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Concessionary Xmas match cancelled

The Maldon concessionary match at Little London Reservoir on 12th December 2017 has been cancelled due to bad weather conditions.  The Christmas match will now be in January date to be decided – Keith.

Changes at Little Park Top Lake

Following the sale of the field on the east bank bordering Little Park Top lake (over the footbridge on the left as you exit the car park) the east bank is now out of bounds to members.  Fishing is now from the west bank closest to the car park only.  A sign stating that the east bank is now private will be put up soon.  The sale of land does not affect the main lake with the island at all and members can still fish all around the main lake.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused, Little Park Top Lake has been fishing well recently following a stocking of silver fish.

Keepnets – a follow up

Having received this question from a member I thought it worth sharing his points and my response with our other members who visit this website:

Dear Paul,  further to your post regarding keepnets, surely landing nets should also be dipped ? Will the bailiffing team have the resources to monitor that every member  no matter when they are fishing adheres to this rule ? As for matches the match secretary can ensure compliance. Could I please have your comments.  Regards Jack Morley.

Hi Jack,  thank you for your email.  A lot of thought went into this decision at the committee meeting to ensure that our final decision was practical and made with the welfare of our valuable fish stocks at the heart of it.  The original proposal was for a complete keepnet ban but as that would have meant cancelling most of the remaining matches, or moving them all to the canal, the compromise solution of dipping in Virkon S was proposed and accepted. 

Keepnets are a non-essential angling item to the ordinary member (ie not fishing in a match), unlike landing nets which are compulsory (rule 6.8 refers).  Keepnets are also much larger than landing nets, have fish in contact with them for up to 5 hours at a time rather than a few minutes, and take much longer to dry out thoroughly.  As a result keepnets are seen as a higher risk in the transferal of KHV.

If you can dip your landing nets before each match as well then that will be much appreciated.  The cost and practicality of having a net dip at every venue was discussed but as Virkon S is only effective for 1-3 days max depending upon conditions this was ruled out as being high maintenance / low effectiveness / next to impossible to bailiff as you state above. 

The best form of protection against waterborne fish diseases continues to be thoroughly drying nets in direct sunlight – a difficult proposition at this time of the year! 

All the best for the remainder of the season.  Kind Regards - Paul.

Concessionary match rules update

It was agreed by unanimous vote at the 6th Dec committee meeting that all of the remaining concessionary matches will be fished as ‘silver fish only matches’ and that ALL carp caught will count as 1lb (one pound) regardless of their weight.  This means that carp will not need to be weighed, or retained in keepnets, and can be returned to the water immediately after capture.  This rule will be enforced by the concessionary match secretary starting at the Xmas match at Little London on Tue 12th Dec (this match is already listed in the rulebook as a silvers match) until the end of the season.

Keepnet update

Keepnets are now banned on all of our stillwaters until the end of the season due to a local outbreak of KHV (Koi Herpesvirus).  This rule has been introduced to protect our valuable fish stocks and will be enforced by our bailiffing team.

Keepnets will be allowed in matches only where they must be soaked in Virkon S for ten minutes before the start of the match under the supervision of the match secretary.

This ruling will be reviewed at the March committee meeting.

Please dry your nets

Members are reminded to dry out their nets and slings between fishing trips, especially when moving between different waters, to reduce the risk of spreading diseases from one fishery to another.  Thank you to the Environment Agency for this Biosecurity Best Practice pdf.

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