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La Fonte
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Customer feedback from La Fonte

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Holiday date:
Sat 2nd Nov to Sat 9th Nov 2019
Name of customer:
James Barr
Number of anglers:
4
Details of your catches:
Slow week with only 10 carp and 1 pike -
Swim 1 James and Sam - 47lb, 42.12lb, 38lb 28.12lb
Swim 2 Matt and Andy - 32.4lb, 28.8lb
Swim 3 Matt and Andy 2x low doubles, 20.10lb, 26.2lb and a 12lb pike

Your best tactics/bait/rigs:
The majority of fish were caught on nut based bottom baits from Mad Baits and CCMoore - nearly all were caught in blowback rigs.

Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
Overall, the facilities were good - the swims are in need of some maintenance and can be restrictive when casting, especially when two are fishing from one swim. This wouldn’t be a problem if you were using a bait boat and the issue was discussed with Phillipe.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes - good sized fish, amazing food package and service from Joanne.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes, quality service. All questions and requests dealt with quickly.

General comments:
The fishing was hard but this could of been down to the changeable weather during the week, the temperature also dropped considerably. However, we all enjoyed the week and 3 pb’s were broken.
James 47lb PB Mirror
Sat 2nd Nov to Sat 9th Nov 2019 James Barr 47lb
Sam 38lb PB Mirror
Sat 2nd Nov to Sat 9th Nov 2019 James Barr 38lb
Andy 32.4lb PB Mirror
Sat 2nd Nov to Sat 9th Nov 2019 James Barr 32lb 4oz


Holiday date:
Sat 26th Oct to Sat 2nd Nov 2019
Name of customer:
Colin Adams
Number of anglers:
2
Details of your catches:
Total of 33 fish for the two of us. Swim one with two twenties , sixteen thirties and six forties.
Swim three one twenty, seven thirties and one forty.

Your best tactics/bait/rigs:
Only a couple of handful of boilies only over each spot after every fish.

Were the facilities what you expected?
Very good facilities. The only issue is the oven and the toilet with not being able to put toilet paper down it 😳
Were you happy with them?
Yes and Joanne is a very nice lady and is more than helpful.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
We were recommended this venue by some friends who had been there twice. Very happy to recommend to others.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Definitely!!! Been going to France fishing for twenty five years plus and been on a few trips with angling lines .

General comments:
Excellent place, the owner Phillipe is a smashing chap and Joanne and her husband are a credit to Le Fonte

Sat 26th Oct to Sat 2nd Nov 2019 Colin  Adams 43lb 14oz

Sat 26th Oct to Sat 2nd Nov 2019 Colin  Adams 39lb

Sat 26th Oct to Sat 2nd Nov 2019 Colin  Adams 40lb 4oz


Holiday date:
Sat 19th Oct to Sat 26th Oct 2019
Name of customer:
Dean Sheppard
Number of anglers:
5
Details of your catches:
29 fish caught.
46lb, 45lb, 43lb, 42lb mirrors
103lb catfish
38lb, 37lb commons various other 30lbers

Your best tactics/bait/rigs:
Far bank pop ups snowmans

Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes very good. We had the food package which was very good. Joans cooking spot on.
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes

General comments:
Overall a good week. Joan even delivered breakfast to our swims when we wanted it.
Catfish
Sat 19th Oct to Sat 26th Oct 2019 Dean Sheppard 103lb

Sat 19th Oct to Sat 26th Oct 2019 Dean Sheppard 46lb 2oz

Sat 19th Oct to Sat 26th Oct 2019 Dean Sheppard 37lb


Holiday date:
Sat 12th Oct to Sat 19th Oct 2019
Name of customer:
Kevin George
Number of anglers:
5
Details of your catches:
peg 1 - Scott 7 and Sam 2 with 8 lost
peg 2 - Kev g 2 with 1 lost
peg 3 - Neil 8 and Kev d 7 with 10 lost

Your best tactics/bait/rigs:
Fish seemed to be holding at both ends of the lake with regular bites coming throughout the day to baits positioned near to the margins. All baits caught

