So our final guests left this morning and our 2017 season is officially over!!!!!!!!!!!

Numbers of guests – up, numbers of fish caught – up, average weights – upĀ  and numbers of 40’s and 50’s caught – up dramatically. This year across the two lakes our customers caught 158 carp over 40 lbs and 55 carp over 50lbs. Biggest fish caught was 59.8lbs!

Not bad for our little fishery!

A massive thank you to everyone who visited and we are very proud that so many of you keep coming back.

See you all again in 2018!



Dave L and Dave O returned for their third trip and brought Badger with them for his first. The week proved difficult on the fishing side and the guys waited a couple of days for their first run. Badger however upped the ante with his first fish of 32lbs and then delivered two PB’s in the space of 40 minutes. The first a very nice mirror of 43.4lbs, followed shortly after by a beautiful 55.12 mirror.

Dave L finally got into the action with two mid to high 20’s caught on Heron and Dave O saved a blank with a mirror of just under 24lbs – the smallest fish in Kingfisher. The guys have booked to come back in April and October 2018 and we look forward to seeing all three again on both trips.

Dave L and one of our Castle fish
A nice Heron common for Dave




Last week we reached a pretty important milestone for Puyravaud, when Jonny Robinson caught our 50th 50lb+ fish of the season. This represents a massive improvement from previous years and shows that our fish are healthy and growing!

The moment was made even more special by the fact that Jonny had family members with him and you know how we love family momentsĀ  at Puyravaud!!!!!



Terry and Mark are becoming regular fixtures at Puyravaud having visited us at least twice for the last 6 years! On this visit they fished Heron and ended up with a very respectable 29 fish weighing in at 857lbs. Biggest fish was 43lbs and average weight a little under 30lbs.

Terry came with me on a hunt for some nice cognac (Frapin XO) and the guys also visited our favourite restaurant Grange Aux Oies to taste some of the regions best dishes.

The guys have booked twice for next year already and are looking forward to their next visit.



Terry was back at Puyravaud for his usual September slot and ended up beating his own records from last Septembers trip. In just 5 days fishing, he landed 23 fish for a total weight of 979lbs and an average weight of over 42lbs. His haul was 5 x 30’s, 14 x 40’s and 4 x 50’s with a best a couple of ounces under 56lbs. Terry landed most of his fish using garlic and liver flavoured boilies or peach and pepper wafters.

So Terry leaves with the record for the most fish caught on Kingfisher by a single angler in a week and also the most fish caught in a single day (7). He also managed a number of PB’s including his largest common at just over 45lbs!

Terry and Chris will be back next September to try and improve on this weeks result – that will be difficult, but who knows!




Pete Allen is a regular visitor to Puyravaud. This time he is here with wife Alison and her parents. Despite a number of trips out to see the Charente countryside, Pete enjoyed a pretty good week on the fishing side.

He managed to bag 10 fish for 420lbs and an average of 42lbs. His haul included 2 x 50’s and 5 x 40’s for a very successful week. Pete is coming back again in March next year to try and extend his PB of just over 52lbs! See you next year Pete! You’ll soon be in double figure visits – yet another PB!

Pete’s 48lb
Pete’s 43lb



Neil and Sarah visited Puyravaud for the first time and had the catching holiday of a lifetime. Neil wasted no time getting into the fish and soon broke his PB (which would go a number of times on the trip). Despite spending time out visiting the surrounding area and not fishing nights, Neil managed to land 16 fish with a total weight of 730.3lbs and an average weight of 45.64lbs. He caught 4 x 30’s, 8 x 40’s and 4 x 50’s!

Neil managed to beat the record for the most fish caught by a single angler on Kingfisher Lake in one day (6) and equal the record for the most fish caught in a week by a single angler. (16). He enjoyed a spectacular birthday catching those 6 fish and his biggest fish of 57.6lbs beat his previous PB by over 20lbs. Not a bad trip.

Neil’s 50.10
Neil’s 52lb
Neil’s 54.9



The Chalk family visited Puyravaud for the second time and Howard was desperate to catch some carp after a disappointing first trip.

The first week was OK with 5 fish banked, but a feeling of what might have been with 6 fish dropped. However, Howard made up for it on the second Sunday with 5 beautiful carp during a magical 6 hour session. 48.1, 39.6, 48.12, 53.0 and finally the best of all a 59.8 mirror that equalled the lake and venue records.

The good luck continued as Howard went on to land 11 fish in his second week and 16 in total for a very successful fishing trip. Considering he did not fish for 2-3 days during the second week, it was an even better result with average weights of 46.22 for the 11 fish caught and 44lbs for the two week catch. Howard broke his PB on at least 4 occasions and has well and truly joined The Puyravaud 50’s Club! He ended up with 4 x 50’s, 7 x 40’s and 6 x 30’s. Not half bad!!!!!!!!!!! Howard also wins the prize for being the best organised photographer with a set up to take his own shots!

48lb 1 oz Mirror 1st Fish sunday 20th
53lb Mirror Sunday 20th 2nd Fish of 5
51lb 8 oz Mirror Thursday 24th
51lb Mirror Friday 25th



The Knowles group of 11 visited Puyravaud for the first time for what was primarily a two week family holiday. They took advantage of the pool and also visited local towns and sites as well as the man made beach just up the road.

On the fishing side, Gary, Paul and Lee managed to get a little time each morning for some fishing on Heron Lake and managed to have a successful time despite some changeable weather. All three managed new PB’s and totalled 37 fish and over 1000lbs in weight at an average of 30lbs.



The Ruthven family of 13 returned to Puyravaud for the 6th time to enjoy 2 weeks of R&R from their busy lives in the UK. The group always combine some fishing with lots of other activities such as Go Karting, Laser Quest, sight-seeing and visiting a few good shopping haunts.

They focused the first weeks fishing efforts on Kingfisher Lake and were soon landing some nice fish. Paul and Mark both got into the fish and landed some good high 40’s, before Paul broke his PB on day 4 with a lovely 52lb mirror. Mark’s best for week 1 was a nice 44lb mirror. However, Paul left his best until last and landed a new lake and venue record when he tempted a beautiful 59lb mirror to the bank using an 18mm garlic and liver boilies topped with white fake corn.

The fish was weighed on two separate scales to ensure accuracy and confirmed as the new Kingfisher Lake record. Not to rest on his laurels, Paul then caught another beauty of just under 50lbs soon afterwards to round off a fantastic week for the group. In total they managed 14 fish with a total weight of 622lbs and an average weight of 44.8lbs.

And they still have another week to go………………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The group have already booked their 2018 trip to ensure another opportunity to catch some great Puyravaud carp.