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Layer Pit


Situated just outside Layer-de-la-Haye about 4 miles from Colchester, this is an excellent fishery, with a well deserved reputation for big fish. In the last year, Carp in excess of 40lbs, Bream to over 16lbs and Pike to mid doubles have all been landed. The lake holds an impressive number of Carp weighing over 20 lbs, but is also a good fishery for the pleasure angler, with fish of all other species present. Over the past couple of seasons large number of Skimmer Bream have been caught, these now average 1.5 lb and compliment the excellent Roach fishing that is available at this venue.

In Jan 2019, 70 VS Fishery Mirrors from 5lb to 10lb were stocked into the water. 

Layer Pit is has a restricted membership which requires any new applicant to pay a joining fee.

Opening Times

Layer Pit is now no longer subject to a close season and will be open all year, however night fishing is strictly NOT ALLOWED


The toilet is located in the car park opposite the waters entrance gate. A combination is required to gain entrance and is the same as the gate lock combination on the back of your membership card.

This toilet has been refurbished at great expense to the club. Please treat it with respect at all times.
Following the coronavirus pandemic If you need to use the toilet we expect you to wipe any surfaces that are to be touched prior to, and after using the facility.

Water Size

Being around 17 acres in size with 42 swims Layer is renowned for the numerous big fish it produces.

Disabled Details

No designated disabled swim or disabled facilities.


Note :All, unfortunately we have had a couple of recent cases where catalytic converters have been stolen from members cars when parked in Layer car park. As a result until further notice we have taken the decision to not have the gate open during fishing hours. We would therefore request all members close and lock the gate after entering the car park

Members should ensure they are familar with the rules of the club in the handbook you recieved when joining. The rulebook can also be found on this website. But to highlight some for this water.
Layer Pit is subject to a special membership, only anglers with a valid Layer Pit permit are eligible to fish.

To gain a Layer upgrade 4 working parties have to be attended all at waters other than Layer.

When you have completed your 4 working parites you should send the tokens and your membership card, along with a cheque for £30 to the Membership Secretary. There is also the option to 'buy' the work party vouchers at a cost of £25 each.

This membership is valid until the member fails to join the Society for one season and can only be obtained via the Membership Secretary.

The Layer Pit area is out of bounds to Society members between 10:00pm and 05:30am, except for official working parties.

No parking, waiting or queuing within the Parish Boundaries of Layer-de-la-Haye at any time. No entry to the car park before 05:30am. No access to the fishery before 6am

No motor vehicles to be parked on farm or concrete roadways near Layer Pit. They must be parked on the high ground car park inside the entrance gates.

Junior members under 13 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult member or responsible adult non-fishing permit holder at all times. Visitors must abide by Society Rules.

Anglers are not permitted to fish within restricted areas adjacent to overhead electricity cables and must be at least 30 metres away from any source of electricity.

All roped-off areas are out of bounds.

Marker floats may be used provided that they are reeled in after baiting etc. On no account are they to be 'left out' whilst fishing.

Maximum of two rods are permitted at any time.

Lead weights must not exceed 4ozs.

The following baits (and only those listed below) are allowed on Layer Pit. Boilies, Pellets, Sweet Corn, Luncheon Meat, Pepperoni, Bread/Cheese pastes Live/Dead Baits, Hemp, Naturals (Maggots, Worms, Casters, Cockles etc). The use of Dog/Cat Biscuit, (Floaters) is limited to One Kilogram per member per day. 
The use of all Nuts including tiger nuts as hookbaits or loose feed is banned on all Society waters.


From Colchester take the B1026 Maldon Road, continue to Layer-de-la-Haye. Fishery is about 200 yards past the crossroads, opposite the waterworks.

Approximate postcode CO2

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