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December 2016: Newsletter
It has been a very difficult end to the year for us, as many of you are aware. So rather than try to catch up on a weekly basis and bore the pants off you, we thought we would just summarise the last few months and give you some overall figures on fish growth for the year. I hope it won’t sound too much like the Queen’s speech!
So September was, as always, a busy month in terms of anglers. The best week in terms of the fishing was the first week producing fish over 50lb to Ben Hewish and his colleague Darren, Frank and Ludwig Maas, and Davy Leysen who was top rod for the week on the chalet swim. He finished on 16 fish including 2 of the 4 50’s out that week, using tiger nuts against the dam wall. The rest of September produced 50’s in all but 1 week, with plenty of 40’s to go with them.
October also produced some great fish, the best being the last week which saw 42 fish of which there were 12 over 40 and 3 over 50 for Frank Smith, Roeland Bocken, Mario Jahrmatter. Pieter and Carola Verklaren were top rods up on swim 8 with 19 fish between them.<
Into November the fish still kept coming with 2 over 50 for Richard Piotrowski in the first week. Then we were quiet until the first week in December when Gavin and Jane Grimshaw came dogsitting for us whilst we were back in the UK and Gavin fished 5 nights on the chalet swim. He was not disappointed either when he finished on 2 over 40lb, a 50lb and a 55lb, all mirrors. The year is not finished either as we have 3 groups coming on Christmas Eve so we hope it will finish with a bang.
So for some yearly statistics. Our average, calculated on every single fish caught throughout the year, continues to grow and this year saw a tremendous leap of nearly 5lb from 31lb last year to 35.75lb this year. The number of small fish has decreased proving that removing the 20’s has been successful , with half the amount caught this year compared to last year. Though the number of 30’s stayed roughly the same the number of 40’s rose from 120 to 219 with 76 of those above 45lb so a good chance many of them may be 50’s next year. The most surprising of all though was the number of 50’s, 21 last year rose to 73 this year with 21 of those over 55lb. So a good chance of some 60’s next year. We will feed cooked maize and boilies over the winter to give them a good start into the spring to make sure the success of this year continues. We also plan to restock with some new bloodlines and will be receiving approximately 18-20 young carp from good, fast growing stock in the early part of next year.
The gite is now finished with the addition of the new terrace area which provides stunning outside space. The chalet lounge is receiving a makeover this winter so that completes the 2 year plan to refresh the decor in there too.
So we would like to thank you all for your continued support and, more importantly, your friendship. We have been really moved by your messages of sympathy these past few months, it really does mean the world to us. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a really special 2017 and we look forward to seeing you very soon.
Andy and Tracey Jones
Etang de Brigueuil
March 2015: Newsletter
It's that time of year again and the season is under way here. It's good to see the famous 'Grues' or cranes flying over on their way back up from Africa and now today the swallows are back too. Both good signs that winter is coming to an end and the spring is not far away. We have been joined by 4 anglers so far fishing on swims 10 and 11. CC Moore's Live System did the business for Arne who landed 7 fish from 9 runs in the middle of February. The biggest was 17.6kg (a little under 40lb) and averaged 12.8kg (or 28lb). So far this month we have had 3 French anglers here for a coupe of days each. Using a mixture of garlic, monster crab and tiger nut boilies they landed a 21.4kg (47lb) and an 18.5kg (40lb). We have no photos unfortunately.
January / February 2014: Newsletter
What a start to the year it has been for so many of us, with the terrible flooding etc. If you are caught up in the middle of it then we wish you all well and 'bon courage' with the clean up. May be its a good time to start thinking about the new season to cheer ourselves up. We have been fortunate with the weather in many respects and have suffered no real damage as a result. It is, however, extremely wet, as you can imagine, around the lake with swims 1-8 being the worst affected. We will have to wait for things to dry out a bit before we can do anything over that side. But the boys have been working in torrential rain this week to lay a new path from the chalet to swim 11 so that side, at least, is dry and easily accessible.
May 2013: Newsletter
It's certainly no news to you all that the weather has been a nightmare and we all now feel like we have had enough of constant rain to the point we all have webbed feet, or so it would seem. The swims here have endured the wet weather very well though we cant say the same for the banks and the fields behind the swims, that remain very water logged and in desperate need of some warm, windy weather to dry them out. But considering the record breaking amounts of rainfall so far this year we are emerging relatively unscathed unlike some of the lakes further north that find them selves in some terrible situations with rivers flooding around them and the risk of losing fish. So our hearts go out to them and we pray for a good outcome.
April 2013: Newsletter
An interesting couple of weeks for us here with the weather playing a major part, being unsettled and changeable as we are sure you have been experiencing too. April has been a quiet month in terms of numbers of anglers and who can blame you when the temperatures are high one minute and low the next. Not very inspiring.
March 2013: Newsletter
We trust this finds you all in good health and getting over the worst of the weather now. It has been a long winter for us all this year and that will no doubt have some effect on the weights of the fish at the start of this year and spawning dates. But we hear that better weather is on its way and we have had the first of our brave anglers who have battled against some horrible weather to be rewarded with some nice fish.
January 2013: Newsletter
A very warm welcome, first of all to our 'newbies', receiving our newsletter for the first time, probably as a result of recent advertising (so if you are receiving this and you don't want any more please do let us know and we will remove you from the list). To introduce this letter briefly for their sake its a way of bringing you all up to date with recent events here, catch reports, that sort of thing and it goes out monthly through the summer season.
December 2012: Newsletter
First of all we would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy 2013. For many of us it has started with the usual coughs, colds and flu so we trust that it has not affected the festivities too much. We spent a week with family in the UK just before Christmas so that was a welcome break.
October 2012: Newsletter
It's that time again, another month has flown past and Christmas is looming. So what happened here in October? Things have started to quieten down now for the winter, though we feel that some good fishing has been missed as its still a good time of year to be wetting your lines. The fish are again at top weight and feeding well, with a lot of activity on the surface too.
November 12th 2012: A Fantastic Weeks Fishing
A fantastic weeks fishing for 2 German guys this week, Jochen and Christian. 81 runs produced 74 fish the biggest 23.5kg. Our latest catch report speaks for itself. They emptied the lake and on Thursday night at 3am after 10 fish Christian reeled his rods in to get some sleep!
September 2012: Newsletter
Another month has come and gone and for us September was an extremely busy one. Some of the guys were here earlier on in the year and were back to try their luck at the end of the season resulting in PB's for some like the 45lb 2oz mirror for Stuart caught off one of the markers in front of swim 8. Davey was here for the 14th time and his 2 week session on swim 10 turned out to be his best yet, with new PB's for commons and mirrors finishing up with a fantastic 5 x 40's, (2 x 48 lb, 47lb10 common, 2 x 44lb) 5 x 30's, and 9 over 25lb ...