NEWS 1 March 2018 to 31 March 2018

The New 2018 Season

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27th February

As we approached our new Season “Opening” date, February passed with a sting in the tale and bitterly cold weather.

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24th March

The Manor Fisheries 2018 Season began on Saturday 24th March when we were again pleased to welcome many regulars plus several new faces.

 

2018 Bookings

With our visitors having differing requirements we are now accepting a variety of 2018 booking requests including: 

  • Accommodation with discounted fishing” for 3, 4 or 7 days or longer.
  • 2018 Night Members bookings for fishing up to the 6th month ahead.
  • General Public bookings for Day Fishing (7.00 am to 7.00 pm) only, who can book up to the 3rd month ahead. To book Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) anglers must indicate when they have fished here previously.

See https://www.manor-fisheries.co.uk/night-fishing/ for the 2018 Night Membership application form and https://www.manor-fisheries.co.uk/availability/ for both Apartment and fishing Availability. 

News Report – 1st March 2018 to 31st March 2018

Summary – the past month

We plan to keep you informed of news and progress while we look forward to receiving your comments, ideas and photos.

  • General maintenance has been completed whilst daily fish feeding continued when possible.
  • Our 2018 Season began on Saturday 24th March
  • With the assistance of Hadlow College, the “Management” of Lake 3 (Mixed) has been set for April.
  • Our 2018 Leader Board competition has now started and anglers are requested to record all Catfish weighing over 30lbs and Carp over 20lbs in the Cabin Log Book as this forms the basis of our Monthly News Report and provides valuable input to our lake management plans.

Fishing Report – 24th March 2018 to 31st March 2018.

Summary

The weather during March has been very variable including snow melt, cold nights and much heavy rain that has affected catches. Kevin Oxley can claim the first catch of the Season with a 15lbs 6ozs Common Carp from Lake 1 (Carp) though this weight no doubt will soon be beaten by some of the 150+ doubles stocked in Lake 1.

Lake 1 (Carp)

  • Regular Reg Miller returned on the 25th March and landed a 13lbs Mirror and a 10lbs Common while colleague Ian Skinner, visiting for the first time, landed a 19lbs 2ozs Mirror and a 17lbs Common to head the 2018 Leader Board.
  • Using boilie bait on the 25th March Simon Rickett caught a 12lbs Common.
  • Will Timson used Krill boilies on the 26th March and ended his session with Commons weighing 17lbs and 15lbs plus Mirrors weighing 17lbs and 10lbs.
  • Fishing was challenging on the 27th March when Fred Little used Tutti Fruti Wafter baits and persevered to catch a 13lbs 2ozs Common.
  • Returning on the 29th March regular Tom Holton landed Commons weighing 13lbs 8ozs and 11lbs 10ozs.
  • On the 29th March returning regular Roger Austen used pineapple pop-ups to lure a 13lbs 8ozs Mirror.
  • Using Krill baits on the 31st March, Chris and Will Timson had a good session with Chris landing Commons weighing 17lbs 8ozs and 15lbs while Will went one better with a 15lbs Mirror and Commons weighing 2 x 15lbs, 2 x 14lbs and 10lbs.

Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish)         

  • The Catfish proved elusive for Graham Ring on the 26th March but ended with a 16lbs Common.
  • Regular Eric Scott returned on the 27th March to find the Catfish still elusive but finished with Commons weighing 8lbs and 18lbs 10ozs.

Lake 3 (Mixed)

  • Fishing the margins on the 24th March, regular Gary Rust landed Carp weighing 7lbs 2ozs and 4lbs 2ozs when sweetcorn was the successful bait.
  • Regular Tony Payne returned on the 25th March and landed 2 x Carp to 8lbs plus a 3lbs Bream while brother Graham landed 2 x Bream to 3lbs.
  • The 25th March saw the return of regular Paul Kitt who used corn to catch a 5lbs Mirror while John Kitt caught a 4lbs Common using maggots.
  • Regular Fred Rosier visited on the 27th March and landed Commons weighing 5lbs 3ozs, 4lbs 11ozs and 4lbs 4ozs plus a 8lbs 13ozs Mirror.
  • Although the Tench were elusive on the 29th March, returning regular Peter Gardiner landed a Bream weighing 5lbs+.

