Toms Pond - Otley

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Toms Pond - Otley


Tom’s pond is actually two small farm ponds adjacent to each other on farmland that is well peaceful and excellent for watching the planes take off against the backdrop of the Otley Chevin. There are no facilities to speak of here, but the young man in Tom and his dad have put a convenient bagging water on the doorstep of a lot people.

The banks on both lakes are a little uneven and access to all pegs is not the easiest. Therefore anglers with disabilities may need assistance in getting settle comfortably.

The first water that you will come to from the car park has been recently extended length ways towards Toms Pond. The banks are fairly muddy at the moment, so care is required. The average depth is about three foot. There is an island towards the top end and then another smaller one down the side. These are good patrol routes for the bigger carp which patrol. The water until the last couple of years was run as a syndicate. On the couple of occasions that I have visited the fish have been clearly visible on the top. There are a number of carp well into double figures. There are also some tench to almost 8lb and plenty of silver fish. This water is not targeted all that often, so if you fancy bashing the silver fish, then this is the pond to have a go at. A small dibber float with maggot will catch well. The bigger fish can be targeted successfully using large bottom baits.

The pond at the far end of the land is known as Toms pond after the owners son. Again the water probably doesn’t cover more than half an acre. The depth varies from 3 foot down to 6 foot in some of the deeper areas. All of the pegs have some sort of feature to fish to, and are all in reach of the standard pole. Many of them do require a walk down the bank into the peg and as such are not suitable for the angler with disabilities. There are islands, sunken trees or bankside rushes to target. The water is small in size, so the best tactic to employ is being quiet on the bank, or you will find that they disappear to another area. Most baits will take fish here. There is a good head of carp, Tench, Roach and Bream in the water. You don’t have to fish all that heavy at the moment as the fish are very much match sized. Chub are also present.


Day Tickets £5.00 for two rods £1.00 for use of keepnet.


Barbless hooks only. Groundbait in feeders only, no litter.


From Pool follow the signs for Otley past the Shell Garage on the Junction. Continue towards Otley (1 ½ miles) and pass Stephen H Smiths garden centre on the left hand side. Just after you will see the Summer Cross public house on your left set back a little from the road. Turn left into the road in front of the pub (East Busk Lane) and carry on down this all the way down the single farm track until you turn into the farm yard at the very end, carry on past the houses to the left where you will see the car park for the ponds in front of you.


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