NEWS 1 May 2018 to 31 May 2018

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.

Fishing Report – 1st May 2018 to 31st May 2018

April left with a storm on the 30th, when we experienced an exceptional rainfall of some 70mm (3 inches) that resulted in local flooding and storm damage. Thankfully the weather changed during May Day and proved to be sunny to assist in drying out the lakeside banks while the waters dropped back to normal levels. The first young moorhens, ducklings and goslings also started to show in growing numbers as the weather became warmer.

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Following heavy rain on the 30th April, the River Sherway water level (which flows into the River Beult) rose and fell rapidly over 36 hours to flood the fields adjacent to Lake 3 (Mixed).

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Having lived at Manor Fisheries since April 2009, we have seen many changes. Above are pictures showing how Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) has matured from its creation in 1999 to how it is in May 2018.

May has been another record month and with the improvement in the weather the larger Cats appeared in high numbers. Specimens landed this month include 123 x 30lbs+ Catfish and 8 x 40lbs+ to 42lbs 9ozs which now tops the Catfish Leader Board , 4 x 20lbs+ Carp to 21lbs 7ozs Common and a Tench of 4lbs 8ozs which also tops the Tench Leader Board.

Thank you to all those anglers who took time to record their catches in the Cabin Log Book.

Lake 1 (Carp)

  •  Arriving for a break on the 28th April Mark and Matt Byatt both achieved new PB’s:
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  • Rob Ormond visited with colleague John on the 2nd May and using krill boilies tipped with fake corn landed 4 x Commons and 2 x Mirrors weighing from 9lbs to 15lbs.
  • Visiting on the 5th May Keith Richards used nut boilie bait and landed 3 x Mirrors and 7 x Commons weighing from 10lbs 6ozs to 15lbs 6ozs and again on the 27th May Keith landed 4 x Commons including 2 x 10lbs and 15lbs and a 10lbs 6ozs Mirror plus a small Cat which was safely returned to Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish).
  • Arriving on the 5th May for a break it was PB’s all-round for both David Emmerson and Martin Goldring with their catch totalling 58 x Carp:
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  • Using halibut pellet on the 9th May, Andrew Burton landed Commons weighing 19lbs and 8lbs 10ozs plus Mirrors weighing 14lbs and 11lbs.
  • Regular Terry Keard began his 48 hour session on the 8th May and using frill and halibut pellet baits landed 12 x Carp including 9 x doubles to a 16lbs 4ozs Mirror.
  • It was another good session for Alan and Mick Rogers on the 13th May. Using Pineapple boilies Alan landed Carp weighing 18lbs, 17lbs 12ozs, 16lbs 12ozs and 15lbs 10ozs while Mick caught Carp weighing 16lbs 12ozs and 16lbs using Urban nutcracker boilies.
  • Tony Cook visited on the 13th May and landed Mirrors weighing 20lbs 3ozs and 15lbs 7ozs where Mainline salted squid boilie was the successful bait.
  • Regular Dave Kendrick had a good session on the 16th May and using spicy tuna and sweet chilli boilie baits caught Commons weighing 21lbs 7ozs, 18lbs 10ozs, 18lbs 7ozs, 17lbs 8ozs and 14lbs plus Mirrors weighing 17lbs 6ozs, 15lbs 9ozs, 15lbs 7ozs and 12lbs 4ozs.
  • Andy and Lewis Bracey began their 24 hour session on the 17th May and had great success in landing 12 x Carp including Commons weighing 18lbs 4ozs, 18lbs, 17lbs 8ozs, 15lbs 4ozs, 14lbs 5ozs, 3 x 13lbs, 2 x 11lbs 8ozs and 9lbs plus a 9lbs Mirror.
  • Visiting on the 29th May Shaun Mackenzie landed 2 x Commons and a Mirror with all three being mid-doubles.
  • Fishing with pacific tuna boilie bait in the Open water during his 24 hour session beginning 21st May, rather than the island margins where the Carp were spawning; Jason Tuckey landed Commons weighing 14lbs and 12lbs 4ozs.
  • Returning on the 22nd May for a 48 hour visit, Terry Keard was joined by regular Steve Hyder to find the Carp had just finished spawning. Terry used krill boilie bait and caught a small Cat which was returned to Lake 2 plus Mirrors weighing 18lbs 8ozs and 10lbs 1oz plus a 7lbs 4ozs Common while Steve landed Commons weighing 14lbs 12ozs, 10lbs 8ozs and 9lbs 8ozs plus a 15lbs 8ozs Mirror.
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  • Harvey Rhodes arrived on the 26th May for a short break and using Manila boilies for bait was soon into the Carp. During for the first few days Harvey experienced heavy rains but his catch still included 18 x Commons to 17lbs 6ozs where 12 were doubles plus 3 x Mirrors to 13lbs 6ozs. Next month will contain a fuller summary.
  • Tony Cook visited on the 28th May and caught a 13lbs 1oz Carp using Tutti Frutti boilies.
  • The competitive spirit was alive and well when Daniel Selby and his brother Jamie began their short break on the 26th May and successfully targeted the Lake 1 Carp over three days. They then targeted the Lake 2 Cats with more great catches. On the 31st May Daniel had a really great session with 17 x Cats including 2 x 40’s to 42lbs 9ozs to top the Catfish Leader Board plus 6 x 30’s:
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Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish)

