Echo Pool Carp Fishing France is owned and run by Natasha and Andrew Walker.
We were both born and grew up in south east Kent. I've been fishing since I could walk and come from a background of fishermen.
We bought Echo Pool in 2004 from a lovely old French man who had spent his life creating the fishery for his family as a labour of love and not a commercial French carp fishing venue.
The lakes were stocked when we bought the property and luckily for us they already contained French Royal Carp and not just the usual “Table fish” which are in most lakes in this region of France.
We are in our 30’s and have bought this fishery more as our home than a business and are here to stay, this means we are passionate about the property and especially our big carp and this is always commented on by our customers and we are constantly told that it is refreshing to visit a French fishery were money isn’t the driving force.
We are extremely proud of the big carp we have managed to grow in our small lake and believe the only reason they have done so well is because of the way we look after them. We constantly monitor fishing methods and tackle to make sure the best, safest practices are being used, we are also always looking at new carp care equipment and the way it’s used to make sure once their hooked and landed there in as little danger as possible.
We are only open from the beginning April to the end of October which gives the carp a 5 month break every year to recover from the fishing season, during this time we feed the carp the same high quality baits which we sell to the anglers throughout the fishing season.
Since opening Echo Pool we have always planned to become invitation only…… This is not far off.
For the last 2 years we’ve been looking to buy another French lake and repeat what we have done at Echo Pool, to date we haven’t been able to find anything suitable. As soon as we do find somewhere we'll be able to stock it with the offspring of our big carp and take things from there.
Because of what we’ve learnt in the last 9 years running
a French carp fishery we are being very fussy with our choice of a new fishery
in France. We really landed on our feet with Echo pool and finding somewhere of
a similar quality is proving very hard.
There are so many factors which need to be in place to
grow and maintain quality big French carp that we don’t want to compromise on
our choice of new water.
We want/need our new French carp venue to be just as good
as Echo pool… if that’s possible!
This is just a little idea of what we are about and we look forward to meeting other like minded people whose passion is carp fishing in France.
Andy & Tasha