Friday, June 29, 2007

Morocco Carp launches merchandise range with Zazzle

We have teamed up with Zazzle the great on-line merchandising company that allows you to create your own design T-shirts, caps, bags, mouse mats and much much more. You simply upload a photo or use your flickr account, add text, pick your design and voila.

Check out Morocco Carps latest Zazzle designs:

make custom gifts at Zazzle

If your fishing with Morocco Carp this year on the new mega carp water Bin el Ouidane upload your best holiday and fish photos via this special Flickr email:

If they make it into our Morocco Carp photo gallery we will send you a FREE T-shirt with your big fish or photo proudly displayed on the back and the Morocco Carp logo on the breast.

Please email us your photos with your full name, date and weight of fish or a description of the photo as the title for each photo, to:

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Bin el Ouidane - the history of one of the largest Dam's in Africa

The Dam at Bin el Ouidane was one of the last jobs the French completed before handing back the protectorate of Morocco.

The first feasibility studies were conducted in 1929 around the area of Ouaouizerth but construction didn't start till 1948.

The Dam at Bin el Ouidane is the largest hydro electricity dam in Morocco, it was completed in 1953 and has a hight of 132 m a length of 290m and for a long time it was the largest dam in Africa, holding back 1.5 million meters cubed of water.

The lake is fed from two sources, in the south the river Ahansal and to the east the river El Abid, the lake has a length of around 20 kms.

The water from the dam passes under the mountains to a small hydro electric station called d'Afourar and from there to literally hundreds of kms of irrigation canals that feed the Tadla valley and the fields of crops. (As you are arriving to Bin el Ouidane on the road from Marakesh you can see this impressive tube scaling the sheer mountain side.

Little could they have imagined that the lake would hold such a large quantity of large carp.

For more information on our fishing holidays please check out our sister site Morocco Carp

The black and white photos are reproductions from post cards of the time and we would like to thank Monsieur Ledaeron, a Doctor stationed at Ouaouizerth between 1952-1957 and to Anergui.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

New World record common Carp 84.12 lbs (38.45 kg)

The saddening news earlier in the week that the world record Mirror Carp, caught just 14 days ago by British angler Graham Slaughter from the infamous swim 19 at Rainbow lakes at a new best weight of 88.6 lb (40.2kg) had died. Its not know at this time the cause of death but probably old age and stress/spawning were to blame.

The blow is softened somewhat with the news, as reported by bagging up, that the Common World Record has fallen again. This time to German angler Emir Caro. The 84lb 12oz (38.45Kg) monster has been a long term target for Emir who has been after it for 3 years.

Emir tempted the common with a 20mm boilie on a size 3 Mako super fly hook, 18lb Krystonite and a 65lb Score Gold lead core leader.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

come fish with us in Morocco

For those of you that read my blog frequently you will know that I've become a little infatuated with Morocco and the lake Bin el Ouidane. I have just returned from my third trip to the lake, accompanied this time by a professional photographer and a couple of fishing buddies from the UK. We spent 5 fantastic days fishing and exploring new areas and I now feel really confident that we can offer an unforgettable fishing holiday.
I have earmarked 3 main swims that will accommodate 10 anglers and I will be baiting with 2.5 tonnes of maize during the month of August, ready for our first Carp fishing guests on the 1st September.

Dont miss out, reserve early using our on-line booking form to be sure of your place. If anyone needs to contact me prior to Morocco Carp being fully operational please ring Fraser +34 666 074 861.

Bin el Ouidane viewed from the dam

We have teamed up with the local hotel, a small but beautiful Riad style property situated on the banks of the lake, and will be offering traditional bivvy holidays with twice daily boat waiter service, delivering your breakfast and evening meal (included in the price) right to your swim.
We have prepared a bank side menu and you can order soft drinks, beer, wine, snacks and bait from our boat waiters which will be delivered to your swim on the next boat run.

We are also offering hotel fishing packages for those that want to bring family or partners and we have 4 suits available sleeping a maximum of 6 adults plus 2 children, all our suites have terrace or garden dining, BBQ's, living rooms and the d├ęcor of the Hotel is typical of the local area and Morocco. All our suites have lake views and breakfast and evening meal delivered by our hotel waiters to your suite are included in the price. A full bar and snack service is available throughout the day and up till the kitchen closes around 10pm each night.
We have researched and prepared an exciting package of day trips and activities so that your family will have a fantastic holiday whilst you are fishing.
The area around Bin el Oudane and the province of Azilal is seldom visited and there are some wonderful natural scenic sites to visit including the famous and unbelievable Cascades de Ouzoud waterfalls. These falls are ranked in the top 15 waterfalls of the world, along with such famous places as Angel Falls. If you only leave the lake once this week we recommend that it be for the cascades trip. (you will be back in plenty of time to get the rods out for the night and it never hurts to rest the swim for a day)

Apart from the day trips we can offer a full range of activities around the hotel with Quad bikes, Kayaks, water skiing, jet skis and in season, white water rafting on the Ahansal river.
This really is a holiday of a lifetime for the whole family and as a travelling big Carp man myself I know just how important it is to please the family whilst you fish.

Cascades de Ouzoud - a must see

A better view in Carp fishing? we doubt it

The Truth WareHouse Blog

Video Catch reports Morocco Carp