A week in April and what a cracking start to the 2019 season! 31 carp to John and Nathan including 12 x 30s up to John’s 35lb10oz mirror and the biggest at 40lb07oz to Nathan. Only three under 20lb. The main tactic was balanced hook baits over crushed boilie and sweetcorn, but fish were also caught on bottom baits. They commented ‘Very nice fishery and gîte with a good stamp of quality fish. Chas was very friendly and helpful. Overall, we have had a lovely week’s fishing and hope to come back in the future and get amongst the real bigguns’. A big vote of thanks to John and Nathan from Chas and Josie for leaving the lakeside and gite so very clean – thank you
Duncan returned for his 5th visit in April when, using baits of sweetcorn, pink pop-ups, tiger nuts or Atlantic Heat, he landed 18 carp up to 42lb2oz. He said the week started very cold, making fishing inconsistent, but as it improved so did the fishing and his best tactic was to bait spots on a ‘little and often’ basis. See more Holiday Comments below on this page.
The first two weeks of this year’s new season, which started in April, has seen two new 40s grace the banks. In the first week Nathan (top right) landed a mirror at 40lb7oz which was last caught at 38lb8oz in May 2017 by Robert. (bottom left) The second new 40lb-er was another mirror caught by Duncan ( top left) in the second week at 42lb02oz which was last caught at 36lb in June 2018 by Kevin (bottom right). Fingers are crossed for a few more of last year’s 30s to tip the scales at 40lb+ this year
Welcome back to Neil and Roz after an absence of several years. They fished at Vaux in a September week and landed 27 carp between them, 4 x 40lb-ers up to Roz’s 46lb (well done Roz – ladies rule!) and 12 x 30lb-ers up to Neil’s 38lb2oz (and he had the three other 40s), an average weight for the week of 31lb10oz. See more below in Comments
Nicholas and his three young sons aged 10, 12 and 14 fished at Vaux in August when they landed 12 carp between them, all using the Claw Rig and pop-ups over particles. 12yr old Owen’s 41lb7oz mirror was the last fish caught in the early hours of the last morning. Nick commented, ‘The boys enjoyed their first time fishing in France.’ See Anglers’ Comments below.
First-time anglers to France, Russell and son, Mitchell, fished at Vaux for a week in September when Russell banked a 30lb mirror and Mitchell a 41lb8oz mirror, both on the Claw Rig and using orange pop ups, apple core shaped, over crumb. Russell commented: “We will be back for the 50lb-ers and maybe a 60lb LOL”. See more of their Holiday Comments below
Grahame and family arrived for a week in August when a total of 22 carp were banked, including two 40s, 9 30s to 38lb12oz and 7 20s to 29lb. Most were caught on bottom bait, with a handful on pop ups. He commented that ‘fishing conditions good; tactics - find as much info as possible from website, FB and Chas. Brilliant week, fishery first class’
An August week saw the return of Jason and Anthony, with wives, four children and two friends, when they landed a total of 14 carp, five 40s to 46lb8oz, six 30s and three 20s including ‘a peach of a koi’ at 21lb. Anthony commented, ‘I cannot express how great it is here. We had a cracking week, especially the kids. We will be back for sure’
Anthony also commented, ‘We paid our second visit to this amazing place which is really recommended to all! Although an attraction for fishing, it is also highly recommended for all generations. Our visits were for the whole family, including 4 young kids from 2-8. Loads to do in and around the area and a beautiful lake. 5☆ MUST visit place.’
What a pleasure to see John and Mal again and meet Mal’s sister. The first four days of their holiday were very hot, followed by cold, damp weather, during which John caught 11 carp, six of them 30s up to 37lb10oz and four 20s, all caught on bottom baits – ‘no joy with pop-ups’. They commented: ‘Great to be back at Vaux, see you again in two years’
The July/August family holiday started overcast when Dan banked a 39lb8oz mirror and two commons. The high temperatures kicked in and the fish switched off, although son, Reece, landed two smaller commons. Undaunted, they have booked for next year, commenting that ‘the venue is well kept, clean and tidy, very good access around the lake, overall a great place’
Michael, Dennis, Alan and Kevin, accompanied by Maureen, fished two weeks in June, but due to the heat, the rods did not come out until the sun had gone down. The biggest carp was Kevin’s at 38lb2oz and most came out to garlic based baits, but several were caught on pellet and corn and one came to Scopex pop-up. See their Holiday Comments below
A week in June was the 4th visit for Tom and Olly, each time accompanied by their three non-angling friends. They banked a total of 7 carp up to mirrors of 39lb8oz to Tom and 37lb to Olly and four were lost during a storm affected week. ‘The most successful tactic was fishing to the far bank, using the claw rig with Cell dumbbell and maize pop-up’.
