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Weeks of effort pay off for Paul at Brick Kiln Pond

Paul Frost wrote: I’m a new member who passes the Brick Kiln Pond as I travel to and from work. I often stop off for a quick scan of the pond to see what’s about and sometimes fish on the way home for a couple of hours.  I usually see a couple of unusual pale colour long slender fish cruising on the surface and finally managed to land one on the 6th June.  I didn’t really recognise the species but Brian at the Halstead tackle shop identifies it as an Albino Grass Carp.  It weighed in at a healthy 13.5lb and certainly put a smile on my face after spending weeks trying to tempt it.

Our canal and river sections re-opened on 16th June

Our river sections re-opened to fishing on Thursday 16th June.  Even if you are not a member you can fish the Chelmer & Blackwater canal on a day ticket (cost £6 for adults on the bank, £4.50 for concessionaries and only £2 for juniors).  Adult day tickets are cheaper if bought in advance from JP Tackle in Maldon High Street.  Members of Maldon AS, Chelmsford AA, Colchester APS and Kelvedon DAA do not have to pay for a day ticket (on production of a valid membership card).  The River Blackwater stretches at Wickham Bishops and Langford are also now open and exclusive to Maldon AS members only.

The River Blackwater at Wickham Bishops.

Dan Hilton has once again tracked down one of the big bream in the canal

Not quite as big as last year’s double but still impressive at 9lb 8oz.

Attempt at fly tipping at Beckingham Hall

It has been reported that a white flatbed van attempted to fly tip a load of turf and other waste outside the entrance gate at Beckingham Hall on Sat 4th June at 2.30pm.  Members are asked to be on the look out for vehicles acting suspiciously around our fisheries, in this instance it stopped in the road and then reversed into the entrance by the gate, waiting there for a couple of minutes before a person jumped out, looked around and gave a nod to the driver. The van’s flatbed then started rising to tip the load of turf and other waste but at this point they noticed that one of our members had spotted them from the lake and made off.  If you see anything similar, and can make a note of the vehicle’s registration number, please let someone on the committee know and you can also report the incident at http://www.maldon.gov.uk/info/587/refuse-flytipping/243/fly_tipping.  Thank you.

Dennis Penn Trophy will be re-scheduled

Due to dreadful weather on Tuesday 31st May the Dennis Penn Trophy at Little Parks was cancelled and will be fished on another day.  Once Keith has decided when the date will be posted here.

Find us at the Blackwater Country Show on Sunday 19th June

We will again have a stand at the Blackwater Country Show at Rook Hall so if you are in attendance please drop in and say hello to Paul & Denise.  If you are not yet a member for the 2016-17 season, and you pick up one of our special yellow application forms on the day, you can claim 20% discount on our daytime membership fees by posting the form off to the membership secretary or by taking it up to JP Tackle in Maldon High Street.  Paul and Denise will also be selling MAS hoodies, beanies, polo shirts, baseball caps etc.  Please remember that all three lakes at Rook Hall are closed to fishing on Sunday 19th June as the area is used for parking etc.

Totham Pit overflow car park

The Totham Pit overflow car park has been hired between 2pm and midnight on Saturday 23rd July.  The usual parking area around the container remains open for use by members.  All money raised will go into our fish stock fund.

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