  • During sunshine on the 1st May regular Peter Parsons landed three Cats weighing 29lbs, 20lbs and 10lbs.
  • Visiting on the 5th May Jack Flower landed a 16lbs Cat while colleague Andy Phillips landed 4 x Cats including 40lbs, 2 x 19lbs and 14lbs using Xcal bait and pellets.
  • Arriving for a break on the 5th May Robert Hanson and Jackie Colton targeted the Cats with great success when using pigs liver for bait. Their massive catch of 38 x Cats included 18 x 20’s and 14 x 30’s weighing 39lbs 8ozs, 38lbs 4ozs, 37lbs Jackie’s new PB, 36lbs 12ozs,  36lbs, 35lbs 11ozs, 34lbs, 31lbs 12ozs, 31lbs 8ozs, 31lbs 4ozs, 30lbs 12ozs, 30lbs 8ozs, 30lbs 4ozs, 30lbs.
  • Regular Paul Murray returned on the 6th May and landed 5 x Cats weighing 22lbs, 15lbs 14ozs, 13lbs 1oz, 12lbs 7ozs and 12lbs 2ozs while son Anthony landed Cats weighing 32lbs, 29lbs and a 8lbs 6ozs kitten.
  • Bill Ellis returned on the 7th May and landed Cats weighing 28lbs and 27lbs 60zs while his son Shane landed 4 x Cats including weights of 27lbs 4ozs PB, 2 x 24lbs and 22lbs.
  • With the weather becoming very warm on the 8th May regular Paul Hutchinson caught 13 x Cats using Banoffee and Active 8 boilies. Weights included 35lbs 10ozs, 30lbs 8ozs, 28lbs 4ozs, 2 x 26lbs 10ozs, 25lbs 4ozs, 23lbs 10ozs, 23lbs 6ozs, 23lbs 4ozs, 21lbs, 19lbs 8ozs, 19lbs 4ozs and 17lbs 4ozs and again on the 16th May Cats weighing 27lbs 6ozs, 24lbs 14ozs and 24lbs 6ozs.
  • Ted Mahoney used halibut pellet on the 9th May and landed 7 x Cats to 37lbs and again on the 17th May 8 x Cats including weights of 36lbs, 35lbs, 34lbs, 31lbs and 3 x 20’s.
  • Visiting on the 10th May produced a 40lbs Cat for Charlie King.
  • Gary Day and father Bernie targeted the Cats on the 10th May and Gary landed Cats weighing 30lbs 8ozs and 20lbs 8ozs while Bernie’s Cat weighed 19lbs 8ozs.
  • Regular Kevin Oxley began fishing on the 12th May and during a short break over 5-days landed Cats weighing a total of 567lbs 5ozs including 6 x 30’s, 11x 20’s and 5 up to 20lbs and all on halibut pellet.
  • Returning on the 13th May Pat O’Sullivan had another good 36 hour session landing 11 x Cats including weights of 40lbs, 36lbs, 2 x 32lbs and 7 x 20’s where krill boilies over halibut pellet was the successful bait.
  • Arriving on the 13th May Roy Prout enjoyed a short break, landing 12 x Cats (averaging 31lbs+) and using fish boilie bait caught weights of 38lbs 14ozs, 37lbs 3ozs, 36lbs 8ozs, 35lbs 13ozs, 35lbs 20zs, 33lbs 5ozs, 29lbs 11ozs, 29lbs 2ozs, 28lbs 8ozs, 23lbs 9ozs, 23lbs 7ozs and 22lbs 11ozs.
  • Using boilie and halibut pellet baits, regular Jason Tuckey landed 10 x Cats during his 24 hour session starting 14th May that included weights of 34lbs, 33lbs 8ozs, 33lbs, 32lbs, 30lbs, 28lbs, 26lbs, 25lbs, 24lbs and 16lbs.
  • Andy Phillips returned on the 16th May and landed Cats weighing 31lbs, 24lbs 8ozs and 14lbs 12ozs using Xcrl baits.
  • Visiting on the 17th May Paul Mephan caught a 20lbs Cat plus a 3lbs Common.
  • Returning for a seven day break beginning the 19th May, Robin Moyser plus son Andrew, Nigel Gillard and Tim Noble found the Cats h-u-n-g-r-y with Robin becoming only the third angler to join our 1,000lbs Club for a second time with a massive 1,308lbs. Nigel now heads the Catfish Leader Board with a 42lbs 5ozs Moggie and a 871lbs 4ozs catch - many congratulations to both Robin and Nigel. With the “Average” Cat weighing 25lbs their catches include:
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  • Arriving on the evening 26th May, Bill Newell raised his Cat PB to 38lbs 3ozs at approximately 11.30 pm as an incredible lightening show began. He following morning Bill switched to using 28mm Mogimuch and salmon oil bait and landed a 16lbs 9ozs Carp from Lake 1 (Carp).
  • Regular Tony Payne began his 24 hour session on the 26th May and using halibut pellet bait caught Cats weighing 37lbs 4ozs and 12lbs.
  • The Cats were really active on a sunny 28th May when Eric Scott returned with Peter Parsons and Aran Flemming. Halibut pellet was the successful bait when they caught Cats weighing:
    • Aran – 36lbs, 27lbs and 15lbs
    • Peter – 34lbs, 26lbs, 2 x 24lbs, 23lbs, 13lbs and 12lbs
    • Eric – 38lbs 8ozs, 37lbs 8ozs, 36lbs, 35lbs, 2 x 34lbs, 32lbs, 26lbs and 18lbs
  • Regular Paul Coombes returned on the 29th May for his 60 hour session which was interspersed with very heavy rain.  Using halibut pellet bait; Paul’s catch included Cats weighing 35lbs, 28lbs, 25lbs 8ozs, 2 x 22lbs, 21lbs, 20lbs, 18lbs and 16lbs 8ozs.
  • Using double 21mm halibut pellet on the 31st May, Phil Rooke landed Cats weighing 33lbs, 30lbs, 29lbs, 25lbs, 20lbs, 18lbs and 3 x kittens      

