This is an incredibly interesting venue, with a pretty unique design, giving most swims the feeling that you have your own lake in front of you. You certainly aren’t going to be spending the week looking at all the other anglers. We instantly fell in love at first sight with this lake and commented that there was not a swim on there that we would not be happy to spend a week in.
A 4 hour drive on fast open roads through the Champagne region within a short distance from the auto-route lays the venue Maveline. You cannot help but be as excited, as we were when first setting eyes on this stunning 50 acre mature lake, which is both tranquil and beautiful, with neither noise, nor light pollution.
Standing in any of the 16 swims gives the impression of having your own private lake, such is the geography of this feature packed venue – in fact when we first viewed the place we commented that if we were to design our own lake, it would be pretty close to this!
The owner has kept the lake as natural as possible, but most swims feature a sheltered seating/cooking area made from timber which has been sourced from the lake’s surrounds. All swims have vehicle access with toilets dotted around the lake.
Unlike many venues, it is impossible to say which swims stand out since each one offers a wealth of features, both below the surface and around the margins and islands. Depths vary and go down to around 4m. Due to the many and varied features the owner allows the use of bait boats and offers the possibility of renting by prior arrangement rowing boats, or if you prefer you can bring your own boat – in both cases life jackets are mandatory.
The owner acquired the lake in 2005 after retiring from fish farming so therefore has excellent knowledge of water quality and management. The lake already had resident carp and approximately 1,000 additional carp have been introduced, with more added each winter as part of the management program, the majority of these stocked fish are over 10 kg (22 lb) when introduced. Due to the abundant natural food and indeed the angler’s contributions in this rich environment, the largest carp landed so far has exceeded 70 lb with many back-up fish and those in excess of 40 lb are now countless. A look at the pictures will reveal a mixture of commons and mirrors of varying strains to add extra interest.
With so many potential holding areas in each swim, location within the swim, is the key to success – this lake will really appeal to the thinking angler and to those willing to work for their rewards.