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News at Mas Bas Main Lake
A New Venue Video
An updated venue video for Mas Bas Main Lake has been well overdue! We visited early October for four days of fishing and filming…
'The Perfect Getaway Holiday - With Big Fish!'
Anglers Mail editor Tim Knight recently spent a week at Mas Bas this June, here’s his article following the trip…
EVER tried finding and then enjoying a holiday where you get enough good fishing in, and the non-angler/s with you are equally well catered for? It isn’t always easy to get the balance right!
I can put my holidays into three categories:
- Fun times where hoped-for fishing did not happen… for whatever reason.
- Full-on fab fishing and beers with mates in Ireland, Denmark, Holland etc.
- Forgettable breaks, alright at the time but firmly at the back of the memory.
This spring I trawled the internet to find a perfect blend for a week away in late June, far from the crazy concrete city I work in and the lively seaside town I live in.
Sun plus a pool or nearby coast would be vital for the missus. Fishing – quality fish and nobody else around, for me. A few local places of interest and places to eat would be handy so we felt we’d been abroad!
You can read the rest here
It's Spring at Mas Bas
Being in the South of France definitely has it's advantages, the sun has been shining and the fish have been jumping.
Our friends Laurie and Julien made the most of the good weather and were looking forward to finally getting their rods into the water after a hard and wet winter.
In the three hours that they spent at Mas Bas main lake, they were not disapointed and caught five beautiful carp, one of which, pictured below,weighed in at 29lbs.
The main lake photos when drained
With the draining down of the main lake this January we took advantage of the lowered water levels to show some photo's showing the topography of the lake. We had to be quick mind you as the rainfall was consistently heavy and the lake was constantly trying to refill during the drain down.
Draining of the main lake 2014
On January 1st 2014, Gilles decided that it would be a good idea to drain down the main lake, to take stock and to remove the irritating Bream, Catfish and the surplus Grass Carp that have been annoying the anglers over the past serveral years.
So whilst the majority of the rest of the world were nursing a self induced headache, Gilles set off for Mas Bas to drain the water out. Over the next few days he was like an expectant father, constantly checking the water level, closing the valves when the level got too low and opening them when it rained... and boy did it rain! Gilles and I stayed at Mas Bas so that he could continue to monitor the level during the night too.
At the crack of dawn Saturday 4th, an army of volunteers descended on the lake (some of them actually looked good in their waders! lol) ready and willing to help with the enormous task of removing the fish as quickly and as carefully as possible.
More of the water was let out to expose the fish, which were netted then sorted into groups of either, Carp, Grass Carp, Bream or miscallenous and gently but efficiently, moved by a conveyor belt of eager hands to the appropriate lake water filled stock pools. The smaller Common and Mirror Carp were put into a neighbouring lake to allow them to grow.
I, ofcourse, opted not to get covered in fish slime or mud, and stayed in the kitchen, ever ready with food and drink for our frozen, sodden friends and family.
By the time night fell, everyone was shattered and ready for a shower, hot meal and a little drink. Good excuse for a party!
8am Sunday morning, we were all set to begin weighing and returning the fish to the lake. Forty of the 120 or so Grass Carp, weighing between 13 -25lbs were returned to the lake, the remainig were put into a stock lake.
Also returned to the lake were :-
- 55 Mirror Carp, the biggest of which was 53lbs, the rest weighing between 16 and 49lbs
- 45 Common Carp, one of which weighed 37lbs, the balance were between 18 and 33lbs
- 15 Koi Carp between 7lbs 7oz and 11lbs
- 6 Silver Carp of weights between 20lbs and 32lbs
- 198lbs of Roche
- 25 Pike, 40 Zander, 30 Tench and a copious amount of Eels
Gilles had intended to take advantage of the lake being empty to change the topography of the lake bed and create some new spots, but unfortunately due to the constant heavy rain this was not possible and within a very short space of time the lake had filled to it's original level. He was , however, able to rid the lake of snags and branches.
During the weekend we had professional video footage shot, which is at present being edited and should be ready by the end of February.
We are looking forward to the coming season and hope that many of the large fish make an appearance.
Sharon and Gilles.
The History of Mas Bas
In 1967 French farmer and JCB driver Simon Betoulieres, had an idea and purchased, for very little money, an area of sodden land that sat in a hidden valley. This was much to the amusement of everyone in the area and he suffered much ridicule as the land was deemed by them to be worthless, both for farming and anything else.
However he had a plan...
You can read the rest here
New 50lb'er caught for the first time!
In March we stocked two new 50's here at Mas Bas and it certainly hasn't taken long for one of them to make an appearance for our anglers.
Franck Consato was the clever/lucky angler to land one of the mirrors this week at 53lb 2oz!
Stocking Update at Mas Bas - Two New Fifties and a Forty!
Spring seems to have finally sprung at Mas Bas.
The weather has been absolutely atrocious over the past couple of months. We have had rain virtually every day and Gilles has impatiently been waiting for the opportunity to drain down the main lake and remove all the surplus grass carp which have become more and more annoying to our anglers over the past 2 years.
Last year we had drought conditions and so couldn't empty the lake as we weren't certain it would fill back up ready for the season. It’s a very tricky situation which calls for patience from us and understanding for our anglers.
More importantly some additional larger carp had been ordered before winter and a delivery slot was eagerly awaited. We finally got news of their impending arrival and happily it coincided with a break in the weather which enabled us to take some nice photos.
These three beautiful mirrors from the fish farmer Frederic Delmares weighed in at 55lb5oz, 50lb9oz and 43lb3oz respectively. The biggest one unfortunately had some injuries to its tail during transport and so will prove to be highly identifiable when caught. Hopefully it will recover well and grace the nets of many of the anglers later this season.
Tight lines to all our anglers coming over this year... we look forward to seeing you.