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!!!!!!!!


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.


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!!!!!



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!!!!!!!!



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.


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.



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.



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.


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.


Peter & Marion


We have just heard the news that UK visitors to France must once again self isolate on their return to the UK. This after everyone was expecting normal travel starting on the 19th July. We have long given up trying to understand the actions of the UK Government who are dealing with 50,000 cases a day compared to Frances 4000 cases a day. Despite these numbers the UK feels justified in maintaining the quarantine rules for double jabbed people returning JUST from France, not the rest of Europe – JUST France. My mind says this has to be political and not health based at a time when all restrictions are being lifted in the UK with cases totally out of control – where is the common sense?

This measure will undoubtedly sound the death knell for many French travel industry businesses that rely on UK visitors.

For our part, we can no longer afford to move dates to 2022 and beyond as the impact on our business is just too great and we have precious little availability left, particularly on Heron Lake with our barn accommodation. Like many businesses in our sector, we have suffered sustained losses over the last 15-18 months and we are unable to move another block of dates at Boris Johnson’s wim!

Please ensure that you have proper travel insurance to cover Covid delays as we cannot be held responsible for yet another set of measures beyond our control.

We are sorry to finally announce this, but it is this or go into liquidation!