Lake 3 (Mixed)

  • Returning on the 1st May regular Fred Rosier had a mixed bag including a 5lbs 14ozs Common, a 2lbs 12ozs Tench and Bream weighing 3lbs 11ozs, 2 x 3lbs 9ozs and 3lbs 4ozs.
  • Mark and Sue Rogers returned on the 4th May and using bacon grill, sweetcorn and worm baits landed 6 x Carp weighing 7lbs 8ozs, 7lbs 4ozs, 7lbs 2ozs, 6lbs 2ozs, 5lbs 11ozs and 3lbs plus a 3lbs 8ozs Bream and small Perch. Visiting again on the 7th May Sue float fished and landed Bream weighing 4lbs 7ozs and 4lbs 5ozs, a 2lbs 1oz Tench and a 4lbs 7ozs Common while Mark caught a 4lbs 4ozs Bream, a 8lbs 60zs Mirror, Commons weighing 7lbs 11ozs, 4lbs 13ozs and 4lbs 9ozs plus Tench weighing 2lbs 13ozs and 2lbs 2ozs. The successful baits included sweetcorn, maggots and luncheon meat.
  • Regular Gary Rust returned on the 5th May and swapping between ledger and pole landed 6 x Carp weighing from 3lbs 8ozs to 6lbs 9ozs plus 4 x Tench ranging from 1lb 8ozs to 2lbs 2ozs and a couple of Roach using ground bait and prawn.
  • On the 9th May Peter Gardiner’s catch included Bream weighing 5lbs 4ozs and 4lbs 10ozs.
  • Fishing on the 9th May, Steve Hyder landed 8 x Carp to 8lbs 10ozs plus 2 x Tench to 2lbs 1oz.
  • Roger Simmons and Ian Usher visited on the 10th May and using sweetcorn, luncheon meat and bread baits landed 30+ Tench ranging from 1lb to 3lbs, 6 x Carp and 3 x Bream.
  • Paul Evans returned on the 12th May and using his long pole plus sweetcorn and luncheon meat baits, raised the Tench leader Board (though shortly) to 4lbs 4ozs with a magnificent catch including 42 x Tench, 23 x Carp to 8lbs 20zs and 5 x Bream to 4lbs 10ozs and again on the 20th May catching 16 x Tench to 2lbs 11ozs, 14 x Carp to 8lbs 11ozs and a 4lbs 10ozs Bream. On the 26th May Paul’s catch included 24 x Carp to 8lbs 12ozs, 8 x Tench to 2lbs 11ozs and 7 x Bream to 6lbs 2ozs.
  • On the 14th May Martin Stokes ledgered luncheon meat and bread paste baits and caught 12 x Carp to 14lbs, 14 x Tench to 3lbs and 6 x Bream to 4lbs.
  • Peter Austen had a mixed bag on the 16th May when his catch included a 6lbs Common, 3 x Tench to 2lbs, 2 x Bream to 3lbs and a dozen Perch.
  • Returning on the 26th May, Pete Rolfe had a good mixed bag including Carp to 10lbs, Bream to 4lbs and Tench to 4lbs.
  • Regular Graham Payne visited on the 27th May and landed 6 x Commons weighing 10lbs, 6lbs, 5lbs 8ozs, 5lbs, 4lbs 8ozs and 4lbs plus a 4lbs Mirror, a 4lbs Tench and a Bream weighing 3lbs 8ozs.
  • Jim Hall returned on the 28th May and using sweetcorn had a great Catch with 26 x Tench from 2lbs to a 4lbs 8ozs Leader Board topper,  4 x Carp to 9lbs 12ozs and 14 x Bream form 3lbs to 4lbs 2ozs.
  • During a short break Garry Blunt and Gary Ford landed 30+ Carp to 9lbs 4ozs on the 30th May and again on the 31st May 30 fish including Bream to 5lbs 8ozs, Tench to 4lbs and Carp to 7lbs 4ozs.

NEWS 1 April 2018 to 30 April 2018

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 April 2018 to 30th April 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.

  • With the assistance of Hadlow College, the “Management” of Lake 3 (Mixed) was set for April but has been deferred due to warm weather conditions which would over stress the silver fish.

Fishing Report – 1st April 2018 to 30th April 2018

The weather was disappointing during early April and following many heavy showers catches were affected. The grounds also became soft and muddy.

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As the month progressed and became warmer, the first Cuckoo was heard on the 18th April and it was noticeable that the fish became more active resulting in some good catches from all three lakes.

