So our final guests left this morning and our 2017 season is officially over!!!!!!!!!!!

Numbers of guests – up, numbers of fish caught – up, average weights – up  and numbers of 40’s and 50’s caught – up dramatically. This year across the two lakes our customers caught 158 carp over 40 lbs and 55 carp over 50lbs. Biggest fish caught was 59.8lbs!

Not bad for our little fishery!

A massive thank you to everyone who visited and we are very proud that so many of you keep coming back.

See you all again in 2018!



Dave L and Dave O returned for their third trip and brought Badger with them for his first. The week proved difficult on the fishing side and the guys waited a couple of days for their first run. Badger however upped the ante with his first fish of 32lbs and then delivered two PB’s in the space of 40 minutes. The first a very nice mirror of 43.4lbs, followed shortly after by a beautiful 55.12 mirror.

Dave L finally got into the action with two mid to high 20’s caught on Heron and Dave O saved a blank with a mirror of just under 24lbs – the smallest fish in Kingfisher. The guys have booked to come back in April and October 2018 and we look forward to seeing all three again on both trips.

Dave L and one of our Castle fish
A nice Heron common for Dave




Last week we reached a pretty important milestone for Puyravaud, when Jonny Robinson caught our 50th 50lb+ fish of the season. This represents a massive improvement from previous years and shows that our fish are healthy and growing!

The moment was made even more special by the fact that Jonny had family members with him and you know how we love family moments  at Puyravaud!!!!!



Terry and Mark are becoming regular fixtures at Puyravaud having visited us at least twice for the last 6 years! On this visit they fished Heron and ended up with a very respectable 29 fish weighing in at 857lbs. Biggest fish was 43lbs and average weight a little under 30lbs.

Terry came with me on a hunt for some nice cognac (Frapin XO) and the guys also visited our favourite restaurant Grange Aux Oies to taste some of the regions best dishes.

The guys have booked twice for next year already and are looking forward to their next visit.



As we quickly march on through our 2017 season, we just wanted to give a big ‘shout out’ to all our returning customers, many of whom have visited us more than 6 times since we opened in 2010. This year just over 66% of all our bookings are from people who have visited Puyravaud before. Looking at confirmed 2018 bookings, that trend looks to be continuing and if anything slightly increasing.

Once again, a big thank you to all our regulars, Marion and I love having you back!

Here’s to seeing you all again soon!



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!!!!!!!