Well what a season 2018 has been with not one but 2 60lb fish out. So our new lake record is a whopping 62.4lb.
Statistics show we had 567 carp out with 60% of those being over 30lb.
These are the numbers
2 x 60s, 57 x 50s, 153 x 40s, 129 x 30s
31st March - 7th April 2018
The first group on the lake this year was John,Louis and Connor. They had an outstanding first week with no less than 6 50s out with the biggest 59.3lb.
7th April - 14th April 2018
The next group were Mark, Chris, John and Matt
The lads had a slower week but still managed 2 x 50s and a new lake record common at 42.5lb. All the lads improved their PCs and ended up with 14 carp.
14th April - 28thApril 2018
This week we have had two anglers from Wednesday 19th with another two anglers arriving on the 21st to make up the group.
Final tally for the week 26 carp including 5x50s, with a new lake record at that time of 59.6lb. Well done in difficult conditions due to the smaller carp spawning for two days.
28th April - 5May 2018
This week we welcomed Glenn, Nathan, Andy and Craig
Final tally was 16 fish, including 2x50s up to 56lb 5x40 5x30 3 x 20 and only one under 20lb.
5th May - 12th May
NEW LAKE RECORD ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This week we welcomed Terry, Paul, Sid and Gerald
Well the moment has come our very first 60lb carp landed by Terry at a magnificent 62.4lb (WILSON)
May12th - 19th May
This week we welcomed Dave, Mark and Taylor.
Despite the awful weather at the beginning of the week, they had a fantastic week with 35 carp and 3 cats.
Check out the vlog made by the guys at
1 x 60, 4 x 50s, 7 x 40s 8 x 30s 10 x 20s and 5 under 20lb.
May 19th - 26th May
this week we had Jason, Edwin Tommy and Darren
fishing has been a bit slower but still managed 15 carp including 2 x 50s.
May 26th -June 8th
We are resting the lake to enable some essential maintenance.
June 8th - 16th
We welcomed back the two Johns who had an amazing week despite a few thunderstorms thrown in.
the final tally was 33 carp and 2 cats, 3 x 50s 8 x 40s 5 x 30s 14 x 20s 3 under 20lb. Also a 107.6lb catfish.
June 16th - June 23rd
We saw the return of the two Johns and Ashley this week. Turned out to be a memorable week for John G with a ne PB mirror of 52lb and a trip to the medical centre for stitches after an altercation with the spines on the dorsel of a common carrp. Final tally for the week was 25 carp including 2 x 50s and 6 cats including a 95lber.
June 23rd - 30th June
Persistence was the name of the game this week, as with high temperatures and high pressure the fishing was slow to take off , but Mark and Ryan and family still managed to come away with 2 x50s 3 x 40s 3 x 20s 2 under 20lb and a 17lb Koi.
30th June - 7th July
We welcomed Simon and his son Andrew this week, who managed two Pbs in some testing conditions, Weather was very stormy to the point that a couple of days were unfishable but they had a 45.1 mirror new Pb for Simon and 95.6lb catfish Pb for Andrew.
7th July - 21st July
this saw the return of the Sheffield Carp Crusaders in the form of Kevan, Guy and Tracy.
1st week saw 36 fish caught highlights 51.08 Pb mirror for Guy, 60.02 cat for Kev and a 53.08 cat for Tracy.
2nd week saw 32 fish caught with the highlight of the week 102.2 catfish for Kev and a 45.07 mirror for Tracy.
21st July - 28th July
This week we had the pleasure of the company of Scott, Paul, Danielle, Chloe and " Ninja" Jack, who caught some beautiful fish including a gorgeous 24.2lb scaley mirror.
final results 11 carp including 2 x50s 9 cats including new Pbs for both Scott and Paul at 62lb and 59lb respectively.
28th July - 4th August
Saw the return of Richard along with friends Rob and Spencer
The three of them set up camp along the dam, so as to make it a social time as well as fishing.
results 17 carp including 1 x 50 and 6 cats including a 100lber
4th August - 11th August
We welcomed Tracey, Fez and Wayne
The weather was extremely hot and the fishing was very slow but the guys managed two Pbs with a 38lb mirror for Wayne and 43.8mirror for Fez.
