Imagine a beautiful tranquil 250 year old pool in lush green surroundings with carp averaging around 40lb including fish over 50 lb in a hidden paradise that have lived and continued to grow in their home for years.
Factor in that you could be sat at home in the morning and fishing there in the afternoon and all you need to take is minimal gear. Doesn’t that sound appealing, well it did to us, so we investigated further?
Shaun flew out to Limoges airport, a flight of just over 1 ½ hours from his local East Midlands airport. He was collected from the airport and a short 45 minute journey saw him looking across a beautiful 4 ½ acre lake which looked like the sort of place you would find in deepest rural England. Immediately he fell in love with the lush green surroundings.
The lake is English owned and has been since 2007. Rather than hacking out swims all over the lake they have been carefully positioned so that there are 2 x double swims which allow you to cover all of the lake between them. As well as these two double swims there is also a single swim and even a small stalking swim if you really want to get up close and personal.
Facilities at present include a flushing toilet, wash basins and a hot shower, plus a 3 and a bit sided timber lodge ‘bush kitchen’. Electricity for recharging telephones, cameras and the like is provided by solar panels.
The depths of this delightful lake vary from 3 ft to around 10 ft with a gravel seam running the length of the pool which appears to be kept clean from the water which flows in at the shallow end and leaves by the corner of the dam.
The lake was drained down in 2015 and all carp under 20 lb were removed and by 2019 the minimum size appears to be over 25 lb.
Those flying in need only take a minimum of tackle. You are asked to bring your own sleeping bag, reels, alarms, terminal tackle and a head torch with all other tackle essentials provided at the lake. Quality bait can be purchased on site. There is also an option to order a food package from an outside catering company who deliver breakfast and an evening meal to the lake if required (lunch can also be arranged if required). Shaun took this package and he said that it really was excellent. The tackle supplied was spot on and so was the food.
There are two rowing boats on site and the lifejackets which are supplied, must be worn if the boats are used (bait boats are not allowed).
For those not wishing to fish the nights, there is also the option of a Gite which sleeps 4 people, just 6 mile from the lake, further information available upon request.
Steve, one of the owners of the lake is almost permanently on site and is incredibly helpful. He is a long standing carp angler in his own right and certainly knows how to catch them there.
So, you have the simple option of either hopping on a plane, or doing the usual drive in.
Etang Cache really is a hidden gem, way off the beaten track, surrounded by lush green countryside with no people walking by and not a car to be heard.