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Customer name
Andy
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
26/08/2017
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
19 fish to 31lbs
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boilies fished on bottom bait rigs only snowmen or pop ups produced no fish
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes but basic no oven or grill
Were you happy with them?
Ok
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes but with the proviso about the hill to the lake!
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Had a good weeks fishing without trying to hard!. Bait boat makes life easier as almost all takes are tight underneath the trees.


Customer name
Alan Rix
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
05/08/2017
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Carp up to 48, lots of 20/30s plus a beautiful 18lb koi carp,
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boilies and bags close to the trees
Were the facilities what you expected?
They were fine clean/tidy
Were you happy with them?
yes basic but good for fishermen
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
very much so as Geoff was the best, and helpful guy, this is a place for true fishermen
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
As far as arrangements yes
Very happy with Geoff as he was not in the best of health at time of are visit, Fishing ended up excellent,


Customer name
Bob & Matthew Carter
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
15/07/2017
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Common, Mirror and Leather Carp. With some Roach caught on a float rod. Largest mirror carp caught 36lb. Total weight by both anglers in excess of 800lbs.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Mainline Cell was the chosen bait.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes the fishing and quality of fish was superb.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
A great week fishing. Quiet and peaceful setting. A bit slow to start the week but then the fish woke up and started to bite. The fish are in a superb condition a credit to Geoff the owner.


Customer name
Mark and Ben
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
22/07/2017
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
24 carp between 16 and 34lb, including a beautiful orange and black koi carp of 16lb.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boilies, snowmen and crust worked best.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Mobile home is basic but functional
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Had a great 6 days of fishing. Fish mostly on the bottom where 20 mm boilies worked best, often with a pop-up on top (snowman). We didn't catch as many as others have done - the book of catches shows the previous week saw 65 fish caught. We only managed 24 but they were all 15 to 34lb which saw both of us break our PBs. Try stalking the opposite bank in between the trees and bushes- fish take surface bait 2 feet from the bank. So much fun. Thanks for all the fishing advice, Geoff!
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Customer name
DERRICK SCOTT
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
03/09/2016
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
21 COMMONS TO 33lb 77 MIRRORS 36.5lb 2 BIG CRUCIAN CARP 4lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
only used bottom baits, tangerine & fish boilies
Were the facilities what you expected?
OK
Were you happy with them?
OK
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
CERTAINLY
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
CERTAINLY
Been to France lots of times but never had a better time than this, I took my wife who does a little pole fishing and the crucian carp she caught where huge, I ended my 2 week holiday with 98 carp up to 36.5 pound it was unbelievable non stop action, we both said you had to see it to believe it, I never fished after 9pm and went into town quite often, I also didn't fish the last Friday due to really bad weather, my previous record was 7 fish in one day and 27 for the week, Annihilated that with 13 in the day and 47 first week 51 second week and as I said we didn't night fish and went to town a lot, which is so easy to get to and really nice to go around, lots of bars, markets, even kebab shops everywhere, so yes brilliant.
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Customer name
paul bailey/chris newnes /aaron horsted
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
18/06/2016
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
common, mirror and koi carp caught 30 fish totalling 880 lb biggest fish - 40lb 1oz (first 40 out of the lake this year) and a 39lb 5oz plenty of perch, rudd and roach too
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Despite best efforts could not get fish biting during the day - all fish caught between 1900 and 0800 used banana/pineapple boilies and fluorescent pop ups on method feeder along with frozen cell boilies late evening caught off the top with floating bread but need to get into difficult spots within the margins
Were the facilities what you expected?
basic but adequate somewhere to wash and cook food (and somewhere keep the beer cold)
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Absolutely - looking to book same venue again
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes - most definately.
Excellent week's fishing in compact lake Geoff and natalie are prefect hosts - extremely helpful at all times
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Customer name
Pete Bell
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
29/05/2016
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
38 carp, total of 848lbs, two at 35lbs, 6 over 30lbs and loads of 20's
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
cell boilies cast to the overhanging branches on the opposite bank.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Nice roomy wooden home.
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Superb lake, with great fishing and a great host! A bit cold the first week!
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Customer name
Nick & Owen
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
03/07/2015
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
nick - 22 fish in total... x6 over 30lb (PB mirror at 27lb!) x9 over 20lb... also had x2 koi's! Owen - 8 fish in total... PB mirror of 34lb!
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Bait boat to take your bait under the over hanging trees. Cell 15mm boilies tipped with pop up corn with short rigs.
Were the facilities what you expected?
even better! the mobile home was great... UK TV, great shower facilities, good kitchen. we had the food package which was superb! Nathalie's French, 3 coarse meal was amazing...
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
One superb venue! Really pretty place surrounded by trees. We really enjoyed our visit and will be going back very soon... a great venue if you want to take younger anglers.
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Customer name
Matt & Baz
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
20/06/2015
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
36 fish - biggest 29lb 12oz majority of fish were above 25lb only a few below and only 2 below 20lb one being a 16lb koi.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Good quality Baits - Single and Double boillie bottom bait rigs did most of the damage a few also failing to snowman rigs.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Already Have
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Already Have
2nd Trip to Happy Valley, cracking fishing, beautiful lake and great hosts.


Customer name
Pat & Jerry
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
23/05/2015
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Jerry - 23 carp to 35lbs Pat - 14 carp to 35lbs A couple of huge crucians and loads of fin perfect roach to about 2lbs
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Jerry - most fish to bottom baits or snowman rigs, blowback style, carefully positioned in far margins under overhanging trees by bait-boat. Pat - mostly caught off the surface on floating pellet, fishing in the 'jungle' on the far bank.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
More than
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
What a fantastic week - weather good, accommodation good, fishing good, food good, drink good and a great host, Geoff. Small, intimate, quiet lake. I broke 3 personal bests. All carp hard fighting, even on unhooking mats when being photographed - two falls or a submission!!
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Customer name
Geoff
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
25/04/2015
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
landed 48 fish to 36lbs just a couple under 20lbs and lost seven plus two repeat captures. a very busy five days.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
short hooklinks, tigers worked well and krill but cell took the most fish, don't pull back after you cast leave a little slack.
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes
Were you happy with them?
Always, Nat does a mean 'fruit de mer'
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Already have several times
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
My sixth time at this magic little lake and have never been dissapointed, I come here for a rest from my work but always go home knackered.


