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Priory Fisheries - About Us

About Priory Fishery

Established in 1973 Priory Fishery is owned and run by (Bsc hons) Tom Downe and Jez Harris , and is now the longest established coarse fish farm in the country and certainly one of the biggest. Coarse fish farming at Priory is all about quality and customer satisfaction. we offer a service of contract growing the exact fish for the job. (Please contact for details)

Priory Fishery in the Snow
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Priory Fishery in the Snow

Another day begins on the Farm
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Another day begins on the Farm

We occasionally spawn Golden Tench to add a bit of colour to your fishery!
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We occasionally spawn Golden Tench to add a bit of colour to your fishery!

How It All Began 

Established in 1973 by Stephen Gratwicke, Priory Fishery is the longest established and largest self-contained coarse fish farm in the country. Initially rearing trout, production at Priory switched exclusively to carp in the late 1970s, since expanding to include successful rearing of tench, bream, crucians and golden rudd.

The Correct Technique For The Job

Using some of the most advanced husbandry and hatchery techniques imported from aquaculture experts in Hungary, Tom has optimised production to reach between 500 and 750,000 mixed coarse fish per year. Tom Downe, a former student at Sparsholt College, Hampshire is growing the business with his partner Jez Harris. Tom has groups of students on the farm for work experience and is always keen to pass on his experience to the next generation.

Priory Fishery, Kingsford Fish Farm, Pirzwell ponds and Higher weaver ponds.

The site at Priory takes in around 40 ponds, all individually aerated and fed with natural spring water to ensure an oxygen rich, disease and stress free environment to allow large scale production whilst maintaining the health of the stock. A large hatchery and an extensive holding and grading facility allow Priory to selectively spawn from hand picked brood stock and supply the biggest customers efficiently.

Priory's second site is Kingsford Fish Farm, three miles from the main site. Purpose built in 2000 it is predominantly used for the ongrowing of our second and third year fish. With six acres of water split between 10 ponds, this is an integral part of the Priory Fishery operation, enabling us to produce the numbers of fish required for the growing market.

Our third site is Pirzwell Ponds which consists of 9, 1 acre ponds. Pirzwell ponds site is used for 1st 2nd and third year fish. Purpose built this site has increased the production of our bigger fish enabling us to meet the growing demand for bigger carp.

In 2015 we expanded our operation to include the site at Higher weaver, which includes 6 purpose built ponds totalling 10 acres of water. This site is predominantly for our specimen Carp and Bream.   

Sales To Meet Demand

We have sold and continue to sell fish to many of the major fishing clubs in the country as well as privately owned fisheries large and small.

Fish Species
Our Methods
Prices
Links

We carry five species at Priory Fisheries. We feel these five cover all your angling needs for the stocking of either a match, general or specimen style fishery.

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From the broodstock selection to the rearing of the juvenile fingerlings right through to the saleable sized fish and delivery we pride ourselves in being at the top of our field.

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All of our fish are measured from the tip of their nose to the end of their tail when sold by the inch and in pounds when by weight.

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In our links section we have selected a few companies and fisheries that we deal with on a regular basis.

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