NEWS 1 February 2018 to 28 February 2018

Some dates for your 2018 diary.

The Manor Fisheries 2018 Season is:

·         Open from Saturday 24th March 2018

·         Closed from Monday 1st October 2018

We are now accepting 2018 booking requests from visitors with differing requirements: 

·         “Accommodation with discounted fishing” for 3, 4 or 7 days or longer.

·         2018 Night Members can now book fishing up to the 6th month ahead. See https://www.manor-fisheries.co.uk/night-fishing/ for the 2018 Night Membership application form.

·         Bookings from the general Public requiring only Day Fishing (7.00 am to 7.00 pm) who can book up to the 3rd month ahead. To book Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) anglers must indicate when they have fished here previously.

·         See https://www.manor-fisheries.co.uk/availability/ for both Apartment and fishing Availability.

News Report – 1st February 2018 to 28th February 2018

Summary – the PAST MONTH

Not long now before we open again on the 24th March. General maintenance is almost complete while daily fish feeding has continued when possible.

Repair and improvement of swims

We can report that three Lake 1 (Carp) swims have been repaired this month and that three Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) swims were upgraded last month.

4th February

Do you find your plans unexpectedly need to be changed?

Arriving home late on the Sunday 4th February the lake maintenance schedules for Monday and Tuesday had to be changed to include loppers and chain saw!!

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27th February

See above - Did you see Manor Fisheries mentioned by Duncan Charman on page 53 of Anglers Mail dated 27th February 2018?

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28th February

February is such an unpredictable month which earlier had sunny days, then wet days with high winds and ending with significant snow falls. The likelihood of imitating Winter Olympics “Curling” was zero and especially as the lakes were frozen and covered with snow.

No fish feeding today!!

 

Summary – the next 3-weeks

Not long now before we open again on the 24th March. General maintenance is almost complete while daily fish feeding continues when possible.

We will keep you informed of progress while we look forward to receiving your comments, ideas and photos.

Manor Fisheries Specimens

Each year we award every angler with a PIN to commemorate catching their first Manor Fisheries specimen fish for each species shown below. The 2018 PIN qualifying weights are:

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2018 Leader Board

Thank you to all those anglers who have spent a few moments in the past to summarise their catch in the Cabin Log Book.

In addition to recording Cats weighing over 30lbs, and please don’t be shy ……. we request anglers also record Carp over 20lbs as this forms the basis of our Monthly News Report and provides valuable input to our lake management plans.

The Leader Board competition will again run throughout our 2018 Season and commence on Saturday 24th March 2018. Prizes will be awarded for the following specimens caught by or on Sunday 30th September 2018:

·         £50.00 for the first verified 50lbs+ Catfish

·         £50.00 for the first verified 30lbs+ Carp

·         £50.00 for the first verified 8lbs+ Tench

In the event these “Target weights” are not met, the above prizes will be awarded for the heaviest verified Carp, Catfish and Tench specimens recorded in the Cabin Log Book by or on Sunday 30th September 2018.

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NEWS: 1 January 2018 to 31 January 2018

Some dates for your 2018 diary.

The Manor Fisheries 2018 Season is:

·         Open from Saturday 24th March 2018

·         Closed from Monday 1st October 2018

We are now accepting 2018 booking requests from visitors with differing requirements including: 

·         “Accommodation and discounted fishing” for 3, 4 or 7 days or longer. Apartment Availability can be seen at https://www.manor-fisheries.co.uk/availability/ .

·         2018 Night Members can now book fishing up to the sixth month ahead. The 2018 Night Membership application is available via www.manor-fisheries.co.uk .

·         From 15th February 2018 we will accept bookings for fishing from the general Public requiring only Day Fishing (7.00 am to 7.00 pm) who can book ahead up to month three. To book Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) anglers must indicate when they have fished here previously.