11thAugust -18th August
We have had Bob, Kenny and Mick this week, with Bob taking the most fish, results 14 carp including 1 x50 and 6 cats a 93lber included
18th August -25th August
We welcomed Gary and Paul both of whom went away with new PBs. 44lb mirror for Gary and a 43lb mirror for Paul. results 6 commons 4 mirrors 2 cats and 2 big smiles.
25th August - 1st September
We welcomed back Glenn from earlier in the year along with Duane. Well what a week it was, Glenn caught a massive 64 carp upto 52lb and 2 cats including a 96lber, while Duane had 12 carp and 4 cats AMAZING!!!!!!!
1st September - 8th September
This we week we had the return of Start Daran and John. got off to a slow start but still came away with 18 carp and 1 cat including a lovely 52lb mirror for Daran.
8th September - 15th September
This week saw Wes Craig Ricki and Sean down at the lake, stunning weather for the week and some super fish caught, Everybody went away with a new Pb, with Ricki landing two 50s.
15th September - 22nd September
This week saw the return of Paul and Mark. After the storming week they had last year, this week turned out to be a hard week. Still had 21 carp upto a creditable 48lb.
22nd September - 30th September
Welcome back to Bailey along with Chris, Lewis and Paul, and once again the fish decided to play hardball. final numbers 10 carp including 2 x 50s and 3 cats
30th September - 6th October
This week saw newbies to the lake Carl and Ben, and what a difference in fish activity from the previous week. 34 carp out including 5 x 50smeaning both Ben and Carl went away with new Pbs
6th October - 13th October
This week we had our son Graham, son in law Martin and their friends Stewart and Lee. despite it being very much a social time the guys had 8 carp and 2 cats including 2 x 50s.
13th October - 20th October
This week we saw Phill and Damian with us, weather is getting chillier, got off to a great start with 105lb catfish and ended on a 51.10lb mirror and new Pb for Phill.
20th October - 27th October
This week saw the return of Mick, Simon and Adam. Last time they were here Mick came out the winner of largest carp, but it was Simons turn this time with a 50lb mirror.
27th October - 3 rd November
We welcomed Russell and Andrew this week who were unlucky with the weather as the temperatures dropped to minus figures on several nights. They did get 7 carp out but nothing of any real size.
£rd November - 10th November
Last week of the season saw the return of Glenn and Nathan for Glenn's 3rd trip of the year, after the tremendous week back in August, thete were less fish but both guys managed new Pbs. total was 24 carp.
Now that the fishing has stopped we have spent the rest of 2018 doing some much needed maintenence work including the removal of two large trees that had fallen into the lake, the replacing of the netting around the island to enable us to use it as a stock pond and hopefully grow on some of the smaller fish. We have also replaced the platform by extending the bank out into the lake making a bigger area with a slightly lower part for returning the fish. We have also extended out into the lake at the next swim along to give a bit more room for bivving up etc. The chalet has also undergone a facelift with interior floors being replaced and decorated throughout. We are hoping to do further improvements before the start of the 2019 season.
Week 29th April to 6th May 2017
Here's my report from w/e 6.5.17.
We were first customers on for the year so we had mixed hopes of what to expect although secretly we all thought we'd empty the place lol ! Paul and Debbie are really nice and helpful and go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your holiday. The lake itself is lovely and looks very fishy all over ! . We all got set up and 1 of the lads had a 56 in the first hour and I had a 48 not long after . About midnight on the Saturday it started raining with a very cold strong wind and it bounced it down for about 60 hours non stop ! This killed the fishing and made it very difficult. We needed the sun out to get the water temperature up to get them feeding but it wasn't until Thursday that it started to get warm .. We had the odd fish here and there but nothing like the lake can (and will) produce. That's fishing though and there's nothing we can do about that ! There was 5 of us on the lake and we had 16 fish in total .. 2x 50's 9x 40's 4x 20's and 1 double .. Still a cracking result with the amount of big fish we had in such bad conditions. 3 of us took the food package and let me say to those still to come--Leave your cooker at home as the food is fantastic and delivered to your swim so no fishing time is lost ?.. The only downside was the work (tree felling) that commenced on the far bank on the Thursday as it was bloody noisy but this was out of the owners control and will be over in a day or 2 ... All in all a good week with some cracking fish in great condition and there's some serious lumps in there. The main question is would we go back ? Yes we would and we look forward to it. Thanks to Paul and Debbie you were great hosts.
