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Lay-by Pit stocking policy.

The prime purpose of stocking the Lay-by Pit is, and always has been, to create, and maintain, a quality mixed fishery that can be enjoyed by all members of the Club.

A few years ago, and controversially to some, Carp were introduced to the water. The purpose was not to convert the water into a Carp fishery but to improve the quality of the water and encourage greater competition for available food resources amongst fish species.

The introduction has been largely successful -

  • Before introduction swims 3 to 10, the area between the bank and the island, was un-fishable due to silt and silk weed which despite efforts to remove clogged the water. Fish activity in this area since introduction of the Carp has cleared this area and made the swims some of the most productive on the water.
  • The water has always been a challenge due to the large quantity of natural food to be found in the water. Since the introduction of Carp, competition for this natural resource has increased leading to better catches for anglers.

Control of the Pike population has also had a beneficial effect on fish stocks.

The Club’s policy is to continue to stock all relevant still water species (excepting Pike) as and when necessary to replace losses and maintain the balance of fish stocks and keep the water as the excellent mixed fishery it currently is.

Current stocking plan - The Club will be introducing more Skimmers this year (November 2018) and probably more Carp, of some sort, next year, as funds permit (it's an expensive business!).

Some of the stocking at the Lay-by Pit in recent years

December 2014

Some 4 to 5 tub loads of Crucian Carp and 5 to 6 tub loads of skimmers were introduced to the pit by Ian Moore and Glenn Shipley on 5 December.

The fish looked healthy and fit and shot off as soon as they were introduced to the water. Not one dead or lethargic fish.
Looks like Ian has found a good supplier!



March 2014

Tom Harbinson provided the 600 small mirror carp up to 10 ounces, and 100 bigger Commons to 5 lbs put in to the pit on 10 March, which it is hoped will eat the weed and colour the water.

Small Mirror Carp

Some of the small Mirror Carp

Common Carp

Some of the Commons about to be introduced

Ian and Glen with some Commons

Ian and Glen present some of the Commons

December 2013

We guess about 8 -10000 roach mainly 3 - 5 ozs with some 8 ozs , and the odd bream, went into the Lay-by from our Otley College friends netting activities, who we thank sincerely for a very good deal.

Otley Roach netting

Thanks due to Ian Moore and Paul Dean who went to collect them.

July 2013

Some great little Crucian Carp - 1000 little beauties up to 2/3 ozs were introduced to the pit on 17 July

Getting ready Some great little Crucians In they go!

Pictures - Tom Harbinson, Ian Moore and Stan Woods, former Chairman and Life-vice President helping out.

January 2013 - Some superb Bream Specimens

Netted from Weybread Lakes and purchased for the Lay-by Pit - a modest £250.

Weybread Bream

Some great Bream!

More superb Bream

...... and another great haul!

Weybread freebies

.... we got these as "freebies" as well!