So this year we decided to change the time of year of our open day. We have previously held it on the last weekend of September as the sales quieten down for the season. Last year saw the first Torre Trout Farms fishing competition held at Hawkridge Reservoir. Changing the date of the open day was really aimed at trying to get the best chance of great fishing conditions!
Abertillery Anglers were the first to arrive again this year showing as much enthusiasm, humour and partaking in their clubs favourite past time taking the piss out of Rich!
After initial tea and coffee's the open day party had a tour around the hatchery and then the tanks at Torre. Looking at the Sparctics, Somerset blue brood stock as well as learning about how we manage White Spot.
Then we drove in convoy the 2.5 miles to the roadwater site where the team walked through the farm showing the ponds, the fish and machinery we use there.
Everyone to hawkridge for lunch, which was kindly put on by Wessex water. The reservoir looked fantastic and surprisingly full considering the lack of rain we have had so far this year!
Feedback of the day included:
"Very interesting tour & delicious lunch"
"Didn't realise there was so much work required to produce fish!"
"The Sparctics look fantastic, can't wait to catch one!"
Fishing conditions were tough but with fish caught on Hawkridge the morning of the open day the mood was optimistic!
The competition was won again by Jake Belgium (see picture) again a member of the Wessex water ranger team! (we're going to have to start applying handycaps if they keep winning! :-)
Chris Britnell claimed a very dubious victory amongst Torre trout farms fishermen! Apparently hooking and loosing a fish is better than not catching one at all!
Again good fun had by all, we all thought it was good to meet our customers and show them what we do! The team enjoyed a few Ciders in the local to celebrate a successful day!