21/03/2020

As from the 22nd March 2020, Puyravaud will remain closed due to the coronavirus and the approach taken by both the French and UK Governments. This has been forced on us by the cancelling of all flights and ferries from the UK in the short-term and the announcement of a lock down situation in the UK by Boris Johnson on March 23rd.

In the meantime, all customers will be offered alternative dates either in 2020 if possible, 2021 or 2022.  If customers wish to cancel they should claim on their travel insurance. We are doing everything we can to accommodate our customers and there is still much uncertainty. We ask that our customers understand that compromises will have to be made together to get through this unprecedented situation.

The most important thing right now is to STAY SAFE and we will see you all again at Puyravaud as soon as possible.

Thanks Marion and Peter


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28/01/2020

It seems like its been a very long time, but we have finally completed the refurbishment and stocking of Kingfisher Lake. Its been almost one year since we began the project to strengthen the dam wall and build a new monk.

A couple of weeks ago, we drained Heron Lake, sorted the fish and re-stocked some back into Kingfisher. Very pleased with the results of the netting – all fish in good health and weights were higher than expected. Biggest fish is 65lb, found some lovely high 50’s which should make 60 this year, but probably the best news is the stock of 40’s we have (39), many of which will soon add to the good number of 50’s we already

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Ian with a nice 50 for Kingfisher

have in both lakes.

The day was long, but productive and I must thank Gary and Ian who flew out from the UK specially to run the nets as well as David and Claude – good friends who are always around when there is hard work to be done.

It finally feels like we are getting Puyravaud back to normal and ready for the 2020 season.

PS we do have one week in May and one in September free after a couple of date moves, so if anyone is interested its an unexpected opportunity to catch some Puyravaud carp in 2020. Get in touch.

 


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06/10/2019

Its seems like ages, but I am happy to say that work is now progressing well on Kingfisher Lake! We have a lot to do to strengthen the dam wall, build a new cold water monk and re-build the three swim fronts. We have made a lot of progress in the last couple of weeks and despite some setbacks with the base of the monk, we are hoping to finish by the 11th October.

We will then fill up the lake and stock sometime in December. We have ordered a number of new fish (20 – 26lbs) that will become the next generation of large Puyravaud carp and also ensure there is sufficient competition for food in both lakes from 2020 onwards.


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27/06/2019

What a week it was for first time visitors Steve, Tom Charlie and Isaac. The guys were here to give it everything they had and quickly established the norm of fishing 24 x 7 whilst at Puyravaud.

The first night proved eventful with a number of fish including good PB’s for Tom and Charlie of 57lb+ and 58lb+. The fish kept coming all week and by Thursday all 4 had enjoyed a number of PB’s and multiple catches.

The highlight of the week was Steve beating his PB of 56lb+ with one of our biggest mirrors weighing in at 60lb 8ozs. Steve was over the moon with his best but also his first 60lb+fish.

All in all, the guys weighed in with an incredible 91 fish for a total weight of 3317.4lbs, a new venue weight record and an average weight of 36.45lbs. They landed 1 x 60, 8 x 50’s and 22 x 40’s among the total!

Needless to say the guys are keen to return, but I have warned them, that was a weeks fishing of a lifetime!


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22/05/2019

Dave is a regular visitor to Puyravaud and this May saw his 8th visit along with his normal crew of Scott, Stuart and Wayne.Despite the number of visits, Dave had not managed to join the Puyravaud 50’s Club and was for ever hopeful that this visit would break the magic mark.The week started well and a number of good fish were banked including a 43lb 8oz grass carp for his first PB of the week. Stuart also hooked a nice 40lb 20z grassie for a GC PB.

Dave then hooked into a nice fish of 51lb 12ozs to finally break his 50’s duck and notch his second PB of the week. The following day this was bettered with a monster of 58lbs 14ozs for his third PB of the week and a new Heron Lake record. Scott also got into the PB act with a first PB of 55lb 12ozs, followed quickly by another lovely fish of 58lb.

All told 32 fish and 10 fish over 40lb. Not a bad weeks fishing for the lads and they will be back in May 2020 to try and improve yet again!

Well done guys.

