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.


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

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 .

  • See the 2018 Night Membership application via .

  • 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.


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.