It was only seven weeks ago that the grounds were covered in snow and now the sunshine arrived and colour emerged.

With the improvement in the weather, from mid-April the Cats started appearing in good numbers after recovering from hibernation. All three Leader Boards were raised during this record April month. Specimens landed included 54 x 30lbs+ Catfish to 42lbs and 7 x 20lbs+ Carp to 22lbs 8ozs. Peter Gardiner can claim the first Tench catch of the Season at 2lbs 2ozs from Lake 3 (Mixed) though this weight was soon beaten by one weighing 4lbs.

Thank you to all those anglers who took time to record their catches in the Cabin Log Book.

Lake 1 (Carp)

  • Returning on the 4th April Ian Emms landed a 10lbs 10ozs Common using Richworth pine-apple 14mm boilies and a 12lbs Mirror using 18mm Cell Mainline.
  • Arriving on the 6th April for a short break, brothers Fred and Bill Whitfield had success with the Carp. Using bread and corn baits, Bill’s catch included a Mirror weighing 15lbs 6ozs and a Common weighing 17lbs 10ozs. Fred’s baits were Mainline Cell and luncheon meat and his catch included Mirrors weighing 14lbs 7ozs and 9lbs 2ozs and Commons weighing 21lbs 2ozs and 10lbs 30zs to top the Carp Leader Board.
  • Regular David Hodge arrived on the 10th April and landed a 18lbs Common and a 10lbs Mirror.
  • Spicy tuna and sweet chilli boilies proved successful for regular Dave Kendrick on the 11th April with a catch including Mirrors weighing 12lbs 4ozs and 7lbs 12ozs plus a 18lbs 8ozs Common while his son landed Mirrors weighing 14lbs, 12lbs and 8lbs using squid and crab boilies over krill ground bait.
  • Fishing on the 12th April, Daniel Backshall plus two colleagues landed 9 x doubles to 15lbs 10ozs.
  • John Carroll visited on the 14th April and together with three colleagues landed 10 x Carp weighing from 11lbs to 18lbs 2ozs.
  • Arriving on the 13th April for a short break, it was lucky for some as Brett Simpson and colleagues landed several Carp up to 18lbs but were shown the way by young Archie Dundridge with a 20lbs 20zs PB Mirror and young Ellis Simpson with a 22lbs UK PB Mirror to top the Carp Leader Board. Gary Dundridge also enjoyed landing his first Catfish which weighed 25lbs PB from Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish).
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              20lbs 20zzs Mirror

                          Gary Dunbridge and his                                 25lbs PB Catfish

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                               25lbs PB Catfish

  • Visiting on the 14th April, Robert Chesters landed 10 x Carp weighing from 11lbs to 18lbs 2ozs.
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                    fully scaled Mirror

          Robert Chesters with his                  18lbs 2ozs Mirror

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                18lbs 2ozs Mirror

