Les Croix Etang Rendezvous Willow Lake Vallee Lake 1 Lac de Laneuville Les Burons Poplars Lake Beausoleil Birch Lake Birch Pool Retreat The Retreat Etang le Fays Eagle Lake & Peters Pool Ultimate Lake Le Moulin du Mee St Leonards Lake Juvanze Etang Marolles Etang Tissier Carp Hunters Retreat Croix Blanche Lake La Petite Martiniere Poppy's Lake Saint Amand Leisure Croix Blanche Tortue Lake Hooked in France Petit Pretre - Main Lake Petit Pretre - Gun Lake Les Basses Berthieres Etang Marolles - Caravan Lake Natures Retreat
This week we had a hard blowing north-easterly wind that would cut you in half with temperatures dropping to -3c at night.
The total weight of fish caught this week was 1,246lb which comprised the following;
Carp – the best catch of the week was a 44lb10oz. common and the rest were 5x15lb+, 10x20lb+, 3x25lb+, 5x30lb+, 4x35lb+ and 2x40lb+.
Cats – the best of the week weighed in at 109lb+ and the rest came in at 32lb+, 48lb+, 57lb+, 64lb+, 67lb+ and 93lb+.
The total weight of fish caught this week was 1409lb which comprised the following;
Carp – the best catch of the week weighed in at 45lb+ and the rest were 2x15lb+, 11x20lb+, 6x25lb+, 7x30lb+, 2x35lb+ and 3x40lb+.
Cats – the best that was managed this week came in at 68lb+ and the rest were 29lb+, 34lb+, 41lb+, 48lb+, 50lb+, 56lb+, 57lb+, 60lb+ and 66lb+.
A big thank you to the Stacey's, they were a fantastic family to have as our first guests.
Scott braved the weather and tackled the fish well considering there was no previous knowledge of the fishery at hand, Scott managed 6 carp from 15-20lb, even though the big ones didn't come out to play, he is convinced the lake will become a great runs water!!!
Scotts last few sessions in England drew a blank, so he was over the moon to have the lake to his self and put the new tackle through its paces with the hard fighting carp.
It's been a fantastic opening week for us, the blossom has now come out and there's a feel of summer in the air, the carp are on the feed and showing all over the lake.
There are still weeks available in April and May, so make it a holiday to remember at Natures Retreat.
See you soon Clint and Jane
The catch report resulted in 3 fish to a 47lb3ozs Common carp & a large pike. The Common was a fish we had stocked many years ago & only a few people have had the pleasure of catching. Looking in mint condition & I am pleased with weight gain. It was a difficult week with excessive rainfall & cold winds.
This week looks better for fishing & it will be interesting to see when the first 50 of the year is caught!! Cod on!
For us, the year 2013 means the start of our 3rd season as the proud owners of Beausoleil. At the start of each year, part of my job is to do a proper week long test fishing session and apart from the carp, I do feel it’s my duty to catch one of the big catfish. For the previous two years this has proved to be very straightforward. All I do is pick an open water spot, row out 5-10kg of house pellet, spread 1-2kg of D-liver over the top and wait for the fireworks. Unfortunately, as per the best laid plans of mice and men, the catfish thought my plan was rubbish and stayed firmly in their wintery nests. I knew it was just a matter of time, but more importantly of weather, before they’d make an appearance and so it’s turned out to be.
The first catfish came out at a very respectable 80lbs and was taken by returning client and all round nice guy Callum and his son Jack. Callum has fished some 20 different venues around France over the years and visits Beausoleil specifically for the catfish. It’s not that he doesn’t like catching carp but once you’ve experienced the full on adrenaline rush of battling with something strong enough to pull you in, like all junkies, he needs his fix.
In September 2011, Callum bagged one of the 90lb monsters that lurk in the depths of the lake and considering that a large catfish can grow at 7lbs per year, and that the lake record for catfish is two years old at 95lbs, it’s remarkable that a fish over 100lbs has not been banked yet. He, like me, is confident that it’s been hooked, but landing a beast of that size in a 4 acre estate lake with an island takes strong gear and nerves of steel!
Yet again the D-liver proved to be highly effective bait for the catfish and the pickup came from 2 x 20mm baits presented off a spread baited patch of the boilies.
He also managed to bag Evie at 35lbs. This little known 30lb mirror has only been banked once before and was only named 11 months ago when another returning customer banked her at 30lbs 12oz. To see over 4lbs of growth in under a year at this time of year is very positive and to prove it’s not a one off, almost all the 30’s and 40’s that we banked in March were 1-2lbs up in weight since the Autumn!