Customer name
Graham
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
09/05/2015
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
2 weeks at happy valley resulted in 64 carp being caught 14 fish from 15 to 19 33fish from 20 to 29 17 fish from30 to 38
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
boilies
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes very good been there before 3 times
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
excellent fishing


Customer name
Glenn Lloyd and Matt
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
25/10/2014
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
Commons of 16:09 and 17:10. We had mirrors of 21:00 22:04 24:04 29:12 31:10 and 39: 12
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Short hair rigs with chopped down cell boilies and plastic sweetcorn with Pva bags of pellet
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes very good. Many thanks to our hosts for looking after us
Were you happy with them?
Well happy and we left them in the good clean condition we found them in.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes a nice little lake for three mates to fish owned by a nice couple.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes you have been very helpful and I will be using your services again. I would definitely recommend you
Fishing was hard with unexpected warm weather leaving fish Sunning themselves and inactive. But we managed eight fish between us. The lake and owner were great and the mobile home nice.
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Customer name
Mark Gisborne
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
11/10/2014
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Caught a total of 10 Carp, with the largest being 38 lb's, and the majority of the others being in the 20's. Didn't fish a lot of nights, and most of the bites came between 7 - 11 pm, although did catch a couple during the day.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Best tactics were 'slack lining' under the tree line on the far margin. Although a really short cast, a bait boat was needed to properly get under the over hanging branches. Any casting was made slightly awkward by the over hanging braches in the pylon swim.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Same as usual. More than comfortable enough for someone used to'Drive & Survive' holidays. Cabin has all basic amenities that you need (except oven).
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes, but only if they take me!
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes, simple and easy to book.
3rd visit to Happy Valley, and once again had a great time. Weather was poor (although somewhat expected at this time of year), and swim was a little muddy, but nothing that dampened the holiday.


Customer name
Michael ayres
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
30/08/2014
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
We had a total of 52 carp with 7 of them in the 30's, 30 in the 20's, 13 in the teens and 2 lovely koi
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Mainline cell and source boilies, most fish are caught from the far margins.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes definitely, if you want a fun filled week with lots of carp this is the place
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
This was my second visit to Happy Valley and once again it was a great weeks fishing. Great hosts in Geoff and his family, lovely little lake with fish in great condition. We will definitely be back for another visit.
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Customer name
byron, graham, and kurt
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
12/07/2014
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
2 doubles at 18lb and 18.75lb, 14 twenties with 4 being over 29lb, and 3 thirties the best mirror at 35lb and the best common at 33.5lb.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Cell boilies with wafters, pellet tipped with corn, bread qnd mixers for stalking.most fish caught from the far margins.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Clean and tidy as expected.
Were you happy with them?
Yes, especially with the new toaster.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Already have.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes we often do.
Our second visit to this fishy little lake, and a warm welcome from geoff and nathalie. fishing was very slow for the first 3 days with only 6 fish being landed,due to we think unsettled weather conditions with high temperatures coupled with easterly winds. fortunately fishing improved and a total of 19 fish were landed for a final weight of 500lbs.


Customer name
Tom & Richard
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
07/09/2013
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
21 fish in total one 30lb + the rest upper 20's. We will mail full catch report, we have to run for the ferry!
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Were the facilities what you expected?
Thanks Geoff & Nathalie, we had a great week.
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Cracking weeks fishing.


Customer name
Gary, Matt & Dave from Oldham
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
24/08/2013
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
48 fish in total 10over 30lb, 2x 38lb mirrors and a 35lb common being the biggest. 33 fish over 20lbs and 5 below 20lb including 2 lovely "Koi" to 17lbs.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Use good quality hookbaits fished over Geoffs lake pellet. He feeds them this pellet so it would be silly not to use it.
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes
Were you happy with them?
very
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Facilites were spot on. I broke my reel but Geoff lent me one (no charge)


Customer name
Graham Hunt
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
10/08/2013
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
24 carp, two thirties to 33lb 14oz. Odd double, mainly twenties. Magnificent looking fish in excellent condition.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
9 of my carp fell to stalking targets, right in the margins with a light scattering of bait. 6 came to surface tactics, including a thirty, and the rest to traditional bait and wait.
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Absolutely, especially those that appreciate stalking.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes, definitely.
Absolutely fabulous week's holiday. Beautiful, mature lake, fantastic surroundings, comfortable mobile home, wonderful food from Nathalie and Geoff is a real diamond. Highly recommended, especially if you like a bit of stalking!
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Customer name
Jerry Fielden
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
17/08/2013
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
I only fished a few days as I took in a bit of site seeing. Still managed to land 14 carp to 36lbs, the majority of the fish were mid to upper 20s and in pristine condition.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Either Cell or active8 topped with plastic corn-fished tight to the margins. Also surface baits worked well.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
Yes but getting to the lake from the mobile home will keep you fit!
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes, the size of the lake may put some anglers off, but there is an excellent head of hard fighting carp
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Excellent venue, small lake but full of features to fish to. Geoff was a brilliant host.


