    Much of this is done over 'le weekend' and involve night fishing. All over France on lakes and some rivers you will now see signs for 'Carpe de Nuit' meaning that you can night fish specifically for carp(e) in that area. You can't stray away from the designated areas and you have to restrict your choice of bait to whatever is on the local licence. Night anglers are regularly checked by government apointed Angling Police who happen to pack side arms and apparently aren't known for their tolerance to foreigners fishing without licences.

    I've come across them when walking the dog around the lakes and once, on a Friday afternoon, I was fishing a swim where I don't usually venture when three car loads and one trailer load of fishing tackle descended into the area I was fishing. Three guys got out and started to scout the area and it became apparent that I was in the swim they wanted to fish. I had chosen it simply because the trees were high enough to allow me to use the 15 foot float rod. But it was also big enough for a four rod pod as were the swims either side. When they asked if I was fishing all night I said "No, but I'm not going home until dusk" their little faces dropped. Even though it was four hours from dusk they began to set up the rod pods and tackle behind me so they could get into my swim as soon as I left. One began blowing up the dinghy. I got chatting to them and it turned out that they were from out of the department and were intending fishing the whole weekend. The trailer was full of Friskies, the dog food they use to bait up with. I decided that being retired I could fish any day whereas they were looking forward to their weekend carp fishing so I packed my tackle away and let them take over the swim while I watched and chatted to them.

    Their end tackle was crude to say the least. I'm no carp expert, but I'm light years ahead of these guys. Their catch rate wasn't much to write home about either.

    The funny thing is, at the other end of the bay they were fishing, about 1 kilometre away, but not where they could park at the waterside or night fish, was a pod of several huge carp that were never fished for except by me.

    One thing to mention about the Vienne is that it is very rocky in places. You might want to make sure you have some suitable line. you find carp all over the place in the river. Steadier flows seem to be the best spots, but there are weirs every kilometer or so and upstream of these are good holding spots.

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    Default Re: river vienne - france

    thanks very much

    might see you there, ill be the one with only 2 rods but going to take my feeder rod also to try and catch the bream & chub

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    If you are looking for chub then try the River Charente near to Ambernac area. It's a lot smaller river than the Vienne and has more overhanging trees.

    I don't know if you are aware but the Vienne is the same length as the Severn and is 80 to 100 metres wide at Confolens. It has a decent flow too as it is quite shallow, only 1.5 metres across most of the river. The shallow depth and clear skies of August aren't going to help your cause.

    For bream I fish Lac du Mas Chaban near to Massignac. If you drive into the picnic area on the road to Massignac from Chabanais you can find a peg in the shade of trees. The lake at that point is about 80 metres wide, just over 1 metre deep over a mud bottom and is a good spot to bag up on snotties. They aren't big, but the fight like good 'uns.

    At the nearby Lac Lavaud there is a nautical centre near to a British run pub / cafe called the Couchant Solleil. Where the boats launch is a good spot to fish floating biscuits for carp just before dark.

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