Embryo's Oxfordshire gem has been in great form!

Embyro’s Stanton Harcourt water, secured for the project earlier this year, has been in amazing form since opening to members with a run of stunning 30lb-plus Oxfordshire carp.

The 12-acre pit, which has been purchased by the Korda-backed Embryo organisation and is earmarked for fencing against predation later this year, is now run on a syndicate basis with weekend and weekday members, all of whom have been catching well lately.

The venue’s bailiff, Peter Lay, has been getting amongst some of the better fish, including a 28lb 12oz common and mirrors of 34lb 6oz, 29lb 14oz and 25lb.

Member Ben Tipney has also found some of the better fish with a 35lb mirror along with Martyn Davies’ mid-20 original. A majority of the fish have fallen to stiff hinge rigs and pop-ups over a spread of boilies with robust tackle needed to counter the numerous snags and bars.

Peter revealed: “Since the opening of the Stanton syndicate on June 1st the fishery has taken on 50 members - 25 weekday and 25 weekenders - and it has opened up a fantastic fishing community on the lake.

“With fish being caught on a regular basis and to a good average size and in fantastic condition, it’s not surprising that the members are buzzing, with a few taking some new PB fish to boot.

“It's not an easy fishery with low stocks of carp (many of which are originals) and snags and weed throughout, so it’s proving challenging for even the most competent anglers as well as a great introduction to some of the less experienced on proper, gnarly gravel pits.

“The fishery is moving forward now with swim maintenance and preparations for the otter fence to be installed going well - the future looks bright for our syndicate lake. It's been an awful lot of hard work but it’s certainly worthwhile!”

Korda boss Danny Fairbrass added: “The feedback I have received from Matt Pettitt is that the members have created a warm, open atmosphere and the syndicate manager Pete is doing a fantastic job. Pete and Colin, who runs our Yorkshire complex at North Cave, are the heroes of the hour.

“Their commitment to the success of their waters is the very essence of Embryo and as such these men are our most valuable assets. I thank them for every single piece of work they have done on both sites. They embody everything that Embryo is.

“I look forward to our first 40-pounder from Stanton this autumn or next spring and with North Cave stock fish already hitting 20lb, the future looks very bright.

Please keep up your tips for new waters, this is a never ending story for us, there will never be enough Stantons and North Caves for the future of our beloved sport.”

For more information on the Embryo project, go to www.embryoangling.org - although membership for the North Cave and Stanton Harcourt rotas are now full, a waiting list is in operation so get your name down if you’re interested and there’s every chance you could be fishing one of the waters in the next season or two. Prices are kept as low as possible and are more in line with a large club ticket than a traditional syndicate.

Embryo Angling Habitats was founded in summer 2014 by Korda Developments owner Danny Fairbrass and has two main functions.

Firstly, to buy and lease their own fisheries. Venues will be fenced from predation, and run as affordable fisheries with local anglers in mind. They will also have a focus on helping young anglers access the many benefits that angling can offer. Any profits will be reinvested into the next project.

As well as running their own lakes, they aim to help others protect their lakes from the increasing threat of predation and will be fencing a number of other people’s lakes in 2015. As well as using their own funds for this, they will be fundraising to help protect as many venues as possible. 100% of all funds raised will be going towards fencing other people’s clubs and syndicate lakes.