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Customer name
Patsy Poole
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
25/07/2015
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Yeah not to bad.. not the best week… When you get winds, it only fishes one end of the lake, what ever way the wind blows, had that for a few days so was annoying for the other fisherman but had .. 9 cat fish biggest up to 67lb 9oz an 13 carp biggest 48lb all on cell. “
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Cell
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes, been before
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Loved the place, been before and will come again.


Customer name
Clive Smith
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
20/06/2015
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
Had overall 30 fish up to 33lb. A catfish of 19lb. Would certainly go back and hoping to return next September.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Cell boilies topped with artificial corn.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
Overall yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Very nice place. Overall the holiday was good one.
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Customer name
boswell
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
18/05/2014
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
2 anglers had 6 fish only (up to 26ib), but fish were finishing spawning and then the weather turned sour. Will have to come back and do better
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Various Boilies/particle Weed was thick though so drop the lead
Were the facilities what you expected?
Better Absolutely ideal and so nice to have the house right on the lake. My Dad's an old man now!
Were you happy with them?
very much
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Wonderful accommodation and lake. it was all we could wish for and more.
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Customer name
Paul Steele
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
12/04/2014
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
2 Mirror Carp ('Chloe at 50lb and a 31lber) 4 Catfish up to 35lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Got quite a few runs from next to the sluice on the dam wall but think these were all Cats. Struggled through the week against high pressure and a weedy lake but a little reccy in the boat worked wonders and with better presentation and a higher vis bait (yellow pineapple) found the solution (albeit on the last day!!!). NB...Hugh is not averse to you raking out the swim you fish from and you'll be glad you did (as I was!) if you hook a biggie. Trust me the weed in front of you is thick!
Were the facilities what you expected?
Superb! Been travelling on family fishing holidays in France for over 10 years and this house is amongst the best. Wooden sundeck, over a lawn for the kids right next to 2 swims. The house is spacious and has all the creature comforts you could ask for...
Were you happy with them?
Definitely
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Already have but he can't get on!
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes, David is always quick to respond. I know Dad was upset as we had enquired specifically about the coarse fishing availability and been told there was ' an excellent range of coarse fish ' only to find out from the owner the week before that there were no other fish than Carp, Catfish & Pike. But, for me, catching a 50 is a result and I notice that David has since updated his info.
We always look for nice accommodation close to a good lake for a family friendly holiday keeping everyone together. Ticked all the boxes and then some.
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Customer name
John Mutton
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
29/09/2012
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
carp. 5 x 20's 3 x 30's 1 @ 47lb 08oz Catfish. 1 x 56lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Most fish on tiger nuts fishing towards the dam. A couple of fish from the tree's opposite. Only runs from the shallow end were two cats, one of which I lost.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Possibly even better.
Were you happy with them?
Absolutely.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Accommodation and setting, yes. Fishing, not sure.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Without a doubt.
Beautifull accommodation. Lovely setting. Fishing a bit slow, but in the imortal words of Meatloaf on the "Bat out of hell" album "two out of three ain't bad"


Customer name
Steve Eastwood
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
15/09/2012
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
7 carp all mirrors biggest 46lb 140z 3 x 30 biggest 36lbs 10oz 2 x 20 and 1x 18 5 Cats biggest 56lbs 4oz
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Bollies and pellet
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes - did have some trouble with the hot water as the water heating switches were not set correctly. Patio steps and handrailing not very secure. Unhooking mats need to be bigger.
Were you happy with them?
General yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Nice setting with plenty to see and do in the local area during the day if not fishing. was nice to have a bath in the gite as you tend to have showers only. hot and sunny until Wednesday when the wind started blowing from the North.
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Customer name
Paul Embury
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
08/09/2012
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
15 x mirrors including two forties, one was chloe at 49lb 07oz 6 mirrors in 30's 5 commons to 28lb 6 cats to 54lb 2 anglers 24/7 1 angler days. Jim swim proved to be the best
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
All caught on tigers with pop up corn
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes, although kitchen area could definately have been cleaner on arrival.
Were you happy with them?
as above
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes, always good.
Had a great week fishing, lovely house & surroundings. Weather great at beginning of week but got colder as week went on.


