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Howells night permit holders urged to renew early

Half of the Howells night permit holders have now rejoined for 2015-16 but the other half only have days left before the remaining places are offered to the members on the waiting list.  To ensure you keep you place please get your membership card and payment to the membership secretary by the 1st April.

Night permit holders are reminded to renew early for 2015-16 to avoid disappointment.  Standard night permits are limited to 110 and are all being sold on a first come first serve basis (over half sold already).  Howells night permits are restricted to 50 and all are reserved for existing holders until 1st Apr 2015 when any remaining will be offered to members on the waiting list.  To keep up to date with how many are left please visit our night permits page.

Dan Wilden with his new PB Common of 25lb 2oz caught in the early hours from Totham Pit.

Whitehouse Farm closed on Thursday 19th March

The owner of Whitehouse Farm informed us on Saturday that his lake will be closed to members on Thursday 19th March for one day only – apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Chelmer & Blackwater Close Season

Members of Maldon AS, Chelmsford AA, Kelvedon DAA and day ticket anglers are reminded that the last day of fishing on the Chelmer & Blackwater river/canal was Saturday 14th March.  The Environment Agency will be enforcing the traditional 3 month close season between the 15th March and 15th June 2014 on the entire river/canal network.

Fortunately 16 of our stillwaters remain open between the 15th March and 15th June so MAS members (who have rejoined for the 2015-16 season) will not have to hang up their rods for 3 months.

Dan Thornett with a fine Perch caught from the River Chelmer just days before it closed – another contender for the photo competition.

Photo competition latest

Might we have a new front runner in the non-carp category, I have just received this pic of a 16lb pike landed from Totham Pit by Shaun Birnie

I hope the editor likes predators!

Pair of boots left at Howells

If anyone has found Phil’s boots, which he left behind in the Howells car park, he would very much like them back.  If you have found them please contact the membership secretary who will put you in touch with Phil.

Photo competition

When our editor compiled the winter newsletter he decided to include some photos from our gallery and was hoping to find some snaps of tench, roach, perch, chub, bream, crucian, pike etc to select from but instead he founds loads of photos of carp and not much else.  As most of us appreciate that carp are very photogenic this was no surprise to me.  Anyway he suggested that we run a small competition to increase the number of non-carp photos and here it is.  The member who submits the best non-carp fish photo in 2015 will win a half price membership for 2016-17.  Closing date for entries is 24th Dec 2015 and the editor’s decision is final.  You don’t have to do anything fancy to enter, just submit your non-carp fish photo along with the date it was caught, its weight and the venue to the gallery in the usual way.  Please remember that the gallery cannot cope with any photo greater than 2mB in size so you might have to downsize before submission.

As you know the membership secretary has a new penchant for eels and the early front runner is this huge eel caught by Alan King from Bog Grove.

It’s actually quite difficult to tell which end the eel’s head is (this is not an additional competition).

So as not to appear fishist the membership secretary is offering the same prize (a half price membership for 2016-17) for the best carp photo submitted although the fish you currently have to beat is Andy Flower’s stunning 23lb fully scaled mirror from Howells:

The bar has been set extremely high although beauty is in the eye of the carp-holder.

Get out there, get catching and get snappy.

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