Alterations to fisheries site amazes visitors
Photographs by Stewart Wall.
A preview of the amazing transformation taking place at Caistor Fisheries was presented to a few lucky members of the town’s Civic Society last night (Friday, August 14, 2015).
Engineering businessman Andrew Thompson, 32, is achieving his long-held dream of owning a five-star fishing site.
The keen angler travels all around the world in pursuit of his sport and wants to pass on his enthusiasm to youngsters.
“I’ve had a lot to do with fisheries from the pleasure side, rather than the business side,” said Mr Thompson. “I caught a 92lb carp in Eastern Europe the other week. People travel long distances for quality fishing.”
Mr Thompson, who lives near Glentham, has been on the look-out for a prospective site for some time and has been breeding carp near his home for years.
One of three ponds at the seven-acre site off Brigg Road will be dedicated purely to carp. He has stocked it with 39 carp, each weighing between 15lb and 41lb. The water is 12ft deep at one end, which he hopes will give enough space for them to keep growing.
He tests the oxygen levels in the water daily and has had all three ponds clay-lined to prevent them losing water. Aerators have been installed to prevent the ponds icing up during winter. Each peg at the top lake has its own wifi and electricity point, and a light for anglers to use at night.
Many pegs are suitable for wheelchair users and there will be disabled toilet and shower facilities.
Mr Thompson was attracted to Caistor Fisheries because it had all the necessary licences and had sceptic tanks and electrics in place.
He is planning 16 lodges which can be let out to holidaymakers and will have space for 30 tourers. Camping will also be possible.
There will be a 100-cover restaurant serving rustic menus, with steak sourced from Ireland. The site is likely to host at least six different corporate events a year, lined up from Mr Thompson’s engineering contracts with major automobile manufacturers such as Nissan, Vauxhall and Honda.
Mr Thompson is a wildlife enthusiast who has installed three owl boxes on the site. Extensive tree planting has taken place since the renovations began 11 months ago.
He is also passionate about recycling, drawing admiration and amazement from his visitors. By the end of the tour, the word ‘recycled’ triggered outright amusement from the party as it was used so often.
One of the recycling projects involved constructing the restaurant building with adapted lorry containers, which resulted in lowering costs to just one-tenth of the original projection. The building is cladded with composite board and the end result looks a high-spec build, complete with six large patio-style doors overlooking beautiful views.
Another recycling project was to build the pegs from slightly imperfect plastic composite boards, which would have cost the manufacturer more money to dispose of than to make some more.
One of the lakes will be used for matches, while a third has a mixture of stock. There are also plans to have a hatchery on the site.
There are extensive security measures, which Mr Thompson said was in keeping with a five-star site.
Mr Thompson said he is keen to experiment with holding special coaching sessions for youngsters from different areas. “I want to get kids involved,” he said. “It’s a dying sport and if you don’t start them young then the opportunity is lost.”
It is hoped the site will host a special opening in September with a weekend of free fishing, free overnight stop for caravans and a hog roast evening.