NEWS 1 April 2019 to 30 April 2019

Important Changes to 2019 Booking Requests

For the 2019 season, Manor Fisheries has changed to a limited Membership only Fishery for all fishing. With Membership rapidly approaching FULL, now is the time to avoid disappointment and apply online to complete your 2019 Manor Fisheries Membership application at

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It is important to remember, Members have agreed that fishing times are:

o   Arrival at Manor Fisheries (not the Swim or the Car Park) is from 7.00 am (or 7.00 pm) onwards.

o   Departure from Manor Fisheries (not the Swim or the Car Park) is by 7.00 am (or 7.00 pm).

As experienced this month arriving 30 minutes early and leaving an hour late is not acceptable and can in future invalidate Membership.

Manor Fisheries in the News

The Anglers Mail feature article dated the 30th April 2019 “Britain’s Best Specimen Lakes” South East; includes Manor Fisheries.  

See the Media sub-tab (under the ABOUT tab) for details.

Swim Repairs

The upgraded swims contain concrete and the use of a rod pod is ideal. Although the use of bank sticks is fine, when fishing near to the water’s edge please avoid damage by banging bank sticks into the concrete. See last month’s News Letter for details.

Fishing Report – 1st April 2019 to 30th April 2019


The early and later parts of April were cold, especially at night, when more PB’s were set. The middle of the month became much warmer when the Leader Boards kept rising.  Congratulations to:

  • Jason Hodge topping the Carp Leader Board with a 21lbs 2ozs Mirror

  • David Platt topping the Cat Leader Board with 44lbs 8ozs

 Lake 1 (Carp)

  • Ian Brown visited on the 2nd April and landed Commons weighing 18lbs and 14lbs.

  • Roger Austen used Manilla pop-ups on the 3rd April to catch a 16lbs 8ozs Mirror.

  • Regular Steve Hyder returned on the 4th April and landed a 15lbs Common and a 11lbs 8ozs Mirror.

  • Arriving on the 6th April for their 24 hour session produced results all round:

    • Using Manilla boilies Jack Russell landed 11 x Carp including a 20lbs 13ozs PB Mirror to top the Carp Leader Board.


o   Jean Chierici landed 3 x Carp including a 17lbs Common.

o   Tim Barker landed a 13lbs Mirror.

  • Regular Jason Tuckey began his 24 hour session on the 8th April and succeeded in landing 9 x Carp including Commons weighing 18lbs 10ozs, 18lbs, 17lbs 10ozs, 16lbs, 14lbs 4ozs, 13lbs 6ozs and 12lbs plus Mirrors weighing 16lbs 8ozs and 12lbs.

  • Ian Russell and Sue Peach arrived on the 8th April for a short break and were soon successfully targeting the Carp using CC Moore Tuna boilies:

    • 8th April - 4 x Carp to 16lbs

    • 9th April - 3 x Carp weighing 15lbs, 13lbs and 11lbs

    • 10th April - 3 x Carp to 17lbs 8ozs

    • 11th April - 5 x Carp to 16lbs plus 19lb 8ozs caught by Sue

  • Visiting on the 12th April John Simmons caught a 16lbs Common using krill boilie bait and a 10lbs 8ozs Mirror using Robin Red.

  • On the 14th April both Mark Sheaff and Jason Hodge used Cell boilies resulting in 16lbs 8ozs and 12lbs 8ozs Commons for Mark and Commons weighing 12lbs 2ozs and 11lbs for Jason.

  • Returning on the 15th April Jason Hodge again used Cell boilie bait to catch a Common weighing 12lbs 7ozs and Mirrors weighing 14lbs and 21lbs 2ozs to top the Carp Leader Board.

  • Arriving for a short break beginning the 19th April, saw Nick Flood catch Carp weighing 16lbs, 14lbs 14ozs and 12lbs while Charlie Flood had one of 9lbs.

  • Tony Payne visited on the 22nd April and using pellet bait caught Commons weighing 14lbs 2ozs, 13lbs and 9lbs plus Mirrors of 16lbs 4ozs and 13lbs 8ozs.

  • Visiting on the 23rd April David Hare landed 5 x Commons weighing 19lbs, 2 x 18lbs, 13lbs and 12lbs.

