This feedback from Stuart is full of detail & tips on how to get the best out of Vincons – so we thought we’d include it here too.
Holiday date: Sat 25th Aug to Sat 1st Sep 2012
Name of customer: Stuart Olley
Number of anglers: 2
Details of your catches: We wanted a run water and this place delivered. It was my father in-laws first ever french fishing trip and he loved it. We only fished sunday to friday 8pm dawn to dusk with two afternoon off, to go shopping, and we had over 130 fish, banked! About 10-15 lost due to snags, hook pulls and or over hanging trees. Some swims are small when
wanting to cast or playing fishing from the bank, and waders will have helped but we had a bait boat so casting was no issue. Only 3 carp were under 10lb and we had 2 tench and both were over 5lb. Apart from that about 50ish were over 20lb, the best for the week being a 29.10 common and a 27.8 mirror. A little disappointed not to land a 30lb+ fish with all the action we had but we enjoyed the hard fighting commons and mirrors. Most of the bigger fish were commons and these fight like mad. I did manage a new pb, three fish landed at once when all my rods when off and i was alone at the lake, all ending up in one net!. Glad the combined weight was only around 36lb. I then went a got a second net and re-casted using the boat, then had two takes at range at the same time and landed a 24 and a 23 in two different nets this time then the 3rd went off again, all in a 50 min mad spell one morning ending up with 6 fish banked in a hour and a halfs fishing! Was then taken to the local market for a rest by the wife where you can get chickens, cooked and uncooked (still walking) if you want, or a goose or a goat. Ya just got to love the french way of life some times.
Your best tactics/bait/rigs: Casted single hook baits or pva bags only accounted for about 40-50ish fish and the rest came from range using a bait boat to the far margin. Bottom baits and pop ups all works but we used more bottom baits most of the week. Ragha spice 15-20mms plus tigers all worked and pop ups on chod or wiffy pool rigs. We used about 40kg of bait over the week, crushed hemp mixed with frolic and boillies all fished using as pva bags or hand full only per side if boated hook baits. No mass baiting swims, just casting or boating to continue reading…Tags: Vinçons
Jon playing yet another Vincons carp…
Without doubt our most prolific venue is Vincons. If you want to catch lots of carp that’s the place to go. Here’s a bit more evivdence to support that claim;
Jon & Larry fished Vincons w/c 6th August and had 79 carp in total up to 29lbs 7oz. Average size was upper doubles with around 30 twenties caught. 10 tench and a few rudd also.
They only fished days, not nights (far too tired!!!). Daily carp totals were… 18,6,16,9,19,11.
” The fishing was extremely prolific. We fished two rods each, sometimes struggling to get all four in the water, and at one point we have 3 fish on at once which was interesting… bring at least one landing net per person!
The variety of fish, from big deep commons to old scaly mirrors was wonderful, especially seeing as the next fish could be a twenty!
This was our first time in France and the fishing was just incredible. Some fish even came before we could set up the bite alarms and bobbins!
The Bouchot family were very accommodating and the pie that was brought around was delicious! The site is particularly quiet and tranquil, which is a breath of fresh air from many UK venues. Thank you for a superb week’s fishing!!! “Tags: Vinçons
The five of us arrived at Vincons around 3pm & our first impression was “WOW… is all this just for us… let’s have a beer to celebrate!”
To start with we chucked oily sticks out on 5/6 rods and unloaded the cars. Not expecting to catch the first night we didn’t put any effort in, but we still caught a couple of fish each. We went to bed (5 people in the lodge) thinking we could have a good week here … we really had no idea how good though!
Sunday started slow with only 2 fish before 4pm. Two of us moved around 6pm to a new spot to the right of the lodge in the trees where all hell was let loose with 12 fish caught in the next 4 hours!
This set the scene for the rest of the week, with the dam wall fishing better from after lunch into the night & up in the trees fishing better in the morning, at about 40 metres out. Fishing slows around lunch time all over the lake. With a bit of trial and error we worked out that if you fished close in until lunch then on the far bank in the afternoon you could keep the sport going all day.
At times it was manic… I had 3 x 20’s in 3 nets one morning before anyone else was up. You must take 2 nets for each swim to stand a chance. We fished in pairs and it would take 5 hours to get all 6 rods in the water at any one time, only to have 4 back on the bank in 15 minutes of madness. It’s the only place I have fished where you are happy to let someone else have ago so you can have a break!
The trees along the lodge bank need to be cut back and it is very difficult to cast and a bait boat is an advantage. I found wading out to cast worked a treat. Any hook bait caught fish & I ended up with plastic on all rods to save time on re-baiting, using the same hook until it started dropping fish.
The method was the winner, catching everywhere we chucked it. Find a spot keep the bait going in using enough to get a bite. The fish moved around in shoals so if you got a bite you would get another and another and another until all your rods were on the bank. We didn’t fish at night and pulled all the rods in at dark and had a social. By the end of each day we were all shattered.
We had 184 carp for 3,667lb 11oz. I had 49 carp in 6 days fishing for 976lb 4oz. Not the place to go for monster carp, but if you want fun easy fishing with a good chance of a 30 give it ago.
The owners were great, the lodge was all you needed and as we had rain and gale force winds were very glad to have it.
We all ended up sleeping in the lodge as it was easy and comfortable. The shower and toilet was clean with plenty of hot water. You are only 10 minutes from a great supermarket at Lignieres, which sells a limited amount of tackle and bait.
We loved it so much we have booked for 2011.
Thank you for a great service again, cheers.
Stafford Patmore & partyTags: Vinçons
Looking for a runs water with big carp for 6 anglers. Looking to book for next year.
It really depends on what you class as big carp? Runs waters tend not to have a concentration of 40’s and 50’s.
We have around 35 venues but I’d still genuinely only class around 5 of them as runs waters. The others offer great fishing but a runs water to me is where you don’t have to try hard, great for novices. and consistent over mostoft weeks of the year. The vast majority of our venues fish well, and naturally if the angler has a some degree of skill it helps, but there are several that are out and out hard waters where a few runs in the week would be an excellent result. There are so many factors that affect fishing in France just the same as fishing over here, from the weather, water temperature, moon phases to just how much bait the angler in the swim before you has ‘dumped’ when leaving!
Here are several I can immediately think of but there are others…
· Commons lake – Carp to over 50lbs and a good average stamp.
· Hooked in France – Carp up to 50lb and a good average stamp.
· Margot – Big fish water and carp to over 70lbs – fishes well but not an out and out runs water.
· Vincons – great runs water but carp only up to 40 with the majority being mid to high twenties
· Old Oaks – great 30’s water normally for 5 anglers only though
The way to judge it is to look at the feedback each week for the lake. Bear in mind anglers go of all standards but remember, whatever water you go to, it’s not what is claimed is in there… it’s what comes out that counts!
Through our feedback system you can clearly see what people think good or bad. Some lakes stock big carp but if a fish dies even the owner may not know. The ‘oh it’s just not been caught yet! ’ Is usually a fish of a ‘ red herring’ variety. I can honestly say we review our venues based on what comes out and proof of what went in.
I would be happy to run through a few criteria for you and see what venues fit closely to your requirement – so please feel free to call me if you wish. It can save a lot of time! Hope this has helped!
BridgetTags: Commons, Margot, Old Oaks, Vinçons