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Mike Sparrow, who was at Cailleaux last week, said the Cats were on the feed but the Carp were slow and full of spawn. Looks like it's going to be an early one this season. Still a good session for the two of them. Nice one lads. For more visit http://www.carp-france.com/Venue.aspx/EtangCailleaux ....more
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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Great week. Everyone caught.Bailiffs were good and supplied maize when needed. Only slight downer was the general travel directions which need up dateing.Advise buying the French AA map which saved the day. ....more
Had a great week ty ....more
We had carp to early forties, cats to 92lb, grassies to late thirtys and sturgeon to late thirties. Swim 10 was best for carp,fishing to the islands. The sturgeon seemed to live in swims 1 to 4 The majority of the grassies came from swims 5+6 The cats were caught everywher except 9+10(v shallow) ....more
Nice place goin again nxt year ....more
All fishing to the far bank, will be back again next year. ....more
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