News Report – 1st January 2018 to 31st January 2018

Summary – the next 7-weeks

Not long now before we open again on the 24th March. During the next few weeks we will continue with:

·         Netting and electro stunning of Lake 3 (Mixed).

·         Daily fish feeding

·         General grounds, swims and islands maintenance

·         Apartments, cabin and security maintenance

We will keep you informed of progress while we look forward to receiving your comments, ideas and photos.

Repair and improvement of swims

We can report that three of the Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) swims have been upgraded.

Fishing visit to New Zealand

Although the journey was an arduous 36+ hours, we were fortunate to return to New Zealand over the Christmas and New Year period to enjoy almost constant holiday sunshine in the low 80’s. Of course the opportunity to enjoy local wines could not be missed whilst also slipping in a few days fishing.

South Island – Our first location was south-west of Christchurch at Fairlie which is a quintessential rural New Zealand farming town and the eastern gateway to the Mackenzie region. Spread across this region are many rivers holding large wild Brown and Rainbow Trout; with Lake Tekapo only 1½ hours away by car.

        Overlooking Fairlie

       Overlooking Fairlie

              Lake Tekapo

             Lake Tekapo

               Godley River

              Godley River

It was throughout this area that Kevin Payne, an extremely gifted fly-fishing guide, shared his local knowledge with me and provided an immense amount of patient instruction that eventually produced results that I originally did not seem possible.

          Brown Trout 6 lbs

         Brown Trout 6 lbs

   Rainbow Trout 4 lbs 8 ozs

  Rainbow Trout 4 lbs 8 ozs

           Brown Trout 6 lbs

          Brown Trout 6 lbs

North Island – Returning to Russell we stayed in a “Bach” on the waterfront some 4 miles to the west. As well as spending time sight-seeing and relaxing we enjoyed catching our supper consisting of Snapper and John Dory. Under the guidance of Geoff Stone aboard Major Tom II, our arms were soon aching – especially when Kingfish took our sardine baits.

           Russell waterfront

          Russell waterfront

          View from "Home"

         View from "Home"

               Major Tom II

              Major Tom II

     Rhonda's biggest ever

    Rhonda's biggest ever

    John Dory and              Kingfish                              

   John Dory and              Kingfish                              

            Kingfish 26 lbs

           Kingfish 26 lbs

Manor Fisheries Specimens

Each year we award every angler with a PIN to commemorate catching their first Manor Fisheries specimen fish for each species shown below. The 2018 PIN qualifying weights are:

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2018 Leader Board

The Leader Board competition will again run throughout our 2018 Season and commence on Saturday 24th March 2018. Prizes will be awarded for the following specimens caught by or on Sunday 30th September 2018:

·         £50.00 for the first verified 50lbs+ Catfish

·         £50.00 for the first verified 30lbs+ Carp

·         £50.00 for the first verified 8lbs+ Tench

In the event these “Target weights” are not met, the above prizes will be awarded for the heaviest verified Carp, Catfish and Tench specimens recorded in the Cabin Log Book by or on Sunday 30th September 2018.

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Thank you to all those anglers who have spent a few moments in the past to summarise their catch in the Cabin Log Book.

In addition to recording Cats weighing over 30lbs, and please don’t be shy ……. we request anglers also record Carp over 20lbs as this forms the basis of our Monthly News Report and provides valuable input to our lake management plans.

NEWS 1 December 2017 to 31 December 2017

 

 

A brand New Year has started. Hope you are ready for more great catches and experiences!

A big thank you to all our visitors who visited Manor Fisheries last year and we wish you all a very Happy New Year.

We look forward to you visiting again and enjoying fishing at Manor Fisheries.

Rhonda and Mike

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Some dates for your 2018 diary.

The Manor Fisheries 2018 Season is:

·         Open from Saturday 24th March 2018

·         Closed from Monday 1st October 2018

We are now accepting 2018 booking requests from visitors with different requirements including: 

·         “Accommodation and discounted fishing” for 3, 4 or 7 days or longer. Apartment Availability can be seen at https://www.manor-fisheries.co.uk/availability/ .

·         See the 2018 Night Membership application via www.manor-fisheries.co.uk .

