Tales of a fisherman with Steve Butler: Mid Kent Fisheries for sale
PUBLISHED: 17:14 30 November 2010
South East Water is to sell Chilham Estate, including Mid Kent Fisheries, in Chilham, Kent.
The complex, which comprises a number of fishing lakes, residential properties and a mill, was placed on the market in November. Paul Seeley, asset director, said: “Our business has changed substantially since we first acquired Mid Kent Fisheries nearly 20 years ago.
“The most recent major change the merger between South East Water and Mid Kent Water has led us to look at what are the key activities of our business and what matters most to our customers. We believe that is treating and supplying those 2.1 million customers with top quality drinking water, which is an important public service we undertake.
“Mid Kent Fisheries continues to thrive as a successful fishery thanks to the hard work of our staff.
“But, we believe it will have further, future success if it is owned by someone who has fishing at the heart of their business.”
The company is working with staff running the fishery to discuss a possible management buyout.
Mid Kent Fisheries was home to a mirror carp weighing 67lb 14oz, which was thought to be one of the UK’s biggest freshwater fish, but who sadly died of old age in August.
On Mallard Lake at Monks, Lee Loveridge of Eltham netted a 39lbs mirror carp caught using Homemade Fruity Boilies from a Middle Bank Swim. Alex Antoniou, of Welling, snared a 30lbs Catfish, 27lbs mirror Carp. Both caught using Cell Boilies from a Riverbank Swim. Lee Goodbody, from Sidcup, claimed a 28lbs 4oz mirror caught using 14mm Indian Spice Boilies from the Pipe Swim. On Bridges Lake, Dartford’s John Dear caught five mirror carp – 21lbs and four 6lbs and Tench & Barbel up to 3lbs caught from Open Water using Catcher Baits 16mm Strawberry Scopex Boilies. Contact Monks on: 01622 833 332.