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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

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16/04/2019

At Puyravaud, we like to encourage young anglers! Eloise’s Dad , Mark, had asked, in advance, if there was anywhere she could fish on site. I suggested she try the little stream which feeds our lakes and holds, trout, chub and roach. The family duly arrived with a nice little rod and reel loaded with 4lb line.

Whilst Dad was fishing for carp on the main lake, Eloise decided to have a little casting practice, just a few metres away, with no bait, just a single hook and some weights. After a few minutes she called Dad to say that she was hooked on the bottom. To Mark’s great surprise, he noticed a jerking action on the rod and quickly realised Eloise had hooked something alive.

With expert tuition and not a little skill, Eloise managed to play the fish and some 10-15 minutes later a beautiful 18.5lb pike was on the bank. She regularly accompanies Dad on his carp adventures and often helps him land his catches, but this time the roles were reversed.

Watch out for this young lady in a few years! If her interest continues, we could see some more big fish on the bank.

Well done young lady!!!!!!

PS – Worth an entry in Angling Times, me thinks!

Eloise skillfully playing her 18.5lb pike, watched closely by Dad.

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29/03/2019

Our 2019 season has kicked off with some great catches. Pete and Gary were with us for one of their umpteenth visits to Puyravaud. They were having a fantastic week of fishing, made even better when Gary hooked into a beauty and 25 minutes later landed a 58lb 7oz mirror to beat the existing lake record by over 1lb.

This was just one of 22 fish caught in 3.5 days fishing, landing 824lbs in weight, including 2 x 50’s and 5 good 40’s and an average weight of 37.5lbs. Gary’s average for his 8 fish was over 41lb!!!!!!! with no fish under 31lb!

Hopefully, this is a sign of what’s to come as we look forward to welcoming many more regulars and some new visitors to Puyravaud.



07/01/2019

From 2020, we are making Puyravaud an even more exclusive French carp fishing venue!

Up to now, we have been taking two bookings per week, one barn and Heron Lake and one cottage and Kingfisher Lake. From next year, we will only be taking ONE booking per week. This means that each group will have a choice of accommodation and will be able to fish both lakes during their stay – all included in their holiday price. During summer months, they will also have exclusive use of the pool as well.

Our 2020 season will open on Saturday 29th February and close on Saturday 7th November meaning that we will only take a maximum of 35 bookings for the year. We will prioritise larger groups and regular customers and unfortunately, we will be unable to accommodate trips of less than a week.

If you are thinking of coming to Puyravaud in 2020, please book early to avoid disappointment!



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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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
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Richards 54+ Mirror

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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.