Ian Heaps Premier Fisheries and School of Angling
|Ian Heaps Premier Fisheries and School of Angling |
Pembrokeshire, SA67 8DJ
Tel: 01437 541285
Ian Heapís fishery is only the third venue in Pembrokeshire which offers accommodation to be awarded a four star accreditation by the Welsh Tourist Board which not only reflects the high standard of accommodation on offer but also the quality of food on offer.
Former World Coarse Fishing Champion Ian Heaps - who took the title in Poland in 1975, became European Champion in Portugal in 1985 and was a member of the England team from 1975 to 1988 - realised another lifetime's ambition when he opened his three lake fishery next to the Eastern Cleddau river in Pembrokeshire early last year. Not only had he created a first-class angling venue in beautiful Welsh countryside which fishes well all year round because of the temperate climate, but he also continues what is probably the UK's first 'School of Angling' where novice and experienced anglers can receive one-to-one tuition from one of the top names of the 1970s and 80s.
Ian Heaps Fishery might be a long drive from most parts of the UK, but in addition to offering a total of 90-pegs on three well-stocked and attractive lakes - not to mention a stretch of the Eastern Cleddau which is well known locally for its brown trout, sea trout and salmon - it is also on the doorstep of some of the finest sea and estuary fishing in the whole of South Wales. Pembrokeshire is also renowned for its beautiful scenery, beaches, castles and countryside.
The fishery is set on a 12-acre site, which has been extensively landscaped and planted with thousands of flowers, shrubs and trees.
Ian - pictured at the top of the page with his World Championship trophy - and his wife Margaret offer comfortable accommodation in the main house whilst Margaret's traditional home cooking is earning her as big a reputation amongst the locals as it is with her visitors.
Suitable for disabled anglers, the fishery has a roadway all around the site and three car parks, one to serve each lake. In addition, there are purpose-built disabled pegs on all waters.
To prevent the spread of disease, Ian supplies every angler with one of the fishery's own landing nets and keep nets whilst coarse and sea fishing tackle can be hired for £5 a day. Although Ian wants to enforce the minimum number of rules, he does not allow boilies or barbed hooks and is so concerned about the welfare of his fish that there are no "Yellow Cards" at Holgan Farm - break either of these rules and it is an instant ban.
Each lake is just over two acres in size and hold 30 pegs and with an on-site tackle shop, ladies and gents toilets, and picnic areas equipped with picnic tabled scattered round the site, Ian Heaps Fishery is suitable for all the family.
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