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Etang Rendezvous - Weather Still An Issue

w/c 19 May 2012.

This week had a terrible start; it did not stop raining from the Sunday until Tuesday morning.  The weather then improved significantly and it became very hot and sunny.

The water temperature at the beginning of the week was 18c and but by the end of the week it was 22c .

Total weight of fish caught this week was 1,743lb, which included:

Carp – The largest catch this week was a 55lb 12oz common.  Other catches were 21x10lb+, 6x15lb+, 10x20lb+, 3x25lb+, 3x30lb+, 5x35lb+, 3x40lb+ and 1x45lb+.

Cats – The largest cat caught this week weighed in at 112lb.  Other catches included, individually, 108lb, 102lb, 45lb, 43lb, 38lb and 30lb.  Also caught were 10 kittens under 30lb.

Posted by Sandi Raby on 30/05/2012 14:57 Categories : Etang Rendezvous, Catch ReportWeatherThe Latest

Lac de Laneuville - 12th - 19th May '12

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Best Week so far and the record 40's caught in a week broken. Jason and Rob caught 6 x 20's, 11 x 30's and 7 x 40's to 45lb. Rob fished the lodge swim and Jason, having the large majority of fish, was in peg 5. Now that the water temperature has finally got warmer after all the rain the fish seem to be having there feed up before spawning.

Posted by David Gordon on 29/05/2012 13:11 Categories : Lac de Laneuville, Catch ReportThe Latest

La Petite Martiniere - Peter & Patrick from Holland back for their 2nd time with us

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Day 1  We welcome to a very sunny La Petite Peter & Patrick from Holland back for their 2nd time with us ..the guys have looked at the reports for this year and are hoping Peters homemade boilies do the trick again for the lads like last time..veel succes jongens

The lads are now all set up with Patrick on swim 4 and swim 5 for Peter.. Nikki's Saturday night curry went down well and its a great evening to sit and watch the stars

Day 2 After just the one fish last night the hot sun is still with us and its 19c with not a thing in the skys i have found a new home for our Big Sturgeon and if the lads bank them this week they will go to a nice big lake for a great life

We had some activity overnight with a change of hook to a wide gape setup 3 Tench and 3 carp ...2 tench and all 3 carp to Patrick a 5kg and 2 x 12.5kg.. one fish was on Peters rod Patrick said he was sleeping like a baby when he banked it haha

Day 3 Great looking day ahead ..morning partly cloudy. High of 19C. Winds from the East at 5 to 15 km/h shifting to the West in the afternoon Pressure 1021mb and Falling
Night time Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 7C. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 20 km/h

A wet night with 3 more carp hitting the nets 5kg 11kg and 13kg

Day 4 We have all the things needed for the big move of the Sturgeon inplace just need to bank them now we are trying for big sid 1st but it is raining hard at the min and for once they are quiet this week

Tuesday Mostly cloudy in the morning, then partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 15C. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 20 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 40% with rainfall amounts near 0.5 mm possible. Pressure 1020mb and Steady

Tuesday Night Clear. Low of 4C. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 km/h.

We said goodbye to Big Sid today he is now on the way to his new 7 acre home..we will see how this week go's ..we are hoping it calms down now only the one big guy Jurgen and Baby Sid are left..but if it is still sturgeon mad then he can move on too

Day 5 It was calm in the water last night like the fish was missing big sid..only two carp out a 6kg and a 10kg

Wednesday Clear. High of 17C. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 km/h.
Pressure 1027mb and Steady

Wednesday Night Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 7C. Breezy. Winds from the East at 10 to 20 km/h.

Day 6 A slow day and a cold night for us with just two singles hitting the nets.. after talking to our friends it is the same for most of their lakes around us.. it fells cold at the min with only 10c and rain in the air

Thursday Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 21C. Breezy. Winds from the ESE at 20 to 25 km/h. 1015mb and Rising

Thursday Night Partly cloudy in the evening, then overcast with a chance of rain. Fog overnight. Low of 12C. Breezy. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 20 km/h. Chance of rain 40% with rainfall amounts near 0.5 mm possible.

Day 7 Last full day for the lads...With full cloud cover last night keeping a little heat in the air 3 more fish fell to Peters boilies 9kg-10kg-11kg I think thats is around 30 for the week so far

Friday Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 17C. Breezy. Winds from the SW at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.8 mm possible...Pressure 1006mb and Rising

Friday Night Partly cloudy with a chance of rain in the evening, then overcast. Fog overnight. Low of 10C. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 20 km/h. Chance of rain 20% with rainfall amounts near 5.1 mm possible.

Last fish out was a 31lb Common to Peter

The guys are on the way back to Holland with a 8 hour drive just after they left us the rain started ..the guys said the fishing was better with big sid out of the way..i did hear he come after 2 days in his new home haha.. the lake will get a weeks rest before Frank & dad Frans come to play.

