The History Of Cudmore Fisheries..

The Cavenagh-Mainwaring Family have owned the Whitmore Estate where Cudmore Fisheries is now situated for over 900 years.

Edward Cavenagh-Mainwaring farms the land within the Estate and has a 450 strong Dairy herd.

In the late 90’s Edward was looking at areas of farm diversification and the land that he owned off Pleck Lane seemed the ideal site to fulfill his passion and ambition to host a successful pleasure fishery. The 80 acre site was a perfect setting with deer roaming freely in a vast landscape of woodland and meadows and abundant wildlife. It seemed fitting to add natural looking pleasure pools to such an already beautiful site.

In 1988 the first two pools were dug and named Tara and Milo, shortly followed by Avoca in 1990.

The Cavenagh-Mainwaring Family have strong connections with Australia and the names of the pools were originally taken from sheep stations that the Family had owned across the water.

The name “Cudmore” Fisheries originated from Edward’s Grandmother who was a “Cudmore” herself and be quested Edward the money which helped towards the financing of the project.

In 1991 the doors were opened to anglers but things were slow to take off. It was difficult to stock the ponds as there was a national ban on certain fish movements. This was rectified in 1992 when barbel, chub and carp were introduced into the pools. The site was solely aimed at the day ticket angler.

The start of the match scene began around 1998 and Cudmore saw the addition of purpose built match lakes. Suez and Panama canals were formed and in 1998 the now infamous Arena was constructed.

We have always tried to remain a good allround fishing complex and have been keen to introduce a variety of fish to compliment the sport. In 2004 we introduced catfish to our predator lakes Avoca and Tara and in 2013 we brought Ide onto the Fishery which will boost the Winter fishing as well as strengthen the match fishing throughout the year.

Cudmore Fishery has gone from strength to strength and has grown to be one of the largest commercial fisheries in the country. It has hosted numerous fishing competitions, the biggest being Fishomania for Sky Sports and Matchroom which ran at the site from since 2008 -2017.

We would like to thank all our visitors to Cudmore Fishery who have made the site possible and we hope they continue to enjoy the fishing on offer.


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