Customer name
David Hills
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
28/07/2012
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Only fished days with the following results. 10lb Common,14lb Common,14lb Mirror,19lb 08 Common,20lb 06 Mirror, 28lb 08 common,31 03 mirror,51lb 05 cat,41lb 13 mirror, 46lb 14 mirror (might be Single Scale ?). I had the 2 forties in a 90 minute early morning window - fantastic fishing !.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Fish would not take boillie baits - caught on particles over spod mix.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
A couple of issues - shower slow to empty must be blocked ?. Blinds really are needed for the front of the Gite, privacy for lady guests and to keep the bright sun at bay in the evening.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
A mixed weather week but overall decent carp fishing conditions.


Customer name
Mr Wagstaff
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
10/09/2011
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
We took a trip to The Firs last year, but returned to Willow lake this year. It was good to be back. Weather changeable, fishing fairly slow, days only, caught 7 carp and 1 small catfish. 3 x 30, 2 x 25 and 1 x 22 lb.
What did you find were the best tactics/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
The venue was immaculate and perfect, liked the change in the master bedroom. Wildlife spectacular, chickens roaming free, bats. Thanks again to H & S for sharing their home with us, and Linda and Brian for keeping the place spic and span.


Customer name
Mr Westgarth
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
03/09/2011
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Armchair 7 fish 126.10 lb Stile 13 fish 350.8 lb ( + Chloe ) Jims swim 23 fish 598.07 lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
As you can see Jims swim most productive, all caught on Boilies + Tiger nuts. Thanks to H & S for sharing their home.
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
After a trip to Firs last year we returned for our 3rd visit and we were rather concerned it would be a quiet week after reading through the diary. However, we managed 43 fish weighing 1075 lb.9 ozs. Three anglers fishing 24/7. We hope the next party have great week and enjoy the experience as much as we have.


Customer name
Mr Hotchkiss
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
27/08/2011
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Like the previous occupants, had a tough week but we did manage to catch a few fish including 7 carp. 13.13, 15.21.26,10. 28,12. 32,10. 34,12. Cats 12 and 51.08. All caught using boilies popped up 2" using sweetcorn. Bigger fish came from the dam wall.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
2" sweetcorn from the Dam Wall
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
Lovely lake and accommodation. Found some wonderful places to eat and visit locally. Fishing was tough but managed to 7 Carp and 2 Cats. Have re-booked for 2012 where we'll hopefully be more succesful.


Customer name
Bagley
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
20/08/2011
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
None all week and I notice that our non catch was the last news on Willow Lake's own website so I would be interested to know what the 2 parties after us caught
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Tried everything (no bait boat as we don't want to fish like that)
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes except we did expect to catch some fish - we didn't even see much activity in the fish department just a couple surfacing in the same 3 spots each day but not feeding for whatever reason
Were you happy with them?
The facilities yes the house and surroundings including the lake were lovely but very disappointed with the fishing.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Venue lovely but as I say fishing very disappointing
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes - arrangements were fine
Very nice accommodation but very disappointing couldn't really call it a fishing holiday at all!


Customer name
David Hills
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
16/07/2011
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
No Carp landed - 2 lost fish though. 2 Catfish landed. 1 at 50lb 12oz and 1 at 55lb 8oz. Both fought extremely well and once hooked headed straight for the far tree line.Both Overall an extremely disappointing week.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Fished to the Dam Wall using 20mm Trigga Boillies.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes very good accommodation.
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Fishing severly affected by the very poor weather which was cold, very wet and windy all week. Carp were not feeding and were not interested in any bait offered up including baits previously used to good effect on the lake.


