Angler's fishing dream bears fruit Angler's fishing dream bears fruit
A DRAMATIC career change has led a businessman to swap transport for trout as he opens up a new fishery in Merstham.
Philip Brown has sacrificed his haulage business to set up and run his new venture.
Mr Brown has always been a keen angler and five years ago the idea of opening the fishery arose when he came across a 30-acre site at Warwick Wold.
Since then he has been painstakingly transforming the wasteland, while also running his other business.
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Mr Brown, 58, finally got out of the transport world last November to concentrate on a big push to complete the project – and three weeks ago Warwick Wold Waters was opened to the public for the first time.
It comprises four lakes which have been built from scratch.
Each lake is continually refreshed with 100 per cent spring water and all are fully stocked with a variety of fish including carp, tench, roach, chub and barbel.
Backed up with an on-site shop, cafe and clubhouse, Mr Brown said his aim was to make his new venture a place for families as well as dedicated anglers.
He said: "I was surprised at how many people turned up on the first day and we are already getting people returning with family or friends."
Mr Brown, from Selsdon, is confident there is scope for Warwick Wold Waters to become a major draw for anglers, who are offered a day's fishing for £10.
He added: "We are well located and we have a big catchment area from where it is relatively easy to get to us."
"It has not always been easy getting to this stage and there were times when I thought if I could turn the clock back and get my money back I would have done. It has been an ambitious project but I have now achieved my little dream."
The fishery is open Friday to Monday from 7am to dusk.
For more details, visit www.warwickwoldwaters.co.uk