Customer name
byron osborn
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
13/07/2013
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
37 fish for a total weight of 800lb, with a couple lost. 2×singles, 13×doubles, 19×20's, and 3×30's, a common of just under 33lb, and mirrors of 35lb and 37.5lb No pb's this year but a good weeks fishing.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
We used a range of boilies and pellet on running rigs with or without popups, they all worked!! Baited little and often with geoffs pellet and freebies. Mainly fished close to or within 6ft of margins and features
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes as described on the website.
Were you happy with them?
Yes , but forgot to mention to geoff that toaster didn't work.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Definitely, allthough not a big fish water, it was a lovely lake to fish with shade to be found at all times of the day.and consistent runs. The quality of the fish caught were exceptional.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes, everything went smoothly.
Greated on arrival by geoff and natalie, and given a brief tour of the accommodation and the lake, as fishy as we remembered it when we found it last year, whilst fishing another lake nearby. Geoff informed us that we were likely to struggle as temperatures were set to be in the low 30's all week.having said that we proceeded to have a great week with fish coming from early morning to late evening.
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Customer name
buzz
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
07/07/2013
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
40 odd fish with a few lost, about 10 thirties upto 36lb, lots of high twenties with half a dozen doubles thrown in, the fish were caught all through the day despite the hot sunshine with only a couple caught at night.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
everything worked just had to tinker with the length of hair rigs to put a stop to the first few fish losses in the first couple of days.
Were the facilities what you expected?
fantastic mobile home
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
lovely little pool....steaming hot all week but the fish kept coming,
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Customer name
graham hill and sons
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
08/06/2013
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
46 fish in total, 14 doubles to 19lb 12oz, 26 twenties to 29lb 14oz and 6 thirties to 37lb 8oz.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
fish to the margins in the day time but don't ignore the open water at night. boillies, popup's and snowman rigs all worked, fished over pellet and a sprinkling of boillies but there doesn't seem the need to 'fill it in' with excessive amounts of bait.
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes, absolutely fine.
Were you happy with them?
yes, very much so.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
great fishing weather, about 18 degrees, overcast for most of the week with the odd sunny spell and a little rain.hosts Geoff and Nathalie were very nice and made sure we had all the bait we needed for the week, and Geoff is full of good advice so don't ignore it.


Customer name
Belcher Barnard & Paul Chown
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
01/06/2013
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
1077lb 9ounces total weight of fish for the week with 45 fish banked. Did lose a few as well with 'hook pulls' so it could have been an even more impressive week.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Revolution Boilies in various sizes backleaded to far bank and open water.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
Very
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Already have
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Already have
Thanks for a great week. Brilliant fishing and excellent food from Nathalie. They are both great hosts. Looking forward to returning for a 40.


Customer name
Mark Gisbourne & Father (who played bridge for England)
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
11/05/2013
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
36 fish for the week from 17lbs to just under 33lbs with an average weight of around 24/25 lbs which is a great weeks fishing in my book.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
We fed 56 kilos of lake pellet and maize during the week fished just off the main bed.
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes but, I think it would be an idea to have a toilet closer to the lake maybe a self composting one for when one got 'took short' LOL
Were you happy with them?
yes.All in all an excellent week.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
most definatley
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
as above
Just wanted to provide you with a little feedback from our visit and the great welcome you gave us. Whilst you left us to it you visited each day with supplies of pellet and maize and advice if needed.My dad and I had an absolutley fantastic time at your venue. Dad was more interested in the coarse fishing than the carp but still managed several 'pb carp' to 32lbs plus.We did'nt have any of the real 'big uns' but this will be something to target next year when we will inevitably be back (which is a rarity in our books as we often like to try somewhere new.) All of the fish were in excellent condition which really is a credit to you as the owner and shows how well you look after your 'pet's as you put it. The grounds around the lake were left just as I like them they were'nt all hacked back but still left plenty of room for your 'bivvy'. It would have been good to spend some more time 'stalking' as the lake is perfectley set up for this. Thanks for a great week Geoff.


Customer name
Stephen,Rachel & Ashley Clay.
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
25/05/2013
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Total for the week was 30 fish to 37lbs bottom baits worked but the highlight was taking half a dozen 30's off the top! Geoff- French fish seem to just love Sainsburys dog biscuits, especially the 30's LOL.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
see above
Were the facilities what you expected?
Better
Were you happy with them?
Very
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Without a doubt
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
As above
Fantastic fishing and mobile home.Nats food was fantastic!! Thanks for making us feel very much 'at home' and the great company. Look forward to returning soon. All the best to the two of you, hope your health improves Geoff soon, we shall be thinking of you. Many many thanks. Stephen, Rachel & Ashley.


Customer name
Graham Cannell
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
18/05/2013
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
26 fish from 4lb to 40lbs
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
good boilies maize and pellet
Were the facilities what you expected?
Better than expected
Were you happy with them?
yes very pleased
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
without a doubt
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Really good weeks fishing, shame about the weather rained every day with hale stones thrown in, great hosts


Customer name
Ricky Smith
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
11/08/2012
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
I had 24 carp out over 6 days. 2 x teens 18 x twenties 4x 30+ My biggest was 33lb but there is bigger in there ,i was just abit unfortunate not to catch them. All the fish fight hard and are in excellant condition.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
MY best tactic i have to say was listening to geoff. I used cell/new grange boilies ,popped with fake corn, snowman style over a bed off geoff pellets. Worked well for me.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yeah evrything was great, And the hill helped burn some of the beers off too.
Were you happy with them?
yes totally
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
100% and I am already planning my next trip back.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
!st time at the happy valley and what a place, its a brilliant place to go for your carp fishing holidays. Arrived and was greated by geoff ,a very frienly bloke who really makes you feel welcome and gives you all the advice you need to catch as many fish as you can on your stay.Caravan was good ,clean and tidy and weather was brilliant too, all in all a excellant place to go.


Customer name
MacLean
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
16/06/2012
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
29 fish total 710lbs 4oz. Best Common 36lbs best Mirror 35lbs
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boilies in the margin although the middle of the lake produced as well. Fished early in the morning, middle of the day and late at night. Never produced through the night so go to bed!
Were the facilities what you expected?
Generally 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
Weather good to us only 2 hours of rain over the week. Just enough room for three anglers on the lake. Host Geoff very helpfull.