Were the facilities what you expected?
Overall we were very happy, we did feel that the kitchen area is tired and needs cleaning and new cooker. The fridges were also full of food from previous groups that we had to bin for our food to be kept fresh. The bathroom facilities were excellent with good supply of hot water.
Were you happy with them?
Yes as mentioned above
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes

General comments:
We all had a great week even though fishing was tough at times for some. We had no issues with crayfish or snags as mentioned in previous reviews, all lost fish were down to hookpulls. Philippe was very keen to address any issues and was working on the platforms as we left. We would like to see the snags removed from around the island this can be fished and stop fish holding up behind the rope.
Neil with his top rod trophy and Sam number 1 blanker
Sat 12th Oct to Sat 19th Oct 2019 Kevin George  

Sat 12th Oct to Sat 19th Oct 2019 Kevin George  
neil
Sat 12th Oct to Sat 19th Oct 2019 Kevin George 46lb 4oz


Holiday date:
Sat 12th Oct to Sat 19th Oct 2019
Name of customer:
Neil Davies
Number of anglers:
5
Details of your catches:
In total we had 29 fish, 3 of us had 8 fish each. 1 angler had 3 fish and 1 angler had 2 fish. This broke down to 27 carp (24 mirror and 3 common) , 1 pike and a bream. The mirror carp weights ranged from 27lb to 46lb. The Common carp were from 14lb to 16lb.

Your best tactics/bait/rigs:
Margins both near and far produced all of the carp. I found using my Bait boat extremely valuable in ensuring my hook bait was given the best opportunity of producing bites. Minimum of a size 6 hook is essential. Across the 5 anglers a mixture of flavoured coloured boiles produced fish. Pop ups, wafters and standard boilies ranging from 15mm to 22mm boilies over a bed of mixed boilies is what I used with effect.

Were the facilities what you expected?
The lake is absolutely stunning with picturesque scenery, The lake is situated just 10-15 minutes from shops and fuel. There is an electrical hookup in the kitchen cabin area with uk conversion extension leads for phone charging etc . A tv with UK channels provided. Fridge Freezer microwave and gas cooker, all the pots, pans, plates and cutlery are also provided. Toilet and shower facilities too.
Were you happy with them?
Everything was working but I would suggest an update of the kitchen area. The cooker took forever to warm up. Also a weekly detail clean of the kitchen area before the new anglers arrive. As when WE arrived we had to empty the fridge of the previous parties perishable food only to be told by Joanne that she was "pissed" that we had disposed of food already in the fridge as this was to used for parties with the food package. Joannes freezer in the outhouse was full of half containers of butter and croissants etc. I would suggest that if Joanne wants to reuse the perishable goods left then these must be removed from the anglers area before the new party arrives. I want to make it clear that I'm all for reducing food waste and it's perfectly fine to reuse certain goods. For e.g we tried to buy gravy in the French supermarkets to no avail. Luckily there was already gravy in the kitchen which we used for our Sunday Roast.

*Angling Lines note* We apologise for the miscommunication with the contents of the fridge. Indeed Joanne does use some of the fridge and freezer for storing ingredients used in the food packages and this is what was thrown away - understandably your party were entirely unaware of this and we have asked for this to be communicated to anglers in the future.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Absolutely 100%
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes. I would say the whole experience was positive only slightly tainted by Joanne's encounter.

General comments:
its clear to see that Phillippe is passionate about wanting to do the right thing by the angler and the welbeing of the fish. He takes feedback seriously and acts accordingly to any suggestions. We gave a suggestion around making the pegs safer in the rain and even whilst we were still onsite and about to leave Phillippe and assistant were already making changes to one of the pegs.
Biggest Fish of the week
Sat 12th Oct to Sat 19th Oct 2019 Neil Davies 46lb 4oz


Holiday date:
Sat 5th Oct to Sat 12th Oct 2019
Name of customer:
Dave Wheatley
Number of anglers:
4
Details of your catches:
15 fish in total
1x50, 3x40, 6x 30, 5x20
Largest was 56.1 mirror

Your best tactics/bait/rigs:
Large bottom baits worked well to the far margin.

Were the facilities what you expected?
Reading the previous reviews we knew what we were expecting. Kitchen was tired and shower area was ok. We had the food package which was brilliant. Sylvie who was covering Joanne was was really good, she couldn't do enough for you. Philippe was really helpful
Were you happy with them?
Yes facilities were fine tired but did the job.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Definitely communication was brilliant and when I needed to swap a vehicle over they were more than happy to help.

