About Us

My name is Hugh Pickett and I am married to Sarah, we have two daughters Chloe and Phoebe and have moved to Shirkoak from Chartham, nr Canterbury.

I have been a passionate angler all my life and in 2002 we were lucky enough to purchase a derelict barn in France with a small lake. We converted this into a successful fishing holiday business – Willow lake France. A few years later we purchased another lake and house –Firs lake, which we have since sold.  I am very proud of our achievements in France and have enjoyed turning a small 2 acre lake into a prestigious carp fishery with carp to over 50lb and cats to over 100lb.  I am up for the exciting challenge of turning Shirkoak into the thriving fishery it deserves to be.

Four years ago we purchased two small irrigation ponds on Bethersden road. They were very overgrown and completely silted up with very little fish stock. We have desilted and enlarged these ponds and turned them into a small fishing syndicate.

I am a chef by trade and have run a successful outside catering business for 35 years, specialising in weddings. We are hoping to incorporate wedding packages at Shirkoak farm – the ultimate ‘Fishermans wedding venue’

I am looking forward to meeting you all and value your ideas and suggestions. Shirkoak farm is a beautiful place to live and I hope we will have many happy years here.

Our Syndicate

Our Syndicate, GT Engeham Pools, is situated just a mile from Shirkoak Farm Fishery on Bethersdan Road.

Our Stock

Shirkoak Farm Fishery boasts a plentiful stock of smaller fish, 31 Carp (12-19lb) & 6 Low Twenties. Our predatory fish is Pike.

Our Rules

Shirkoak Farm Fishery prides itself on the care and furture of the fish. We ask that our standard rules are adhered to.

Our Prices

Two Rods

£12 Per 12 Hours
  • 12 hours 2 rods = £12
  • 24 hours 2 rods = £24
  • 36 hours 2 rods = £36
  • 48 hours 2 rods = £40

Discounts for longer sessions

Bed & Breakfast fishing holidays available

Three Rods

£15 Per 12 Hours
  • 12 hours 3 rods = £15
  • 24 hours 3 rods = £30
  • 36 hours 3 rods = £45
  • 48 hours 3 rods = £50

Discounts for longer sessions

Bed & Breakfast fishing holidays available


  • Great Lake, very well looked after and the hosts are very friendly. Definitely recommend going here!

    Mark Maryan

  • What a beautiful place, stunning location with very friendly hosts.

    Marion Rose

  • Lovely B&B very comfy beds, stunning views and such lovely hosts! Will be back again soon.
    Love the breakfast too!

    Danielle Luckhurst

  • Highly recommend! Great location and really friendly welcome, we will return soon!

    Jo Atwell

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