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New rule for treble hooks

The following new rule was passed at the May committee meeting:

“Treble hooks used on wire traces for fish deadbaits must be semi-barbless.”

This rule was passed too late to be included in the 2012 rulebook.

This 6lb 4oz Totham Pit pike was hooked and landed on maize so it must have been hungry!

New rule

In readiness for next winter the committee have, at the request of a member, introduced a new rule of:

“Dead fish baits are only allowed if fished with a wire trace”

It is hoped that will reduce the number of pike that are landed each winter with bitten off hooks in their mouths.

This rule change will not feature in the new 2012 rulebook, which incidentally is now at the printers so should hopefully be dropping through members doors in early May.

We also encourage members to flatten the barbs on at least two of each of the treble hook points to aid unhooking.

Please stick to the car parks

Members are reminded that under no circumstances can they drive beyond society car parks and around society waters.  Anyone caught doing so will be liable to receive a warning and lose their right to hold a night fishing permit.  The main venues where people are tempted to ‘drop off tackle in their swims’ or ‘fish from their vehicles’ are Slough House Farm, Rook Hall and Beckingham Hall but reports have also been received in the past from Howells and incredibly from Little Park, Bog Grove and New Hall!

Also if someone else drives around the lake to visit you or drop you off (member or not) then you are still responsible so please ask them not to do it!

Finally we are working on replacing the combination padlock at Little Park so until we do you might still have to use the alternative approved (by the landowner) entrance by Red Lodge.  It is very important that you close and lock all access gates, especially at Little Park and Rook Hall where new signage will soon be put up reminding members to do so and improve the security of these popular lakes.

Please keep access gates locked and stick to the car parks.

Rules revamped

The rules now have a new look and numbering system which hopefully makes things easier to find.  Most are still worded the same but the following new and updated rules were agreed at the committee meeting on Wed 7th Mar 2012:

Updated:  ‘No member is to use a fixed weight of greater than one ounce’ replaced by ‘Any fixed lead used must be able to detach itself from the hooklink should the main line happen to break (excluding split shot)’.

New:  ‘Members must produce their membership card when asked to do so by another membership card carrying member’.

New:  ‘The society reserves the right to refuse an application to join from anyone without giving a reason’.

Updated:  ‘No bait is to be discarded into the water at the end of a fishing session’ replaced by ‘Surplus bait must be taken home’.

Updated:   ‘Howells Lake, Little Park and Beckingham Hall; no junior members are allowed on these waters unless accompanied by a responsible adult member at all times’ (this is now a lease requirement).

Litter letter

I was interested and concerned to read in the newsletter about the problem caused by litter left by a minority of anglers, usually food wrappers or drink containers but sometimes packaging from tackle items, spare line and even hooks and line attached.

In the last few years I have often fished the river at Hoe Mill and have on several occasions taken away bags of rubbish that others have discarded, unfortunately there is no refuse bin at this “beauty spot” but how about a bit of minimum tolerance.  If all members cleared up a bit before or after fishing how much nicer it would be for everyone.  Why not pick up someone else’s rubbish as well as your own, put it in a black bag, take it home and put it out for the refuse collection.  No one wants to fish in a refuse tip.  Sorry for the rant but at least you know that one member is behind what the club is trying to do to keep the fisheries tidy. 

With thanks, 

Bill Jeffery – Tollesbury

River close season reminder

The last day of the river season is Wednesday 14th March and the close season on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation and River Blackwater runs from the 15th March until 15th June inclusive so there is no fishing allowed on the Navigation and other Rivers.  Fishing will resume on Saturday16th June 2012.

Each year there is some confusion about Browns Wharf, Chelmsford and whether the close season applies to that section of the canal. It does and if caught you could be prosecuted by the Environment Agency.

The whole of the Navigation including the canal downstream of Beeleigh to Heybridge Basin is classed as a river so the close season applies.

No fishing anywhere on the canal for three months from 15th March.

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