General comments:
Classed as a runs water which I don't think it is anymore. Crayfish were a real problem in peg 1 you couldn't really leave a bait in there longer than an hour. That's why we didn't fish peg 1. Coypu were a problem in peg 3 trying to get your bait. The venue was kept nice and tidy but the pegs need to be looked at as they can restrict your casting and staging was slippy when wet. The weighing sling was faulty on peg 2 so we told them in the morning and by the afternoon Philippe had bought a new one to the swim. We did have a chat with Philippe about the crayfish and he did say he was getting some traps so be aware when casting in the bay in peg 1.
56.1 mirror
Sat 5th Oct to Sat 12th Oct 2019 Dave Wheatley 56lb 1oz
49.6 mirror
Sat 5th Oct to Sat 12th Oct 2019 Dave Wheatley 49lb 6oz
35.10 mirror
Sat 5th Oct to Sat 12th Oct 2019 Dave Wheatley 35lb 10oz


Holiday date:
Sat 5th Oct to Sat 12th Oct 2019
Name of customer:
Andrew Lewis
Number of anglers:
4
Details of your catches:
15 fish, biggest 56lb, numerous 40’s and 30’s smallest 21

Your best tactics/bait/rigs:
Big bottom baits far margin

Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes excellent food package was outstanding
Were you happy with them?
Yes, although a little maintenance on the fishing platforms is needed. Very slippery and the back of platforms can restrict your casting
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
No, this is purely because of a severe crayfish problem
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes

General comments:
Severe crayfish problem. I was fishing swim 1 (damn wall) and I couldn’t leave a bait in water longer than 15 mins without it being harassed by crayfish. This really effected my fishing. Nothing worked to combat them including shrink wrap, hard hookers, tigernuts and pop ups. It was that bad I can’t believe it’s not came up in a review before. The other end of the lake was fine.

*Angling Lines note* Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry that you had an issue with crayfish - as you mentioned this hasn't come up as a problem before and we will now seek to rectify this with the use of traps. The swims are also going to be recovered to improve the surface.
39lb
Sat 5th Oct to Sat 12th Oct 2019 Andrew Lewis  


Holiday date:
Sat 21st Sep to Sat 28th Sep 2019
Name of customer:
Christopher Harris
Number of anglers:
4
Details of your catches:
9 fish, fishing tues 24th to sat 28th. 2 x 40's, 2 x 30's, 2 x 20's and few smaller. Same amount of fish again lost to snags on the lakebed

Your best tactics/bait/rigs:
Krill pop up's and bottom baits tipped. Most fish tight to far margin at night.

Were the facilities what you expected?
Kitchen and shower a bit tired but ok
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Definately not
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
No because this lake is marketed as a runs water which it no longer is. Angling lines should visit and reassess stock levels and change their advertising so as not to mislead future bookings

*Angling Lines note* Classing a lake as a runs water is a very subjective thing, and we can see that the fishing has become harder on La Fonte, therefore we have updated the description. Fishing becoming harder on a lake is something we see over time with some lakes as a response to pressure or perhaps features on the lake changing, or even just a bad year weather wise. We react as quickly as we can to amend descriptions as lakes change over time, however, your comment regarding the stock levels on the lake having changed is incorrect – the number of carp in the lake has not reduced.

General comments:
We deliberately booked this venue having fished harder waters in the belief that it was a well maintained, well stocked, runs water which it definitely is not.
Things to put right inc, mesh on all wooden platforms (very dangerous as it rained most of the time we were there), removal of branches underwater, general tlc needed, but it seems the current owner has lost interest in the venue. Also the maize that we paid for was a burnt soggy mess. On the plus side Joan was fantastic and the breakfasts were great. Clearly she is left to do far more at the venue than cook food.

*Angling Lines note* We have discussed this feedback with the owner. The mesh on the platforms will be addressed later this week. The traps will be emptied (he was unable to at that time) and a work party will tackle the snags at the end of the year. Regarding the maize, we do ask anglers to mention any issues at the time, this could have been discussed and rectified if necessary.



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