Raby Mere was 'created' some 350 years ago by damming the river Dibbins that once flowed through this part of the Wirral.
A mill was built in 17th century and this in turn was powered via a sluice from the Mere itself.
Used as a boating lake through Victorian times and even an ice rink in the harshest of winters, the Mere has been stocked with fish since its inception all those years ago.
Used as a Coarse fishery and Trout fishery in the past, the first stocking of Carp can be traced back to the 1950's.
Since being acquired in 2015 in a somewhat derelict condition, extensive water improvement work has been carried out, along with silt treatment, sunken tree removal, peg excavation work, floating bridge repairs, carpark installation, toilets, electricity and fresh water services etc etc.
As a rough estimate the Mere contains around 20 original Carp to almost 30lbs and has been stocked four times with 54, hand picked C5 and C6 VS Fisheries Carp and 31 Wellington Commons. These were stocked between Nov '15 and Mar '19 at weights between 13lbs and 22lbs 10oz.
The Mere has produced 25 different 20lbs+ fish in the last 12 months alone which is testament to the stocking policy and amazing potential of this Fishery.
The fishery is only 3 years old in its current form and because its stocked with quality, English Heritage Carp, the future is looking amazing.
The biggest fish caught so far is a 27lbs 10oz Mirror (Aug '18) and this was stocked at 13lbs 8ozs 2 years earlier.