An auction is currently running for the chance to fish Redmire Pool during the opening week of the 2019 season.
With all other slots for this year snapped up last month it’s the only remaining 2019 window at the newly renovated water.
The winning bidder, plus four mates, will have exclusive use of the pool for seven nights from June 16.
Les Bamford, who runs the fishing on the historic venue, told Carpfeed: “This will be the first time anglers will have been on the water since all the work was carried out – it will be the start of the new dawn.
“It’s a full seven nights’ fishing, from midnight on June 16, but you would also be welcome to arrive a day or two earlier to soak up the surroundings and put a bit of bait in.”
A BRIEF HISTORY OF REDMIRE
March 1934: Fish supplier Donald Leney is instructed to stock the pool with 50 5.5ins-8ins carp to try to combat excessive weed growth
October 1951: Local angler Bob Richards catches a Redmire mirror carp of 31lb 4oz
September 1952: Dick Walker catches a British-record carp of 44lb from the pool.
June 1980: Chris Yates catches a 51lb 8oz mirror from Redmire, though it is never officially claimed as a record
2015-2019: Extensive restoration is carried out, including de-silting and erection of otter fence
As we reported last month, Redmire has been extensively renovated with the removal of more than 5,000 tonnes of silt. All ghost carp have also been removed, leaving just 50 Leney-strain carp to thrive in what is now a much deeper home.
Bidding for opening week is currently at the starting price of £2,000. Bids go up in £100 increments and should be submitted to Les by texting him on 07723 300927.
Bidders should state their name, contact number and amount. The current highest bidder will be texted with any counter bid. Bidding ends on February 24.