Specimen Lake - Bivvy or Chalet

This beautiful 7 acre carp lake is set in 80 acres of unspoiled French countryside and the rural setting means peace and tranquility for you to enjoy your carp fishing holiday.

The lake is stocked with carp which range from upper-doubles to 50 lbs plus and include commons, mirrors, linear mirrors, fully plated mirrors and leathers. There are also some koi carp which add a splash of colour and interest to the normal catch, for the cat-fish boys there are cats to 81 lbs plus.

The lake has a wealth of features to fish to including overhanging trees, graveled areas, reeds and shallow, silted bays.  The depth ranges from 3m at the dam to 0.5m at the top end where there is a floating iris bed.

We limit the number of anglers to 5 unless you wish to book the whole lake exclusively, in which case, a maximum of 6 anglers are allowed.

Accommodation is bivvy with the added bonus of a covered eating area.  In the summer, we will make sure there is plenty of ice to keep your drinks cold and can provide extra freezer packs, if needed.If you prefer a bit of extra comfort, there is also the option of renting the chalet which sleeps two (on proper beds) and is equipped with a four-ring gas hob and small fridge (bring your own sleeping bag or rent one from us). The chalet is automatically included, at no extra charge, if you book the lake exclusively.

On arrival Greg will show you the lake and point out all the swims and features, as well as suggesting the rigs and baits which are producing good results. This just leaves you to set yourself up for a superb and unforgettable fishing holiday.

There are two rowing boats for you to use (free of charge), or you can hire a bait boat. 


We are happy to go and get any extra things you may need whilst you are here - fishing stuff, bait, shopping etc, or to get things in ready for your arrival. Towels can be provided for a small extra charge.

As with the Specimen Lake, we will also pick up any shopping or bait etc. you may want and you can come up to the house to take advantage of the WiFi.

We can also provide you with our own in-house carp pellet which is available in 4mm or 15mm, as well as boilies in various flavours. pop-ups, glug etc.


In order to make your holiday arrangements as easy as possible, we also offer the following options at a nominal extra cost (see price list):

- Airport pick-up and drop-off from either Bordeaux or Bergerac airports. We will meet you at the airport and in less than an hour you will be at the lake and ready to fish.

-  Delicious home-cooked food package which consists of breakfast and 2 course evening meal.  Your food will be brought down the the lake so there's no need to disrupt your fishing and we always check what you do or don't like so we can only give you meals you will enjoy!                                                                     


- Rent of tackle & bivvy includes (per angler):
 3 x carp rods
 1 x carp chair
 1 x rodpod
 1 x set of scales and sling
 1 x carp unhooking mat
 1 x landing net

Angler to supply reels, buzzers, terminal tackle, sleeping bag and torch. Please note that terminal tackle and bait are not supplied as part of the package, but can be provided at an extra cost, if required.


This plan shows the fishing swims available on the Specimen Lake and some of the good places to fish.

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