Carp Fishing in France With Coronavirus

Anglers who managed to escape to France between the travel restrictions had some pretty awesome catches!

Dedicated to Shirley Barker

Dedicated to the memory of Shirley Barker, who lost her fight against cancer in April 2020. To all those who knew her and loved her. Shirley would have loved to have been able to greet you all again next year:

The 2020 pandemic meant that a drastically reduced number of anglers were able to go carp fishing in France this year. Some of those who did manage to cross the channel saw some dream fishing sessions at Bigot Lakes.

Big Carp, Monster Catfish and Mega Catches at Bigot Lakes in 2020

Between lockdowns, anglers saw some big carp on the bank, including 12 weighing over 60lb and 29 weighing between 50 and 60lb. They also banked 38 monster catfish, including 8 over 100lb.

The Biggest Carp Caught at Bigot Lakes in 2020

Glen Janes caught the biggest carp at Commons Lake, with a 64lb 4oz common carp.

Glen Janes with the biggest carp caught in 2020
Glen Janes with the biggest carp caught in 2020

The Biggest Catfish Caught at Bigot Lakes in 2020

Martin Grice caught the biggest catfish on the cat lake at Morgane. It topped out the scales at 120lb.

Martin Grice with the biggest catfish caught in 2020
Martin Grice with the biggest catfish caught in 2020

The Biggest Grass Carp Caught at Bigot Lakes in 2020

Jason Lee banked a 58lb grass carp at Margot Lake, the biggest of the year.

Jason Lee with the biggest grass carp in 2020
Jason Lee with the biggest grass carp in 2020

Mega Catches at Margot Lake

Ian Banyard and his group of Margot regulars landed over 130 fish at Margot Lake in July. A few of their big carp catches were just the wrong side of 50lb, but they made up for this with some huge catfish. Here's their catch report: 71 Carp - 17 x 40s, 22 x 30s, 15 x 20s, 5 teens and 12 small. 2 Koi Carp - 1 x 20 and 1 x 16. 48 Grass - 4 x 50s, 11 x 40s, 13 x 30s, 10 x 20s and 10 others 7 catfish - 2 x 100s, 3 x 90s and 2 x 60s. Plus 5 fish Friday/Sat - no weights given.

Luke Banyard with a 49lb 6oz carp
Luke Banyard with a 49lb 6oz carp

Just a week before regulars Steve Tovey and Ben Priday caught nearly a hundred fish at Margot. They also managed to bag a 'full house' of 50lb carp, 50lb grass carp and 100lb catfish, not to mention 7 new PBs and a new lake record catfish. 48 Carp - 2 x 50s, 11 x 40s, 21 x 30s, 7 x 20s 5 x teens and 2 under 10lb. 45 Grass Carp - 2 x 50s, 12 x 40s, 21 x 30s, 9 x 20s and 1 x 18lb. 3 catfish - 1 x 118lb, 1 x 101lb and 1 x 49lb

Steve and Ben with a lake record catfish weighing 118lb
Steve and Ben with a lake record catfish weighing 118lb

In Memory of Shirley Barker

My sincere thanks to all the Bigot Lakes anglers who offered such kind thoughts after Shirley lost her battle with cancer in April 2020. I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of support messages and humbled by the amount of love all you guys had for her.

Shirley Barker - 1954 to 2020
Shirley Barker - 1954 to 2020