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Priory Fisheries - About Us

About Priory Fisheries

Established in 1973 Priory Fisheries is managed and run by Stephen Gratwicke and Former Sparsholt student Tom Downe, 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 Fisheries in the Snow
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Priory Fisheries 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 Fisheries 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, Stephen 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 helping to manage the growing business. Tom has groups of students on the farm for teach ins and work experience and having been a member of the English Carp Heritage Organization for many years is devoted to supplying true farm reared English fish.

Priory Fisheries & Kingsford Fish Farms

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 and managed full time by Dick Frost and Son Michael. 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 Fisheries operation, enabling us to produce 2500 C2 carp, 1000 C3 carp and 200+ C4 carp.

Our third site is Pirzwell Ponds which consists of 5, 1 acre ponds, and is run and owned by David Webber, 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.

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. Each year we sell hundreds of thousands of fingerling fish up too 6 inches, 2011 has seen a big rise in specimin carp sales from C3 to C4 with demand far out stripping supply.

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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