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Derek & Tracey Edwards-Bait Used

Date Added: 8-07-2014

CC Moore's xxx & Equinox freezer baits in 15ml & 18ml. The House Pellet & Maize available on site from Glen. Sweetcorn. We used 14kgs of Boilies, 8 buckets of House Pellet, 2 buckets of Maize & 10 tins of Sweetcorn. I know this sounds alot but the more you put in the faster the bites. We both fished with 2 Rods and sometimes you could not get all of the 4 rods out due to catching the fish.
Hope you enjoy your stay as much as us!

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Derek & Tracey Edwards

Date Added: 5-07-2014

Derek & Tracey Edwards 28th June - 5 July
Comments:
Fish caught 60 up to 32lbs......Sturgeon, Grass Carp, Crucian, Mirrors and Commons, no night fishing.
Had a wonderful week, lovely lake, Villa, Just outstanding with amazing views of the lake. Weather on arrival thunder storms but soon the sun shone and it got very hot! Fish loved the maize when we switched from the bolies, they also loved the House Pellet too. Did a bit of surface floater fishing and got them feeding ontop - great fun.
Just fantastic, don't want to leave and booked to come back for 2 weeks in 2016!

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Brian Skoyles Article

Date Added: 1-07-2014

I Made a Right Dog’s Dinner out of That!
Part of me likes fishing venues I know well, but another part of me prefers the added challenge that comes from coming to terms with a new venue, so there was an added sense of interest as Liz and I slowly drove down the narrow road to Etang Hirondelle, the new venue of Glen and Linda Miller. We’d not had the best of journeys as we’d got lost twice, but we’d made it and as we pulled to a halt Glen and Linda came to greet us.
“Do you want to see the house first or the lake?” said Linda.
“Lake please” I said.
“House please” Liz said.
We had an easy solution, Glen and I headed to the lake, Liz and Linda disappeared into the house.
What a beautiful lake was my first comment. Some lakes you fish because they have huge fish, some because they have a lot of fish, regardless of the stock, Etang Hirondelle just had to be fished, it just oozed atmosphere. I had a very good feeling about the week to come, but there was still one hurdle to overcome.
It’s only fair if you are on a family fishing week that everybody is happy, so when we returned to the house I asked Liz the crucial question, what’s the house like?
“Lovely” was the reply.
I could relax, my good feeling for the week ahead had just got even better. Time for a mug of tea and a sort out. Sometime later everything is unpacked, and we went to stock up at the local supermarket. This time I got lost finding it, but at least we got back without a hitch. Time to get fishing.
I put a lot of thought and effort into bait application when I have several days fishing ahead of me. I like routine and I’m convinced that fish will quickly respond to a regular food supply so it was on with the life jacket, into the boat and out for a good look around. I drifted down the overhanging trees which looked promising, but it was the open water that excited me. From the boat I could clearly see several patches of bubbles and areas of coloured water. A check of the depth gave me about 11ft where I had seen the coloured water and at about 60yds from the house swim it was a comfortable cast. I decided to look no further, I had my main area, so it was out with the scoop and in with a generous scattering of Nutrabaits Trigga ATS boilies and the pellets supplied by Glen and Linda. Back on dry land it was time for tea.
I intended to do the night, so I wasn’t in too much of a rush to get cast out, but by mid-evening I was sorted and sat looking out over the lake. One again I was struck by how beautiful the lake was and I was also very happy at the amount of topping going on over my baited area. I’d only been sat there an hour or so when I’ve got a one-toner and my first fish of the trip, at a little over twenty pounds I was well pleased. Over the next four hours I had three more takes, another twenty and two smaller fish. I started to have a re-think about doing the full night, old age was kicking in, and I was getting seriously tired. One more take produced another twenty and also made my mind up. I wound the rods in, had a quick tidy up and retired to the house.
My early start turned out to be a leisurely mid-morning, after all I was on holiday, and in fact I only fished for about three hours as the afternoon was a Miller family barbi to which we were invited. It turned out to be one of the highlights of the week. Lovely food, lovely company and the odd beer or two! My plans to fish after the barbi changed into a might fish after the barbi and finally became I’ll fish in the morning.
During the afternoon I was introduce to John Whitty another of Glen and Linda’s barbi guests. John was obviously a keen angler and had already fished Etang Hirondelle so we spent time chatting tackle and tactics and I invited John to join me for some of the fishing in the coming days.
John had obviously completely over estimated my ability to get up in the morning as I suspect he had been ready to start long before I blearily emerged on the Monday morning, but we soon got the rods out and had a thoroughly enjoyable session taking alternate takes on my rods, before winding in around lunchtime. Liz and I took a ride out to Etang de la Rincerie for a bit of lunch and spent some time watching some seriously mad water-boarders. Back at the lake I met up with John again for a bit of margin stalking for a couple of hours. A couple of grains of sweetcorn fished under a small waggler float fooled a nice 17 plus mirror, great fun.
The week was starting to take shape. The fishing was prolific with a range of hard fighting fish from some of the original scamps (mostly commons from mid singles to low doubles) and some of the more recently stocked bigger fish (best in the first two days just under 25lbs). My routine was also starting to take shape, main bait up late afternoon, top up in the morning. Fish the morning, wind in and rest the swim for the afternoon. Main rods out early evening, fish into the night stopping when I’d had enough.
Tuesday morning we headed out to La Guerche-de-Bretagne, one of our favourite markets and stocked up on a large spit roast chicken, local breads, and various other goodies including two delicious looking ½ inch thick slices of smoked roast pork, just the smell of it made me hungry!
Back at the lake, Liz suggested I get the rods out and she’d bring my lunch out to the swim, I wasn’t going to refuse that offer, so I followed orders and got the rods out. Liz popped out with the smoked roast pork and I sat there thinking it was perfect holiday fishing, nice weather, a lovely lake and delicious food ... when I got a one toner. It was the usual scramble to the rod, the tweaking of the clutch to slow the run, and the fight was on. Everything was going to plan as I gradually gained line on another hard fighting Etang Hirondelle carp when for some reason I glanced behind me. Coco the Miller’s dog was eating my roast pork, this was serious! I shout to Liz!
“The dog’s eating my dinner”!
The only response … laughter! …… I didn’t think it was funny!
As I landed the fish Liz arrived, still laughing.
“You made a right dog’s dinner out of that!” was not what I wanted to hear!
Wednesday was to be a bit different, in that we were going to try to do a bit of filming of our fishing. Liz and Linda would be on the camera, Ryan (Linda and Glen’s younger son), would join me for an afternoons fishing. It all went to plan and we caught some nice fish, which hopefully we will edit and put up in the near future. I think Ryan and I enjoyed it, I’m not so sure about Liz and Linda!
That evening we feasted outside on Linda’s superb Beef Bourguignon then John, Glen and I sat out behind the rods for a few hours again catching some nice fish to mid-twenties.
Thursday sort of just came and went. I watched Glen and friends put up the new swimming pool and did a bit of fishing in the morning. After a bit of lunch Liz and I drove across to Bertie to have a social with Tony and Jean, Glen’s mum and dad. It was a lovely afternoon, it’s always nice to meet up with Tony and Jean, and put the world to rights! Back at Etang Hirondelle we had a barbi and I put the rods out, but as usual ran out of energy around midnight and retired for some sleep.
Friday, and in many ways the last afternoon sums up what makes Etang Hirondelle such a perfect family fishing venue.
I’d spent the morning gradually packing my main gear away, so that by lunchtime everything was sorted, with just my stalking gear left ready to use. Liz and I sat outside and had a bit of lunch, then I met up with John for an afternoon of margin stalking.
We headed out to the far margin and positioned two baits close to the trees. The rods hadn’t been out long before the rod was sliding along the bank. I grabbed it and we had fish one, a small common. We move to the next gap in the trees and this time it was John’s turn with a mid-double mirror. The sun was warming up the opposite margin so we headed there next. Again we positioned our baits close in and scattered a few freebies around the hook-baits. It wasn’t long before the spool was spinning and I was playing an angry fish, when it came clear out of the water we simultaneously said ….
“Sturgeon!”
It was, and I had upset it!
After the sturgeon had been photographed and returned, we stood watching the water.
“Is that bubbling?” John said.
We both kept watching the water, and yes it was. I catty’d out some sweetcorn midway between the bubbling and the bank and a few minutes later some bubbles appeared in the area, it was time for the float gear.
With the float settled in the area we stood watching, we didn’t have long to wait. The float dipped a couple of times, nothing, it dipped again, lifted and then slid away, the perfect bite! I struck and a powerful fish headed for the middle …. Magic!
After several anxious moments an immaculate 25lb mirror was in the net, what a fabulous end to the holiday.
It was time to pack the car and get ready for an early drive to St Malo in the morning.
We spent the evening with Glen, Linda and their friends John and Richard, having a meal under the barn, the perfect end to a perfect week.
Glen and Linda are obviously very proud of their new venue …. They have every right to be!
Brian Skoyles (June 14)
For the record we had ….
16 Scamps (Original stock carp mostly high single commons)
14 Mid to Upper doubles
24 Twenties (Best just over 25lbs)
And 2 Sturgeon (Both mid doubles)
Hook-baits were mostly Nutrabaits Trigga ATS/White spice combo’s
Baiting up in the middle was mostly Trigga ATS boilies and Pellets.
In the margins sweetcorn and pellets.
Rigs were simple leadclip/tubing set-ups with fluorocarbon hook-lengths.
The open water area was weed free, light silt, but nothing to cause problems with presentation.

