NEWS 1 October 2018 to 31 October 2018

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO 2019 BOOKING REQUESTS

We are now accepting requests, which are subject to availability, from visitors with different requirements for:

  • Booking 2019 Accommodation with discounted fishing for 3, 4 and 7 days or longer.

  • A Manor Fisheries 2019 Membership application

Beginning Saturday 23rd March 2019, Manor Fisheries is changing to a limited Membership only Fishery. With only 9-weeks to go before you can book fishing, now is the time to apply for your 2019 Manor Fisheries Membership.

This can be done online at https://www.manor-fisheries.co.uk/night-fishing/.

The limited Membership does not apply to Concessionary anglers fishing Lake 3 (Mixed) only, those under 18 years in age (who must be accompanied by a 2019 Member), Angling Clubs or those booked with an Apartment.

A booking for fishing during the Manor Fisheries 2019 Season will only be accepted from:

  • A 2019 Member with a valid membership number in advance of their Booking Request. In addition to the published charges for fishing, the annual 2019 Membership fee is £20.00 which provides the option to book fishing for day and/or night fishing throughout the Manor Fisheries 2019 Season.

  • An angler with an Apartment booking which includes temporary Membership during their stay

  • A certified Angling Club which is provided temporary Membership during their Match day

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Manor Fisheries is now accepting 2019 bookings and membership applications from visitors with differing requirements: 

Activity Report – 1st October 2018 to 31st October 2018

Manor Fisheries is now closed for the winter period and we open again next year on Saturday 23rd March 2019. During this period there are many tasks to complete including management of the lakes through netting/electro stunning, cutting back trees and improvement of several swims. In addition a new and improved Lake 1 (Carp) and Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) daily winter fish feeding programme is being undertaken using an initial 1,000Kg of high quality of feed.

Over the coming weeks we plan to keep you informed of progress and receiving your comments and/or ideas.

Netting and electro stunning 16th October

Lake 1 (Carp) – The Hadlow College team consisting of 2 x lecturers and 16 x students, led by Brian Bailey - Commercial Fisheries Manager, arrived on a glorious Tuesday 16th October equipped with both Seine nets and electro-fishing equipment. Some two dozen Carp ranging from 8lbs to 10lbs were rehomed to Lake 3 (Mixed) along with several smaller Carp and Roach. Of note these smaller Carp weighing around a 1 lb each and were 2 to 3 years old indicating successful breeding of Carp in Lake 1.

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Disappointingly Cats are still breeding and appearing in Lake 1 (Carp) as some 25 x small Cats (including 8 in the 4lbs range) were caught. These were all safely rehomed to Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish).

 Numerous Roach and Perch were also removed from Lake 1 (Carp) and the smaller roach and Perch were relocated to Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) while the better Roach were relocated to Lake 3 (Mixed).   Going forward, we request that we all remain vigilant and in the event of a Cat being caught from Lake 1 it be unharmed and relocated to Lake 2.

Numerous Roach and Perch were also removed from Lake 1 (Carp) and the smaller roach and Perch were relocated to Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) while the better Roach were relocated to Lake 3 (Mixed).

Going forward, we request that we all remain vigilant and in the event of a Cat being caught from Lake 1 it be unharmed and relocated to Lake 2.

Work Party – 17th October

General grounds and islands maintenance was carried out during sunny weather on Wednesday 17th October when a Work Party armed with chain saws, sharp gardening saws and long poled loppers tirelessly removed an enormous quantity of overhanging branches from Lake 3 (Mixed) and Lake 1 (Carp).

 
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This activity will reduce the number of break offs and expose more sunlight to previously over grown areas of the lakes. We extend our thanks to David Hodge, Kevin Oxley, Terry Keard and Jason Tuckey who all volunteered to assist in this annual task. 


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Fishing Report – 6 months ending 30th September 2018

Experiencing great autumnal weather Terry Keard participated in the last fishing session for this season and found the fish feeding actively. Five days on Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) produced 19 x Cats including 2 x PB’s to 39lbs 8ozs and then 39lbs 9ozs with a total of 8 x 30’s. Terry then fished a further five days on Lake 1 (Carp) and finished with 29 x Commons to 17lbs 12ozs and 10 x Mirrors to 17lbs 6ozs.

Lake 1 (Carp) - 2018

Throughout 2018 Carp doubles have continued to show in greater numbers plus 22 x 20lbs+ landings recorded. The 2019 Season should prove to be even better when the present 150+ doubles continue to grow via our new and improved winter feeding programme.

Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish) - 2018

2018 has been a record 6-month season recording 5 x all-time record months for April, May, June, July and September. The picture below provides a visual summary over the past 4-years and illustrates the number of 30lbs+ Catfish has increased by 40% over 2017; resulting in an average of 100 x Cats over 30lbs+ per month.

With Lake 2 limited to a daily maximum of 4-anglers and the daily average number of 30lbs+ cats caught is now 3+, the daily chance of each angler landing a 30lbs+ Cat is statistically better than 75%.

The challenge now is to increase the number of 40’s and encourage them grow to become 50’s via our new and improved winter feeding programme.

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Lake 3 (Mixed) - 2018

Some notable fish were caught this year include a 6lbs 15ozs Bream and a 20lbs Carp plus a 5-hour match winning weight of 128lbs. During this year it has again been notable that the Carp have grown significantly in weight while the number of Crayfish caught has dropped greatly. In addition we are undertaking a winter feeding programme.

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

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