·         From 15th January 2018 we will accept Bookings for fishing from registered 2018 Night Members (who can book ahead up to month six).

·         From 15th February 2018 we will accept bookings for fishing from the general Public requiring only Day Fishing (7.00 am to 7.00 pm) who can book ahead up to month three. To book Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) anglers must indicate when they have fished here previously.

News Report – 1st December 2017 to 31st December 2017

Summary – the next 12-weeks

Manor Fisheries is closed for the winter noting the lakes first started freezing over on the 9th December. Before we open on the 24th March next year there are still activities to manage including:

·         Netting and electro stunning of Lake 3 (Mixed).

·         Daily fish feeding

·         General grounds, swims and islands maintenance

·         Apartments, cabin and security maintenance

Over the coming weeks we look forward to keeping you informed of progress and receiving your comments and/or ideas.

Repair and improvement of swims

We can report that some of the Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) swims have now been upgraded.

Manor Fisheries Specimens

Each year we award every angler with a PIN to commemorate catching their first Manor Fisheries specimen fish for each species shown below. The 2018 PIN qualifying weights

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2018 Leader Board

The Leader Board competition will again run throughout our 2018 Season and commence on Saturday 24th March 2018. Prizes will be awarded for the following specimens caught by or on Sunday 30th September 2018:

·         £50.00 for the first verified 50lbs+ Catfish

·         £50.00 for the first verified 30lbs+ Carp

·         £50.00 for the first verified 8lbs+ Tench

In the event these “Target weights” are not met, the above prizes will be awarded for the heaviest verified Carp, Catfish and Tench specimens recorded in the Cabin Log Book by or on Sunday 30th September 2018.

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Thank you to all those anglers who have spent a few moments in the past to summarise their catch in the Cabin Log Book.

In addition to recording Cats weighing over 30lbs, and please don’t be shy ……. we request anglers also record Carp over 20lbs as this forms the basis of our Monthly News Report and provides valuable input to our lake management plans.

NEWS 1 November 2017 to 30 November 2017

Christmas Greetings

We extend a BIG thank you to all our regular and new guests who have visited throughout 2017 when many PB’s were again achieved.

We hope visiting has been enjoyable and it has been a pleasure meeting you all.

Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Rhonda and Mike

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Alpaca Walking

If you enjoy the fresh air and you may have possibly over indulged – how about a something a little different and a walk in the Sussex countryside.

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This option comes highly recommended by Rhonda.

For details contact Vicki and Chris Agar at:

Spring  Farm Alpacas

Spring Farm, North Hall Lane,

Fletching, East Sussex, TN22 3SA

H: 01825 790885

M: 07776 181811/12

www.springfarmalpacas.co.uk

www.alpacawalking.co.uk

Some dates for your 2018 diary.

The Manor Fisheries 2018 Season is:

  • Open from Saturday 24th March 2018
  • Closed from Monday 1st October 2018

We are now accepting 2018 booking requests from visitors with different requirements including: 

  • Accommodation and discounted fishing” for 3, 4 or 7 days or longer. Apartment Availability can be seen at https://www.manor-fisheries.co.uk/availability/ .

  • See the 2018 Night Membership application via www.manor-fisheries.co.uk .

  • From 15th January 2018 we will accept Bookings for fishing from registered 2018 Night Members (who can book ahead up to month six).

  • From 15th February 2018 we will accept bookings for fishing from the general Public requiring only Day Fishing (7.00 am to 7.00 pm) who can book ahead up to month three. To book Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) anglers must indicate when they have fished here previously.

News Report – 1st November 2017 to 30th November 2017

Summary – the next 17-weeks

Manor Fisheries is closed for the winter and before we open next year on the 24th March there are many activities to complete including:

  • Management of all three lakes through netting and electro stunning.

  • Repair and improvement of several swims.

  • Daily fish feeding

  • General grounds and islands maintenance

  • Apartments, cabin and security maintenance

Over the coming weeks we look forward to keeping you informed of progress and receiving your comments and/or ideas.