Customer name
Martin Woodall
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
12/05/2012
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
We had 51 carp, 2 singles (both stunning koi), 7 doubles, 30 x 20s, 11 x 30s and a 40lb 8oz mirror! All the fish were in great condition and at good weights with spwaning approcahing.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
We used Cell boilies in 14 and 18ml, baited a number of spots (mostly margins) and rotated them in turns of which ones we had rigs in.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes (we've been before) just remember there's a hob and microwave but no oven.
Were you happy with them?
Yes!
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES!!!!
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
GO FOR IT! If you're scanning the comments to decide whether to visit this lake or not, my advice is go for it. If you're looking for a small, intimate, well stocked lake then this is the place. The owner is Geoff is lovely. The fishing is superb. We thoroughly enjoyed our week and caught well. Thescenery is great and the wildlife superb - we saw a Nightjar (rare spot if you're into that sort of thing)
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Customer name
Neil & Jeanette & Rose
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
05/05/2012
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Both visits have produced 40lb carp and lots of big 30`s
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
used 12,16,20mm sticky bait bloodworm boilies fished over beds of Geoffs pellet and maize.Bigger fish were caught on 16mm bloodworm dumbells and 16 and 20mm snowman baits. size 5 nash gaper hooks knotless knot style mounted on kryston mantis dark hooklink totally striped so nice and supple hooklink and no more than 5inches long. Lead clip system with fox tingsten tubing of at least 2ft long to keep everything pinned down.Also used a small pva bag of 4mm bloodworm pellet to eliminate tangles and straighten hooklink
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes very clean and tidy
Were you happy with them?
Geoff was great as usual
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes can`t wait to get back Happy valley is so peaceful and tranquil
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
No lol want it all by myself yes of course i would great place
Our second time at Happy valley and another very enjoyable weeks stay


Customer name
Alan Sizmur & Dan Robinson
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
21/04/2012
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
OK, we had a torrid time with the weather, rain and wind enough to bring a nearby tree down. We still caught 37 beautiful carp between us to 40lb 4 oz, previous years catch reports show how prolific this venue can be.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Pretty much anything over Geoffs lake pellet. I caught well (22 fish) on XLR8 dumbell hookers topped with white plastic corn, & 14mm cell topped with 10mm plum flouro pink pop ups. These were fished with small bags of Dynamite groundbait, 2mm halibut and Lake pellet. Dan caught on Hinders Nutz and Cell normally topped with yellow plastic corn, favouring larger solid bags. The fish do respond to a bit of bait but we found little and often was more productive than a big bed. Having said that they were having a whale of a time on tadpoles as there were millions of them while we were there!!
Were the facilities what you expected?
The mobile home included is clean and well presented. There is no oven in the kitchen, but there is a microwave if you are so inclined. There has been feedback about the hill to the caravan, I guess if you live somewhere flat it might be a shock, it's not that bad and is only a couple of minutes from the lake. You will need to reel in for a visit though and no other toilet facilities lakeside..
Were you happy with them?
Absolutely, kitchen is well stocked, shower is functional and lovely & hot, TV with a couple of UK channels if you really fancy? Geoff was a great host, happy to leave us to it and even picked up some shopping to save us going out. If you like black pudding with your breakfast, check out the boudin noir!!
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
If you want a relaxing week with some lovely fish, relatively simple fishing and beautiful surroundings, absolutely. If you want a venue with 50/60/70lb carp, well, simply, they aren't in it!
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yep, you need to alter the directions to the lake as they were from Caen only and not Cherbourg. It's worth pointing out there are road changes with what looks like an extension of the A84. Our sat-nav took us all over on the way down alongside the lovely straight,new and fast A84. (Nice to see a bit of bocage though for you WW11 buffs) We did have a very rough crossing on the fast cat, definitely a sea sick possibility so get the pills in early!
If you want a fishing HOLIDAY then this is the place to go. A lake to yourself with some pristine 40+lb carp loads of 30's and 20's to go at, a fantastic host and good nearby facilities. It's too easy to get caught up chasing monster carp in France, worrying what every Tom Dick & Harry has done/is doing next to you/over you.. This venue is an easy drive from Cherbourg/Caen, is peaceful, beautiful and YOURS alone while you are on it.
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Customer name
Rhys Groocott
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
08/04/2012
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
36 fish mirrors and commons to 40+
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
15 m new grange frozen baits topped with a small pineapple boilie snowman style.
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
Arrived at Happy Valley after a long drive from Wolverhampton/ Dover/Calais and then motorway all the way to the venue. Geoff was there to welcome us and we got down to fishing in the afternoon. First two fish went to the wife Jade a 35lb mirror closely followed by a 34lb mirror, next fish was mine a 29lb mirror which broke my pb by 8lb. The fishing was awesome throughout the week despit the terrible weather, much time was lost drying out our clothes in the mobile home but we still managed 36 fish for the week with a 40lb 6oz specimen for me and 39lb 9oz for Jade.I had to beat her of course and I had 21 of those numerous 30`,s and many 20 plus, Cannot fault Happy Valley and will return next year. Going to be a stuggle driving home with an aching arm. Thanks Geoff.


Customer name
Martin Woodall
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
17/09/2011
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
31 carp between 15 and 38lbs, we had 10 x 30s between us
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boilies tight to the far margin.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes - but Sky TV had limited channels but fine for us as we had BBC1 and BCC News 24 so we kept in touch with the world.
Were you happy with them?
happy with what we had, see above
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES!!!
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes, very smooth booking, thanks
A beautiful little lake that lived up to our expectations. Ideal for 2 anglers. Geoff an excellent and friendly host. Quality and size of the carp just superb.
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Customer name
Laurie & Sue Wright from Sidcup
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
03/09/2011
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Weather was slightly dissapointing 60 mph winds and rain, only fished until Thursday and also missed a night in the week but still took 21 fish, 2x 40lb'ers 9x 30lb'ers 8 high 20's 1x19lb and a 12lb ghost Koi, but all in all a brilliant weeks fishing.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Ask Jeff when you come I gave him some of my baits.
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
What a Happy Valley! beautiful lake and surroundings, what a good one. Jeff & Naty looked after us and made us feel like old friends. Loved the cats and all the other friendly animals, feels good to be out in the country. Would love to come back and would highly reccommend this lake to others.


