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Vijay and three friends had a good week at Etang Cailleaux. They managed to catch 68 20's to 29lbs, 6 30's to 39lbs AND 5 Cats to 54lbs. Although the weather didn't treat them too kindly, it eased up towards the end of the week and the lake came alive. They caught all their Carp on Dynamite baits ( ....more
Etang Cailleaux is a 5 acre lake situated in the Loire valley, one hour south-west of Paris. The journey from Calais can take as little as 3 ½ hours if you utilise the auto routes and skirt around the periferique of Paris. Alternatively, you can take the more scenic route, avoiding Paris, and following the west coast of France passing Rouen and Evreux. This may take a little longer but keeps the tolls down to a minimum. Only minutes from the nearest village of Authon-du-Perche, the lake is perfect for the bivvy angler.
Etang Cailleaux is 5 acres in size and can be described as a wedge shaped lake with fishing permissible from one bank only. The 10 swims are evenly spaced and start with number 1 at the widest
section, with a casting distance to the far margin of around 130 – 150 yards. This is also the deepest part of the lake. It becomes shallower towards swim 10 with the cast to the far margin being around 80 – 90 yards. Each swim has excellent access, allowing you to park your car just behind your bivvy if you want to. There is
ample space for bivvy’s and the mature trees which line the bank offer great cover. The open water presents very few snags, swim 10 is at the end of the lake where most snags are. This is where the huge cats tend to head for when struck.
For the bivvy angler there are good shower facilities with a English toilet. They are positioned on the opposite bank, just out of view from the lake. There is a good quality mobile home, also on the opposite bank, which is ideal for those who wish to have a warm shelter to return to. It has a cooker and fridge with all cooking utensils supplied. There are two bedrooms, each with two beds, a shower, toilet and a lounge area. With its proximity to the lake, it is ideal for a fishermans retreat.
There is also electric charging points situated at the shower block ideal for charging bait boats and mobile phones.
There is a good quality mobile home, also on the opposite bank, which is ideal for those who wish to have a warm shelter to return to. It has a cooker and fridge with all cooking utensils supplied. There are two bedrooms, each with two beds, a shower, toilet and a lounge area. With its proximity to the lake, it is ideal for a fishermans retreat.
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I have visited this lake for 3 years, each year getting better and better. Looking forward to my return trip in April. Thank you to David at carp-france.com again. ....more
Swims 5,6,7,8. all fished good but 5 n 6 did the best with mirrors to 39, common carp to 53 (think it is the same one as lake record) catfish to 91 pounds. I didn't do brilliant but still managed a sturgeon to 37.8 pb and a pb cat of 101 so all ov us were happy ....more
A superb fishery with big carp and MASSIVE CATS TO OVER 130lbs….haven't been to any waters which match that and I've been ALOT. coming back ....more
Nice lake, owners were nice, Good pegs but lake crowded if more than 6 people on leaving not much far bank to fish. Carp fishing was slow due to them spawning late due to the mixed weather this year but still caught a few. Fish were crashing everywhere, especially in peg 10 ....more
Fished swims 5 & 6, fished very slow during the day. ....more
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