Fishy Lake Disabled Fishing
.......... fishing in the heart of the French countryside

Tales from the Riverbank at FishyLake

Pete from East Grinstead, West Sussex - July 2009

I have just come back from a week's fishing at fishylake and I have to say it was the best fishing I have ever experienced. Every fish I caught was in beautiful condition and put up an incredible fight. I also beat my personal best with a beautiful 25lb mirror carp. The hospitality from the Hawkins family was second to none and I have to say the whole experience was incredible. I have already booked for next year.

Michael from Croydon, Surrey - July 2009
I can truly recommend the fishing at fishy lakes. Following on from my short mini break (in the middle of a family holiday to France) to this family run fishery I will certainly be going back again.The three acre lake sits in a very rural setting which you can only gain access through a delightful private narrow track with overhanging trees all the way down to the lake. When I arrived the owner, Paul, was already there waiting for me with the bait that I had already pre ordered, 25kg of boilies, 50kg of pellets and a special fishy lake method feeder mix.

Paul took me around the lake and told me all about where the fish were showing and sharing his indepth knowledge of how to catch the monsters of the lake. I’d decided to settle on Turn Key swim and Paul brought round the tackle I had hired, two Mitchell rods with reels each with 15lb main line. He then proceeded to set the bivvy up while I started to fish. It was like having my own Ghillie but without the extra cost.

Over the two days fishing I h
ad three fish to 27½lb, 25 3/4lb and 24lb, not to mention numerous doubles up to 17lb. A lot of the fish came on a double pellet hair rig on the method feeder which produced vicious runs and broke the 15lb main line and on one occasion broke the hook. Most of the fish were caught from the margins and the far bank, casting out about 80yds and dropping the bait just short of the reed bed. Both areas were fed with plenty of pellets, boilies and method feeder mix.

The facilities at Fishy lake are second to none and even better than what I have got at home. The wet room proved invaluable and the kitchen was very clean and tidy. I can see Paul has worked hard getting these facilities to this excellent standard as he told me this is the requirement for accreditation for the BDAA.

Overall this was a lovely short break with superb fishing and next time I will be coming out for more than a few days. Paul advised that he is constructing a second outbuilding that will sleep 2 people comfortably so maybe next time the family can come and stay.

Many thanks Paul and the Hawkins family for a lovely break.

Ps Paul i will miss your cooked breakfasts!!!!

William Cairns - 2010
I had the privilege to spend a week at Paul Hawkins Fishylake. It was one of the worst weeks for the weather for years in France. The weather was bad but the fishing was great!

I am in a wheelchair all of the time, so things needed to be wheelchair-friendly, and it was. Most lakes have one swim for the disabled which is the stranded in England and in the wrong place on the lake most of the time; at Fishylake you can fish any swim you like on the lake. The swims are concrete and the right size so I could turn my wheelchair around if I wanted - even with the rod pod down & holding two rods there was enough room for us and Paul, who was on site to offer any help that I needed to land any of the big fish.

Around the lake is level grass which is very hard , so makes it easy for you to drive around the lake in your wheelchairs; mine is electric and I got around the lake without any problem.

The entrance to the cabins have special wire grids to make sure you can get into the cabins without wheel slip on your chair if it has been raining. One cabin is the kitchen and has a shower area off it which allows you to change from your wheelchair to the shower chair with ease. It also has a toilet which is perfect for the disabled. The second cabin contains two single beds and another toilet, again for the disabled, there is plenty of room around the bed for you and your wheelchair. Paul has said he will install charging points on the lake so you can charge your electric wheelchairs to keep you mobile.

For the disabled fishing men it is first rate I cannot speak too highly of Fishylake and the Hawkins Family.
P.S I also broke my personal best fish at Fishylake!

Iain, Martin & Nick - 2010

Best week's fishing ever, all set new personal bests and a few firsts for all. Thank you to Paul - a great host. We could not have done it without you. Everything exceeded our expectations. Hope to see you soon!

John and Bella Haynes - 2010

"Had a really good holiday. Hospitality first class, fishing was excellent.
Broke PB record around 300lb for week. Thanking Paul and Deb once again for everything. We would recommend the fishery for anyone who would like a peaceful and relaxing holiday. "Disabled facilities very good."