Week 6th -13th May
We welcomed Tommy, Scott, Chris and Hayden, here is what they had to say:
After what we all described as a perfect holiday..here is our catch report from week ending 13/05/17..4x50s, 8x40s, 6x30s, 2x20s & 2 fish below 20lb that we put in the stock pond to grow. After watching the way the lake performed throughout the week; i sense that the fishing side of it will get stronger as the weeks come. Everyone on the trip beat their PB & you cannot ask for more than that. As I pointed out to Debbie and Paul before we left, the balance between fishing and a holiday is perfect as the chalet on the lake is very very nice and has more than everything you need & located close to the lake. The only downside for us was the travelling which was a long drive? But ask me if we are doing the same drive next year..yes. What a trip! & got to say Debbie & Paul are a lovely couple and fantastic hosts ensuring you don't want for anything which was great to see. Here are a few of our pictures from the week & again thanks Debbie & Paul for having us.
Week 13th to 20th May
This week saw Simon returning to the lake for the 2nd time, with his daughter Jamie. The fishing was very slow due to the fish spawning that week, but Simon went away more than happy having had not 1 but 2 50s, a 56lb mirror and a 54lb, he also managed a 46 and 44lb mirrors and a 12lb common.
Week 20th - 27th
This week we welcomed our first fly/fish party of Mick, Simon and Paul.They had a great time and a bumper 48 fish including a brace of 54's for Paul within the space of an hour. All the fish this week fell to our pellet and boilies. (See bait list for details)
Final numbers 2 x 50 6 x 40 11 x 30 11 x 20 16 under 20 and 2 cats
Week 27th - 3rd June
This week saw John G, Ashley, John and young Fin. This was a second time again for all but Fin. They had some cracking fish with Fin having a 40lb mirror, which he had to have a photo with in the cradle as couldn't lift himself.Ashley was very unlucky in being snapped off on what was thought to be a very large cat.
Final numbers 35 fish 2 x 50 10 x 40 8 x 30 8 x 20 1x56lb catfish the rest under 20lb
Week 3rd -10th June
We welcomed back Garry and Dave for the fourth time. It was a mixed week with highs and lows, unfortunately Dave had car problems on the way down and ended up in a hire car which meant having to go out some days to arrange work to be done, but along with that was the fact that he also had a PB of 52.10mirror and a PB 18.7 grass carp off the surface on floating bread.
Week 10th - 17th june
We welcomed John and John this week. They had a cracking week, with John M having 2 50s amongst the 8 fish he caught and John T catching the NEW LAKE RECORD CATFISH!!!!!!!! at 90.14lb he also had a further 14 fish and just missed out on a 50lb, biggest being a creditable 49.10mirror
Week 17th - 24th
This week saw the return of Jason, Sean,Terry, Martin and newcomer Steve. It was a blistering week but though not so much for the fishing. Temperatures were well into the high 30s which made the fishing very slow and labourious. Still they managed 16 fish biggest 40.12 mirror, a nice 39lb common and including a couple of small cats.
Week 24th June - 1st July
Well its been a week of highs and lows, highs being a NEW LAKE RECORD catfish at 93.11lb, the lows being the wettest week so far this year, but that didn't deter Ian, Damian, Toby, John, Lloyd and Stuart. Not only did they have the catfish, but they also had 2 50s, 1 40, 4 30s, 13 20s and 9 11-19lb.
So all in all not a bad week in horrendous conditions.
Well done lads!!!!
Week 1st July - 8th July
lWe have now said au revoir to Andy Matt and Danny, who had a great week with Danny setting the NEW LAKE RECORD for catfish at 96lb. They also had a further 33 fish including another cat at 49lb and a baby cat at 4lb. The final tally was 6 x 40 biggest 47lb 7 x 30s and a mixture of teens and twenties including a 17lb grass carp.