Customer name
kevin potterill
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
16/04/2011
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
10 x doubles 20 x 20+s (14x25lb+) 13 x 30+s 2 x 40+ 45 carp in total +3 small cats
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
small amounts of bait to same spots over the week,little and often. cc moore boilies and hemp were the winning combination.
Were the facilities what you expected?
better
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
A very enjoyable time for us all. Fantastic venue and facilities. Our 12 year old son caught his PB of 37lb 4oz common !
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Customer name
Sam Robbins
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
23/07/2010
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
17 fish in all, all PB'd. 6 cats (1lb - 53lb), 11 carp (smallest 13.5, other 10 were over 20 to 37.5lb).
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
The source boilies over parti mix and method mix balls. 37.5 came on two pieces of maize, big cat came on tiger nut boilie. fish mostly came at night/early morning, big mirror caught at 10am! (very sociable)
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes, better in fact, the cleanliness in general was good but the kitchen needed to be cleaned before we started,as was attracting flies, however a quick "mr muscle" and sorted! would benefit from some maintenance (just small jobs, like tightening chairs up etc, nothing major) size of accommodation is good, has potential to be fantastic.
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes, this our 2nd holiday with carp france
I have no doubt that we will return to willow lake in the future.
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Customer name
David Done
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
05/09/2009
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
1 catfish - 41lb\r\n3 Mirror carp over 30lb - best was an eye-watering 39lb 1oz\r\n7 Mirror carp over 20lb\r\n1 Common carp over 20lb\r\n1 Common carp 15lb\r\n1 Common carp 10lb\r\n1 Catfish - 13lb\r\nApprox 25 catfish & carp under 10lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Halibut pellet - we tried 5 different flavours of boilies plus corn and didn't even get a bite. Had to fish to the extremes of the lake - almost nothing in the middle worked.
Were the facilities what you expected?
House was great - bedrooms a little small but we were there for the fishing - kitchen/living room area was an excellent size and the large halls and corridors to the bedrooms were very generous.
Were you happy with them?
Overall - yes. Thiery met us on arrival, then we didn't see him for the rest of the fortnight. We like this approach - the only problem we had was when the kettle failed - we reported it one day and it was quietly replaced the next day. Never felt like we were being watched - very comfortable holiday.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes - no doubt about it.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
This is the 5th time I have booked through CCFH - I like the way my queries get answered quickly. The bookings are always smooth and I never worry that things will go wrong. I always feel I can start to enjoy my holiday from the moment it starts - I don't have to worry about petty problems. In a nutshell - 'Yes', I would recommend them.
What a fortnight - the first week was very quiet - the only worthwhile fish were a 15lb common, 20lb mirror and a 41lb catfish - shame as 3 of us had a total of 7 rods out. Second week - the temperature dropped and the catch rate went up - we banked a further 5 mirrors over 20lb, 1 common of 21lb, 3 mirrors over 30lb (including the best fish of the holiday - a massive 39lb 1oz caught by Kat), a catfish of 13lb and a 10lb common. We were gutted when we had to start packing up - we wanted to stay so much that we finished up with all our equipment packed up except for the rods with the baitrunners on just on the off-chance that we might have got one more run. Sadly, we didn't, but who cares. Great holiday !!
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Customer name
Peter Smith
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
18/07/2009
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
60 fish caught including 13 x 20's, 7 x 30's and 1 x 40lb (40lb 4oz)
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Plastic corn with small amounts of hemp and sweetcorn caught 40 fish. Boilies caught the other 20.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes, 10/10 - a lovey house and a great fishery
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
Seemed as though the lake was stuffed full of fish. The weather was just about perect for carping which helped.


Customer name
Keith Miller
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
23/05/2009
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
42lb Mirror\r\n5 30s\r\n7 20s\r\n1 Catfish\r\n
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Hair rigged hemp seed / small particles Steak - medium rare (!)
Were the facilities what you expected?
Better
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
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Customer name
john hannaford
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
09/05/2009
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
22 Carp best fish mirrors of 39lb 37lb 35lb 8 x 30's 9x20's\r\n13 cats 44lb. 44lb. 43lb. 38lb. 3x40's, 4x30's 4x20's
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Fished only days. Fishing tight to bank over pellets were best tactic. Fished only pellets, did not use any boilies.
Were the facilities what you expected?
house very comfortable, needed heating in evening as weather was very changeable.
Were you happy with them?
Very Happy. Wife liked it so no problems. Beautiful venue and complex.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes. Definitely
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Awesome weeks fishing. 35 fish for over 900lbs. Would highly recommend it.
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Customer name
David Henley
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
18/04/2009
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
Total of 82 fish caught including:\r\n5 x 40's (biggest of 42lb 5oz)\r\n14 x 30's (biggest of 39lb 12oz)\r\n35 x 20's (biggest of 29lb 15oz)\r\n5 x cats (biggest of 40lb 12oz)
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Used the Trigga boillies supplied on site plus some pineapple. Presented small amounts over particles.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Excellent, much better than we were expecting. Very clean and tidy - a really lovely place.
Were you happy with them?
Yes, very very
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes, definitely
The venue and fishing were excellent. We couldn't have asked for any more. We will be back.


