A day-ticket complex seeking to produce one of the best small open-access waters in the country has stocked mirrors of 41lb and 32lb.
Waterside Fishery in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, has added to the fish stocks in both of its lakes.
The five-acre Kingfisher Lake was the recipient of the two specimen mirrors, which were supplied by Edward Matthews and are UK born and bred.
Neighbouring lake Heron, which is more of a runs water, was also topped up with 28 scaly young carp weighing around 3lb 8oz.
Waterside owner Kris Tardi told Carpfeed: “I’ve had the fishery for three years and this is the first stocking we’ve done.
“A lot of our fish are getting on in age and they do get pressured. It would take a lot to grow on fish to that size, and it might never happen, so that’s the thinking behind it.”
The complex, which is otter fenced, can be fished for just £10 a day or £20 overnight.
“We have about 120 fish in Kingfisher,” added Kris, “With two 40s and 20 over 30lb.
“We want it to be the best small day-ticket water in the area. It’s a statement of intent.”
The 41-pounder is 13 years old and the 32-pounder 10 years old, and Kris believes they will thrive in their new home, which produced a 47lb 12oz common in September.
“There’s definitely the potential for growth. Both lakes are spring-fed and very rich.
"We moved the Big Common from Heron three years ago at a weight of 32lb, and we hope it’ll go 50lb this year.”
For more on the venue visit www.watersidefishery.co.uk