In the end 41 fish @ 267kg - 588lbs fell to the guys
Peter on 21 @ 285lbs and Top Rod Patrick with 20 @ 303.8lbs with 2 over 30lbs





Posted by Nikki Fossey on 24/05/2012 23:04 Categories : La Petite Martiniere

Le Moulin du Mee - A wet, wet week !!

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 Well, another rather challenging week with some lads doing well and others struggling through no fault of their own. The weather has once again been a major factor in the way things have gone this week with rain, rain and more rain to dampen not just the anglers spirits but also the ardour of the carp. We now have a situation where many of the smaller carp have already spawned but the big girls are just hanging on in the hope that suitable conditions will arrive soon. Unfortunately for all of us the spring weather this year has been the worst that even the locals can remember and the forecast is looking little better. The wildlife has been suffering along with us and the only ducklings we have seen are a small brood of 3 and the kingfishers have yet to return after leaving for an early nest building. My fear is that the sudden flood that we experienced a couple of weeks ago may have trapped them in their nesting holes. It really is a shame if that is what has happened and the loss of our brightly coloured little friends will be sorely felt. The hedgerow birds are busily singing away all day (and night in the case of the little nightingale) but we have yet to see any sign of young which leads us to believe that the early broods were wiped out by the sudden return of ‘winter’ and the birds are now getting their second attempt at rearing young under way. We all are sorely in need of some settled warm weather to get life at Le Moulin du Mee back on track.

Anyway, back to the fishing ! The total catch for the week comprised one 60 (67lb 8oz), one 50 (54lb), 6 x 40′s, 12 x 30′s, 11 x 20′s and a 37lb sturgeon. We also saw a tench of 8lb 8oz banked by Dave in the ‘Island’ swim which came as a bit of a surprise. Happiest man of the week was Kevin who not only had the most fish (14) but also bagged ‘Saddleback’ at a partly spawned weight of 67lb 8oz. I say ‘partly spawned’ due to the fact that she was baggy in the flanks but still looked to be carrying some spawn. Her vent was closing after the first round of spawning so it will be interesting to see if she goes again or not ! The only 50 of the week was caught by ‘Sick Note’ (Simon) from the tree line in the shallows near ‘Car Park’ and was our old friend ‘Cut Tail’. It was good to see the the lost lobe is still growing back well and I look forward to next year when she should be back to her glorious best. All the lads managed to catch despite the appalling conditions and I applaud their efforts in a week that will go down as one of the worst (weather wise) that we have experienced during a fishing season.

Posted by Jim Everiss on 22/05/2012 20:33 Categories : Le Moulin du Mee

Etang Marolles - Catch Report for week ending 12th May '12

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Catch Report for this week


> W/E

> 12/05/12


> Weather

> Rain but milder


> Bar Pressure

> 1015-1028


> Max Temp

> 19


> Min Temp

> 9


> No. of days fished

> 7


> No. of anglers

> 5


> No of fish lost

> 14


> Doubles

> 11


> 20's

> 13


> 30's

> 12


> 35+

> 4


> 40

> 1


> 45+

> 0


> 50

> 0


> Fish of the week

> 40.8lb Grass carp


> Comments

> "Thanks for a great week, caught some lovely fish, lovely food. Sure I'll be back" Zak

> "Food was good, fishing superb, shower outstanding, service exceptional!" Matt

> "I'll be back, the sooner the better. Brilliant again" Andy & Gill

> "Smashing, loved every minute, see you next year" Daz & Mick


Posted by David Midgley on 16/05/2012 11:16 Categories : Etang Marolles, Catch Report

Etang Marolles - First guests on the Caravan Lake

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Our first guests on the caravan lake had a busy time with over 50 carp ranging from doubles up to 32lb
"Fished the caravan lake this week (6-12 May 2012). Caught some nice fish although the weather was bad at times. Loads of action, so much I did not even fish at night. Thanks for another wonderful week at Etang Marolles". Harran & Wilma


Posted by David Midgley on 16/05/2012 11:14 Categories : Etang Marolles, Catch ReportUpdate

Birch Pool Retreat - Bushy Boys did good

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Not knowing exactly what to expect when you know 3 young lads are fishing your lake for the first time we were very pleasantly surprised.  Lewis, Sam and Luke were the perfect guests showing absolute respect to us, our fish and their surroundings, their parents should be very proud of themselves they did a great job bringing them up.

The lads were rewarded, all with new pb's with Lewis taking the majority of the fish from "The Rock" swim, including a pristine 49lb 10oz Common called "Big Tail".

It was a real pleasure to meet the lads and it's good to know that with anglers like this the future of Carp fishing is in good hands.

Posted by Nikki Morgan on 15/05/2012 10:07 Categories : Birch Pool Retreat, Catch Report

Etang Rendezvous - The Sun Has Got Its Hat On - Maybe?

w/c  05 May 2012-05-14

This week started off cold and wet but improved significantly towards the end.  The maximum water temperature for the week was 20.5c with a changeable wind.