Week 8 - 15th July
This week we welcomed Harry, Andy,Dean,Neil and JJ
The lads on the platform and cutout got off to a cracking start with 2 massive 40s out the first night, and then the rest joined in with a haul of 47 carp and 6 cats for the week.They had a total weight of 1319.3lb of carp. Biggest carp a 49.04lb caught by Andy. Biggest cat was 56lb caught by Neil.
Week 15th - 22nd July
This week Richard and dad Kevin came, having got off to a slow start, things took off in a big way and they managed to catch 38 carp and 4 cats. This Richards comments: a tranquil lake in the south of france the lake is 5 acres in size with a lovely chalet and BBQ area beside it anybody looking at booking a trip to france should seriously take this lake into consideration with carp to 57lb surely to reach 60lb this year and catfish pushing the 100lb mark with lots of action to be had we caught over 40 fish between us in a week with carp to 51lb and catfish to 53lb we had 9x30lb fish 9x40lb fish 13x20lb fish 2x50lb fish a few doubles and 4 cats 2 of which were over 50lb be sure to visit
Week 22nd - 29th
This week saw Pete, Wayne, Ricki and Keith
After a long drive the lads arrived late Saturday evening, and literally bivvied up and throw out some rods, which paid off for Wayne, who was woken early Sunday with a 51lb Mirror a new PB. Then Ricki went on to break his PB not once or twice but three times, 43lb, 48lb and 53lb Mirrors.
Final tally was 2 x 50 9 x 40 4 x 30 4 x <30 including a 18lb grass carp. They also had 3 cats biggest 50lb
Week 29th July - 5th August
Well what a week!!!!!
We welcomed back Louis, John and John's son Connor.
This week saw its fair share of drama, from a new lake record catfish weighing in at a massive 99.02lb caught during a huge thunderstorm that saw lightening all around the lake for many hours, to a Mirror of 52lb to John, and young Connor catching a huge 48lb mirror. Not content with catching one catfish Louis went on to catch another 92.06 cat and a smaller 33lb cat.
Final Tally 35 carp including a 16.10lb grass carp as the final fish landed and 5 cats
Weeks 5th -25th August
Nobody on lake due to cancellation, and illness
25th - 1st September
This week saw Graham, Leon, Lee and Stewart who had a challenging week due to extreme weather conditions, the temperature rising to 46 degrees one day and making the fishing differcult. But they still came away with a cracking result of 5 x 50s biggest 51.8lb, 3 x 40s 8 x 30s, 4 x 20s including a ghost koi at 23lb, 2 under 20 and 3 small catfish. They were using the lake boilies and pellets which have done the business.
Week 2nd - 9th September
Nobody on the lake
Week 9th - 16th September
Wow it's been a crazy week for Mark,
Gary and Paul. Final tally is 39 carp 8 x 50s 15 x 40s 7 x 30s and 9 under 30 including a 19lb grass carp.
Biggest carp 56lb mirror but they also had a lovely 40lb common.
So a brilliant week by all accounts
Week 16th - 23rd September
This week saw the return of Daran, Stuart along with John and Kevin
They had a total of 14 fish including 3 x 50 biggest 55lb, 3 x 40 3 x 30 5 x 20
Week 23rd - 30th September
This week we welcomed Gary and Paul
They had a brilliant week 33 fish including 4 x 50 biggest 55.lb 6 x 40 6 x 30 9 x 20 5 teens and one under 10lb, they also had 2 cats at 57lb and 60lb
Week 30th sepember -7th October
This week saw the return of Tracy, Kevan and Guy, who set out to break some records and managed 3 out of 4
Tracy NEW LADIES LAKE RECORD 53.10lb Mirror
Kevan NEW LAKE RECORD 57.2lb Mirror and 41lb LAKE RECORD Common
Sadly they missed out on the Lake record for Catfish but will be back next year to try for that and improve on this years.
They had 29 fish in total including another 2 x 50
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