  • Peter Austen had a good session on the 18th April landing 5 x Commons weighing 18lbs 2ozs, 17lbs 6ozs, 14lbs 4ozs, 14lbs and 12lbs 8ozs plus a 20lbs 4ozs Mirror using banoffee boilies and on the 26th April a 10lbs 6ozs Common.
  • When visiting on the 19th April Aaron Lamptey landed 6 x Carp weighing 16lbs, 15lbs, 14lbs, 13lbs, 12 lbs and 10lbs.
  • Arriving on the 20th April for a short break regular Kevin Oxley landed 17 x Carp of which 14 were Doubles; including 13 x Commons to 15lbs 15ozs and 4 x Mirrors to 18lbs 50zs.
  • Adam Howland returned on the 21st April and landed 3 x Carp to 18lbs 12ozs.
  • Graeme Gilbert and his father used boilies on the 21st April and together caught 14 x Carp weighing from 10lbs to 17lbs 6ozs.
  • Mick and Alan Rogers returned on the 22nd April when Mick used Urban nut cracker boilies to catch Carp weighing 18lbs, 16lbs 12ozs, 13lbs 10ozs and 11lbs 12ozs while Alan used pineapple boilies to catch Carp weighing 20lbs, 18lbs, 15lbs 12ozs, 2 x 12lbs 12ozs and 9lbs 2ozs.
  • Roger Austen returned on the 23April and using coconut boilies landed 6 x Commons weighing 15lbs 8ozs, 13lbs 4ozs, 13lbs, 12lbs8ozs, 11lbs 6ozs and 9lbs plus a 15lbs Mirror using krill boilie.·        
  • Regular Terry Keard began his 48 hour session on the 24th April and enduring two cold nights landed 15 x Carp including 9 x doubles to 16lbs 7ozs. Terry was joined by colleague Steve Hyder on the 26th April and he landed Commons weighing 15lbs and 14lbs 14ozs plus Mirrors weighing 17lbs 4ozs and 6lbs 8ozs.
  • Using king prawn boilies on the 24th April proved to be successful when David Hodge returned with his son Milden and Dan Miles:
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  • Keith Richards used sweetcorn bait on the 28th April and landed Commons weighing 16lbs 8ozs, 15lbs 6ozs and 11lbs plus a 10lbs Mirror.
  • Using boilies, Eddie Stephens began his session on the 28th April by landing a 20lbs Common which was followed by Mirrors weighing 13lbs 4ozs and 11lbs 9ozs.

Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish)

  • During his first 2018 over nighter on the 6th April, Cristian Mitran found the Cats stirring. Using 20mm halibut pellet bait, Cristian now tops the Catfish Leader Board at 37lbs through landing the first Cat of the season – well done.
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  • Visiting on the 8th April, James Howland landed 2 x Cats each weighing 20lbs.
  • Braving  a 24 hour session on a wet 9th April, regular Les Roberts had a good session using crab and squid boilies to land 6 x Cats weighing 30lbs 4ozs, 28lbs 4ozs, 25lbs 3ozs, 22lbs 9ozs, 19lbs 8ozs and 16lbs 8ozs.
  • Regular Jason Tuckey began his 24 hour session on the 9th April and using crab and squid boilies during another wet night caught Cats weighing 31lbs, 19lbs and .
  • Visiting on the 11th April Chris Danton landed Cats weighing 31lbs and 27lbs when the successful baits were tutti frutti  boilies and halibut pellets.