Customer name
Chris, Laliah and Robert Hanson
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
27/08/2011
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Chris broke his PB twice with a 37lb Mirror and then a 41lb Mirror. Lailah broke her PB with a 34lb Mirror and also caught her first ever Koi at 20lbs. Our son Robert also caught a 25lb'er. All the fish we caught were in superb condition, unequalled at anywhere else we have been. We caught 10 fish not a lot by Happy Valley standards but the average weight at a shade over 30lbs was outstanding.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
25mm Halibut pellets over a bed of pellets to far margins on running leads.
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
Our first time here. The fishing started slow due to poor weather but when it started to improve so did the fishing. Geoff was always available to help and advise if needed.Nathalie's food was wonderful, always varied and delicious. Highly reccomended to anyone who appreciates good home cooked food.
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Customer name
The Baileys/Williams
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
20/08/2011
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
PB 37lb4oz!!!!! 5other 30lb plus,9x 20lbs plus, & 4 teens.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Slack lines
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes
Were you happy with them?
very
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Fished for 3 nights only due to horrendous thunderstorms and most of the fish were caught at night. Weather not at all favourable. Lost 3 nights and one and a half days but still had a fantastic time and will definatley come back again. Naty & Jeff very helpful and friendly.


Customer name
The Shawcross Family
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
30/07/2011
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
67 fish in 2 weeks. Average size 25 - 28lb 15 x 30's Biggest fish 38lb 8 All had new PB's with 38lb 8, 37lb 7 and 36lb 10 Total weight caught - 1734lb 13!
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Majority of the fish came from bottom bait boilie tipped with maize, fished over bed of particle mix and a few free offerings of boilie All fish came from far bank (from tight to bank and around 10 foot off the bank)
Were the facilities what you expected?
Just as they were last year, very efficient for what you need
Were you happy with them?
Very happy
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Definitely
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
2nd time at the lake, great lake, fishing and Geoff and Nat made us all very welcome again.


Customer name
Seed family
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
09/07/2011
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
Two 30lb plus a 10lb 8oz "ghost" a 17lb 2oz "tikka Koi" and the remainder mid to high 20's plus of course "Zorro".
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Source along with Sardine/Anchovy boilies fished over lake pellet accounted for all the fish.
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
Our first visit to Happy Valley and a memorable one. Our personal thanks to both Naty & Geoff who are great hosts and nothing is to much trouble for them. We have never fished on a fishery where the fish are in such great condition, a true reflection of the care that Geoff puts into the fishery. We did not find the fishing easy but landed 20 fish and lost a further seven. Last but not least was a 9lb 13oz carp we named "Zorro" which looks like a common but was silver with a black pigmentation across its eyes like a mask. This fish fought very hard and we look forward to hearing about this fish in the coming years (Geoff had never stocked this fish)
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Customer name
Neil & Jeanette
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
16/07/2011
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
17 fish for the week a couple of 30's the rest mid to high 20's PLUS the highlight of my week a 40lb8oz mirror a PB for me.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
All but two of the fish were caught on Geoffs pellet drilled and mounted on a hair with a bed of pellet. The other fish were caught on two 10mm source boiles fished over pellet.
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes
Were you happy with them?
Geoff & Nathalie made us feel very welcome and we would like to visit again in the future.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Our first visit to Happy Valley after fishing many venues in France. The only downfall of the week was the downfall of rain and quite cold as well, this made the fishing very difficult at times. Geoff showed me the spots to fish to and after a slow start of 2 fish in 2 days advised me it was time to use the "pellet" which did the trick! Geoff knows the lake inside out and was a great help.
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Customer name
Julia Chandler
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
25/06/2011
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
13.4, 15, 25.8, 19, 36.8, 31, 16.3, 20. mirror, 18. koi caught on cell over pellet, The source over pellet & maize and doggy on the top.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Simple end tackle but tried everything. little and often and fished the far bank.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes, clean with plenty of hot water for that comforting shower at the end of your session.
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes, very helpful.
Geoff & Nat were a lovely couple and very accommodating, nothing was ever to much. The lodge is comfortable and clean but a bit further away from the lake than we were expecting. The lake is a good size for 3 anglers but the slope down to it is a killer, luckily geoff had his trailor to take down our gear. The weather was extremely hot, a factor we feel for the fishing being very slow we only banked 9 fish all week between 3 of us and tried everything possible, smallest 13.4 to 36.8, 3 of these fish were caught on the surface with a dog biscuit after patiently stalking them.


Customer name
Jonny (hot stuff) Mcvicar
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
11/06/2011
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
As for the fishing, the ever changing weather with virtually non stop rain and low temperatures didn't do me any favours, never the less I managed to land 18 carp which included an 8lb 2 oz Koi and 17 'proper' carp' which ranged from 20lb4oz to 39lb8oz. 12 were 20lb plus and 5 were 30lb plus.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
All baits seemed to work but halibut pellet was the most consistant but boilies maize and tiger nuts all caught.I only fished days and might have caught more had I fished nights but have trouble staying awake 24/7 nowadays so better to concentrate more for a few less hours.
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Don't have any.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes if I had some.
We had a nice time at Happy Valley, the only thing I won't miss is that 'bloody hill' we named it 'highway to heaven' as that is where we would end up had we climbed it much more! I did pull a muscle in me leg so that didn't help, came up the hill like 'Matt Dillons deputy'(if you can remember that far back) In Switzerland they have ski lifts for mountains that size! Now theres a thought for you Geoff.


Customer name
Guisepe & Alfonso from Essex
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
28/05/2011
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
We caught 18 fish between us I caught a 40lb 4 oz common carp and a 41lb 8 oz mirror carp along with 10 others, Al caught 6 fish upto 37lbs.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Geoff supplied us with pellets and maize, we brought some boilies named cell with a bit of the pretend maize on top.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes, Nathalies cooking was excellent and we had typical French food and ate everything (not knowing what some of it was)
Were you happy with them?
very
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Swapped our golf clubs for fishing clubs for a week and had a very good laugh.


