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Woody's Hooked in France - Fish Health

As part of our ongoing fish health programme, every fish caught in march and april will be injected with a powerfull antibiotic called baytril, this is just a preventative measure to help protect the fish from any infections/viruses which sometimes they get from being dormant during the colder weeks and it gives them a boost,i will issue our anglers with walki-talkies and every time they bank a fish i will come down and inject them,some people say that this is a bit over the top but our fish are a vey valuable asset and need to be looked after, after all without them we wouldn't be here

Posted by Alan Hawkins on 09/02/2012 18:16 Categories : Woody's Hooked in France, Update


Birch Pool Retreat - The thaw has started

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After -22 degree temperatures last week the lake has now started to thaw, we have a good supply of fresh water going in through the stream so fingers crossed it won't take too long for a complete thaw.

On a plus side it looks stunning, if a little cold lol.

 

Posted by Nikki Morgan on 21/02/2012 15:42 Categories : Birch Pool Retreat, WeatherUpdateThe Latest


New Breathalyser Law in France

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 We've had several people contact us regarding the New breathalyser law in France. Here is a small article we found in the Telegraph which sums it up:

Drivers planning on heading to France this summer are being reminded that they will be required by law to carry a breathalyser in their car, writes Chris Knapman. The new measure comes into effect from July 1, and applies to anybody travelling through France. It means that at minimum, they will have to carry a single-use breathalyser with them. From November, those failing to do so will be fined €11 (£9.30).

The idea is that drivers can test themselves to check whether they are over the limit before setting off, although they should note that the legal limit in France is lower than the UK - 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood compared with 80mg.

Motoring organisation the Institute of Advanced Motorists is advising drivers to take at least two breathalysers so that if one needs to be used there is still a spare in the car if you are stopped.

We have found the cheapest ones on Amazon for £2.82, so it's wise to pre-order. The link to the Amazon one is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Neewer-Electronics-Accessories-DIGITAL-ALCOHOL/dp/B004BIE2T2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330426409&sr=8-1
 

Posted by David Gordon on 28/02/2012 10:52 Categories : Update


Etang Rendezvous - Warming up nicely

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The weather is warming up nicely now here at Rendezvous. According to the thermometer this morning the water temperature is 9 degrees and the fish are moving about nicely. Throughout the Winter, I stick to a 10 day feeding pattern, when the water temperature is 5 degrees or above, which over the years has lead to fish always gaining weight through the Winter which I'm really pleased with. I feed them with 10% protein Maize of the Winter which serves the purpose well, something to bare in mind if you're coming early on.

I was absolutely over the moon with the 61lb 4oz common which came out last September and hope to see a few more 60's pop out this season. I've put a pic of the 61lb common with this post - what do you think of the photo? 

We have invested in all new Nash Monster Carp Cradles and Monster Carp Slings for you to use this season along with scales which go up to 220lbs and plenty of tripods etc so you don't get caught out. 

The start of the season kicks off on Saturday, so we'll keep you all updated as to how things go.

Posted by Sandi Raby on 01/03/2012 11:16 Categories : Etang Rendezvous, WeatherUpdateThe Latest


Woody's Hooked in France - NEW SEASON

 

After weeks of backbreaking work around the lake(its an easy life running a fishery),cutting back banks,reeds,tree's,brambles,tidying up the swims,fitting new weigh posts,putting 5 tonnes of siltex in the lake,raking leaves from the lake bed,our first guests arrived

After just 1hr after setting up the first fish of the year was banked,a cracking 22lb mirror,not one of the bigger fish but a good quick start,and as i write this one of the lads has told me he just lost another one ?

So hopefully they will have a good 4days(they could'nt get longer off work),lots of fish moving about at the moment,can't wait for our big common (oddscale) to make an appearance this year,if she has put on her usual 5/6lbs per year she should break the 60lb barrier at around 62lb fingers crossed,and win win the captor a fully inclusive fishing holiday for 2 people plus a bottle of bubbly 

SO HERE IS TO A SUCCESSFUL 2012

Posted by Alan Hawkins on 03/03/2012 10:23 Categories : Woody's Hooked in France, Update


The Retreat - Make-over for The Retreat

The Retreat gite is undergoing a refurbishment to make it even more comfortable and welcoming for our guests this year. We have already improved the lake and garden areas and are now giving the accommodation a make-over too. We hope for those clients returning and for our new guests that this will make their stay even more enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you this year.   