  • Returning on the 12th April Mike Ireland used luncheon meat bait to lure Cats weighing 34lbs 8ozs and 15lbs.
  • Lucky “Friday 13th” for some, as first time fishing for Cats Patrick Johnson began his session using boilie baits and catching 2 x small Carp and ending with a PB Cat weighing 33lbs 12ozs.
  • Arriving on the 15th April Bobby Clements used pink pop-ups to catch 6 x Cats to 39lbs to top the Catfish Leader Board – but for how long?
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  • Regular Eric Scott visited on the 17th April and using maggot baits caught 5 x Cats weighing 31lbs, 30lbs, 28lbs, 26lbs and 23lbs plus 2 x Commons weighing 12lbs and 22lbs 8ozs to top the Carp Leader Board.
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  • Gary Day returned on the 18th April and landed 3 x Cats weighing 31lbs 3ozs, 14lbs and 11lbs.
  • Robin Moyser began his 36 hour session on the 18th April to experience not only the hottest April weather for 50+ years but finding the Cats coming out of hibernation. His catch of 27 x Catfish weighed a total of 672lbs including 2 x 37lbs 8ozs, 2 x 37lbs, 33lbs, 31lbs, 30lbs, 28lbs, 2 x 26lbs, 4 x 25lbs, 2 x 24lbs, 23lbs 8ozs, 2 x 23lbs 22lbs 8ozs and 7 weighing from 12lbs to 15lbs.
  • Regular Tony Payne returned on the 20th April for a 24 hour session and using halibut pellets ended with 12 x Cats including 4 x teens, 2 x 20’s, 30lbs, 33lbs 3ozs, 37lbs 2ozs, 37lbs 4ozs and 41lbs 8ozs to top the Cat Leader Board.
  • Ross Mitchell visited on the 21st April and together with his colleague landed 13 x Cats weighing from 6lbs to 30lbs.
  • First time visitor Alan Smith landed his first Cat weighing a PB 34lbs on the 22nd April using 15mm fishy boilie bait.
  • Regular Reg Miller returned on the 22nd April and using halibut pellet bait landed 8 x Cats weighing 37lbs 8ozs, 35lbs 8ozs, 30lbs, 28lbs 8ozs, 2 x 27lbs 8ozs, 23lbs 8ozs and 19lbs.
  • The Cats were feeding well when regular Pat O’Sullivan arrived on the 22nd April for his 36 hour session and using boilies over pellet landed 27 x Cats weighing a total of 807lbs including 7 x 40’s to 42lbs to top the Cat Leader Board plus 6 x 30’s.
  • Regular Jason Tuckey also found the Cats feeding when beginning his 24 hour session on the 23rd April to land 15 x Cats weighing a total of 407lbs including 7 x 30’s to 38lbs 2ozs, 4 x 20’s to 29lbs 8ozs and 4 x teens to 19lbs 8ozs.
  • Although overcast and wet on the 27th April, Mark Purton, plus father Reg and brother Paul; and together with Nathan all did well landing 9 x Cats (including 4 x 30’s) with Reg showing you can always count on experience:
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  • Visiting on the 28th April, Daniel Luckhurst had success in landing Cats weighing 37lbs and 26lbs.
  • P. Mepham visited on the 28th April and was successful in landing Cats weighing 29lbs 8ozs and 19lbs.
  • Neil Histed experienced some 70mm rain on the 30th April when he landed Cats weighing 35lbs UK PB, 32lbs and 10lbs. 

