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Autumn reminder

Members are reminded that Rook Hall and Whitehouse Farm reservoir are now closed for the 4 month duck shooting season and will re-open on Thursday 1st Feb 2018.  There are also occasional duck shoots at Slough House West and Little London so please keep an eye out for signs at the entrance to these fisheries, especially on Fridays.

Night fishing at Bog Grove has now started and runs through until the 30th April 2018.

3 rods are now allowed on all venues for all standard night permit and Howells night permit holders as well as for members who have purchased the £30 winter 3 rod upgrade.  Regardless of which night permit you have you can use 3 rods on all venues including Howells.

The sun sets on another summer’s fishing at Rook Hall.

St Peters Walk and Totham Pit

Members fishing at Totham Pit are reminded not to park in St Peters Walk but to use the society car park which is closer to our only entry point to the lake situated directly opposite the car park.  Any member requiring an access key can purchase one from the membership secretary or from one of our three agents.

It has also been bought to our attention again that someone has been putting their rubbish after fishing in the dog poo bin that is located on the footpath to St Peters Walk.  Please stop this as filling the bin up results in the dog walkers throwing their dog mess bags on the floor around the bin with is not acceptable.

Finally any member found leaving litter around the lake will be liable to receive a life ban, please take your litter home with you.

Illegal fishing on the Chelmer & Blackwater

The hot weather has brought with it an increase in the number of reports of illegal fishing on the Chelmer & Blackwater navigation.  If you see anyone taking fish from the river please refer to this Illegal Fishing 2017 pdf for more info and call the Police on 101 or the Environment Agency on 0800 807060 to report the incident.

Leave litter – leave the club

Please note that we have already issued one life ban this year for leaving litter.  Please help us keep this figure below two by taking all of your rubbish home with you.

The 2017 rulebooks have been posted out

The new 2017 green rulebooks have now been posted out to all members along with a new Tails Up catalogue giving members a chance to purchase bait at a special discounted rate.  Thank you to Jamie for sending these out, at least he didn’t have to lick the stamps.  If your rulebook hasn’t arrived please let the membership secretary know or pop into JP Tackle with your 2017-18 membership card to pick one up.

Chelmer & Blackwater Close Season

Members of Maldon AS, Chelmsford AA, Kelvedon DAA, Colchester APS and day ticket anglers are reminded that the last day of fishing on the Chelmer & Blackwater river/canal was Tuesday 14th March.  The Environment Agency will be enforcing the traditional 3 month close season between the 15th March and 15th June 2017 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 2017-18 season) will not have to hang up their rods for 3 months.

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