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.
As regular visitors to the site will know, Kingfisher Lake is closed for the 2019 season. We are progressing with plans for the dam wall renovation and work should start in September 2019 and last for about 3 weeks. We are still waiting for confirmation from the contractor, but we are hoping that the work will be complete by early October. This will allow us to refill the lake and re-stock late in 2019, so we are fully ready to re-open the lake in 2020.
We have decided to only take one booking per week in 2020 to ensure that, if there are any unforeseen delays with Kingfisher, no customers will be affected and we are almost certain now that all our 2020 visitors will have two lakes to fish as part of their package.
For 2021, we are likely to revert back to our norm of taking bookings for the barn and Heron Lake and cottage and Kingfisher Lake.
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!
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!
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!