Customer name
M. Parkes
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
13/09/2008
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
21 Fish in total including 10 x 20's (inc. 4 x different 29lbs), 2 x 32lbs, 6 x doubles, 1 x 51lb 11oz Cat, 35lb cat plus a 4lb kitten.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Used Tiger nuts over a bed of pellet, The Cell, Maple8 and Trigga mix. Baited areas for several days then moved on to it. Worked really well.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Superb, everything was spot on.
Were you happy with them?
Very
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes, definitely
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
A superb venue with 1st class accommodation and really good fishing.


Customer name
Whittington
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
09/08/2008
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Carp - 1x37lb 8oz, 2 x 29lb, 1x27lb, 1x24lb, 1x22lb 5x8-17lb. |Catfish 2x 34lb, 1 x 33lb, 2x32lb, 1x 26lb, 1x19lb, 1x 5lb\r\nMost fish caught in the evening and during the night, fishing in the day was slow.\r\n\r\n
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
All fish caught on Trigga bollies over bed of hemp, pellet and maize.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes exactly as we expected from the broucher. Good for fishers and non fishers.
Were you happy with them?
Overall very happy
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Very good service from CCFH from help at booking in chosing venue and throughout the holiday.
Overall a great holiday and some great fishing.
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Customer name
Chris Springett
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
03/05/2008
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
25 fish caught including 5 x 30's to 37lb 8oz, the rest were between 19lbs and 28lbs with the majority being over 25lbs. Also caught a 49lb cat. Will be sending photos in to CCFH soon.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Used Scopex squid boilies (20ml) and Tiger Nut pop-ups and 20 ml boilies (2 x 30's). Fished over the pellet provided with some crushed boilies as ground bait. Tried baiting heavy and light - both gave same results. The Weather was VERYchangeable which turned the fishing on and off all week.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Absolutely perfect!
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, have been with CCFH for the last two years
A fantastic venue which could not be faulted! All went very smooth and the fishing was great. to catch 5 x 30's and a big cat is superb.


Customer name
BAILEY & BOOTH
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
14/07/2007
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
9 CARP RANGING FROM 16LB 10;Z TO 29LB 2OZ 1 PIKE, 1 CATFISH 32LB 8OZ LAST 4 DAYS VERY SLOW DUE TO 14 DEG DROP IN TEMPERATURE
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
ANY TYPE OF FRUIT BOILLIES & LUNCEON MEAT FOR CATFISH
Were the facilities what you expected?
YES VERY NICE AND COMFORTABLE THE POOL TABLE A HUGH BONUS FOR WHEN TIMES WERE LEAN
Were you happy with them?
YES
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
YES
ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY HAD BY ALL 2 ANGLERS AND THEIR WIFES ONLY COMMENT I COULD ASK FOR WOULD BE SLIGHTLY BETTER DIRECTIONS TO VENUE ONCE IN CRAON AS DIFFICULT TO FIND DUE TO NO SIGNPOSTS FOR D228 THANK YOU CCFH


Customer name
Lee Jackson
Venue
Willow Lake
Date of holiday
02/08/2006
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
1- 50- 56lb7oz\r\n3- 40- 42,41lb1oz and 46lb 2oz\r\n15- 30 to 38lb7oz
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Walkers Pitch Bolie from Walkers pitch Biggleswade Bedfordshire
Were the facilities what you expected?
better
Were you happy with them?
extremely
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
my pictures are too big to upload sadly till next time