Charlie lake is a mature 24 acres gravel pit that has an island and numerous bays to fish. The lake is over 20 years old and was originally stocked with over 700 hundred carp. Both mirrors and commons are present. The largest carp caught to date is a mirror of 64lb15oz, which is about 29 kg. There has been over 20 other 40lb plus mirrors and commons also caught on this lake. We estimate the average size of the fish to be 28lb plus with the fish growing by as much as three pounds per year.
Charlie lake is a 24 acres gravel pit which makes it suitable for an exclusive booking for ten anglers maximum or eight individually booked anglers.
This means that each angler will always have their own area of water to fish. The water has got four double swims and a further eight individual swims. The lake has an average depth of five to seven feet with quite a uniform flat bottom. There's a draw for the swims. The draw is always at 12 noon. It is best to arrive around 11-11-30, have a walk around and then get ready for the draw.
We have a bag of balls which lowest number wins and gets first draw of the swims.
The largest carp caught to date is a mirror of 64lb15oz, which is about 29 kg. But there's other large carp like a large 62lbs8 common carp. There has been over 20 other 40lb plus mirrors and commons also caught on this lake. We estimate the average size of the fish to be 28lb plus with the fish growing by as much as three pounds per year.
Charlie Lake features new, clean facilities with toilet, shouwer and wash basin. There's also a fridge and freezer to store your baits. There are enough sockets to charge your batteries & mobile phones. Pascale, the owner, visits the anglers every day to offer help and advise. On Fridays pizzas can be ordered and delevered on the lake.
There are 4 boats available on this lake and we recommend that these are used for weeded fish. When using the boats you must always wear a life jacket. Due to weather condition we have had weed this year. The fishing on Charlie Lake is considered to be easy to moderate with multiple catches regularly reported.
Please read the lake rules carefully, if any angler is found to be breaking the rules, they will be removed from the complex without refund. Our lakes have legal night fishing, no crayfish, no poisson chats.
"The rules set out below are here for the safety of my customers and also of the beautiful fish that swim within the lakes. These rules are laid out to make sure everyone visiting Domaine de Goncourt have a safe and enjoyable fishing holiday. I want my customers to return each year and see the fish have grown, benefitted and prospered from the rules set out below. Thank you for your cooperation." Pascale Briallart"
Domaine de Goncourt does not allow the use of any type of nuts on the complex. This includes commercially prepared nuts and particles. This decision has been taken on a fish welfare basis along with poorly prepared nuts and particles by anglers that have been used in the past. If we find anyone using nuts on the complex then the whole group will be asked to stop fishing and leave the complex. No refund will be given due to this rule being broken by the a party member.
1, All anglers must meet at the lake you have booked no earlier than 11.00pm on the Saturday of arrival. Cars must NOT be parked in front of any farm gates or block any road access on the complex. Departure time is 10am on Saturday and all anglers must have left the complex by this time. Pascale will arrive before 10am. You must not go onto any of the lakes before 11pm.
2, No anglers will be allowed on the lake before 11pm. The draw for the swims is at 12 o'clock.
3, Maximum of 4 rods allowed.
4, Minimum breaking strain of line is 12lb. We recommend 15lb and above due to the size of the fish.
5, Maximum hook link breaking strain to be 25lb.
6, No lead core or leaders of any kind allowed on the complex.
7, A lead safety system to be used at all times. No fixed leads allowed.
8, Barbless or micro barbed hooks only. No hooks allowed larger than a size 2.
9, No bent hooks allowed on the complex.
10, Adequate unhooking mats are are required and also a water bucket must be available at all times to keep the fish wet while out of the water.
11, No sacking of fish at anytime.
12, We would ask that the fish kept out of the water for the minimum time possible.
13, Anyone found marking fish will be liable under French law for prosecution.
14, It is advised you have a fish care kit available. We recommend good Koi care products such as NT Labs Wound Seal and Ulcer Swab .
15, No braided mainline allowed. Braided lines are available for use when fishing for catfish only. This will only be allowed when using live or dead baits.
16, ALL NUTS are banned within the Domaine de Goncourt complex. This includes commercial pre packed particles.
16, (a) No shelf life Boilies to be used on Domaine de Goncourt, only fresh Boilies allowed.
17, All unwanted bait to be either taken home or put into the unwanted bait bin at the end of the week. This will be used during the winter months as a supplement to pellet feed that is used. PLEASE DO NOT THROW UNWANTED BAIT INTO THE MARGINS. All the above in bold please.
18, No rods to be left unattended at anytime.
19, All boats are used at you own risk. You must bring your own life jackets and these must be worn at all time while you using the boat. Failure to comply to this rule will mean that all the boats will be removed from the lake for that week.
20, Bait boats are allowed.
21, The cutting of trees and bank side vegetation is not allowed.
22, No climbing trees, or removal of branches allowed.
23, No litter to be left on the lake. The swims will be checked before departure.
24, Recycling bags must be used in conjunction with the leaflet supplied on arrival.
25, Toilets must be used in all circumstances.
26, No dogs allowed on the lakes. Dogs may be allowed on request to Domaine de Goncourt management. Owners must clean up after their animals in all cases.
27, We would ask that noise is kept to a minimum whilst on the lakes. Loud music and excessive drinking will not be tolerated.
28, No swimming in the lake.
29, No open fires or ground BBQ's.
30, Any anglers found to be breaking the rules will be asked to leave the complex and will forfeit any monies paid.
31, Children must be accompanied by their parents at all times.
32, The party leader is responsible for all loss or damage that may occur during his/her stay on Domaine de Goncourt lakes. On receipt of booking confirmation it is accepted that these rules have been read and will adhered to by all parties concerned.
33, We at Domaine de Goncourt expect all our angler and guests to behave to the highest standard while visiting the complex. We reserve the right to take appropriate action to any person/persons that have not complied with the rules or terms and conditions set out by the owner.
34, The owner of Domaine de Goncourt lakes accept no responsible for injury, loss, theft, fire or damage to any persons or property owned by the party concerned.
35, Non angling guests, wives, girlfriend and partners are allowed and will be charged at the rate set out when the booking is made. All non angling guests will also have to pay €10 for recycling while on the complex.
36, Last rule of the lakes. Please come and enjoy yourself, you're on holiday!