Customer name
Richard, Elaine & son Mark
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
04/06/2011
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
Caught numerous Roach & Crucians from 1 & a half to 2lbs on float rods The cold weather had an effect on the carp up until Wednesday when it warmed up a little and they began to feed. We had 5 carp from 23lb 8oz to 28lb 8oz a PB for my son Mark.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
We tried everything but they would have none of it until it warmed up.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
Yes and would like to come back in the future.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Nice relaxing holiday, the nearby town of Vitre is well worth a visit. Geoff is really helpful and despite catching just a handfull of fish we learnt a lot.


Customer name
Scott family
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
21/05/2011
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
34fish to 36lbs
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
all boilies worked, fished margins and to far bank.
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes
Were you happy with them?
yes very
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
NO, we keep it to ourselves.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
A very good fishing holiday. We had 34 carp up to 36lb and commons up to 29lbs and just one under 20lb an 8lb Koi.The weather was lovely. A very good trip for us. Thanks to geoff & naty.


Customer name
stephan & alan
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
14/05/2011
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
53 carp,8 doubles,33 twenties and 12 thirties to 39lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
small pva mesh bags with boiles and lake pellet fished to far margins.
Were the facilities what you expected?
better
Were you happy with them?
very
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
good visit,weather was very warm,geoff &nat very helpfull top hosts. stunning venue.


Customer name
Leyann Lang
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
22/04/2011
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
In 2 and a half days, we had 4 mirrors between 22lb 4oz and 28 and a half, and 1 common of 28 and a half
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Definitely recommend a bait boat, and the fish were all pretty much from the same spot. They didn't seem interested in the boilies particularly (too many tadpoles) but a snowman rig seemed to be the most successful.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Absolutely
Were you happy with them?
Yes. The kitchen was surprisingly well stocked.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Absolutely
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Fantastic little lake with stunning fish, and Geoff was a great host. We couldn't believe the stock for the size of the lake.


Customer name
Graham ,Jenny,William and Kieran Bale.
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
31/07/2010
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
a total of 37 carp caught,8 doubles between 12lb 4oz and 19lb 8oz, 24 twenties between 20lb 1oz and 28lb 14oz, and 5 thirties between 30lb 10oz and 32lb 10oz.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
single and double boilies and pellets fished over a bed of pellet and chopped boilies,with the odd fish coming to popped up maize or plastic corn.
Were the facilities what you expected?
the facilities were very good with the mobile home being very clean and tidy.A nice hot shower is always handy after a hard nights carping.
Were you happy with them?
yes we were very happy with them.Myself and the boys spent most nights fishing but the wife preferred the comforts of the mobile home.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
definitely. Geoff and Natalie are lovely people and soon make you feel very welcome. Goeff is always on hand with plenty of tips and tricks and has a wealth of experience so it would be foolish to ignore his ideas.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes most certainly.
as i've already mentioned above,and the fact that it's just a very relaxing and peacefull place to be with plenty of wildlife to watch if you are interested in it.
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Customer name
John Hancock
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
12/06/2010
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
20 fish in total. Catches between 18LB and 37LB with the total over 525LB
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Like many other visitors - I fished the far bank under the bushes using Mainline Cell over a particle base.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Facilities were great.
Were you happy with them?
Absolutely.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
We all had a great time, Geoff was a great host and always there for advice, guidance and antiseptic cream for the fisherman not the fish, but that is another story!!. I did not fish overnight or start really early in the mornings, so I could have caught a lot more. I still have a PB Mirror at 37 and a PB Common at 34. This is a great venue and I would recommend it to anyone. We have already booked for next year. Huge thanks to Geoff.