Martin caught 15 carp in a week of two halves; heavy rain until Tuesday was replaced by sunny weather. However, the fishing was consistent throughout the week. The biggest carp was a 42lb mirror along with some 30lb + commons and mirrors. Martin mainly used the swimmer rig with homemade baits and bright coloured pop ups
A week in June brought Kevin back again and he managed to land 16 carp, the best being a 40lb8oz mirror, plus several other 30lb+ carp, mainly mirrors. He fished in the middle section of the lake on and off the far bank and used the modified claw rig as described in the latest news section with various pop up colours and crumbed up boilies.
Chas doesn’t often fish his own lake, but he spent 3 ½ days and nights in April trying out his own new Balanced Claw Rig. Using bottom bait and small pop ups, he landed 19 carp, 6 x 40s, 9 x 30s, 2 x 20s and 2 under 20lb, most of them coming out during the night, the days being very hot. For more details please go to the Vaux News page
A week of mixed weather and cold nights at end April into May saw the return of Shane and Gary with Ian. A total of 16 carp were banked: 9 x 30s up to 37lb14oz and 6 x 20s from 22lb to 28lb, 8 mirrors and 8 commons. Most came to pink pop-ups on Ronnie rigs. Ian landed his PB mirror of 35lb. ‘A great week‘ they said ‘nice setting and facilities first class.
Tom, Robert and John fished a week in May using their own tactics of red or pink pop-ups with conventional, fully popped-up shop-bought rigs and caught only two 26lb mirrors in six days. On Friday they turned to Chas who changed their tackle to his balanced claw rig. A 28lb and Robert's 41lb PB were soon landed. ‘We all love Chas helping us get a 41lb on the bank!!’
Terry and Stephen arrived with their wives for a week in July. Weather was everything from blazing sun to thunder storms so fishing was difficult, but they had 4 mirrors, 3 of them 30s up to 37lb, caught on zigs, pop-ups and corn and ‘Ronnie’ rigs, all, they said, in excellent condition. They commented that “the lake and facilities are immaculately maintained”.
Tony, Brian and Geoff banked 4 mirrors up to Geoff’s PB of 45lb4oz, plus 2 pike, during their week in May. They have been several times before and commented, “Les Vaux is a superb location. One of the most beautiful lakes we’ve visited. Every convenience is laid on in each swim. The help Chas provides is invaluable, his knowledge is second to none”.
John, fishing in July and accompanied by Mal, landed 3 carp at 30lb+, 2 at 20lb+, with 2 commons under 20lb. Using combi rigs and bottom baits he had 4 from the shallows and 3 from the lake centre. They have been many times before because, he said, it is one of his wife’s favourite venues. “We wouldn’t keep coming back if we weren’t happy”
James and Richard experienced yet another cold weather week in March, but still managed to catch 9 carp up to a mirror of 44lb8oz. They have visited 5 times and wrote, “always a joy to be here. Recommend using the slow cooker for stews, etc. We have eaten like kings!! Thanks for making this a wonderful place to stay and fish – we just love coming back”
Anthony, Jason & Dave banked 14 carp, 1 40lb mirror to Dave, 8 30s up to 39lbs and 5 20s.. They were caught on a variety of baits, Live System, bottom baits and white or pink pop ups. They made it a party of 10 with family members, including 4 children from 2 to 7. They said, “the facilities were more than expected” and they “were 100% happy”.
Kevin & young grandson Lewis banked 9 carp & many roach in a testing week in August with rain and water temperatures plummeting. Catch of the week came shortly after casting on Saturday, a 47lb mirror. Lewis favourite carp was a 16lb yellow Koi “The Gite was perfect for my family and ideal for our trips to the castle, water & theme parks in Fougeres”
Robert’s party of four anglers had a grand catch of 60 carp, mirrors and commons, during a week in September. The catch included two x forties up to 43lb2oz, nineteen x thirties, twenty four x twenties and fifteen under 20lb. The tactics they used were large beds of boilies with bottom baits over the top
John, Callum, Kenny and Stuart landed 9 mirrors 24-36lb8oz and 7 commons 17-33lb8oz, during a week in June, mostly at night as the days were hot and fish spawning. They have been a few times and commented, “lovely lake and accommodation in lovely part of France. Chas in great form, as ever, with loads of advice and fishing stories, made us laugh every day
James, who was the only angler in a party of two couples with their dogs on a 2-week holiday, banked six carp from 20lb to 39lb6oz. ‘This was a holiday with fishing’ he said, continuing that the venue is ‘an excellent base for days out, quiet roads and plenty of wildlife, kingfishers, red squirrels, owls, buzzards and kites at the site - all had a great time’
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Of his 18 carp up to 42lb2oz, there were four 30lb mirrors, six 20lbers and the remaining under 20lb including a koi. He commented, ‘A really comfortable and enjoyable week, my 5th visit and Jo’s first and we will be back for more next year. Chas and Josie are lovely people and always available if you need anything. If you need any advice on fishing Vaux, then Chas is happy to help out.
