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Customer name
Ray, Paul, Mark & Adam
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
05/05/2012
Number of anglers
4
Brief details of your catches
1 x 50lb Common 1x 49lb 10oz Mirror, 1 x 47lb Mirror, 2 x 43lb Mirror several 30's a couple of 20's and a rogue 17lber, also 1 x 63lb Cat and a 66lb Cat. Smashed our pbs out of sight!!!
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
The Carp were getting ready to spawn so we tried a different tactic of margin fishing with a float and 4/5 pieces of sweetcorn during the day and Alphabaits Monster Crab bollies at night.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes more that adequate for what we wanted.
Were you happy with them?
The two best people you could ever ever meet. Thank you Nikki & Julian so much. 14 months and 16 days to go until we are back
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Already have !!
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Ray's 2nd trip but for the rest of us it was our 1st trip to France, we wanted to beat our UK pbs both Carp & Cats. Just like to thank you nikki & julian on a fantastic trip. Not only was the fishing absolutely awesome but to say you both go above and beyond the call of duty is an understatement. Nothing was to big a problem for you to help us. Were so happy to have booked already for next year. Cant wait :) thanks again nikki and ju it was our pleasure to meet you and fish your amazing lake for a week!
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Customer name
The Smiths
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
24/09/2011
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
30 Carp including 7 x 40's to 48lb 16 x 30's of which 8 were over 35lbs and 6 x 20's and 15lber.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
The trick to our success was feed loads just after lunch, used Alpha Baits Monster Crab and Pre Cooked Maize.
Were the facilities what you expected?
This was our 3rd visit, so yes
Were you happy with them?
Absolutely we have booked 2 weeks already for next year
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Definately
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
This week has been what dreams are made of !! The weather has been amazing the fishing even better and Nik & Julian as always the most fab hosts ever. See you in 2012 , will miss the surroundings, the fish and last but not least Nik & Ju.
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Customer name
John Mutton
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
04/06/2011
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
11 carp in total plus 3 lost. 1x Double 6x 20's 1x 30's 3x 40's the biggest 3 were a 40lb 12oz mirror a 41Lb 12oz mirror and the fish of the week and also my first ever fish from Birch Pool Retreat a common of 45lb 08oz. I just had to wake my wife up to take a photo of that one, well it is all about priorities isn't it?
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Tiger nuts over Julian's pellets easily outfished all other baits and most fish came from the far bank from the island, although some fish came from the right hand dam bank as you faced the far bank.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Not quite, but enjoyable all the same and the ambience of the whole venue more than made up for any minor unmet expectations.
Were you happy with them?
Absolutely, we had a wonderfull week. except for the unseasonal wet weather and serious drop in temperature.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
If I could afford it, I would keep this venue for my sole use.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Wonderfull venue with a wonderfull couple, Nikki and Julian, as owners.Loved the solitude and the many varieties of bird life. Only very slight downside was that the solar powered energy was not powerfull enough to recharge the bait boat batteries, but that was easily overcome as Nikki and Julian took them home to charge up for me.They are stars!!


Customer name
The Smiths
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
07/05/2011
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
We caught between us a range of mirror and common carps upto 49lb plus a cat fish at 45lb!
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
We used Monster Crab boilies.
Were the facilities what you expected?
We were amazed on our first visit in 2010 at the surroundings and the fish that we caught. The lodge has been refurbished and the island made bigger so even better now which I didnt think was possible.
Were you happy with them?
Very happy - Ecstatic!
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Definately 100%. Everyone should be booking to use this venue. It has everything even for the non fisherman. Cant wait for September 2011!!!
Absolutely love it here!! Been twice now and have booked another 2 trips! Nik and Julian are great hosts and the scenery and peace and quiet are second to none!


Customer name
john tarr
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
01/05/2011
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
13 carp, 2 forties 43 mirror and pb 44 common also 6 thirties to 37lb.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
snowman hookbaits cast to the dam end
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes better than expected
Were you happy with them?
yes very happy
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes definately
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes definately
great place/great accommodation/great fishing/superb hosts in nikki and julian


Customer name
scott
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
16/04/2011
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
we had 13 fish in all starting with a 61.8lb catfish and 11 mirrors between 21lb and 46lb and a great common at 42lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
we used cell and activ-8 and most fish were caught on the activ-8
Were the facilities what you expected?
the lodge was really nice when you go fishing you couldn't ask for more.
Were you happy with them?
Yes, very.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes, definately
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
we all thought that the venue was very good. We were made to feel very welcome, Nikki and Ju were great, all the fish we caught were in very good condition and we wouldn't hesitate to go back.
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Customer name
Dave Stephen and Sandra
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
23/10/2010
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
12 carp landed including 1 x 40 and 5 x 30's to 39lb 6oz.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
All caught on Alpha baits monster crab
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Started off the week with torrential rain then gale force winds the following day, then brilliant sunshine during the days and minus at night with heavy frosts. Fantastic fishing from the start of the sunshine with Stephen at only 14 yrs old beating his PB twice with a 39lb 6oz mirror then a 41lb 6oz common the following nightboth from spodding. Dave also got a PB with a 37lb mirror. Nikki & Julian fantastic hosts as usual as nothing was too much trouble, this was our 2nd trip this year, we have been coming to Birch Pool Retreat for the past 5 years and have already booked for next year. The lake fished better than expected considering the time of year. Many thanks sandra, Dave and Stephen
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Customer name
Chris Simon Izzy & Charly
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
25/09/2010
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Simon caught 9 carp to 39lbs and Chris had 16 carp including 3 x 40's and 6 x 30's Brilliant!!!
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boillies and maize fished to the far margin and the sluice
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes our 6th visit, 2nd this year
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Our 6th visit and our best trip yet, amazing place to chill out and to catch some fanatstic fish.