  • Regulars David Hodge and Charlie King visited on the 24th April and David landed 3 x Commons weighing 19lbs 8ozs, 18lbs 4ozs and 15lbs 8ozs while Charlie had a 15lbs Common and a 12lbs 8ozs Mirror.

  • Mainline Cell was Mark Whitfied’s successful bait on the 26th April when he caught a 11lbs 2ozs Mirror during a short break.

  • Paul Kitt and Bob Irvine arrived on the 27th April and during their 36 hour session landed 7 x Carp including:

    • Paul – Commons weighing 18lbs 5ozs, 16lbs 5ozs, 14lbs 8ozs, 11lbs plus a 10lbs Mirror and all on pop-ups

    • Bob – Commons weighing 15lbs 8ozs and 12lbs

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  • Regular Mick Rogers returned on the 28th April and landed a 20lbs 8ozs Carp when Nut Cracker boilie was the successful bait.

Lake 2 (Carp/Catfish)

What will May bring with April seeing a 50% increase in 40lbs+?

o   April 2018 – 46 x 30lbs+ and 8 x 40lbs+

o   April 2018 – 46 x 30lbs+ and 12 x 40lbs+

  • Arriving on the 5th April James Purton landed a 34lbs 4ozs Cat when the successful bait was 20mm Robin Red pellet.

  • David and Jamie Selby returned on the 7th April for a wet 60 hour session. Congratulations to Jamie who raised the Cat Leader Board to 37lbs 4ozs and also caught a 34lbs 5ozs Cat plus 2 x kittens while David landed a Cat weighing 20lbs.

  • Regular Steve Hyder returned on the 11th April and using KMT boilie bait caught a 23lbs 10ozs Cat.

  • Ian Brown (left) and Paul Jenkins (right) arrived on the 14th April for their 36 hour session when Ian’s catch including Cats weighing 39lbs 10ozs, 36lbs, 2 x 35lbs, 34lbs and 2 x 28lbs while Paul had Cats weighing 2 x 36lbs, 34lbs, 24lbs and a Cat Leader Board topping 42lbs 10ozs.

  • Returning on the 15th April for his 24 hour session, regular Jason Tuckey landed Cats weighing 40lbs 4ozs PB, 37lbs 2ozs, 34lbs 10ozs and 32lbs 8ozs..

  • After an absence Gary Deacon returned on the 18th April for his 24 hour session and landed Cats weighing 36lbs 6ozs, 25lbs and 10lbs.

  • David Platt returned on the 18th April and together with colleagues Calvern Matlock and Stuart Allsop found the Cats active during their 48 hour session:

o   Calvern’s first Cat – 38lbs PB

o   Stuart’s catch of 39lbs (left), 25lbs, 22lbs and 21lbs

o   David’s catch of 36lbs, 35lbs, 34lbs, 33lbs, 30lbs, 25lbs, 20lbs and a Cat Leader Board topping PB 44lbs 8ozs (right).

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  • Ross and Steve Mitchell both landed 40’s when visiting on the 20th April:

o   Ross – 42lbs 5ozs, 27lbs, 17lbs

o   Steve – 40lbs 2ozs PB

  • During a short break Nick and Charlie Flood used 21mm halibut pellet bait to land 6 x Cats during the 20/21 April:

o   Nick with 31lbs, 28lbs, 27lbs, 25lbs and a kitten

o   Charlie with 23lbs

  • Aden Lloyd and Nathan Davis arrived on the 20th April for their 36 hour session to target the Cats:

o   Aden with 42lbs 5ozs PB, 37lbs and 26lbs

o   Nathan with 23lbs

  • Regular Pat O’Sullivan arrived on the 21st April for his 36 hour session and landed 256lbs of Cats including weights of 42lbs, 40lbs, 2 x 36lbs, 34lbs, 26lbs, 24lbs and 18lbs.

  • Congratulations to Nigel Gillard and Robin Moyser and arriving on the 23rd April for their 60 hour session they found the Cats were awakening from their winter hibernation:

o   Nigel – 5x 20lbs+; 5 x 30lbs+; 2 x 43lbs

o   Robin – 10 x 20lbs+; 8 x 30lbs+; 40lbs+ and 41lbs 4ozs

With combined catch of 32 Cats weighing a total 1,089lbs resulted in a creditable average 34lbs per Cat.