Customer name
The Gibbons Gang
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
22/05/2010
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
70 fish in total. Catches between 20lb - 30lb = 48. \r\n30lb+ = 9 \r\n13 doubles.\r\n\r\n
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Kev - I fished the far bank under the bushes using my special mix, Maise and dark smelly boilies. Wayne - I also fished the far bank using 20m source boilies. Kev - My special mix was the secret. Using this mix, we broke the lake record on the amount of Carp court between 2 anglers.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Facilities were brilliant. Better than expected.
Were you happy with them?
We were all happy with everything.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
We have already recommended this venue to many people including Family & Friends.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
We would definately recommend this holiday to everyone.
Excellent holiday was had by all. Hope to come back in the near future. Geoff was a brilliant help, nothing was to much trouble and very friendly. Thanks Geoff.
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Customer name
Wilkes
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
29/05/2010
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
24 fish, biggest were 35lb 2oz mirror, 32lb 11oz mirror, 32lb 8oz mirror, 32lb mirror, 30lb 8oz common, 29lb 13oz mirror, 29lb 2oz. mainly low - mid twentys. all in exelent condition
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
20 mm source, 20mm scopex squid RR and 2-4 bits of maize caught most fish.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yeah caravan was a great help, quite a walk back with all the tackle up the hill after geoff's tractor broke though!
Were you happy with them?
Yeah
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yep, hopefully coming back next year with some
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Definatly, already have to other anglers on ferry back
Brilliant little lake. Geoff was a great help and was very freindly
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Customer name
The Scothern mob
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
03/04/2010
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
17 carp to 32lb mirror 31lb 14oz common. Jack age 11 had lots of roach and a 31lb mirror
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boilies over pellets
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
no we are keeping it secret
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Our second visit here. We all really enjoyed ourselves, fishing good, weather brilliant. Geoff very friendly and helpful
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Customer name
The Bendall family
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
10/04/2010
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
40 fish in total to 37lb+ including 7x 30+'s 2 koi's and a ghostie
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Source boilies, maize popped up
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
What a weeks fishing! Could not have asked for a better host Geoff friendly and helpful. Hopefully be back soon Enjoy your fishing, and I hope you do as well as I did Barney Bendall OWNERS QUOTE. Sometimes over the years a special angler visits your lake. Barney was one such young man and I predict that in the coming years you will see Barney appearing in the angling press holding some special fish. Geoff.
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Customer name
Andy Robson
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
01/05/2010
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
9 carp between 15lb and 35lb 14oz for me, and 16 carp between doubles up to 31lb+ for my mate Steve.\r\nMight not seem like much but they were worked very hard for.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Due to the freezing northeley winds the carp were very reluctant to feed. Beds of bait were ignored so it was down to northern style winter carping tactics - single bait with a tiny mesh bag of pellets. This produced most of our carp, although a few fell to stalking tactics using a single bait of either maize or broken boilie.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Great mobile home, better than expected.
Were you happy with them?
Very happy with the facilities.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes I would...... I would like to return to this venue in warmer climes and catch a higher percentage of carp. Cheers Geoff see you again.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Overall very good, but those winds ! Not just us though as their were many carpers on the ferry home still well wrapped up in their winter gear !
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Customer name
Stephen Hall
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
01/05/2010
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
31lb 11oz mirror\r\n31lb 1oz common\r\n29lb 2oz mirror\r\n26lb 9oz mirror\r\n26lb 6oz mirror\r\n26lb 4oz mirror\r\n25lb 1oz mirror\r\n24lb 15oz mirror\r\n24lb 10oz mirror\r\n21lb 4oz mirror\r\n20lb 11oz common\r\n20lb+ common\r\nplus 3 high doubles
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
The weeks holiday started cold and just got colder, not the best time to go fishing (the week before lovely and warm). After adding more and more winter clothing to keep warm is was time to start winter carping!!! After digging out the tackle box with all manner of rig bits in it, I starting catching on 10mm source boilies on 3 bait pig rigs with short amnesia combi hook lengths. This started to put odd fish on the back, but the fish would on feed over light baited areas, just on the edges. The cold wind (north to north eastly) just got colder and the lake just kept getting clearer. Caught odd fish on High vis single 12mm yellow pop-ups on stiff short linked amnesia/esp 20lb curved stiff link, fished neutral. After sleeping in full winter clothing inside a 5 season sleeping bag, by Thursday morning it started to get a lot warmer, well I no longer needed my jacket to sleep in. Now using crushed boilie/pellets and maize ground bait and crushed boilie/pellets in small mess bags, with short 20lb amnesia, single grain of maize with plastic popped up corn (fished neutral). This was the method that caught most of the fish by the end of the week. Zig rigs also got pick-ups (two) but failed to land them due to hook pulls. All the fish landed, where in totally mint condition and some with curtains still inside the mouth, Geoff the owner was a total star all week getting us fresh maize and pellets and always on hand for a good laugh and advise.
Were the facilities what you expected?
YES
Were you happy with them?
Very happy
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
YES
Can't wait to get back next year, when I might get to use so sun tan oil and a stalking rod.
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Customer name
Mr and Mrs John Mutton
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
10/10/2009
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
12 mirror carp, 11 between 20lbs and 28lb 12oz and 1 at 38lb 8oz.\r\n3 common carp, 2 doubles and 1 at 26lb 6oz and a koi at 15lb 8oz.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Fishing under bushes with maize over pellets also large halibut pellets over pellets.
Were the facilities what you expected?
The mobile home was lovely. Very clean and comfortable although could do perhaps with an oven to further improve the cooking facilities.
Were you happy with them?
Very.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Definitely. Geof the owner a great help and fun to talk to.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Definately a venue for animal lovers with goats, sheep, chickens, cats and plastic pigs.


Customer name
Dave Stephens
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
12/09/2009
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Caught a total of 28 carp in double figures. 13 in the 20's and 9 in the 30's. Two 36.10 Mirror Carp were the biggest of the week.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
All the Carp were caught on Boillies. A mix of Tuna, Strawberry, Wild Cherry and Crab. All home made!
Were the facilities what you expected?
The facilities were very good (only spent one night in the accommodation) All other nights were in bivvys by the lake!
Were you happy with them?
Happy to go back for a warm shower and something to eat.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Geoff was always on hand with help and great advice. A great location and brilliant fishing. Will be going back next year.
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Customer name
steve cramer
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
05/09/2009
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
we had a total of 15 fish the largest being 38LB mirror the smallest 21.5LB common. my partner had a 31LB mirror she smashed her personal best
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
the fishing was not easy we didnt catch anything for two days this was because it was very hot. keep the tatics simple. we didnt fish 24/7 way to hot.
Were the facilities what you expected?
they were better than expected very clean and very comfortable
Were you happy with them?
very happy mobile home in very good condition
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
lovely to have the animals there they made us laugh. be aware it gets very very hot down by the lake it is a sun trap. the hill is a bit of a killer though. geoff is a very good host and very nice bloke to talk to. we loved it very much and hope to go back.


Customer name
robert penfold
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
18/07/2009
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
36 Carp overall 5 over 30 the biggest was 35.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
tuna boilies over a bed of pellet
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes very good but a cold shower (have now changed mixer)
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
good fishing
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Customer name
scothern
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
18/04/2009
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
54 carp and others on float 8 over 30lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
spicey tuna bottom bait and bright coloured pop ups
Were the facilities what you expected?
really pleased with them
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 had a really good week, great fishing, will be coming back cheers


Customer name
steve pearson
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
13/09/2008
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
19 carp to 30lb14oz,13 being over 20lb mainly mid to upper 20's
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
small pva bags with tiny white pop ups on a snowman.
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes
Were you happy with them?
excellent facilities and a lovely location.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
very enjoyable holiday/ honeymoon


Customer name
Trevor Brynes
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
27/09/2008
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
16 fish plus perch and roach on light tackle during the day.\r\n47.6lb mirror 37lb mirror\r\n4x 28lb mirror 5x 24lb mirror\r\n3x21 lb mirror 23lb common\r\n18.7 koi with numerous perch and roach all over 1lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
double boillie over carp pellets tight to far bank late afternoon and early morning also maggot and worm for the huge perch
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
have done and been back this year
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
have done and been back this year


