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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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