A Remarkable Experience

Paul Cooper: A Remarkable Experience

By Paul Cooper on 28 October 2016

Paul Cooper reviews the fishing and the carp stocks

After years of knowing Martin and Shirley and having visited Oakview Lake on a number of occasions without having the opportunity to fish, we were given the chance to witness the lake netting (and do a spot of fishing). Over the 4 days of fishing (prior to the netting) we caught some perfectly conditioned carp. The weights were impressive, with the best weighing in at 46lb.

The netting was a remarkable experience where we witnessed some huge carp being returned to the lake after the netting. Most of the carp appeared to be over 30lb, with quite a number being well over 40lb. I never thought I would enjoy fishing a 2.5 acre lake as much as I did. A brilliant water and a big thank you from the two Ps (Paul Cooper and Paul Brooks).

Fishing Conditions: Water levels were about a foot and a half down after a long summer without rain, but even the shallowest section of the lake produced two nice 30s. High pressure in late October resulted in cold nights, followed by foggy mornings and some sunny days.

Carp catches and tactics: 1 x 46, 3 x 30s, 1 x 20 and a 13lb 6oz ghostie. The catches came on Squid and Orange and Wayne Dunn pop ups.

Click the link to see Paul's comprehensive venue review: Oakview Lake Rated Amongst Top Carp Fishing Venues in France

Carp Fishing in France Photos

Carp (46lbs 0oz ) caught by Paul Cooper at  France.
Paul Cooper: Carp 46lbs 0oz
Carp (36lbs 0oz ) caught by Paul Cooper at  France.
Paul Cooper: Carp 36lbs 0oz
Carp (33lbs 8oz ) caught by Paul Cooper at  France.
Paul Cooper: Carp 33lbs 8oz
Carp (33lbs 0oz ) caught by Paul Cooper at  France.
Paul Cooper: Carp 33lbs 0oz
Carp (25lbs 12oz ) caught by Paul Cooper at  France.
Paul Cooper: Carp 25lbs 12oz
Carp (0lbs 0oz ) caught by Paul Cooper at  France.
Paul's ghost common