Hawthorne AC. 31-8-2003. Hartleylands Farm.

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Hawthorne AC. 31-8-2003.
Hartleylands Farm. Nicks Lake.

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1st. ML Vincent........28lbs 04ozs.
2nd. F Bowstead......17lbs 00ozs.
3rd. A Myring...........16lbs 12ozs.
4th. M Austin...........15lbs 10ozs.
5th. R McDermott.....15lbs 08ozs.
6th. P Morton..........15lbs 06ozs.

Total weighed in by 15 anglers........215lbs 14ozs.

15 anglers arrived to fish the 7th match of the season at Hartleylands Farm.

The venue was Nicks Lake, one of three new lakes that have been recently opened on the site.Given that Paul Ward (the owner) is a former member of the Prestons Innovations DELCAC match team, a good amount of work has gone into the design and stocking of the lakes to ensure that they are as fair as possible in match conditions.
The maximum depth is 2.1m with lots of interesting shelves and marginal variations on both nearside and island sides. It is extensively planted with young trees and marginal plants,with a firm hardcore path leading to all pegs,which are a generous 1 mtrs square wooden platforms.
The pegs nearest to the Car Park are fitted with raised edges and are reserved for Disabled anglers.
The current stocking consists of small common, mirror and ghost carp, between 8oz and 1.5lb, a few larger specimens up to 5lb and some good Roach & Rudd.

A typical example of the stock.........
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Changeable conditions and a varying wind meant that it took a while for most to get to grips with this new lake,as none of the members knew what to expect but gradually everyone seemed to get to grips with it.Sport was steady rather than fast and furious,as the fish in the newly opened lake take a while to get used to the pressure of anglers on the banks,but the weights in general reflect just how evenly the lake fished. With an average weight recorded of just over 14lbs per angler.

A very enjoyable day on the new lake,which i'm sure will become a regular fixture for us in the seasons to come.[:D]

Full details of Hartleylands Farm can be found HERE.


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Nice report Peter and also a nice looking venue, give it 6 to 12 months and it should be a cracking fishery [:)].

It's nice that fish were caught from all the pegs which should make the matches more of a challenge than venues with just a few hot pegs that produce big weights for some and none for others.

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Mark,
The lakes & ponds at Hartleylands are about as removed from the "hole in the ground puddles" as it is possible to get.
The whole complex is situated amongst the orchards of an Organic fruit farm covering some 47 acres.
The farms ponds and lakes are looked upon very much as enhancing the the wildlife habitat and creating as much bio-diversity for the farm as possible,and many areas around the farm, are managed exclusively for wildlife flora and fauna to sustain and encourage a bank of beneficial insects that are so important on an organic farm and to protect an ever-diminishing variety of wildlife habitat.

The project to develop Nicks Lake, Bramley Lake and Pear Tree Lake is supported under the England Rural Development Programme by DEFRA and the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund.
I'm sure that Vince (vg1037) can fill you in on the bits i've missed.[;)]




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Peter,

Once again a cracking report.

Paul will, i'm sure, be pleased with your assessment of the fishery, especially your description about it not being "just another hole in the ground". He has worked incredibly hard to keep the fishery looking as natural as possible and as you know has planted hundreds of native trees around the new lakes which in a few years time will give plenty of windbreaks and enhance the whole area.

During the week the fishery remains underfished so if anyone fancies a visit then this is the best time to try, you will have your pick of practically all the pegs.

The stocking of the new lakes was done as evenly as possible by keeping the density per peg the same on each lake, this will mean that when more than one of the new lakes is used in a match it should still be as fair as it can be.

The quality of the fish seems superb, and as they are from a new supplier to the fishery Paul is very pleased.

Come on MD's pay Hartleylands a visit, you really don't know what you are missing.

Vince

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