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CARP CHAT
Iktus Ruffaud
–The Return
Saturday 9th June – Friday 15th June 2018, by Brian Atkins
I
n March of this year, Rob
Watts and I spent a week at
Iktus Ruffaud lake, but unfortunately the trip coincided
with the Beast from the East
weather, and it was a very
hard week for us without any carp.
We returned this June for another go
at these incredible carp. We travelled
from Portsmouth via Brittany Ferries
overnight, arriving at Caen Thursday
morning and took a leisurely drive
down to the lake, arriving mid-afternoon. We spent the night in one of the
cabins in the woods close to the lake,
sorted out all our gear and stocked up
at the supermarket ready for the
week.
Saturday morning the swims were
free, so we could get set up for the
week. Rob Watts and his wife Alison
were fishing the VIP swim, which is a
double swim with a 20-metre square
cabin with heating, electricity, outside
light, running water, sink, small fridge,
coffee maker and electric hob, plus
there is an outdoor solar powered
heated shower. The swim is very
close to the facilities, bar and restaurant.
10 FREE LINE
Marcus and Bianca from ‘Lacs du
Verger’ were in swim H, which is a
single swim nicely hidden away, surrounded by trees and is close to the
facilities, bar and restaurant. Swim H
is also close to the studios, which are
available to rent. Paul and Larry were
in swim I, which is a double swim
with a large safari tent included.
There is a large wooden pontoon for
your rods etc. The safari tent is 20
metre square and has two bedrooms
and a living room. It has a 15-metre
square awning covering a wooden
patio. Please note there is no water or
electricity. There is lots of shade due
to the tall trees, and it’s only 150
metres from all the facilities.
I was fishing swim K, which is a
double swim at the northwest corner
of the lake with two Raptor XL floating pontoons. You are fishing a very
secluded area with a massive amount
of water to fish. On one of the pontoons there is a Fox Royale two-man
bivvy already set up. This swim is
only accessible by boat, so with help
from the bailiffs, I got all my gear up to
the swim. After setting up my gear, I
had a drift around the area in the
boat, and it was obvious to see that
there were plenty of fish in the area.
This is a very shallow part of the lake,
and carp were showing everywhere. I
managed to get the rods out in depths
of 3-4ft with two rods to the left close
to the weedy margin and near a snag
tree and the third rod across to the far

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