Customer name
James & Steve Hoile
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
16/08/2008
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
29 Carp caught overall, including 22 over 20lb and 1 30lb.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
fished tight to far bank with pva bags of pellet and boilies.
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes, more than expected
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
the mobile home was very convenient, for the girls especially. geoff was very friendly and helpfull
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Customer name
Mark Boycott
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
09/08/2008
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
17,18,22,22,25,27,27,28,28,29,32 and a large koi
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Irish cream over pellet fished to the margins
Were the facilities what you expected?
very good
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes allready have
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Geoff very good host always on hand to lend advice and help a big thank you from the kids for the use of the bikes. This is a very good family venue and good fishing will be back for some of the bigger fish


Customer name
Michael Rowe & Family
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
26/07/2008
Number of anglers
4
Brief details of your catches
We had 3 mirrors, first was 24lb 15oz, second was 35lb 12oz and last was 24 14oz. The fish where in excellent condtion.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Do to the very hot weather we found it was hard fishing, but bottom baits was the best.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes the mobile home was very clean and comfortable and the lake area was very clean and peaceful with plenty of wildlife.
Were you happy with them?
YES
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
YES
Geoff was very helpful with how to fish the lake and very helpful with given directions for us to go to other places for shopping and he made us feel welcome. Thanks to Geoff
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Customer name
Andy, Si, Jon and Dan
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
14/06/2008
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
8 Carp: 38, 28, 27, 3 X 25, 24 and 20. \r\n
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boilies, had all success on the Pro-Biotics.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes, as described and pictured.
Were you happy with them?
Facilities were great, very clean.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
We mainly fished the mornings and only had 4 rods out, but still managed 8 fish including a 38. Geoff is a great laugh and will help in any way he can to make your stay more enjoyable.


Customer name
EDDIE AND STEVE NICKSON
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
07/06/2008
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
CAUGHT 16 FISH IN TOTAL ONLY FISHED EARLY MORNING AND EVENING. IT WAS TOO HOT DURING THE DAY. CAUGHT 3 THIRTIES 10 TWENTIES (SEVEN OVER 27lb) 2 DOUBLES AND A 15lb 8oz KOI. THIS WAS DISPITE THE FISH SPAWNING ON THE SECOND DAY OF OUR VISIT. EDDIE`S BEST FISH WAS 34lb 12oz AND STEVE`S BEST WAS 31lb 6oz WHICH WAS A PERSONAL BEST. GEOFF AND NATTALIE WHERE GREAT HOSTS AND GEOFF GAVE SOME VERY GOOD ADVICE ON WHERE TO FISH AND BAIT TO USE ETC. WOULD DEFINITELY GO BACK AGAIN WE HAD A GREAT HOLIDAY
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
BOILIES FISHED OVER PELLETS SEEMED TO BE THE BEST METHOD
Were the facilities what you expected?
THE FACILITIES WERE VERY GOOD
Were you happy with them?
WE WERE VERY HAPPY WITH THEM
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
YES
LOVELY PLACE FOR A NICE PEACEFUL HOLIDAY WHITH PLENTY OF DECENT SIZED FISH
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Customer name
Phil Bradshaw
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
24/05/2003
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
All pbs beaten, top fish 37-10, 36-5 34-0 plus three other thirtys - a total of 22 fish
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
white choc and pro bait
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
Great place, Geoff is great
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Customer name
iain mcewan
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
12/04/2008
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
I caught 12 carp and lost 2, 35.05lb being the best along with 6 other 30+ carp, the rest were from 22lb to 29.10oz
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
The best tactics was to listen to the owners advice. I used bollies and mixed pellet in diffrent sizes, found the bigger baits best.
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
A great venue with great owners. Geoff is a top bloke and will help in any way possible, going back ASAP to get those big commons!
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Customer name
David Powell
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
05/04/2008
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
4 X 30'S\r\n4 X 20'S
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Probiotic boillies Tutti fruitti boillies caught on popped up and on the bottom
Were the facilities what you expected?
Facilities were excellent
Were you happy with them?
Only one fault with the whole holiday which was the weather, for the first half of the week we were fishing in 6 inches of snow, which made the fishing difficult. In warmer weather i'm sure you would catch much more fish
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Definately
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
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Customer name
Kevin & Dave from Blackpool
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
05/04/2008
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Weather not good but still managed 8 fish incl 4 over 30lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
pop ups with probiotic boilies over pellet
Were the facilities what you expected?
the facilities were fine
Were you happy with them?
no reason to complain
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Sure would - Geoff and Nathalie will look after you and make your trip worth every penny
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Should have done this years ago!!!
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Customer name
joe warwick
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
29/03/2008
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
3 fish all over 30lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
white pop up boillies
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
we all got pb's so it was a good trip
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Customer name
graham cook
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
29/03/2008
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
biggest fish 40lb lake record and smallest 26lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
sensas pro biotic seemed to be the best
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
very good fishing
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Customer name
Mr W.McIntosh
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
22/03/2008
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
5 Mirrors from 24lbs to 36lbs 2ozs, Son Liam (17) 4 Mirrors from 22lbs to 28lbs
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Bait up area with mixed pellets, Snowman (pop-up) on hair rig with PVA bag
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes very clean and confortable
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes a good family venue, with Geoff & Nathalie interested hosts with helpful information & advice.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Although the weather was bad with snow and rain for the majority of the time, this making the water very cold, we were still able to achive our goals.
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Customer name
stewart hoblyn
Venue
Happy Valley
Date of holiday
15/03/2008
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
13 fish in total all over 20lb top weight 35lb one at 33lb three at 28lb two at 27lb three at 25lb and three at 20lb.popeye and scarface were caught and mirror tail to.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
hard fishing in the cold 22mm boilies bigger the bait the better
Were the facilities what you expected?
very good
Were you happy with them?
well happy
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes