Within 24 hours of arrival, our three young anglers landed eight carp between them, six between 30lb and 36lb and two 20lb-ers, all three of them getting their PBs. By 10am on Monday, they had banked 21 carp, most of them 30s, including another PB for Chris at 37lb6oz. Later in the day they had a few more with Kyle catching another PB at 39lb12oz. They were so tired by Monday evening they pulled in their rods and spent the night in the gîte. By the end of the week they had a total catch of 34 carp weighing in at 995lb7oz, caught on a variety of baits. All three landed their PBs with their first carp, then all three had second PBs with their second and finally each later had a third PB. Four fish were lost, three in one day, which looked to be good 30s, but in any event they could have had over 1000lb of carp on the bank! A variety of baits was used; bottom bait, sometimes with pellet or fake sweetcorn which caught the two 37lb-ers, pop-up and corn which caught the 39lb-er, pop-up, pellet, sometimes with pop-up and lastly boilies, sometimes with PVA bag. They did use a bait boat, but also found that it was easy enough to cast their rods
Just before 8am, still dark, on a cold, slightly frosty November morning there was the delivery truck parked in front of the gîte ready to offload the latest stock of carp for Vaux. Introductions and then coffee all round in the gîte kitchen as the sky lightened and it was time to view the new arrivals.
Among them are nine 30s, including two at 35lb4oz and one at 33lb1oz. In addition to the remaining 30s there are four at 28lb11oz which, with a good feeding programme over the winter months, will also be into their 30s before too long. The rest came in at
This is the second phase of an ongoing, long term stocking programme with the introduction of a total of 56 carp so far. The first phase contained four 30s up to 33lb14oz. The stockings are being introduced in batches to monitor whether they have any effect on existing stock and if there are no adverse effects future stocking will continue.
The welfare of the carp is always uppermost in our minds and so they were transferred to the lake as quickly as possible after their long journey in the lorry tanks. Therefore, the only photos taken of Phase 2 carp were as they were bowled & weighed. We’re looking forward to seeing more photos of them on the bank in the new fishing season.
Up to now, Vaux has been more of a bait boat lake, but after receiving requests from those purists who prefer to cast their lines, work has been carried out over the winter months to make it a more cast-friendly water and so more available to everyone who wants to fish it. So, we have to date removed 20 trees from around the lake and trimmed back the rest. It looks harsh, but spring will soon soften the outlook and hopefully our anglers will enjoy the choice of casting or using a bait boat from this season onwards.
From first double swim along the fishing bank
From platform swim to top end of the lake
From the dam wall along the fishing bank
From the middle double swim to the dam end
From the middle double swim, past the Platform swim and along the fishing bank
A view of the platform swim
A reminder for those anglers who choose to use a bait boat, we offer a selection for hire: a Viper and a Waverunner, each charged at 25euros per day, and a Boat-tec and the latest addition for this year, a Panther Cub, each charged at 20euros per day.