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Keepnets are still banned due to the continued hot weather

Keepnets are still completely banned on all of our stillwaters as the unexpectedly hot summer by British standards is predicted to continue for at least the next couple of weeks.  This ban is due to reduced oxygen levels in the margins brought on by the continued hot weather.  We have been monitoring dissolved oxygen levels in the margins with our oxygen meter over the last few weeks and levels have continued to drop forcing the committee to act now to protect the welfare of our valuable fish stocks.  This decision will be reviewed again at the September committee meeting.  The ban includes matches but excludes our river sections where the flowing water helps maintain a higher level of dissolved oxygen.

Our oxygen meter has been well used in the last few months.

This is the notice that you will see at the entrance to our stillwaters.

Gasping fish hotline

If you see fish in distress and/or gasping on the surface at any of our fisheries please contact Ken Saffill on 07585 802284 or by email on seafisherken@gmail.com

If Ken is not available you can also contact Ben at the Environment Agency on 03708 506506.

Ken will be able to test the dissolved oxygen levels to determine if this is the cause of the situation and has access to aeration pumps to deploy them at the venue.

Help with coaching juniors wishing to learn to fish

The coaching sessions organised by the Angling Coaching Initiative in conjunction with KDAA and MAS have been most successful since the first one held on the 19th May with up to ten participants at sessions.  Although ACI have a pool of Volunteer Coaches it is not sufficiently large enough to ensure they can provide one to one coaching particularly during the summer school holiday period owing to many of the volunteers being unavailable due to their own holidays and other commitments.  If you are able to help, even for just one or two sessions can you please contact Chris Burt on 07917 781299 or via email at chris@candjb.co.uk.  It is fun and most rewarding.

Future dates and venues are on the ACI website  https://anglingcoachinginitiative.co.uk/events-calendar  along with a blog of the sessions held to date.

The next two sessions where we more help would definitely be appreciated are next Wednesday 15th August at Rook Hall and on the 22nd July at Bog Grove.

Lost Rod and Reel at Bog Grove

Doug’s brand new rod and reel was dragged in at Bog Grove on Wednesday 25th July.  It’s a 13ft black Shakespeare Agility Power Match Rod.  If you find it please contact the membership secretary, Ken the bailiff or email webmaster@maldonas.co.uk.

Members only

Please remember that EVERYONE visiting a Society fishery must be a card carrying member (rule 1.4 refers).  Fishing while accompanied by non-members can result in a warning/suspension from the Society.

Please don’t forget your membership card on the canal

Members are reminded to carry their membership cards with them when fishing the canal or be asked to buy a day ticket.

Presidents match postponed until September

Due to the ongoing keepnet ban the Presidents match scheduled to be fished at Slough House Farm on Sat 11th Aug has now been postponed until Sat 22nd Sep.  This means that Slough House Farm will no longer be closed on Sat 11th Aug and will be open for members to fish as usual.

Venue change for match on 24th July

As a result of the blanket keepnet ban on all Society stillwaters the 24th July concessionary match will be fished at Heybridge Basin instead of Rook Hall.

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