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Arnaut Dere Lake
8114 Draganovo, Bulgaria
017 was my first experience of
Bulgaria from a short seven-day
holiday with my girlfriend, and I was
luckily allowed a brief 48-hour carp fishing
session while there. I found a beautiful
lake in the hills of Bulgaria’s Arnaut Dere
dam where we met a lovely couple, Stefan
and Jenya, who truly put all their efforts
into helping me with my angling and
making my trip a successful one. Anything
else I required they had: fishing tackle,
bait boat hire, bait and advice, and they
ran trips to the local shops and made
some great home-cooked meals. I now
class them as very good friends and the
most helpful fishery managers I’ve ever
met. Also, there was the great local
fisherman who I became good mates with
as well.
I was made to feel very welcome during
my Bulgarian quest, meeting some truly
great fishermen and they were all very
friendly, but one true gent I remember
the most from anglers on the bank was
Svet Stoev, and I was lucky enough to see
my first 50lb-plus carp to a very good
angler on the bank on my first trip and
again on my second trip with a gent called
Martin Samuilov – all great anglers and so
many big fish.
Well, I quickly found my bearings and
set out to catch my first Bulgarian carp,
and I wasn’t disappointed. Within the first
24 hours, I had landed a stunning 39lb
common, the biggest fish I had ever seen
– a very proud moment for me and a new
European PB. I also caught a few high
doubles and had the best fishing trip to a
new venue I’ve ever had. After leaving
Bulgaria, I couldn’t stay away. I was soon
on my way back within as little as five
weeks, and I was back on the dam for a
five-day fishing session.
To say it was good is truly an
understatement with a total of 27 fish
with six sturgeon ranging in size from 5lb
to 9lb and also 20 carp from low to high
doubles: one 22lb-plus, three at 36lb, one
at 39lb and a staggering 41lb carp, which
has now beaten my original Euro PB, and
also a truly amazing achievement in
actually catching the same fish I caught on
my previous trip, which was the 39lb
common, now a pound heavier in just five
weeks. The fishery has a huge head of big
carp and is such an approachable venue
with a maximum of nine anglers with five
swims fished from an island, inside an
open air apartment swim, and three huts
with balconies with viewing points and a
bivvy swim.
Also with swims ranging in distance to
suit any angler, it’s all set in truly tranquil
surroundings with the outstanding site
staff free to help at a moment’s notice. I
will be booking every year, and so many
thanks to Stephan and Jenya… So all you
UK and European carp anglers, you must
get booked on for a truly great Bulgarian
carp experience on the beautiful Arnaut
Dere dam – it is truly a bucket list venue.
For more information and details visit
them at their website For new fishing
adventures and booking of the lake please
either email, call
Kev Sherratt on 07852 148009 or Evgenia
Pisarska on 00359895444160. For full up
to date information and catch reports
please follow them on Facebook at


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