Customer name
Ben & Paul
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
04/09/2010
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Fish switched to naturals halfway through the week which made for difficult fishing we only managed 5 fish but 3 were lovely 30's
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes our 3rd visit
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Thanks for a lovely stay topped off with 3 cracking 30's in mint condition
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Customer name
Alison & Russell
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
14/08/2010
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
just 9 fish this time to 37lbs 8oz
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
CC Moore boillies and maize fished far margins
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes return visit
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Our 2nd trip to Birch Pool Reteat and it was as good if not better than the our first although we caught less fish this time. It is a fantastic place, great fish, relaxing surroundings and excellent hosts, Julian & Nikki a big thank you, you always make our week here very special. Already planning our return trip, will be in touch xx
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Customer name
Steven & Caroline
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
07/08/2010
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
7 Carp biggest being a stunning 41lb 5oz Common
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
All fish caught on cc moore boillies meteor and live system
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
all fish caught in the dark hours no runs in the day. This is a fantastic place to fish and Julian & Nikki are great. Steven. Just to say thank you, your fantastic hosts so attentive and thoughtful love caz xx
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Customer name
Malcolm, Ruth, Simon and Aidan
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
24/07/2010
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
16 Carp to 38lb 12oz ( a personal best Common)
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Fished boillies and Maize. Fished to the rock and the sluice.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes our 4th visit
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
We all had a brilliant week once again - our 4th year! Nikki & Julian looked after us well and nothing was too much trouble. Hope to be back again next year for some of those 40's or maybe just to chill out.
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Customer name
Martin & Sharon
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
03/07/2010
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
6 Carp landed inculding 1 x 40 Common and 1 X 40 Mirror a 38lb Leather 2 other high 30's and a 57lb Catfish
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Fished boillies over maize in the far margins.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes the lodge was nice and close to the lake
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
What a beautiful place total tranquility and nice fish, great condition. Nikki & Julian are the nicest people and can't do enough for you, will definately be back, Sharon will miss the coffee mornings with Nikki. This was our first trip to France and it won't be our last thanks for such a great time, and broke pb's !!!
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Customer name
Jono
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
19/06/2010
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Due to the fish spawning, which was spectacular, I had only 6 fish 1 x 43lb and 3 x 30's a 28lb and 1x 18lbs.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
CC Moore Meteor baits so0me fish caught on pop ups some on snowman rig
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes more than suitable
Were you happy with them?
yes very
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
This was me and Sheilas 3rd stay at Birch Pool Retreat and it wont be our last, Nikki and Julian are always great hosts, the lake is picturesque and peaceful and the fish are in excellent condition. What a finish just packing up to go home and what a screamer, what a lovely common and a new pb GET IN THERE !!!!
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Customer name
The Tractor Boys
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
12/06/2010
Number of anglers
4
Brief details of your catches
15 Carp including 2 x 40's and a 5lb Pike !!
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Mistral boilies and maize
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes this was our 5th visit
Were you happy with them?
definately
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
oh yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Great fishing trip had some bad weather but that didn't stop us, the fish were in great condition and we had some great fights. All had pb's and a great holiday Nikki & Julian were great host we will defo be back again
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Customer name
The Warrington Wires
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
15/05/2010
Number of anglers
4
Brief details of your catches
13 carp in 5 days with 6 over 30 upto 39lbs 2oz
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boillies
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
Very happy
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Absolutely
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Fantastic all broke pb's will be booking for next year..... What a place Nikki & Julian BRILLIANT.
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Customer name
The Smiths
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
08/05/2010
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
20 Carp including 1 x 40 and 8 x 30's to 39lbs and a 40lb Catfish
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boillies over Maize
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes very comfortable and the lodge was right next to the lake, perfect for couples and families
Were you happy with them?
Yes very happy
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes without question
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
This was our first fishing trip to France and it blew our expectations out of the water..We now both have new pb's and we have already booked up to come back next year..Thanks to Nikki & Julian who have been fab !!! See you in 2011..kev, wendy and martin xxx


Customer name
David, Chris & Tim
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
03/04/2010
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
19 carp including 7 x 30's to 37lbs
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boillies over maize
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes ideal for us
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes definately
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
This was our 1st fishing trip away and what a week it was!! All 3 of us smashed our PB's and the fish were in immaculate condition and gave some great fights, by far a fishing trip to remember


Customer name
Russell greenhalgh
Venue
Birch Pool Retreat
Date of holiday
06/06/2009
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
I caught 21 fish to 37lb, my mate caught 16 fish to 30lb 10oz
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
mainly boilies fished on the far margins, but i am sure these fish will take anything in front of them.
Were the facilities what you expected?
They where fantastic! The owners of the lake cant do enough for you either.
Were you happy with them?
extremely happy with everything
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
i would definatly recommend this place, and i am going back there next year myself.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes very helpfull
fantastic place for a holiday! The fishing is just a bonus.
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