We have a fantastic group of lakes on our website, which are a credit to our brilliant owners and all their hard work. Today we are introducing Cyril, who along with brother Sebastian, runs four excellent carp lakes in France – Lepinet, Blue Lake, Cailleaux and Autels.
As well as running these stunning lakes, the Vasseur family own a fish farm that was created in 1950 at Beaumont les Autels, more specifically ”les Cailleaux”. It is currently managed by the third generation of Vasseur’s.
The Vasseur family business strives to provide customers with the fish they desire, while taking into account the preservation of nature. They also offer traditional fishing, carp fishing, trout fishing, and various services (liming, waterweed maintenance…).
1. When did you discover carp fishing and how did you come to be here at the lakes?
I have always loved fish and nature in general, and started carp fishing in 1995. I’ve been managing the lakes since 2010. I chose this job in order to continue the family business and follow in the footsteps of my parents and grandparents, who owned the lakes for 50 years.
2. What do you think is the best feature of your lake?
Quick catches and plenty of them.
3. When people arrive, is there anything that surprises them?
The quality of the site.
4. What’s the worst part of being the owner?
The worst part for me is when the customer leaves without a smile on their face, caused by the lack of carp activity, which happens very rarely fortunately.
5. What time of year is the most underrated on your lakes ?
The March period, as it’s when the fish come out of a rest period so they’re very active. We close the lakes from November to the beginning of March.
6. What are the most common mistakes you see anglers make when they come to your lakes?
Line size too thin and wrong hook size, between 6 and 8 for carp.
7. Which angler, other than yourself, do you respect the most?
The one who respects the rules, the fish and the lake.
8. What is your favourite rig?
Monster crab boilie with pellet and corn mix for carp.
9. What is your best fishing memory? Or the carp fishing moment you are most proud of?
My best memory was when I was a child fishing with the English anglers because they taught me a lot.
As a father, my proudest moments are when I’m fishing with my children, because I get to pass on my passion to them.
10. Finally, what is your greatest motivation?
That as many English anglers as possible discover our lakes and that they are satisfied with them. We try to make them as attractive as possible.
Read more of our interviews with owners here – Interview with a Lake Owner Series