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 Ruthven party of 14 came back to visit Puyravaud for the 6th time and professed to enjoy their stay just as much as the first time. They enjoy what Puyravaud has to offer, but also get out and about to try many activities that are available in the Charente region. They love go-karting and laser questing amongst other things and Sue even took the time to write a review on their various stays at Puyravaud – here it is word for word……………….

In 2011/2012, I was set a task to find a holiday with a lake which was big enough to accommodate at least 5 fishermen, with fish (carp) of 40lb plus and with accommodation which would house a group of 12/14 minimum with two or more bathrooms and ideally two kitchens. And not forgetting a pool for the kids and all of this for two weeks in the summer holidays!

Now this was proving to be quite a challenge but as luck would have it, after looking on many websites for fishing holidays in France, I came across Puyravaud and what a fantastic find it has turned out to be!

Our first visit was in 2012 with 8 adults and 6 children, Marion and Peter really didn’t know what they had let themselves in for, especially as our van broke down a couple of miles away from Puyravaud and Peter had to help rescue us! 

The holiday whilst stressful in parts was brilliant, the accommodation surpassed expectations, beautifully renovated and converted Barn and Cottage both with all the mod cons you could possibly need a real home from home with plenty of space for all the family!  Plus, that all important swimming pool and a pool table to keep the kids (and adults) occupied.

All the fishermen were happy, 5 good sized swims and some descent catches, a bit of rivalry going on and a personal best or three achieved!

We decided before the holiday had even finished that we would definitely be back.  Little did we know it would be every year.

Puyravaud is such a wonderful place to stay and thoroughly recommended for the fishing and as a family retreat/holiday.  It is far enough away from everything to enjoy the tranquil setting and country walks, yet near enough by car to main road routes and country lanes to explore rural France.

As our family has grown up and more fishermen emerged, Puyravaud has also evolved providing two beautiful, tranquil lakes to fish.  In 2017 two PB’s achieved after catching a Mirror Carp of 59lb on Kingfisher Lake and a 53lb Common on Heron Lake.

But for us it’s not all about the fishing, each year we look to find other activities and with the help of Peter and Marion booking for us, we have enjoyed Laser Quest, Go Karting, Tree Climbing, The Velo Rail (not for the faint hearted) and bowling. Not to mention a trip to the man-made beach with Kayaks, horse riding and ice-creams.    We have also ventured further afield to Royan with its beautiful beach, Bordeaux for shopping and wine tasting, to Cognac to learn how it is distilled and for the tasting of course!  Not to mention a trip to Limoges (including the airport to pick up a late arrival) a good excuse for lunch and of course more shopping.  Plus, some lovely restaurant meals in the various locations we have visited.

A massive “Thank You” to Marion and Peter who have welcomed us back every year, always accommodating the varying numbers, vehicles and birthdays (Marion makes an excellent Lemon Drizzle Cake!) We look forward to returning yet again in 2018.

We really appreciate it when customers write reviews and we include all of them on our testimonials page, but this was extra special for us from a group that we now know very very well. See you next year!!!!!!!



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.



The Hands family visited Puyravaud for the first time and enjoyed a once in a lifetime weeks fishing. Kingfisher Lake yielded 21 fish with 1 x 20’s, 4 x 30’s, 10 x 40’s and 6 x 50’s! Peter, Rob and John all finished with new PB’s and 2 x 50’s each. Rob also added a lake and venue record grass carp of over 44lbs. The guys fished days and evenings only.

Their total weight was 941lbs 4ozs and average weight 44lbs 8ozs. Not a bad week for the guys with the second best week ever recorded on Kingfisher Lake at Puyravaud!!!!!!



What a way to celebrate your 5oth birthday!

Andy and Mark arrived for their first visit to Puyravaud and immediately got into the fish! They just kept catching all week and amassed a total weight of over 2200lbs. This is the first time we have recorded more than 2000lbs in a single week and it shows that Heron Lake certainly has got its mojo back after a slower 2016. Birthday boy Mark seemed obsessed with catching all his fish during the night, whilst Andy’s efforts were more balanced across a 24 hour period!

The guys are part of Gary Hagues’ Marley syndicate and certainly used every bit of carp fishing knowledge to extract that many fish, despite some windy conditions.

We hope to see them back next year to pit their skills against our Kingfisher Lake. Well done guys and thanks Gary for the recommendation!

Andy’s Two Tone Common
Andy’s Two Tone Mirror
Andy’s nice 40+ mirror



The Parker family enjoyed a great first trip to Puyravaud, fishing Kingfisher Lake.

They managed to catch 15 fish with a total weight of 694lbs for an average weight of 46.3lbs, our highest ever ( for the second week running).

They caught 7 x 50+, 5 x 40’s, 2 x 30’s and 1 x 20! Included in the 50’s were our first two fish over 55lbs including a new lake and venue record 56lb 11oz mirror. Both lady anglers caught PB’s with 55lb 13oz and 53lb 4oz mirrors and a 46lb common. Well done to the girls this week!

Marks 54.6
Linda’s 46lb common PB