Fishery Maintenance, Netting etc

As you can imagine, it’s a huge task keeping a complex such as The Glebe in tip-top condition. Most of the maintenance around the fishery such as mending fishing platforms, pruning trees etc is done during the winter months. We are always looking for help with these tasks and everyone is welcome to come along and lend a hand, even if it’s just for an hour or two. We try to publish details of any major work that needs helpers in the newsletters but you can always give Roy a call to see if there’s anything planned.

Each of our lakes is netted on a rotating three year basis. During these netting operations we try to remove as many of the small silver fish as possible.

Netting Foundation Lake
The lake is lowered to make netting easier. Here we are netting Foundation Lake. The huge net has been loaded onto a little boat and laid out by the netsmen

Millions of small roach and bream can eat an enormous amount of food and produce an enormous amount of poo. We’d rather that food be eaten by the larger fish. We never remove any decent sized bream or roach, and never remove any carp.

Pulling the big net at Foundation Lake
Now comes the hard work. The two ends of the net are drawn in until there is just a small pocket, hopefully holding a lot of fish.

If we didn’t do this thinning out the fish would be overcrowded and become stunted.

Fish in the net at Foundation Lake
This is the result of that particular pull of the net at Foundation Lake. All of the carp and decent sized silver fish are immediately put back into the lake

Again, we publish dates for the netting days and we’re always very grateful to anyone who comes along to lend a hand, Pulling a 100 yard long net full of fish is not an easy job and many hands make light work. If you can’t / don’t want to get involved you are still welcome to come along and watch, it’s fascinating to see what the nets catch…and how many fish they miss!.

Netting Uglies at the Glebe
Pool 3 (Uglies) is packed full of carp. There are a few silver fish but they are hardly ever caught. This net is the result of netting Uglies. The net contained half a dozen carp and several hundred pounds of tiny roach and skimmer bream. You just never know what’s lurking under the surface. The carp were still in he lake, they had simply avoided the net.
Carp from the lake in the trees
We had the fishing rights of a couple of tiny ponds inside Mallory Park Motor Racing circuit, called the “Lakes in the Trees”. The people at the racing circuit were doing some major changes and decided to fill in our little lakes. The netting team were called in and did a great job of removing some absolutely pristine carp such as this one. All of the fish were moved to Foundation Lake.