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28/08/2020

Mike and his family braved the latest quarantine rules and visited Puyravaud for the first time. Mike fished mornings and evenings only, spending the rest of the time around the pool with the rest of the Bebb clan.

Mike soon found himself into the fish and undoubtedly benefited from cooler temperatures. Sticking to a number of spots and baiting regularly certainly did the trick as Mike went looking to beat his PB of 52lbs.

In total Mike managed 31 fish, over a thousand pounds in weight, a new PB of 54lbs and a grassy PB of 42lbs 4ozs. That’s a pretty good week’s fishing by anyone’s standards, especially when you consider the average weight was over 36lbs.

The family enjoyed using the pool everyday and the youngsters even got into the act, fishing our little stream.


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18/08/2020

These Puyravaud regulars arrived to very hot temperatures but still managed to bag some lovely fish on the trip.

Badge waited for most of the trip before landing his PB of 61lbs 12ozs. Dave O bagged the most fish including yet another Puyravaud 60 for him.

Dave O with another Puyravaud 60

And finally, Dave L decided to fish Kingfisher and eventually found the fish with a best of 56lbs. It just shows that the lake knowledge gained by these guys from at least half a dozen trips really does pay off.


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20/07/2020
Tony gets his lake record champagne

In the last 10 days we have seen a new Common record and then a new lake record for Heron Lake. First, regular visitor, Kevin Watts used his strong knowledge of Heron to tempt a 60lb 4oz common out of Gaz & Geezers swim using an 18mm garlic and liver boilie topped with a 12mm pop up of the same flavour. This fish is the first 60+ common at our venue!

On Sunday 19th July the Broomhall group joined us for their second trip and Tony did not wait long for his first fish – a massive 64lb 7oz mirror that easily broke our current lake record. The same snowman set up caught this beauty as well.

We have also had a new grass carp lake record of 45lbs 2oz, so the records are tumbling as we get back into the season. The fish have obviously been enjoying the large amounts of carpet feed, we have been putting in during lockdown!

Kevin’s new common record 60.04lbs


13/07/2020

Please note that with immediate effect, the price of our gear hire is 125 euros per person per week. We have kept the same price for the last 7 years, but we are seeing increases in the cost of various items included in the package. We endeavour to keep our gear high quality and therefore we have to pass on this price increase to our customers. Bait boat hire will also change to 110 euros per week.



31/05/2020

So things are definitely looking more positive!

Fishing is definitely allowed in France as from May 11th and now restaurants and bars can open from June 2nd, provided strict social distancing measures are in place. Also we are hearing that the tourist industry is being allowed to open from June 22nd in France. So everything looks in place for the July/August holidays being open for customers this year after all. Good News!

All we need now is for Boris NOT to put an unworkable 14 day quarantine for everyone entering the UK and your holiday to Puyravaud should be back on. We will have to have certain social distancing measures in place, so it will not be completely normal, but at least the news looks positive at this stage. Remember, France is probably 3 weeks ahead of the UK with deaths consistently under 100 for some weeks now. Add to that the fact that we are in a green zone where there are very few cases and the picture is looking rosy compared to a few weeks ago.

Watch this space for more info as news develops on this over the next few days.

 



13/05/2020

There have been various statements today that give hope for all of you who have Summer Holidays booked to Puyravaud. Here is a quote from a leading EU commissioner………

A gradual lifting of borders has been proposed by the EU’s executive in an attempt to kick-start a tourist industry hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Our message is we will have a tourist season this summer,” said economic affairs commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, “even if it’s with security measures and limitations.”

Borders closed across the EU, including the border-free Schengen zone.

But states are starting to reopen them.

Austria and Germany have become the latest EU countries to agree to remove travel restrictions.

From Friday there will be random checks at border crossings and then on 15 June free movement should resume. “We want to make people’s everyday lives easier and take another step towards more normality,” said Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

UK travellers have already been warned not to expect “lavish” international holidays, with plans for a 14-day quarantine on air arrivals. But travel without quarantine will be possible to France and Ireland.

Hope this helps everybody. More info to come.



13/05/2020

As from May 11th 2020, The French Government has started easing the lock down that has been in place since mid March. The country has been split into green (with very few Covid cases) and red (significant numbers of cases) zones and the restrictions for each zone vary.

As we are in Aquitaine, we are a green zone and therefore more restrictions have been lifted. Officially, fishing is now allowed in these green zones, particularly on private waters like Puyravaud – social distancing measures still apply, but it means that we are able to open for business once again.

Obviously, as most of our customers are from the UK we need things to get better over there so you can travel safely through France, but at least there is a ray of hope that not all the season will be cancelled.

We will keep you informed on other developments as they happen.

We hope all of our customers are adjusting to the changes this week in the UK (or is it just England) and that you are, most importantly, staying safe!



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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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.