Our France-based Catfish-Pro consultant Dave Fiske will be offering "Drive & Survive" holidays to fish for catfish from the bank at Chalon-sur-Saône all the way down to Mâcon on the River Saône. This is a brand new venture so additional details will be added to this page over the next few weeks as we finalise the Terms & Conditions. Feel free to contact your Catfish-Pro consultant in France direct using:

Drive & Survive

Trips will be based around providing assistance for up to six people catfishing from the river bank. Larger angling parties including non-fishing partners can be accommodated with prior consent. Using Dave's local knowledge on river conditions, recent fish movements and seasonal changes he'll work hard to put you in the best spots to catch catfish. You'll then be left to enjoy the fishing in peace with Dave close by if needed at any time.

Carte de Pêche

Dave will arrange all the necessary paperwork for you to fish legally for catfish and comply with the local department rules and regulations.

Night Fishing

Night fishing is allowed during the following periods : Chalon – 31st March to 31st October Sunday through Saturday and Macon – 1st May to 31st October from Thursday morning to Monday morning only.

Day fishing is allowed at all other times of the year.


Equipment included in the initial price of £275-00 is : Legal fishing license for 8 days and nights, rowing boat & life jacket for baiting up, chemical toilet, gas bottle & stove for cooking, cooking pots & pans, cutlery, plates and swim location and advice if required.

A full range of additional tackle can be provided if required for a small extra cost including:  1 x two-man bivvy, 2 x bedchairs, 1 x unhooking mat, 1 x weigh sling and a live bait net for a additional fee of 130 Euros.

We also offer two sets of three rods & reels. You MUST supply your own alarms and rod pods. Total of 110 Euros per set.


A supply of fresh bait for the duration of your trip can be prepared and delivered to your swim. For example: a 1 x 10 kilo bucket consisting of 5Kg boilies and a 5Kg mix of halibut pellets, flavoured pellets, sectioned fish bits and partials all soaked in fish oils and additives. Total of 65 Euros.

Glugged hook baits. Assorted sizes from 30mm to 50mm. 25 baits per tub. Total of 25 Euros.

Livebaits can be supplied. Quantity and cost to be discussed with your consultant.

Food & Accommodation

As this is a "Drive & Survive" type trip your home will be either be a bivvy on the bank to take advantage of the night fishing offered or a pre-booked bed and breakfast or hotel somewhere in town. You will have to organise this yourself via the many online hotel search websites that offer a huge range of rooms to suit all budgets. Food is readily available from the local shops and restaurants.


You will be expected to make your own way to Chalon-sur-Saône to meet the Catfish-Pro representatives who will organise your fishing for the following days. All purchases for ferries, flights and travel insurance will be your own responsibility. Chalon-sur-Saône is about 395 miles by road from the port of Calais. Travel time by road should be about 5 hours 30 minutes.


The cost of the basic trip is £275-00. A deposit of £100-00 per person will be payable to the high street fishing tackle shop (Tackle Up) run by Simon Clarke either by credit card, PayPal or a cheque made payable to "Catfish-Pro Limited" at the time of booking. The balance of £175-00  will be paid in Sterling on arrival in France. All additional extras are paid for in Euros. *** Special Offer *** For the rest of the 2017 season we can offer a discount of 35% on the basic cost of a trip making the fee £178-75.  You will need to pay a deposit of £100-00 via PayPal to secure a booking. The balance of £78-75 will be paid in Sterling on arrival in France.

Terms & Conditions

To be decided.