Brionnais is a 12 acre (5ha) lake set in the heart of the Burgundy countryside, probably one of the most beautiful regions of France. The route to the venue is mostly motorway, very straight forward, and should take about 7 hours from Calais. The lake has 15 pegs around it's perimeter with a norm of 10 and maximum of 12 anglers at one time. The first 5 pegs on the west bank all have chalet accommodation. The chalet on peg five is specifically kitted out for the disabled angler, with ramp access to the unit and a purpose built platform equipped with fish handling and weighing apparatus.
is very special - giving the angler a chance to combine fishing for very large
carp with the comfort of chalet accommodation - ideal for a family holiday.
There are lots of interesting local attractions - visit
The banks are flat and there is ample room for bivvies in front of the chalets. The lake is fairly shallow, around 3 or 4 feet for much of the area, dropping to 5-6 feet at the dam end. There is a central channel that runs down the middle of the water.
Peg 1 - Cottage Chalet
Peg 2 - Club 5 Chalet
chalet than Peg 1 but still with the same level of equipment. It can sleep 4
people. It has a fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, one double bed and two
singles, a dining area plus a shower and toilet.
Pegs 3 & 4 - Petit Trianon Chalet
are divided into two separate chalets by means of a sliding wooden panel across
the veranda. They are totally separate, self contained chalets. They can either
be used separately, both retaining their privacy, or as a double unit suitable
for say two families of four or two groups together. In this case the wooden
panel can be slid back and the veranda area shared.
Peg 5 - The Disabled Chalet
A variation on
the Cottage Chalet this unit has been specifically designed with the disabled
angler in mind. There are ramps up to the terrace and the front entrance, as
well as disabled toilet and shower facilities. In front of the chalet the
facilities extend to a purpose built platform with handrail, weigh basket and
scales and a chute for releasing the fish.
Crayfish are present at Brionnais but normally only attempt to eat baits in July & August - you can always "Net" your baits to stop them being attacked by the little nuisances! There are numerous smaller lakes on the complex all holding carp to around 12lbs - this can provide hours of fun for children (or just bored anglers!) who will find the carp very easy to tempt.
It would seem logical that with such a high density that the Method would be a winning technique, particularly as the French anglers do not use it. Accurate baiting though seemed to result in more runs than baiting a wider area and the fish were active even during spodding. I used the spod on a little and often basis, baiting the swim after each run or if the runs stopped for more than 2 or 3 hours - this seems to provoke the carp into feeding.