It was good to see Matt and his dad, Martin, again with Matt’s young family for a week in October. They commented that it was very hot for 65% of the days and warm for 65% of the nights, so their total of 15 carp were caught on colder nights and on Cell boilies mid water. Martin landed two 40s, his PB a 46lb8oz mirror and another at 42lb8oz. They also had six 30s up to Matt’s 37lb8oz mirror and 36lb8oz common. Martin also banked a 19lb8oz pike, again his Personal Best.
David and Gill visited Vaux for a two-week holiday in October and in his first week David beat his PB by banking three 40s up to 43lb4oz using the Claw rig or snowman or german rigs, orange pop-ups or 10mm white pop-ups on multirig. So his fishing was varied, to the far bank and he totalled 18 carp, including eight 30s to 37lb11oz and seven high 20s. David commented: “Chas is a wonderful host. Please take note of his tips, although it is always worth trying something different. Thank you Chas for all your help and chats!” He continued: “Top class venue, beautiful large fish, no issues, will be back – and Gill wanted to take Buddy home!!”
Neil & Roz commented, ‘Beginning of the week we had some rain which helped the catch rates, but it ended in high pressure and sun, making conditions difficult to catch, although we had a considerable number of fish. We fished to the far margins at night, coming off 4-5 metres in daytime, using pop-ups, Snowmen, bright tops, small baits. In general, you should read the water and conditions. Speak to Chas, best help you will get. Keep changing ideas. We had a fabulous time, great hosts, very informative, would take Buddy (the dog) back tomorrow. After several years of carp fishing visits to France, this is one of the best. You don’t get much better for a small venue’. From Chas and Josie: Thank you, Neil and Roz, very much. See you next year.
Russell and his son, Mitchell, accompanied by Candice, spent a September week at Vaux as first-time anglers to France. To start with they used their usual carp rigs, but after speaking to Chas changed to the Claw Rig. However, the fish did not seem to be feeding, it was hard to get a bite and even fishing two nights they were unsuccessful. But patience paid off when Russell banked a 30lb mirror and Mitchell another mirror at 41lb8oz, both on the Claw Rig and using orange pop ups, apple core shaped, over crumb. Russell commented: “We had a fantastic week and will be coming back. The gite, lake and grounds and everything about the complex is to a high standard. We shake your hands to the hard work put in to keep the venue a welcoming, tidy and restful home for anyone who is lucky to visit year on year. Massive thanks for allowing us to visit”
A September family holiday brought anglers Steve, son Robert and friend Alan, accompanied by Sandra, Janice and Neil, to Vaux when they banked 16 carp between them, 9 x 30s up to 39lb5oz and 5 x 20s up to 29lb9oz. Alan had a 20lb-er on S7, then changed to pink pop ups which caught him another seven carp, five of which were 30s. Steve and Robert had the remaining eight carp which included the 39lb5oz mirror using a variety of baits, snowman or Source bottom bait or pop-ups. Steve commented: ‘Thanks for a good week, the house was brilliant, one of the best lake properties we have stayed at, super clean (thanks, Sam) and thanks to Chas for tips during the week’
Nicholas arrived for a week in August to fish with his three young sons aged 10, 12 and 14. They all used Chas’s Claw Rigs and pop-ups over particles, landing 12 carp between them, five at 20lb+ and five at 30lb+ up to 38lb4oz, but the icing on the cake was 12yr old Owen’s 41lb7oz mirror, last fish in the early hours of the last morning. Nick commented, ‘pool in lovely condition, kept very clean. The boys enjoyed their first time fishing in France. Chas made them feel very welcome and they would love to come again’
A family holiday in June brought Andy, Doug, Mark and Craig to Vaux with Ann, Emma and Caitlyn. The very hot, sunny conditions made fishing difficult, but they still managed to bank 23 carp between them, mostly at night, with eight x 30s and 14 x 20s. Doug’s first fish was his PB, a 31lb mirror, and Craig had two PBs, the first at 35lb8oz and his second, which was the last fish caught, at 36lb, both commons. They all used pop ups or wafters, the main bait being CC Moors pacific tuna and commented, ‘wonderful surroundings. A very well equipped and comfortable gite. Thank you for a lovely week’.