Lake 3 (Mixed)

  • On the 5th April Peter Gardiner landed the first Tench catch of the Season at 2lbs 2ozs to top the Tench Leader Board. Corn was the successful bait.  
  • Regular Gary Rust returned on the 6th April and fishing the margin landed Carp weighing 9lbs 10ozs, 6lbs 11ozs and 6lbs 6ozs plus Perch and a 2lbs Tench using prawn bait over sweetcorn.
  • Regular Andy Bush had a good session on the 10th April and using his pole landed 29 fish including Commons weighing 11lbs, 9lbs, 6lbs and 4lbs, Mirrors weighing 11lbs and 5lbs, 6 x Bream between 4 and 5lbs and 15 x Tench to 3lbs 8ozs to top the Tench Leader Board. Returning on the 13th April Andy landed 42 fish and focused on the Tench; this time landing 27 x Tench to 3lbs plus 5 x Bream from 4 to 5lbs, 8 x Commons from 3 to 9lbs and 2 x Mirrors weighing 5 lbs and 7lbs where 8mm pellet was the successful bait.
  • Finding the Tench feeding on the 11th April Simon Glendinning raised the Tench Leader Board to 4lbs when his catch included 7 x Tench, a 4lbs Bream, a 8lbs Common plus several Roach and Perch. The bait was pellet and corn with a worm ground bait.
  • Visiting for the first time on the 15th April, George Whelan used a method feeder and boilies and landed 11 x Carp to 11lbs including some from the surface on bread.
  • Arriving on the 16th April for a short break Marilyn and Rod Daniels soon found the Carp using luncheon (bottom) and bread (surface) baits:
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  • Returning on the 17th April, Fred Rosier landed 10 x Tench weighing from 1lb 12ozs to 2lbs 10ozs plus Bream weighing 4lbs 6ozs and 3lbs 8ozs and Carp weighing 6lbs 6ozs and 2lbs 10ozs.
  • First time visitors Brian Bennett and son Andrew had a mixed bag on the 19th April including 7 x Carp to 8lbs, 4 x Tench to 2lbs plus Roach and Rudd.
  • Regular Graham Payne returned on the 21st April and landed 11 x Carp to 11lbs, 7 x Tench to 4lbs and 2 x Bream to 2lbs 8ozs.  

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.