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Photos of the pool

Date Added: 21-06-2014

Just a couple of pics of the pool for exclusive use for our guests.

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Brian Skoyles

Date Added: 14-06-2014

Brian Skoyles
Sat 7 - Sat 14 June

What a fabulous week at one of the loveliest venues we have ever stayed at. The fishing was hectic with fish at all times of day.
Tried to fish nights but old age usually lucked in and I stopped around midnight.
Linda & Glen the perfect hosts.
Bouffetieres was good, but Etang Hirondelle is Brilliant!
Thanks for everything!!
Brian & Liz Skoyles

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John & Chris Whitty

Date Added: 31-05-2014

17 - 31 May

Fabulous 2 week stay at this beautiful fishery. Fishing a bit patchy at times with the fish spawning but some great sport to be had. 58 Fish caught in total, Biggest being just over 30lbs.
Wildlife is fantastic and the Lakeside Villa is wonderful.
Thank you again Glen & Linda

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MID WEEK NEWS!

Date Added: 14-05-2014

Mid week News.......It is great to see our Dutch Clients here and they are not disappointed. They were speechless when they saw Etang Hirondelle for the first time on Saturday. They love our new venue and the Lakeside Villa!
Fishing began on Sunday and have had various Carp, including a Grass at 22lbs and the biggest Mirror was Caught today at 37lbs before that the biggest was 34lbs......They have also caught a Sturgeon. Photos will follow soon

Sean & John

Date Added: 27-04-2014

Comment from the Wooden and Wrench Families.
19 - 26 April
Great week again. The new venue is great and also has loads of charm.The Villa is perfect and the Fishing Hectic!
All in all 59 fish biggest being 37.8lbs Mirror
Great Hosts , see you again next year.

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