Carp fishing in France

The local area near the holiday accommodation at

Smallwater lakes

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The beautiful Lac de Christus in Dax,

A great place for a night out !

 Plus this is another excellent carping venue if you purchase a holiday fishing licence.

Local French pole fishing for carp at the lake in Dax

Autumn at the lake (probably the best time to fish for carp in France)

Dax is a commune of Aquitaine in southwestern France, sous-préfecture of the Landes département. It is particularly famous as a spa, specialising in mud treatment for rheumatism and similar aliments.

It was first established by the Romans, and

its reputation is supposed to date from a visit by Julia, the daughter of the first Emperor Octavian Augustus. (source: Wikipedia)

Famed for its natural hot water of 62.4 degrees centigrade, and healing mud from the River Adour. The Roman baths are a focal point of the town. There are several hot water outlets around the town, where you can take a mud bath, or just bathe in the waters.It is also a market town, former bishopric and busy local centre, especially for the Chalosse area.

Atlantic beaches From 40 minutes to 1 hour drive.

The Aquitaine coastline is one long beach of fine sans and rocky coves. 250 km in a single stretch. Wouldn't want to walk that in a hurry.You can distinguish four types of coastline in Aquitaine – four geographical areas, four kinds of landscape, four different atmospheres … Running from north to south, they are the Médoc, the

Bay of Arcachon, the Landes and the Basque Coast.
  Dune du Pyla 
“The Côte d’Argent symbolises this whole coastal area, lined with sparkling ocean spray”, wrote Maurice Martin, the inventor of the term Côte d’Argent (Silver Coast) in 1905. The expression “Aquitaine Coast” officially appeared in 1967 with the creation of the MIACA (a French inter-ministerial committee to develop the Aquitaine coast), which was largely responsible for protecting the Aquitaine coastline. (source: tourisme-aquitaine)

Biarritz From 30 minutes drive.



Formerly a small whale fishing port, and favourite resort of Emperor Napoleon III. Has a beautiful rocky coastine with sandy beaches. Biarritz is today Europe's surf capital.

Biarritz is a large town with several quartiers and is one of the principal resorts
on the Côte Basque, and probably the most famous part of the Pays Basque. Biarritz came to fame in the mid 19th Century, when Empress Eugenie (the wife of Napoleon III) fell in love with this part of the Basque country and built a Palace on the beach at Biarritz (which is now the world class Hotel du Palais) and a centre with natural springs at Eugenie les Bains in the Landes. Eugenie invited foreign royalty to stay with their entourages and courtiers; Queen Victoria of Britain, who came regularly over a period of 30 years, and sundry Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, German, Russian nobility. The Russians built their own magnificent Orthodox Church next to the Palace.
The principle architecture in Biarritz was not typically Basque, but rather a blend of 19th century city residences, large and expansive, made of local stone bricks. If you bought one of these houses now, you would probably find titles such as the Prince, Duke, Baron, Marquee etc. on the title deeds.

Biarritz has a lot more than beautiful buildings to offer today. It's a vibrant cosmopolitan town with magnificent beaches, golf courses and numerous sporting facilities, not forgetting the surf. Surfing started in France here in Biarritz and surfers come from all over the world to ride the waves. The Biarritz Surf Festival brings together surfers from Hawaii, California and Australia every year to celebrate the birth of surfing in Biarritz. (source: Touradour)

Lourdes 2hrs30min drive  none Central Pyrenees

In the heart of the Pyrenees, Lourdes receives more than 5 million visitors from all over the world every year. Spirituality, whether belonging to history, is part of the present through the depth and beauty of the sight, the marks of the past, the serenity of the Sanctuaries.
Lourdes was just a small market town
on the 11th of February, when Bernadette Soubirous met, along the Gave, the “Lady” that made the town a Marian city. Discover the Notre Dame of Lourdes Sanctuaries. Open all year round, 24/7. Twenty two places of worship celebrate mass in all languages. Come discover this location and live a unique experience. (source: Office Tourisme de Lourdes)


Fishing in the Landes

The Landes offer more than 11 000 hectares of lakes and ponds, 6000 km of 2nd category courses, 1650 kms of 1st category river or little streams, many of which fall within the Parc Naturel Regional, as well as 100 kms of coast from which to fish. In the south of the department the River Adour flows south west to wards the sea and the border with the department of the Pyrenees Atlantiques and close to the excellent little trout rivers flowing down from the mountains. You will need a fishing permit.

 Lakes, Ponds and streams: There are a huge number of ponds and lakes in les Landes. Each lake or pond seems to have its own colour. The large coastal lakes from Seignosse to Biscarosse are unique. You can fish either from the bank or from boats with small motors for carp, perch, tench, pike, black bass or pikeperch.

Sea Fishing: You can go out in a boat with a local fishing guide to fish for tuna. Off season, when the beaches are less busy you can fish for sea bream or bass, surf casting. Surf casting is becoming increasingly popular in this part of France.

Fishing Seasons in the Landes


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