We’d like to congratulate Callum on his results from this week as the weather for the first 3 days was quite dire. Further proof of his angling ability is the fact that Callum does not night fish and likes a lie-in in the morning. He also mixes his angling with the family holiday and took his wife out on various trips. So well done mate, I look forward to welcoming you back some day.
Calum Kletta, Tom Oliver & Andy Noble from Gardner Tackle visited us for 3 days on 5th March & caught 10 fish to 35lb. The video of Lac de Laneuville can be watched on Gardner Tackle website & on You Tube. We are glad you enjoyed your stay , we'd like to thank you for visiting our venue & making the video.
40 carp stocked 9kg to 14kg in February this year. It has been a long cold winter & still the rain falls & wind blows! The willow trees are only now coming into bloom! We have had 2 cancellations making 1st to 8th June & 14th to 21st September now available. We also have 28th September to 5th October & 12th October to 23rd November, October is a brilliant month for fishing & the weather is still warm during the days. Gardner Tackle visited for 3 days in March & the report of their catches can be found on You Tube. There is now a flat screen TV in the Lodge! We look forward to meeting all our clients new & returning for this 2013 season & hope to have some record breaking results!
It's been a mixed start to the season with some venues having the best start to a season they have ever had, namely Vallee Lake 1 with umpteen 50's and several 60's (http://www.carp-france.com/Venue.aspx/ValleeLake1) The weather has been unprecedented with the relentless cold weather. For many lakes, the water temperature has remained well below 10 degrees, where normally you expect to see double figures by now.
The general concensus is that the prolonged cold spell will push spawning back and in some cases this maybe toward the latter part of June....the weather can do funny things though and it only takes a hot spell like we had at the end of March last year to bring things back in line with normal business to resume. For all thoses who took a calculated risk this season with spawning in mind....if you get it right this year, you've worked miricles!
Back to the fishing...It's been a very succesful start at Ultimate Lake (http://www.carp-france.com/Venue.aspx/UltimateLake) which also found itseld under a foot anf a half of snow in March still managed to produce some fantastic fish. Jim at Le Moulin du Mee (http://www.carp-france.com/Venue.aspx/LeMoulinduMee) has kept us all updated with what's been going on further south, and the fish are starting to come now it seems with the latest report for this week seeing 5 x 50's, 7 x 40's (4 over 45lb), 10 x 30's, 2 x 20's and a single.
Keeping to the southerly quarters, The new lake Forest Pool, managed by Nikki and Julian of Birch Pool Retreat got off to a flyer with 30 Carp landed including 10 x 30's, very impressive for a 2.5 acre lake which has only just opening for business. As for Birch Pool Retreat (http://www.carp-france.com/Venue.aspx/BirchPoolRetreat), what can I say, 2 PB's already this season in the shape of a 53lb common and 51lb Mirror.
Again, The Retreat (http://www.carp-france.com/Venue.aspx/TheRetreat) exceeds expectations with a wonderful review from Peter Brewer who has recently returned from a 10 day stint. March proved to be good for Lake Juvanze (http://www.carp-france.com/Venue.aspx/LakeJuvanze) too with 50's and 40's coming out in abundance and Juvanze Blue (http://www.carp-france.com/Venue.aspx/LakeJuvanzeBlue) producing some great fishing too.
Eagle Lake (http://www.carp-france.com/Venue.aspx/EaglelakePetersPool) is currently bearing the brunt of some soggy weather but it's keeping the lads on there this week very busy with 20's and 30's coming out all the time. Luckily with the wet weather comes the milder temeratures....but it's still not T-Shirt weather by any stretch of the imagination. Birch Lake (http://www.carp-france.com/Venue.aspx/BirchLake) has also produced well with 3 x 30's and 6 x 20's coming to Simon Palmer last week.
More great reviews coming in for Hooked in France (http://www.carp-france.com/Venue.aspx/hookedinfrance) which started off really well in March with 50 fish being banked in the first 2 weeks including a cracking 50lb+ common.
That's all for now, please don't forget to send through your feedback and photos.
All the best.
We've been very busy getting everything ready for our first season as a fishery, over 300 perennial bulbs have been planted along the lake edge, grasses and gunera gunera have also been planted on the island.
We hope the effect and colour will be fantastic on the waters edge!
There is a new pebble driveway around the house and double glazing throughout the main house, the pool has a brand new sand filter and a fantastic new cover which will heat the pool and enable us to use less chemicals.
There are still dates available for april/may, so take advantage of our reduced rates and be amongst thé first anglers to fish our lake.
We hope to welcome you soon
Clint and Jane