La Loire - has anyone fished this amazing river?

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Mole-Patrol
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Re: La Loire - has anyone fished this amazing river?

Post by Mole-Patrol » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:27 pm

The Vienne and Charente are my local rivers. They are both roughly the same length as the Severn, but the Vienne has a catchment area four times the size. There are barbel and carp all along the river. The barbel though do not seem to run very large. Many ex-pat anglers report that they struggle to find fish over 6lb. I have had a few larger than that, but they are hard to find. Carp however are ubiquitous and run to mid forties in the middle reaches and possibly larger further downstream. It is quite common to catch carp to 20lb in the same swim as the larger barbel of 7lb to 9lb. Catfish are also everywhere and will trash your barbel tackle.

The Charente enters limestone country around Charroux, about a third of its way downstream and quickly becomes very verdant. From Angouleme downstream the river is excellent for carp, barbel, catfish and other predators. It isn't an easy river to fish though being mainly very clear, deep and the weeds are a yard thick and stretch bank to bank in some places. Night fishing venues are few and far between. Again, barbel of any size are difficult to locate. The middle reaches are amazing with the river splitting into multiple channels and offering a variety of different types of swim. there are good chub, perch and roach in these sections from around Charroux down to Chateauneuf-sur-Charente.

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Re: La Loire - has anyone fished this amazing river?

Post by Barbulus » Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:15 pm

Yes; very happy memories of both Rivers; wild carp, wild places and one of the most violent "takes" I have ever experienced that was heading down river so fast I would have been unable to keep up driving a Ferrari. Fantastic river fishing with absolute "monsters" ............and hardly fished for either ! :Ok:

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Re: La Loire - has anyone fished this amazing river?

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Re: La Loire - has anyone fished this amazing river?

Post by Tengisgol » Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:42 pm

Olly wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:23 pm
Like this? :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrjRbgCKVUQ
Steve Edge, nuts!
Where the willows meet the water...

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Re: La Loire - has anyone fished this amazing river?

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Re: La Loire - has anyone fished this amazing river?

Post by BoltonBullfinch » Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:23 pm

Olly wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:23 pm
Like this? :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrjRbgCKVUQ
What a barmpot, lol....

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Re: La Loire - has anyone fished this amazing river?

Post by Barbulus » Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:48 pm

Exactly; although Shimano "Baitrunners" on the River there................ Best Wishes. Steve

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