Total  weight of fish caught this week was 2041lb+, which included:

Carp – The largest catch this week was a 45lb common.  Other catches were 8x15lb+, 16x20lb+, 17x25lb+, 7x30lb+ and 1x40lb

Cats – Individually, 37lb, 49lb and 80lb.


Posted by Sandi Raby on 14/05/2012 15:03 Categories : Etang Rendezvous, Catch ReportThe Latest

La Petite Martiniere - Stuck in the mud

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Day 1 With the days forecast for rain and thunderstorms Lewis Murry & Kevin from sunny kent must have dragged some over with them because its the best day here for 3 weeks..Lewis has got one of the giant fox bivvys down at swim 5..Murry is at swim 4 and his dad Kevin is on swim 6 the cabin..after setting up and a bit of bait on their spots its is now 7pm and the guys are having a BBQ in the sun..8pm and the rain and thunderstorms have come to stop play

Back from a wet breakfast run and the lads said the thunderstorm come just at the end of the BBQ last night and swiched the fish on with 3 carp banked and around 5 dropped the night was noisy with fish crashing all over but it has gone a little quiet

Day 2 Was slow in the day but at 6.30pm for around 30 mins they hit the feed hard with a 33lb Common going to Murry at swim 4.. Little Sid fell to Kevin at swim 6 the cabin and a single to Lewis down at swim 5 ...Kevin got his head down in the cabin at 11pm and the boys banked again at 2am and 4am a 11lb for Murry and a 24lb for Lewis Weather today mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the morning, High of 19C with Breezy Winds from the SSW at 15 to 20 km/h. Chance of rain 70% with rainfall amounts near 4.6 mm possible. Pressure 1016mb and Steady with full moon

Day 3 The lads are on a breakfast only deal so a trip out for food was needed because of the rain they drove to Laval and found The Buffalo Grill for a spot of lunch and a break from the wet stuff..Kevin has now landed all the Sturgeon but dropped all of his carp runs..their BBQ last night was also in the rain at 11pm but not so for the fish with a slow night at the hook with fish crashing all over in the moon light

Day 4 It's a wet WWII Victory Day, Fête de la Victoire 1945 in france today..Overcast with rain, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 18C. Breezy. Winds from the SW at 10 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 4.0 mm possible. Pressure 1009mb and Rising..down at breakfast i see Kevin was having some sport with Big Sid but dropped it after a min or two

We had some activity overnight with the 1st carp of Kevins trip at 14lb and the 1st Sturgeon (Big Sid) for Lewis and a single for Murry all in the rain

Day 5 It's Murrys Birthday so me and the lads are off out to a Warner Brothers bar in Laval for a drink..Our margin spots are very slow with little signs that they are feeding most of the fish are coming from the open water..and it looks the same for most of the lakes around us ...some reporting spawning going on

Last night was showing fish all over and looking good for the night..after a run each around 12am Murry and Lewis was in need of sleep after their day karting and a little beer.. so it was time to take the rods out and get their heads down..Kevin was hoping to bank a nice carp after seeing a lot down by the cabin end on the baited spots..around 3am he was into a good fish after a great fight of 30mins he see it was the Grass carp..he was so happy to have hooked a fish over 30lbs and if he banked it it would put him in the lead for total weight of the week and into the £40 pot the lads have going...the fish was ready to come in but the landing net was out of reach also the walky talky to me was he give a shout out to both the boys but they was dead to the world..he manage to get the net but this fish is very long making a 42' net look small and he lost it at the net along with a PB..That's fishing

Day 6 And a great day it is dry and sunny with a temp of 25c..Kevin is still sick after the grass carp..and the boys cant stop laughing about it ..we hope the big change in weather may help the carp feed more after breakfast is said to the guys to check out the area at the back of the monk 1st thing in the morning around 6am at the min and up to about 8.30 - there were quite a few fish feeding there without baiting it up ! but they said there still asleep till 9am i did say they are missing the morning shift haha

Just back from seeing two of our dutch friends rob & Jaap that are fishing at my friend tonys place lac serenity for the 1st this week shame the guys are going home tomorrow because they are unlocking the lake

Day 7 The last full day for the lads Lewis banked a 24lb carp last night and is only around 4lb behind Kevin who is now after the Sturgeon to win the £40 pot..they are of out to The Buffalo Grill for their last french lunch..just got a call to say the van is stuck in the mud so out with the quad to pull it out ..todat overcast with a chance of rain. High of 19C. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 70% with rainfall amounts near 2.5 mm possible Pressure 1023mb and Steady



Posted by Nikki Fossey on 13/05/2012 21:13 Categories : La Petite Martiniere

Les Burons - New Lake Record

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New Lake Record 48lb 8oz Mirror caught by Trevor at Les on 7/5/2012 using The Cell boillies over a bed of  carp pellets. The fish came from a feeding hole just off the island. 

1 of 4 x 40lbs also 16 x 30lbs & 3 x 20lbs so far this week. Weather has been very changeable 

Posted by Rob Parish on 10/05/2012 18:21 Categories : Les Burons, UpdateThe Latest