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!


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13/10/2018

Dave Lawson was on his 4th trip to Puyravaud and by the end of the trip he had joined a very exclusive club!

Dave is only the third person to catch 4 x 50+lb fish on the trot whilst fishing at Puyravaud. Dave did it this week (Oct 6 – 13th 2018) whilst fishing Kingfisher Lake. His catches were 53.0, 55.8, 51.8 and 63.0lbs. He joins Jake Portch and Terry White who are the only others to have achieved this record.

In fact Dave jumps to the top of the list and he managed a 63.0lb new lake record with the last of his four fish.

Well done Dave and we will see you again in April 2019!

4 x 50+lb fish on the trot
Another of the 4 x 50+lb fish from Dave L’s trip
Great Session for Dave L – 4 x 50+lb fish on the bounce

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26/09/2018

Terry is a very regular visitor to Puyravaud and this was his third trip – this year!!!!!!!!

He always books the same week in September as he has always caught fish. This year he was dealing with very different conditions, with temperatures in the 30’s for most of the week. This trip, with wife Christine, meant that Terry would only fish days and therefore he would be contending with the unusually high water temperature for the time of year.

Despite this, Terry made the most of the week and landed 5 beauties, including 4 x 50lb+ fish caught on the trot – only the second time this has been achieved on Kingfisher Lake!

Another Puyravaud 50 for Terry
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Terry’s third 50 on the trot!
Terry’s 4th 50 on the bounce!

We are now privileged to hold 9 out of 10 of Terry’s biggest ever fish caught in France and it would be true to say that Terry definitely has a great love affair with Kingfisher Lake at Puyravaud. He has already booked a two week stay for September 2019 to try to improve these records and we look forward to welcoming Terry and Christine back next year!


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18/09/2018

Richard and Tina visited Puyravaud for the first time this September and enjoyed a good weeks fishing and relaxing. Richard was fishing Kingfisher Lake which had proved difficult for the previous few weeks due to very warm weather conditions.

The strategy was to fish nights only baiting just three or four spots for utmost accuracy in an attempt to lure fish onto just a few spots. The strategy worked and Richard had two 40+lbs fish on his first night. His second night proved just as lucrative with two more lovely fish of 58.5 and 54lb. Continuing to catch steadily for the whole week, Richard managed a total of 10 fish with 4 x 50+ fish, an average weight of 47.2lbs and smallest fish weighing in at 39lbs. Not a bad first visit.

Another 50+ Kingfisher Common
Split Tail
Richards 54+ Mirror


15/09/2018

Heron Lake

The McGready’s third trip to Puyravaud. Fished very very lightly on the first of their two weeks – 34.4M, 40.4M, 33.0C, 39.6M, 36.0M, 24.0M, 28.8M, 46.2M, 30.0M.

9 fish, Total Weight – 312.4lbs, Average Weight – 34.71lbs

Kingfisher Lake

Richard and Tina’s first visit to Puyravaud, fished nights only except for last day as well – 42.10M, 42.06C, 54.04M, 58.08M, 43.06C, 50.06M, 39.06M, 38.14C, 54.10M, 46.12M

10 fish, Total Weight – 472.0lbs, Average Weight – 47.2lbs

The best week since early June and nice to see some good 50’s coming out this week.



01/09/2018

Heron Lake

The Ruthvens continued to fish an extra night/day on Heron before trying their luck on Kingfisher – 31.0M, 45.0M, 42.0M, 31.0M, 30.0C, 31.0M, 31.0M, 35.0M, 41.0M, 54.8M, 41.7M, 38.0M, 41.0M, 28.0M, 25.0M, 43.0M, 21.0M

17 fish, Total Weight – 578.5lbs, Average Weight – 34.02lbs

Kingfisher Lake

The guys fished for just 2 nights – 43.0M, 26.0M

2 fish, Total Weight – 69.0lbs, Average Weight – 34.5lbs


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20/08/2018

Shane, Lee and Ollie arrived at Puyravaud for the first time for a family fishing holiday. This meant time by the pool, days out and fishing early mornings and nights.

It proved an eventful trip with Lee breaking his PB numerous times and ending up with a common and mirror over 55lbs! Shane also bagged a 55lb+ fish for his equal third best ever fish. Ollie bagged a very nice grassy at 40lb as well as 9 other nice carp including a fish of just under 40 caught using a stalking rod and centre pin reel. He ended up in the shallow water of the bay to make sure he landed this lively fish.

The Stalked Mirror
Ollie’s stalking set-up

The family group of 9 enjoyed the pool and their trips out for an all round holiday to be remembered.


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07/08/2018

For a long time, a carp fishing trip to France has been on Karl Hutchinson’s bucket List. Well this year that dream came true!

Karl was able to spend time on both our lakes in an effort to improve his UK best. It took a couple of days, for Karl to get into the fish but Heron delivered some lovely specimens as well as an unexpected catch. Karl landed a couple of PB fish before hooking into our biggest common, landed at 56.5lbs. This was followed by a number of good fish in the 30’s and 40’s, before Karl got a big surprise and landed an 18lb pike. We keep a few pike to reduce the numbers of small fish in the lake and this one seems to have grown rapidly since it went into the lake in 2014 weighing only 1.5lbs!!!!!

Karl tried Kingfisher later in the week and managed to land a lovely 47lb mirror to complete a fantastic weeks fishing. The family also enjoyed the pool and the very hot weather to make for an unforgettable first trip to France.



04/08/2018

Heron Lake

Karl, James and Paul on their first visit to Puyravaud started their week on Heron – 26.0C, 57.2M, 35.0M, 38.0M, 25.0C, 26.0C, 45.8M, 42.0M, 44.0M, 37.0M, 22.0C, 44.4M, 41.5M, 39.0M, 42.0M, 40.0M, 32.8M, 33.0M, 20.9C, 31.0M, 37.4M, 42.8M, 34.0M, 47.0M, 32.6M, 21.0M, 33.8M, 29.10M, 33.0M, 34.8M, 40.0M, 56.5C, 34.5M, 28.0M, 34.5M, 44.0M, 36.0M, 36.5M, 28.0C, 40.0C, 35.0M, 36.0M, 39.0M, 36.0M.

44 fish, Total Weight – 1592.1lbs, Average Weight – 36.18lbs

Not bad for 5 days on Heron!

Kingfisher Lake

The guys spent the second half of the week on Kingfisher after multiple fish on Heron.

49.9M, 44.0C, 43.12M, 43.4C, 47.0M.

5 fish, Total Weight – 227.42lbs, Average Weight – 45.48lbs

A return to near normal after a few weather affected weeks. Only fished for a total of less than 3 days.


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16/07/2018

Regular visitor Terry White was at it again a few weeks back, when he visited Puyravaud for the second time this year. During a night session he hooked into Split Tail and after a difficult fight in the dark the fish was landed at 1.30am in the morning. This time the scales tipped at just over 60lbs and good news that Split Tail is now at its highest weight since arriving with us two years ago!

Terry continues to catch some of our biggest fish and we are happy to have such strong representation on Terry’s top 10 catches, compiled over 30 years of carp fishing in France. Well done Terry and see you in September.