  • Matt Griffiths visited on the 25th April and finished with 5 x Cats weighing 34lbs, 2 x 30lbs, 18lbs and 15lbs. 

  • During a short break Fred Whitfield had success with the Cats on the 27th April landing 4 x Cats weighing 39lbs PB, 38lbs, 34lbs 2ozs and 27lbs 9ozs.

Lake 3 (Mixed)

  • Regular Fred Rosier returned on the 10th April and his Mixed catch weights included:

o   Carp – 4lbs 13ozs, 4lbs 11ozs, 4lbs 10ozs, 2lbs 12ozs and 2lbs 8ozs

o   Tench – 2lbs 7ozs, 2lbs 1oz and 1lb 8ozs

o   Bream – 3lbs 10ozs, 3lbs 4ozs and 3lbs 2ozs

Fred’s colleague caught Tench weighing 2lbs 4ozs and 2lbs 1oz plus numerous Roach and Rudd.

  • Peter Gardiner had a good mixed catch using Krill Hooker bait on the 12th April including Tench and Bream plus a 9lbs Common. Again on the 24th April Peter landed 7 x Tench plus a largish Bream.

  • Fred Rosier had a good Carp catch on the 16th April which included Commons of 5lbs 5ozs, 4lbs 13ozs, 4lbs 6ozs, 3lbs 12ozs and 3lbs 5ozs plus Mirrors of 7lbs 10ozs, 7lbs 2ozs, 7lbs 1oz, 4lbs 13ozs and 4lbs 4ozs together with Bream weighing 4lbs 7ozs, 3lbs 6ozs and 2lbs 9ozs.

  • Regular Andy Bush returned on the 19th April and using his pole had a great mixed catch including Commons weighing 2 x 7lbs, 6lbs, 5lbs, 2 x 4lbs and 2 x 3lbs plus two Mirrors weighing 5lbs and 4lbs together a 4lbs Bream and Tench weighing 2lbs 8ozs and 5 x 2lbs and a couple of small Perch.

  • Visiting on the 21st April produced a mixed catch for Graham Payne, and using pellet bait landed Commons weighing 6lbs, 2 x 3lbs and 2lbs, Mirrors of 4lbs and 2lbs, Bream of 2lbs and 1lb 8ozs plus a 1lb Tench.

  • Again, visiting on the 22nd April, regular Andy Bush had a good mixed bag using his pole landing:

o   Tench – 3 x 3lbs, 2½lbs, 5 x 2lbs

o   Commons – 12lbs, 10lbs, 2 x 8lbs, 7lbs, 2 x6lbs, 2 x 5lbs, 4lbs

o   Mirror – 6lbs plus two small Perch

  • Regular Fred Rosier was again amongst the fish on the 23rd April with his catch including:

o   Commons – 9lbs 14ozs, 8lbs 15ozs, 8lbs 8ozs, 8lbs 4ozs, 8lbs, 6lbs 11ozs, 2 x 5lbs 14ozs, 5lbs 13ozs, 5lbs 7ozs, 5lbs 1oz, 1lb 2ozs

o   Mirrors – 8lbs 5ozs, 6lbs 10ozs, 4lbs 9ozs, 4lbs 4ozs

o   Bream – 4lbs 9ozs, 3lbs

  • Returning on the 25th April Gary Rust used prawn over sweetcorn to experience a great mixed catch including:

o   8 x Commons weighing from 5lbs 2ozs to 10lbs 11ozs

o   12 x Tench weighing from 1lbs 5ozs to 2lbs 8ozs plus Bream, Roach and Perch

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 2019 PIN qualifying weights are:


2019 Leader Board

The Leader Board competition will again run throughout our 2019 Season and commence on Saturday 23rd March 2019. Prizes will be awarded for the following specimens caught by or on Sunday 29th September 2019:

  • £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 29th September 2019.

In addition to recording Cats weighing over 30lbs, don’t be shy ……. please also record Carp over 20lbs as this 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 in the past to summarise their catch in the Cabin Log Book.