last week I revealed the popular Carpvale fishery near York had been sold to the surprise of many, myself included, as I had been speaking to the owner, Kevin Whincup, only a couple of days before and there was never a mention of an impending sale.
The other surprise was that the purchaser was my own club, Leeds and District ASA. So, first a bit of background. In the late 1980s Kevin bought a large piece of land and in one corner of it was a decent-sized pond which had been dug out many years before as it had been a source of high-grade clay for a nearby brickworks.
It then flooded and ended up as a lake and the first job was to redevelop it and create some islands and then stock it with fish.
The late YEP columnist Alan Howe was then contacted to give it some press publicity. He passed on the information to me and it sounded so good that I booked it for a contest for the Leeds Senior Citizens and Disabled section which I was in charge of at the time and they all had a good day as there was plenty of the newly introduced stock fish.
About this time Kevin constructed another lake which he subsequently joined to the original, thereby creating a 50-peg fishery. But a few years later he had a change of mind and filled in the gap that had joined the two lakes together giving him two smaller lakes which were named Cyprio and Match Lake and this was probably the first of the many commercial fisheries that we now have in Yorkshire.
Kevin and I hit it off very quickly and soon became very good friends, as we are still to this day 25 years later. And he never fails to call me every week with his match results.
He has worked tirelessly over the years to improve his fishery, and in 1997, he extended his land holdings and dug out what is now known as the Front Pool which is absolutely stuffed with good-sized carp and some huge match weights (several over 200lbs have been recorded in recent seasons).
Kev has decided to sell his fishery so he can concentrate on his other projects which are a couple of lakes on the Hull Road called Carpvale Doubles, which contain hundreds of fish – none of them, as the name suggests, less than 10 pounds in weight.
But his main interest now is in his fish farm for he is now one of the biggest stock fish supplier in the country, and his local site now contains 28 fish-rearing ponds.
Leeds have done a good deal here as they have now acquired three new lakes to add to their portfolio, and these are the original Cyprio (21 pegs), Match Lake (31 pegs) and the Front Pool (21 pegs), 73 pegs in all.
The amenities are also excellent with an approach road in good condition, a car park that holds around 40 cars, a hut/clubhouse, mains electricity on all of the lakes, and a bore hole should the water levels drop.
More details on how Leeds propose to run this complex next week.