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    Default My fishing trip to Cretelakes, France - April 2013.

    Well this was never going to be a prolific trip due to the cold weather Europe has been experiencing so far in 2013 !

    The weather at times was "trying" to say the least !

    We travelled down to within an hour of the Cretelakes complex we were fishing, staying overnight at another lake (just camping). The van was turned into a shelter with a hugh camo tarp giving us some cover from the weather at -2C that night.
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    6am saturday and we were up and getting ready to get off to Cretelakes and it was bloomin' freeeeeezing !

    We get to the lakes at about 9:00am after a ride around the local town looking for a B&B for next year ! Lol !

    Once we had sorted out where we were going to fish, all the gear was set up and camp made for the week. No cooking gear was needed as this trip was all inclusive, so breakfast and evening meal all cooked for us by the resident bailiffs.
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    The fishing was very slow i had a carp of 29lb 7oz on sunday morning. The sun was up and shining but it was freezing cold with a gusty wind making it feel colder.
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    My only other fish came on monday night at 11:45pm, hence me looking worse for wear (nothing to do with the evenings drinking). This one tipped the scales at 25lb 13oz. not a monster by the lake standard as the biggest in there is about 65lb ! But welcome anyway as conditions were so rough.
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    I managed to lose a fish during tuesday but it didn't feel like anything sizable.

    The rest of the week was hard going with very changable weather. One minute sunny, then it would be heavy rain, then sunny again, then windy with rain, heavy frosts and even thunderstorms .... we had the lot !

    So i'll end on the arty-farty weather shots. Enjoy & comment if you wish.
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    Looks like you had a good time Phil. Nice Steve of photos. You caught one or two big fish too. Was it cold at night under the canvas.

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    I had half a can of Pepsi in my bivvy on the saturday night, it was almost fully frozen when i woke on the sunday morning !
    Good job i have a top quality sleeping bag and bed as i was snug as a bug. Sleeping bag rated down to -20C, not that i'd want to try it !


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    Glad you had a good time Fil pity about the cold messing up the fishing for you.

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    Looks like you had a blast.


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    Quote Originally Posted by paulhb View Post
    Glad you had a good time Fil pity about the cold messing up the fishing for you.
    Always knew it would be difficult fishing, but we always have a good laugh anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark The Cabby View Post
    Looks like you had a blast.
    Every trip is a blast Mark, shame this trip had an Artic blast to it. Brrrrrr !


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    Great photos Phil looks like you had a good time big fish too

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