12/11/2022

To all our wonderful customers and friends,

Marion and I have made the very difficult decision to move on to the next phase of our lives and sell Puyravaud.

Over the last couple of years, we have been looking for the right family to come in and take over what is a very special place to us.  It needed to be someone special, who would continue to run the business whilst developing Puyravaud further into one of France’s top carp fishing venues with accommodation.

We are very pleased to introduce you to the new owners, Steve and Kelly Rothberg, their children Bella and Emelia, and their beautiful German Shepherd Luna.  The whole family are keen carp anglers.

Last week they moved into Puyravaud and are currently busy settling in, whilst preparing for their first busy season.

For all those of you with confirmed bookings, please rest assured that these are still in place and full details have been passed over to Steve and Kelly. They intend to continue all the services you are used to from us including gear hire, airport runs, food and bait provision and are already looking at ways to improve what Puyravaud has to offer.

We will be closely involved in the handover to ensure the smooth transition to Steve and Kelly. It is very refreshing for us to see the enthusiasm shown by them as they settle into their new lives and plan to make their first season a great success.

Steve and Kelly will obviously be in touch with each of you in the next few weeks and as your holidays approach.  They will of course be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Marion and I would like to thank all our customers, past, present, and future, for helping us make Puyravaud a ‘go to’ carp fishing destination in France.  We have had a fantastic 17 years and met some wonderful friends along the way. The memories will be with us for the rest of our lives!

Thank you all  and please see Steve and Kelly’s contact details below.

Peter and Marion

 

Steve and Kelly Rothberg

House phone 0033 545672170

e-mail = puyravaudcarp@yahoo.com


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06/08/2022

Sometimes, things just come together naturally………..like when Ryan was fishing Kingfisher Lake, waiting for his next bite and just happened to have his phone in his hand when one of our regular visitors decided to land on his rod!

A few seconds later this beautiful shot was in the can…….so to speak! Quickly followed by a second visit and a rare double shot on the rods.

Well done Ryan, you were also spot on when it came to catching fish, landing some nice specimens including your new PB of 59.8lbs!!!!!!!!



04/08/2022

Please note that from 12th August 2022 our boilie prices have gone up to 14 euros per kilo. Unfortunately, our supplier is passing on their material cost increases to us and we have to do the same. The cost of transporting all the boilie ingredients has obviously gone up at the same time and made this price increase necessary. The price of a 5kg bag of boilies will be 70 euros.



25/07/2022

Like many fisheries in France, 2022  has seen us suffer the blight of the crayfish. This is a new problem for us and is the first time in our 10 year+ history that the little buggers are affecting the fishing.

We have been quite shocked at how we went from excellent early season catches through spawning time and into summer to be hit with a big crayfish problem in late June, early July. it took us a few weeks to get our heads round what was happening and then we kicked into action to try and beat the problem, purchasing numerous nets and setting them in both lakes to start taking down numbers.

Emptying 16 nets each day proved very fruitful and in the first ten days we took out over 2500 of the little critters. At last we are seeing numbers in Heron Lake dwindle and this has coincided with better catch reports which will be shown at the end of the last week of July. We are now working hard on Kingfisher Lake with most nets placed there to remove similar numbers from that lake also.

Hopefully, in another week or so we should be on top of the problem and we can then look at leaving nets in over two to three days to keep on top of the problem. Thankfully, catches do appear to be returning towards our normal and once again there are broad smiles on anglers faces as they get into some good carp action.

A valuable lesson learnt – just as you think everything is running smoothly, something comes along to challenge the norm! Watch out for our catch reports every weekend, hopefully with a few more fish on the bank this week!!!!!


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08/05/2022

Ian came back to Puyravaud for a second time with friends Graham, Mike and Jason. Whilst they fished Heron Lake, Ian had a go at our Kingfisher Lake for the first time.

It proved to be a great decision with regular catches throughout the week. Fish were caught during day and night as Ian started in match fishing style to get some nice fish on the bank. Developing his approach as the week progressed proved fruitful as the fish got bigger as a result. Following a number of 40’s and 30’s the 50’s started to appear as Ian introduced some pink garlic pop ups to tempt some of the bigger fish.

By the end of the week, Ian had managed to get 15 fish on the bank made up of 3 x 30’s, 8 x 40’s, 3 x 50’s and a beautiful 61.8lb mirror for a magnificent PB and first ever 60lb+ fish.  Over 685lbs in total weight and an average of well over 45lbs, shows just what a great stock of fish exist in this lovely 2.75 acre lake.

A super result for Ian, fishing on his own and proving beyond doubt that Kingfisher is fishing back to its best. We are simply chuffed its producing some lovely fish on a regular basis.

Well done Ian!!!!!!!!


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15/04/2022

During the visit by Pieter, Jacob and Margaret a new lake record was confirmed on Kingfisher Lake. In a week where Pieter and Jacob landed 11 fish for 518lbs, Jacob bagged a beautiful 64.1lb mirror to increase the lake record by over half a pound. Their catch included the 60 plus 4 x 50’s and 4 x 40’s to end up with an average weight of well over 47lbs.

A superb weeks fishing which saw multiple PB’s for both anglers.



02/03/2022

Unfortunately, we are having to raise all bait prices for the 2022 season. As a result, boilie prices will rise to 13 euros per kilo and our mixed particle and pellet buckets will increase to 20 euros per large bucket. Our suppliers are seeing significant increases in their raw material prices and are having to pass these increases on.

Hopefully things will calm down later this year, but we are expecting this may not be the only increase this year with inflation pressures running high for the foreseeable future.


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24/10/2021

Kevin, Chris and Charlie returned for yet another tilt at Heron Lake with Chris R trying his luck on Kingfisher Lake this time round. Weather was pretty cold for the time of year with signs the fish were moving into deeper water. Fishing was reasonably tough, but effort was rewarded with some quality fish. Kevin caught our big common for the 5th time………….yes the 5th time. Weighing in at 65.10lbs, this represented a new PB and was soon followed up with a 64.4 mirror. Not to be out done Chris chimed in with his own PB – a 65.4 mirror making it three good 60’s in the week! 9 fish in total for an average weight of 51lbs+!

On Kingfisher, Chris R was also having a quality week with a 56.12 mirror to kick things off followed by three other 50’s, the largest of which tipped the scales at just over 59lbs. 8 fish in total with an average weight of over 47lbs. Really great to see this lake back to its best, getting fished regularly and producing some lovely results. All the hard work renovating this lake over 2 years has paid off and 2022 should be a great year on Kingfisher.

All in all, a very encouraging week with 17 fish caught and an average weight of 49lbs 15ozs. Have to be very pleased with that given the quality of the catches. All 4 anglers went away happy and will be back multiple times in 2022.


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04/09/2021

James travelled to France for the first time to fish Puyravaud’s Heron Lake as part of the Plume group of 10. Fishing with his angling mate Rob, little did they know what a week was ahead.

Arriving with a mid 20’s PB, this 16 year old carp fishing nut started with a 36lb PB, Rob also breaking his previous best of 43lb with his first ever 50lb fish. James continued to catch and soon had his first 50, followed by a stunning final PB of 57.9lbs.

The duo managed 33 fish in total, over 1338lbs in weight and an average weight of 40.54lbs. Quite a first trip to France for James and one that might take a few trips to beat. Well done to Rob and James.

See you when you return in August 2023.



07/08/2021

Finally, the British Government sees sense and takes France of the Amber+ list. Perhaps the Cabinet have had a geography lesson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So no need to quarantine on your return if you are double jabbed. Hope to see you all soon.

Thanks

Peter & Marion