We now expect all fish that look to be on, above or near to fifty pounds to be kept in the water for all unhooking, checking, weighing and photographing. We have been doing this with the new cradles for a while now and it’s the only way to ensure their safety.
NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz
Are bailiffs on hand?
Keith and Jan live on site as their house is built on the dam wall of the lake. Keith is on hand 24/7 and is happy to be called out to help with or photograph any special fish. In fact he would be disappointed to miss the chance to see any of the fifties as we are now seeing unknown fish making this milestone size. On top of that we will be seeing sixties very soon so don’t hesitate to call him.
Keith is a very experienced carp angler of long standing, and is there to help you whenever needed, be this during the middle of the night to land or photograph a new PB, or to deal with a big catfish. Keith will also be more than happy to help with advice about the swims, most effective rigs, bait application and anything else which may help to make your holiday experience complete.
What weather can we expect?
We are about as far from an ocean as you can get so our climate is not controlled by the sea temperature. We therefore get four “proper” seasons, our winters are very cold and can drop to minus 10 or minus 15, but are normally much shorter than the UK version. The benefit of this is that spring normally starts much earlier and has the full “March winds and April showers” of typical springs but with more settled temperatures. The summer is generally long, dry and hot and can extend from May into September with autumn sometimes continuing through to Christmas before the winter returns.
How are swims chosen?
The following applies to weeks where several groups of anglers will be fishing together but may never have met before. Groups with exclusive bookings will obviously decide among themselves how swims are chosen but we recommend that the organiser of that group be excluded from the draw and be allowed first choice. Having tried to organise trips ourselves we know how much effort goes into it and this seems to be a suitable way of the group being able to thank the organiser for his hard work.
Until the start of 2012 we didn’t hold a draw for swims as we believed, and still do, that carp angling should depend on watercraft. However, we have always believed that our fishery can be continually improved by listening to the wishes of our customers so from 2012 on, we have decided to hold a draw but to hold it in a way that good watercraft will still be able to be used.
The draw will be held at dinner on Friday evening as this is when the vast majority of our customers prefer to arrive. This timing also allows everyone to be aware, on Friday night, where they will be fishing after breakfast Saturday and can plan accordingly. At dinner Friday, the names of everyone present will be put into a jug and we will ask Jan or Sharon to draw each out, one by one, and the first name drawn gets first choice etc. This will prevent any “tactical” delays, as I have seen when drawing numbers, and should make the whole system very fair.
On top of that we have 18 swims cut around the lake but limit the number of anglers to 10 so there are always plenty of swims to move to. This also allows a “change of mind” after everyone has chosen their swim. It could be that the fish have moved away from your first choice of swim and are now in front of an area which nobody has chosen or maybe the choices of everyone else means that there are a lot of anglers in one area and you feel that you could do better by moving to a quieter part of the lake. In these types of situations it will be acceptable to change your mind and opt for one of the empty swims even before you have set up in your original choice. We will simply let everyone know of the change. We will show you round the lake when you first arrive and give as much advice as we can to help you make an educated choice. You are also welcome to speak to the departing anglers so as to find out how the lake fished during the previous week.
What time can we arrive?
We suggest you travel down on the Friday before your holiday, so that you can experience and enjoy the journey through France during daylight. By arriving early you will be afforded the opportunity of discussing your plans with the out-going group of anglers, which may help to get your own session off to a flying start. We are also happy to arrange an evening meal and Saturday breakfast for you so as to give you a comfortable beginning to your holiday. You can then bivvy-up in leisurely style in our field alongside the lake.We suggest you travel down on the Friday before your holiday, so that you can experience and enjoy the journey through France during daylight. By arriving early you will be afforded the opportunity of discussing your plans with the out-going group of anglers, which may help to get your own session off to a flying start. We are also happy to arrange an evening meal and Saturday breakfast for you so as to give you a comfortable beginning to your holiday. You can then bivvy-up in leisurely style in our field alongside the lake.
What times are the meals?
Because all of our food is prepared fresh each day and because Jan refuses to ruin food by keeping it warm, we set fixed meal times of 9.30 am for breakfast and 6.30 pm for dinner. These times have been set as being the best to enable the prime carp feeding times to be fished without interruption and we have also found that resting the lake during meals often pays huge dividends.
Meals are served in the “Gravel Bar” dining lodge.
What type of hook is required?
We prefer anglers to use barbed hooks
Are there any double swims?
There are some swims that are big enough to fish as doubles but most have been cut as “pairs” or “triples” so that there can be two or three swims within ten yards of each other and then another seventy five yards before the next swim. The big advantage of this is that it is possible to fish close to a friend for the social aspect but still be able to fish your own water.
Are bait boats allowed?
Baitboats are allowed, but must only be used within the water confined for each swim. Anyone found using one in another swim’s water, will be asked to leave.