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2017 Plans For Villefond
2016 was a great year for us here at Lac Du Villefond and we are working towards a better 2017. We have some really big plans for Villefond and the following article will outline the main projects we are working on for the opening of our 2017 season.
One of the biggest changes we are most excited about is a lake side cabin we are building in swim 8. We hope with the comfort of a small cabin available it will encourage more people to the lake to target our big fish in the colder months (still a worthwile time to fish the lake as my December 50lb+ capture this year proved!) and also if someone just wants more comfort while fishing.
The cabin will sit on a wooden platform going out just over the lake edge and will have plenty of room to put your rods just outside the door. The cabin will be furnished with beds, a table, lighting, provisions for phone and small appliance charging and a heater. The lakes facilities (shower and toilet block) are a minute’s walk away. We plan to cut back the margins to create more water to fish and make that whole margin more easily fishable. The cabin will be available at an extra cost for those seeking more comfort and hopefully making fishing in winter far more bearable.
Another of our missions this winter is to do with the fish, this year saw three new fish break the 50lb barrier for the first time, joining the ranks of our larger fish. We also had Arnold, the lakes largest resident, break the 65lb+ barrier. We had our middle catfish (there are only three) break the 92lb+ barrier as well. This year over winter we plan to feed the fish like never before, our fish all seem to pile the weight in over winter but this year we are going out to really get them healthy and accustomed to the bait. Signs are good that it is working as swim 8 produced a 52lb 4oz mirror on December the 27th that was 48lb in October! We plan to help our massive fish grow bigger and really hope that this year is the year one of our anglers catches a fish that beats the 70lb barrier!
I have also altered the feed I’m feeding them. Normally every year I chose a bait and get the fish accustomed to feeding on it. This year will be no different however I will be feeding and then selling a new ground bait too. I have always done really well fishing over ground bait especially when small particles and other feed are added so I will now be selling the mix I normally use when fishing the lake myself.
We have been working hard to clear loads of brambles to really open the lake up a bit more. We have lots of land around the margins that has not been used so it has grown wild. We are trying to improve access and also trying to improve the scenery around the lake. The cabin and the mobile home are also getting a paint and a spruce up ready for the new coming season. Finally we have a small stock pond that we hope now contains some fish big enough to go in our lake. If things go to plan we hope to add a couple of fish to the main lake.
All in all we have a lot of work going on up the lake and and are really excited for 2017, we hope to see lots more happy fishermen and lots more monster carp posing for pictures!
Find out more about Villefond here – Carp Fishing in France at Villefond
Capturing Another Villefond 50lb+ Carp
2016 has been a great year for Lac du Villefond, producing lots of big fish and increasing our lake record to 65lb+. Lots of new carp breaking the 50lb+ barrier for the first time, one of which is the subject of this brief article.
A busy year on the lake has meant that personally, as the fishery manager, my fishing has been limited and reduced to just brief night sessions. However with a few tricks and a large amount of luck I have been really lucky and on night sessions caught a new personal best carp of 63lb and some other really big fish including a 48lb common I had been after since we bought the lake 8/9 years ago. So I shouldn’t ask for more but I did and I was hoping for a 50lb+ carp before the end of 2016, if the carp gods would provide one more time…
Continue reading Mark's article here
A New Lake Record
Fantastic news, a new record has been landed at 65lb 5oz by Marc Brydon...
'Had an amazing week on the lake, far better than I could have hoped for! I had 9 in total which included a double, a 20, 2 30s, 4 40s of 43, 45, 45 and a 48 and then the big one at 65lb 5oz!'
A Record Catch Report!
Some great news just come from our lake Lac Du Villefond a amazing catch report. We had four guys fishing our lake who have been before and knew our lake well. One angler told me ever year he comes it has been better than the year before so they had high hopes. His personal best carp was a good forty and he has caught some stunning fish from our lake.
The fish have just come out of winter and have just started to switch on the feed and our monsters have started to search out bait. The guys were using the house baits and sweetcorn, fishing pop ups and sweetcorn over a scattering of freebies. The catch report was as follows:
12, 10 and 5 other stockies.......
This was the again the best year as each angler smashed their pb's and what was really great for the lake was the 3 50lb+ fish that they caught were new 50's for the lake. It was their first trip over the 50lb barrier and they join loads of other fish to reach that magical number in our lake. All round a great week!
Why Visit Villefond?
A new article from manager Mark Lambert over on the blog.
60lb Barrier Broken at Villefond!
Arnold our biggest Male has broken the 60lb barrier for the first time! This hard fighting monster fish has been hanging around the 60lb mark for awhile and has finally come out over it at nearly 61lb, he was 60lb 11oz!
The other great part of this capture is the fact he was caught at a time when all the fish are low in weight after some of them spawning 3 times this year. So now they are getting thier weight back on for winter so I would expect Arnie to be atleast a mid 60 in a few months.
Finding the Right Combination to Catch Big French Carp
A new article from Mark, all about finding out what works on a hot and tricky week at Villefond. Read it here.
Lake Record Catfish
Two nights in scorching heat proved a really productive quick session. I managed to bank the lake record catfish at 91lb 12oz after a hard but fun fight on heavy duty catfish gear.
This followed by a stunning 21lb stocky and a really hard fighting 43lb 14oz mirror known as single scale, making me a happy boy!