Michael and Dennis returned in June for a second two-week visit accompanied by Alan and Kevin. With very high daytime temperatures, they fished at night, successfully landing 21 carp between them using mainly garlic-based baits. They had 8x30s and 9x20s with two PBs to Kevin of a 30lb6oz common (the first fish out) and later on a 38lb2oz mirror. Michael’s PB, the last fish landed, was a 37lb mirror. They commented, ‘Had a great time, everyone enjoyed themselves. Fishing was good. We like it here. Still got to get a big one, so will have to come back.’
Tom and Olly (see above Review) wrote that they “had a great start, but as the weather declined, so did our ability to catch a fish. Heavy rain and thunderstorms on Sunday evening and night caused the lake to breach the dam wall. We tried many different spots with various baiting combinations, but struggled to find the perfect combination to catch the many fish in the lake.
We all had a really amazing week; despite the poor weather we were able to relax and enjoy a week of catching up with good friends. Vaux is a great venue and offers us not only the opportunity to catch some beautiful fish, but also the comforts of the gite. The lake is immaculate and very well kept. It’s easy to quickly forget the worries of day to day life here and just enjoy time with friends.
Thanks, Chas, for the useful tips and good conversations – it’s always welcomed.”
Chris, Pete and Trev, on their first fishing trip to France at end May, were on a learning curve and although they missed several takes and lost a big carp at the net, they managed 11 carp between them, all catching their PBs even though the fish spawned during the week. Temperatures were high and almost all the carp were on top all week so most fish came in the early morning or evening/night. Chris consistently beat his PB four times up to his 34lb9oz mirror. Trev’s PB of 30lb2oz came to a bloodworm boilie, but the other 10 carp came to pink pop ups which Chas had suggested they try as it is a favourite bait of the moment. Pete landed 3 x 30s, his PB of 39lb8oz, a 38lb7oz and a 31lb common. Six of those 11 carp were PBs
Martyn, Mick, Jez and Ron fished a week in May, Martyn and Mick the top of the lake at the start of the week and Jez and Ron fishing the dam wall where their biggest carp was 26lb and the smallest 15lb. Mid week they swapped swims, Martyn and Mick to the dam end and Jez and Ron to the top. Chaz suggested they try the balanced claw rig and pink pop-ups and as they were using small hooks, to go onto large hook patterns. Martyn and Mick preferred to continue with their own fishing methods, but Jez and Ron changed and went on to catch 5 x 30s up to 38lb10oz, three of them 38lb+, and four of them commons. They lost a number too, including Ron’s ‘large’ one and Jez’s ‘very large’ one. They had 19 carp between them with Martyn and Mick each landing the largest of the 12 x 20s at 29lb8oz and 29lb4oz.
Robert and David with Rachel and Alex returned in May for a second visit when, they said, they ‘smashed it’ by landing 12 carp each. David had 3 x 40lb+ mirrors, which all appear to be new 40s, plus the largest common at 39lb8oz out of the joint total of 12 x 30s. ‘Lovely venue, as always. Lake well kept, accommodation good’
Tom, Robert and John (see above Latest Reviews) commented: ‘We came with the well known and proven tactics of “chuck and hope”. Well, after we realised we had bob hope and no hope of catching a fish, we went to Chas with our tails between our legs and his help made our dreams come true of landing a 40lb+. Please can you book us this time next year. We want to return every year, love it so much. Chas you honestly made an ok holiday into the best ever. Your help, comments and friendliness made everything perfect for us, thank you’
In a week which started hot, but cooled from Monday onwards, Frank celebrated his 60th birthday with fellow angler, Paul, accompanied by their wives. They caught 13 carp between them, the majority at night, with 7 of them 30s, and the biggest of the week, a common at 36lb6oz, going to Frank. They used boilies with pink pop-up, white or yellow pop-ups or bottom bait with yellow topper. Their comments on this, their second visit, were: ‘Excellent facilities, very comfortable, clean and well equipped’
Bob, Jason, Ken and Stuart fished pop ups and bottom baits, landing 8 mirrors between them, a 36lb8oz, a 37lb and 6 x 20s. The weather became unusually hot during the week, the carp were sunning themselves and so they found fishing hard this year, but it was their 5th visit and they commented that they ‘still enjoy coming – see you again shortly’.
Alan caught his PB mirror at 30lb in July on tuna pop-up. He commented, “Brilliant place. Only one fish, but this was a holiday with fishing, not a fishing holiday” and recommended anglers should ‘talk to Chas a mine of info”.
Young anglers, Callum and Daniel, landed 18 carp between them during a week in August including 6 x 30s up to 36lb2oz and 9 x 20s. They used mostly white or pink pop-ups or double tiger nut wafters or tiger nut pop-up
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