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16/09/2017

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!

54.13lbs
51.05lbs


15/09/2017

Heron Lake

Ian and Jeff had a fantastic second week (finished fishing on Thursday evening so only 6 days – 43.03M, 39.01M, 26.06M, 23.13M, 42.06M, 31.13M, 36.06M, 46.08M, 40.04M, 32.11M, 34.08M, 31.05M, 43.05M, 52.05M, 32.07M, 20.0C, 45.1M, 34.14C, 46.03M, 26.6M, 27.1M, 18.1M, 20.0M, 25.06M, 30.03M, 51.03M, 23.05M, 25.04M, 27.08M, 23.04M, 31.05M, 28.03M, 41.03M, 25.05M

34 fish – Total Weight 1124.76lbs, Average Weight 33.08lbs

New PB for Jeff and further 50’s for Ian. A great week in wet conditions. In total 54 fish over two weeks and more than 1800lbs in weight – a very good average weight of over 33lbs!!!!

Kingfisher Lake

Terry White returned for his 3rd trip and what a record breaking week he had – 37.04M, 38.09M, 39.11M, 54.13M, 44.06M, 44.0M, 47.11M, 44.03M, 39.11M, 51.05M, 55.13M, 43.01M, 50.05M, 45.03M, 42.12C, 44.0M, 41.04M, 46.08M, 31.08M, 43.08M, 46.08M, 44.12M, 45.08C.

23 fish, Total Weight 979lbs, Average weight 42.12lbs.

Terry only fished 5.5 days and yet broke his own record for the most fish caught (23) by a single angler on Kingfisher (PREVIOUS BEST 16) in one week. Also beat the record for the most fish caught (7) by a single angler in one day. A fabulous week for Terry with new PB’s for both mirror and commons and 4 fish over 50lbs!

We had 6 x 50’s out this week across both lakes and ended up recording our 48th 50lbs+ fish of the season – a massive improvement on previous years with still time for a lot more in 2017! Here’s to the half century coming very soon!


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09/09/2017

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


08/09/2017

Kingfisher Lake (Friday to Friday)

Pete Allen returned for 8th trip to Puyravaud, this time bringing Alison for her 3rd trip and her parents for their first. This made it, first and foremost a family holiday with at least two days out for trips, day fishing only – 36.4M, 48.3M, 44.3M, 39.1M, 43.5M, 50.6M, 23.9M, 48.0M, 43.1M, 51.0M.

Total 10 fish Total Weight 420.2lbs, Average Weight 42.2lbs.

Considering the time out on trips – a good week for Pete. Another two Puyravaud 50’s to add to his tally. Stats a little lower as Pete also managed to catch one of only 2 fish under 30lbs in the lake!!!!!!

Heron Lake

The Brown/Warner group are visiting Puyravaud for the second time after a gap of 6 years with Ian and Jeff looking to catch their first 50’s. This is the first of their two weeks at Puyravaud – 32.1M, 30.02M, 40.05M, 38.00M, 33.1M, 24.1M, 53.10C (New Common Lake and Venue Record), 31.2M, 29.02M, 39.5M, 35.0M, 29.04M, 37.0M, 33.4M, 35.04M, 42.03M, 35.08M, 39.02M, 45.2M.

19 fish, Total Weight 681lbs, Average Weight 35.84lbs.

A good first week for the guys with Jeff beating his PB twice and Ian landing our best ever Common and his first 50+ fish! Also a very strong average weight. More to come next week.


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01/09/2017

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


01/09/2017

Kingfisher Lake (Friday – Friday)

Neil and Sarah arrived for some much needed R&R and a chance to take on some of Kingfisher’s best! A birthday treat for Neil as well – 40.6C, 49.1M, 38.6M, 57.6M, 39.6M, 43.1M, 52.5M, 45.14M, 48.0M, 45.14M, 38.1C, 45.08M, 32.1M, 54.9M, 50.10M, 49.10M

16 Fish, Total Weight – 730.3lbs, Average Weight – 45.64lbs

A fabulous week for Neil, equalled the most fish caught by a single angler on Kingfisher in one week, set new record for most fish caught in a single day by one angler on Kingfisher and beat his PB many times. 4 x 30’s, 8 x 40’s and 4 x 50’s. Not half bad!

Heron Lake

Russell and Bob’s second week and pretty good it was – 32.7M, 45.5M, 39.5M, 31.8M, 28.6M, 39.5C, 23.8M, 30.5M, 32.3M, 26.2M, 21.2C, 45.3M, 31.8M, 38.9M, 50.9M, 22.9M, 23.7M, 28.7M, 44.6M, 35.5M, 43.6M

21 fish, Total Weight – 717.5lbs, Average weight – 34.17lbs

Over 2 weeks – 35 fish, Total Weight – 1182.37lbs, Average Weight – 33.78lbs.

A good second week as both guys found their feet and Bob weighed in with some PB’s as well. Rusell’s highlights were his 2 x 50’s


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28/08/2017

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


26/08/2017

Heron Lake

The Potters are at Puyravaud for their first trip. Bob and Russell, normally catching barbel on the Severn, were looking for a family holiday with some fishing as well – 37.1M, 20.0C, 38.75M, 43.0M, 36.0M, 31.0M, 30.4M, 30.8M, 51.2C, 25.2M, 35.0M.

12 fish – Total Weight 378.45lbs, Average Weight 31.53lbs

The guys took a few days to get into the fish, but their first week ended with PB’s all round and the highlight being a beautiful 51lbs+ common. The guys still have another week to go!!!!!!

Kingfisher Lake

Howard’s second week and what a week it was – 39.12C, 48.1M, 53.0M, 39.6M, 48.12M, 59.8M (Equalled Lake and Venue Record), 38.6M, 36.8M, 40.12M, 51.8M, 51.9M.

11 fish – Total Weight 508.5lbs, Average Weight 46.3lbs

A great week for Howard with 4 x 50’s and one that equalled the lake and venue record. Multiple PB’s this week to better last weeks to make it a pretty perfect two week stay. 16 fish in total, 5 x 30’s, 7 x 40’s and 4 x 50’s!!!!!!!!


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21/08/2017

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!!!!!!!



19/08/2017

Heron Lake

The Brinksman/Wright group arrived for what was primarily a family holiday with some fishing as well. Andy and Steve fished some evenings/nights as well as fitting in some trips and time by the pool – 33.0M, 22.0C, 20.0C, 34.0M, 21.0C, 47.0M, 33.0M, 20.0C, 32.0M, 35.7M, 33.0M, 40.0M, 24.0M, 27.0M, 23.0C, 34.7C, 20.0C, 21.0C, 22.0C, 28.0M, 27.0M, 31.0M, 32.0M, 28.0M, 25.0M

25 fish – Total Weight 746.4lbs, Average Weight 29.86lbs.

Kingfisher Lake

Howard and family returned for their second visit to Puyravaud. Last year Howard struggled in difficult conditions, but is back for 2 weeks to put the record straight – 39.8M, 44.0M, 43.6M, 42.6C, 42.12M.

5 fish – Total Weight 212.9lbs, Average Weight 42.58lbs

Howard has broken his PB on 3 occasions and the week could have been so much better as he dropped 6-7 takes. There’s always next week to get some more.