Posted by Craig Neary on 05/03/2012 11:17 Categories : The Retreat, Update


Vallee Lake 1 - 19 fish in 4 days!

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We had this email of thanks from Peter who has already had his second break here this year!

Hi Mark Nathalie,

Another sensational trip to Vallee 1. Following my weekend earlier in the month when I caught 8 carp, (29lb mirror, 41lb mirror, 49lb mirror, 42lb mirror ,46lb mirror, 32lb common ,31lb common, 29lb mirror.)

My return trip last week produced 19 immaculate fish in 4 days fishing (midweek). Fish caught were as follows -

Monday night - 32lb mirror

Tuesday night/Wed morning - 47lb mirror, 51lb mirror, 55lb mirror

Wednesday night/Thur morming - 50lb mirror, 51lb mirror, 29lb mirror, 38lb common, 34lb mirror, 40lb mirror, 38lb mirror, 42lb common, 54lb mirror, 29lb mirror, 44lb mirror

Thursday night/ Friday morning - 38lb mirror, 47lb mirror, 38lb mirror, 46lb mirror.

Not much sleep on the Wednesday night !

Thanks for the hospitality by both you and Nathalie.

Hope to see you soon.

Regards,

Peter.

 

Posted by Mark Collin on 20/03/2012 11:24 Categories : Vallee Lake 1, UpdateThe Latest


Woody's Hooked in France - NEW SEASON STARTS

OUR FIRST 2 WEEKS HAS SEEN 50 FISH BANKED INCLUDING OUR FIRST 50LB CARP, PLUS 48LB , 44LB. WHEN YOU THINK THAT THE FIRST WEEK THE LADS COULD ONLY DO 3 DAYS ITS NOT A BAD START, THE LAKE IS JUST STARTING TO BLOOM WITH TREE'S BUDDING AND THE REEDS GROWING FAST, IT SHOULD'NT BE LONG  BEFORE IT IS LOOKING GREAT AGAIN.

THE FISH ARE CRASHING ALL OVER THE LAKE, THE PIKE ARE SPAWNING, WATER LEVEL IS HIGH AND ALL IN ALL I THINK IT WILL BE A GOOD YEAR.

Posted by Alan Hawkins on 19/03/2012 09:14 Categories : Woody's Hooked in France, Update


Birch Pool Retreat - Paul's Result

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Paul and his son Adam left the lake this morning after being here for a week, his final tally was 10 Carp including 4 x 40's to 49lb 12oz, 4 x 30's to 39lb and 2 x 20's the smallest fish being 25lbs.

Considering the weather changes, we were frozen over just 3 weeks ago, and yesterday's temperature was 26 degrees, although we did have a frost in the morning,Paul did very well and he left here a very contented man.

Everything seems to be "springing" into life now although we realised yesterday the Cats have woken  :up and they were finding fresh fornicated frogs to be the "plat du jour" yum yum!!!! :(

Posted by Nikki Morgan on 15/03/2012 12:48 Categories : Birch Pool Retreat, Catch ReportUpdate


Eagle Lake & Peters Pool - New Accommodation Complete on Eagle and Peters

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The new accommodation is now completed on Eagle and Peters and is already being enjoyed by our first clients of the year, Andy and Paddy who describe it as 'fantastic.'

The cabin lies just fifty yards from Peters Pool and consists of a living/dining area with bed settee, table and chairs, kitchen units, sink, fridge, freezer, gas cooker and oven, microwave, toaster and English Freeview TV.

There is an ensuite bathroom with English toilet, hot shower and washbasin adjoining a double bedroom with ample storage for clothes etc. All in total privacy.

Car parking is right by the cabin with a separate shed for tackle storage and a barbecue area.

With two lakes to fish exclusively thrown in, the price remains at just £600 for the small family or up to four anglers!

Posted by Paul Selman on 26/03/2012 13:39 Categories : Eagle Lake & Peters Pool, Update