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This winter Chas has dug out and removed the last of the overgrown vegetation at the top end of the lake, extending it by another 30m right to the end, at the same time forming a small island in that part of the lake. He has also continued the heavy pruning of some of the largest trees, this time those along the left hand side of the lake at the top to make it easier for casting.
His last job of the season will be to lay sand over gravel, hard packed, to take the wheelchair access right along the whole of the path that side of the lake. These paths have proved to be a great success for the mobility scooter and wheelchair users visiting our lake in 2016. Mr Partridge, fishing in late October, told us that' the access round the lake is brilliant and there was plenty of access in the gite'. He gave us a few pointers for the gite specific to his particular disability which we shall be attending to in the coming year.
We are pleased to report that there were six new 40s which came out in 2016, but the 56lb-er was the 60lb-er previously caught, having dropped weight following spawning.
With very best wishes for 2017, good health and happiness to all our anglers and to those of you who take the time to view our web pages
Chas and Josie
An Updated Venue Video
Mike Linstead and Paul Cooper visited Vaux back in September to film a new venue video, showcasing the lake, fishing and accommodation. You can view it below;
Field Tester's Return From Vaux
Angling Lines field testers Mike Linstead and Paul Cooper recently spent a week at Vaux, to film and fish for some of the stunning carp in this beautiful lake. Their articles are now online...
'Early autumn is one of my favourite times of year to head over to fish for carp in France as the sport can be quite spectacular at times, as the fish prepare to bulk up for the colder months.
Having been presented the opportunity to fish at Vaux in mid-September I was inevitably filled with excitement, as this intimate little pool has a reputation for holding some really special fish.'
Find the articles here
Another New 50lb Mirror
We are very pleased to announce that yet another new fifty, the fifth for this year, was banked at Vaux last week by James Leeman, a 56lb mirror, his PB by a long way. This mirror was last recorded when caught by Martin Williams at 46lb12oz in October 2012 and, in fact, Martin landed another one of those new 50s in May this year. In addition to the 56lb-er, James caught seven of the nine 30s up to 39lb8oz which were landed in that week.
The previous week, Stephen Shaw caught his PB, a superb 47lb common
Well done to all!
A Highly Successful Week
Mark, Tom and Carl were our anglers here at Vaux for a week at the end of May into June 2016, a highly successful week in which yet another carp went through the 50lb barrier, a mirror to Carl, last photographed at 37lb in 2014 and now weighing in at 53lb8oz, an incredible increase of 16lb8oz in two years. But not only did they have this new 50, they also landed one new 40 to Tom, a mirror at 40lb2oz, and seven new 30s - all in the same week!
Week 4th – 11th June 2016
Returning for a third visit, Rich goes home having banked 2 PBs, a mirror at 43lb13oz and a common at over 30lb.
Among the carp that James caught was his PB common at 38lb+ and a mirror at 45lb. Over a period of four hours a single rod, with single pink micro pop-up, placed on a hot spot produced 11 fish for him.
Both the 40s are new 40s and both are two-toned mirrors.
Another 50lb+ for a PB
Carl, the third angling member of our party this week, has banked his PB of a 53.08lb mirror, making it the third fifty to come out for the year and we are only a third of the way through the season. Well done, Carl!
Bradley is the New Junior Record Holder
We are certainly off to a great start this year with the two fifties already banked, but it is also really good to see quality junior anglers here at Vaux. Last week (21st-28th May) two young brothers here with their family both had their PBs. Owen had a 28lb8oz mirror which he followed with two thirties at 37lb9oz and 34lb. His younger brother, Bradley, landed a 32lb common, then a smaller mirror and then went on to catch another common at 44lb4oz giving him the title of Junior Lake Record Holder.
This week we have another family with us and another junior angler who was hoping, whilst on holiday at Vaux, to improve upon his previous PB of 18lb. On Saturday night, 28th May, he started out with a 25lb mirror. He was overjoyed. But then, a short time later, he caught a 40lb8oz mirror, a vast improvement on that first PB. And he still has almost a week to go.
Photos will be put up as soon as we have received them.
The larger carp are showing strongly at the moment, with forties coming out almost every week. In the first nine weeks of our season, forties have been banked on seven of them, giving a rate of 78% of those weeks that a forty is coming out. There are also lots of thirties being caught, the 'back-up' carp, surely heading for the 40lb mark