Specimen Lakes – Netting and electro stunning

Lake 1 (Carp) – The Hadlow College team, led by Brian Bailey - Commercial Fisheries Manager, arrived on Wednesday 22nd November equipped with both Seine nets and electro-fishing equipment. Although no Cats were caught some 30 lbs of mixed silvers were transferred to Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish). Going forward, we should all remain vigilant and in the event a Cat is caught from Lake 1 we request it be relocated and unharmed to Lake 2

Some 10 x Carp plus a small number of larger Bream were also rehomed to Lake 3 (Mixed). Of note were three of these Carp which weighed around a 1 lb each and were 2 to 3 years old indicating successful breeding of Carp in Lake 1.

Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) - The Hadlow College team consisting of 18 members and again led by Brian Bailey - Commercial Fisheries Manager, arrived on a Wednesday 29th November with their Seine nets and electro-fishing equipment. The focus was on removing smaller Cats and whilst experiencing cold weather, 66 x Cats weighing a total of 550lbs were successfully removed for rehoming.

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In addition several Carp were removed from Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) including 22 x double figure Carp (including 4 x 20’s) which were relocated to Lake 1 (Carp) and 25 x smaller Carp plus a Bream were relocated to Lake 3 (Mixed).

This brings the number of double figure Carp in Lake 1 (Carp) up to approximately 170+ doubles. The total weight of fish removed during this session approaches ½ ton giving more room for the many existing 30lbs+ Cats to grow to 40lbs+ and beyond ( see the October 2017 News Letter when 419 Cats weighing 30lbs+ were caught during our recent 6-months season).

Repair and improvement of swims

We can report that some Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) swims have now been upgraded.

2017 Leader Board Winners

Since closing for the winter we are delighted to announce the winners of our 2017 Leader Board competition with each angler being awarded £50.00 as follows:

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Special mention is made of two of our regular anglers:

  • Paul Evans for the third consecutive year has won the Tench Leader Board competition:

    • Tench weighing 6lbs 15ozs on the 27th May 2017

    • Tench weighing 5lbs 14ozs on the 30th June 2016

    • Tench weighing 6lbs 12ozs on the 20th June 2015

  • Eric Scott for the second year has again won the Catfish Leader Board competition:

    • Catfish weighing 43lbs 10ozs on the 20th June 2017

    • Catfish weighing 48lbs 5ozs on the 2nd July 2013

2017 Results of the 1,000 lbs CLUB

Many of our regulars will recognise that there are times during the summer when the Cats become ravenous resulting in large total session weights of Cats being recorded.

Congratulations to all the 1,000 lbs Club anglers shown below who again set the bar high through landing over 1,000 lbs in a single session, when it is likely that each angler will concur that they were really happy but somewhat tired at the end of their visit!

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The previous dates when Bill and Reg landed over 1,000 lbs in a single session are:

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2017 “Pin” Awards

Each year we award every angler with a PIN to commemorate catching their first Manor Fisheries specimen fish for each species shown below.

We are delighted to announce the 2017 “Pin” award winners as follows:

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Manor Fisheries Specimens

Each year we award every angler with a PIN to commemorate catching their first Manor Fisheries specimen fish for each species shown below. The 2018 PIN qualifying weights are:

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2018 Leader Board

The Leader Board competition will again run throughout our 2018 Season and commence on Saturday 24th March 2018. Prizes will be awarded for the following specimens caught by or on Sunday 30th September 2018:

  • £50.00 for the first verified 50lbs+ Catfish

  • £50.00 for the first verified 30lbs+ Carp

  • £50.00 for the first verified 8lbs+ Tench

In the event these “Target weights” are not met, the above prizes will be awarded for the heaviest verified Carp, Catfish and Tench specimens recorded in the Cabin Log Book by or on Sunday 30th September 2018.

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Thank you to all those anglers who have spent a few moments in the past to summarise their catch in the Cabin Log Book.

In addition to recording Cats weighing over 30lbs, and please don’t be shy ……. we request anglers also record Carp over 20lbs as this forms the basis of our Monthly News Report and provides valuable input to our lake management plans.