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Dave’s First PB

 


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09/05/2019

Graham, Ian, Mike and Jason were enjoying their first weeks fishing at Puyravaud with quite a few nice fish arriving on the bank. Jason was quickly away with a new PB of 49lbs 14ozs and then broke that again with his second fish of 56lbs 14ozs! His week has continued and he has over 20 fish to his name. Ian also had a nice 50 that just missed his PB by a few ounces.

Graham gets the bubbly!

Graham quickly joined the Puyravaud 50’s club with a fish of 52lb, still short of his 56lb PB. Some good 40’s and 50’s were hooked and landed until Graham finally landed that PB fish, a mirror of 58lbs 12ozs that also broke the Heron Lake record in the process. As always, the holder of a Puyravaud lake record receives a bottle of Champagne and here is the evidence to prove it!

There is still time for Mike and Ian to get their PB’s as the fish feed up before spawning.


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19/04/2019

Mark has been fishing for carp since the age of 13! Much of those early years were spent fishing with his schoolmate Ali Hamidi and they remain good friends to this day.

He has waited for many years for his first 50 and we are very happy a Puyravaud carp obliged to give him that special moment! His first week at Puyravaud has been a family occasion with everyone joining in and watching Mark land over 20 beautiful carp.

However, his first 50 arrived on Thursday morning and was caught during the morning when all three rods went off at once. Mark carefully caught and landed two mid 20’s and finally brought in the bigger fish for the much anticipated weigh in. This beautiful mirror weighed in at 53lbs 1oz and looked an absolute picture. This fish, which previously had not been named is now called Eloise, after Mark’s intrepid helper!

Very pleased Mark was able to enjoy the moment with 3 generations of his family. Just what Puyravaud is all about!

Well done Mark!

The family get in on the PB act

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16/04/2019

At Puyravaud, we like to encourage young anglers! Eloise’s Dad , Mark, had asked, in advance, if there was anywhere she could fish on site. I suggested she try the little stream which feeds our lakes and holds, trout, chub and roach. The family duly arrived with a nice little rod and reel loaded with 4lb line.

Whilst Dad was fishing for carp on the main lake, Eloise decided to have a little casting practice, just a few metres away, with no bait, just a single hook and some weights. After a few minutes she called Dad to say that she was hooked on the bottom. To Mark’s great surprise, he noticed a jerking action on the rod and quickly realised Eloise had hooked something alive.

With expert tuition and not a little skill, Eloise managed to play the fish and some 10-15 minutes later a beautiful 18.5lb pike was on the bank. She regularly accompanies Dad on his carp adventures and often helps him land his catches, but this time the roles were reversed.

Watch out for this young lady in a few years! If her interest continues, we could see some more big fish on the bank.

Well done young lady!!!!!!

PS – Worth an entry in Angling Times, me thinks!

Eloise skillfully playing her 18.5lb pike, watched closely by Dad.

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29/03/2019

Our 2019 season has kicked off with some great catches. Pete and Gary were with us for one of their umpteenth visits to Puyravaud. They were having a fantastic week of fishing, made even better when Gary hooked into a beauty and 25 minutes later landed a 58lb 7oz mirror to beat the existing lake record by over 1lb.

This was just one of 22 fish caught in 3.5 days fishing, landing 824lbs in weight, including 2 x 50’s and 5 good 40’s and an average weight of 37.5lbs. Gary’s average for his 8 fish was over 41lb!!!!!!! with no fish under 31lb!

Hopefully, this is a sign of what’s to come as we look forward to welcoming many more regulars and some new visitors to Puyravaud.



12/11/2018

Our 2018 is now officially over!

Monday 12th November saw our last guests leave after a great weekend first trip to Puyravaud. The weather was changeable but warm and Matt and Gavin were able to bivvy up for the whole session and get 13 fish safely into the bank. Not a bad session considering the time of the year.

Looking back over the year, it has been our best year to date and challenging due the long hot weather that undoubtedly affected the fishing, particularly on Kingfisher Lake. That said, we have seen continued growth rates and new lake records for both lakes. We are now up to 57.4lbs on Heron and 63lbs on Kingfisher an increase of around 3lbs on each lake. Also, the number of 50’s caught this year increased from 55 to 67, a healthy increase of nearly 22%.

In 2019, we are virtually booked up to the level we are comfortable with, so we are opening our 2020 calendar for bookings. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Thanks to everyone that booked and particularly our many returning guests that have helped us make Puyravaud what it is today. See you in 2019!