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Bankside Etiquette

Members, especially new members, are reminded not to cast into other peoples swims.  This can be more of an issue during the winter when night permit holders are permitted to use 3 rods.  For example if you are casting from the sandy island swims at Totham Pit over towards the sheer bank this is fine as long as NO ONE IS FISHING on the sheer bank.  As soon as another member starts to set up opposite you rule 30 applies, ie No member to fish their swim over half way to another angler.  If you have just baited up you can of course politely ask the newly arrived member if he would mind fishing a different swim but there is no obligation on him/her to do this and if they continue to set up the rod cast more than half way towards them must be wound in and repositioned.  Members failing to wind in are breaking a rule and liable to be reported.  If you are considering baiting up with a large quantity of bait it pays to fish as close to your chosen area as possible to avoid disappointment.

Totham Pit Colliers Bay from Wooded Bank

The far margin – a tempting cast but only if no one is fishing there.

Mistake in Rulebook

Please note that page 33 of the current red rulebook should state that the season for Whitehouse Farm is 1st Feb to 30th Sep and NOT 31st Oct.  The correct dates do appear on page 17.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Whitehouse Farm is closed on 1st Oct for 4 months and re-opens on 1st Feb.

Steer Clear of Boats

The committee have received two separate reports this week of anglers fishing very close to or between moored boats on the canal.  While we appreciate that this is often where the bigger fish are lurking this is in breach of our lease.  If you are a Maldon, Kelvedon, Chelmsford, Does or day ticket angler please refrain from fishing permanent landing stages and the sections of the canal (usually close to lock gates) where boats are moored.

C&B Heybridge Basin

Sections like the one close to The Ship pub at Heybridge Basin look appealing but cannot be fished from the bank due to the permanently moored boats (although if you are a boat owner you can fish off of your boat).

Howells litter

MarkBaldwinCommon13lbHowellsMark Baldwin, with a catch of a 13lb common carp, could be seeing his last carp from Howells as we could lose this fishery due to litter louts.  Head Bailiff Kim Naish, before taking a photo of Mark’s carp, collected seven, yes SEVEN bags of rubbish left by anglers.

Howells Litter 1

 He was disgusted:

“This is the quickest way to lose a fishery; would you put up with people putting rubbish in your garden or house I do not think so, you would soon stop them. Moreover the best way for a farmer to stop people leaving rubbish on their land is to stop them coming on it in the first place. If I had my way I would stop everyone fishing Howells for a month but that would penalise the vast majority of anglers who act responsibly and ensure that they do take their rubbish home with them.

Howells Litter 2

Take your rubbish home with you or lose Howells.  If you see people leave rubbish report them or lose Howells.  It is up to all of us to make sure that the waters we have are kept litter free or we will lose them all and it’s no good moaning after they are gone.

Howells Litter 3

Take action now to stop the litter louts and get rid of them from the club.  Sorry for the rant”

Please note: Since this item was first posted the committee are strongly recommending that an age restriction be applied to Howells if the litter problem returns during future school holidays.

Rubbish and Three Rods?

Members are reminded to take their litter home after a spate of black bin bags stuffed with rubbish have been found at Totham Pit.  Members caught leaving litter will receive a life ban.  New night permit members are also reminded that the use of more than 2 rods is only permitted between 1 Oct and 31 Mar (rule 38).  If anyone is caught using 3 or more rods between 1 Apr and 30 Sep and reported to the committee they will receive a written warning, possible suspension and lose their night permit.

Railway Pond goes day ticket

You can now fish the Railway Pond (close to the roundabout by Tescos in Heybridge) on a day ticket.  Tickets must be purchased in advance of fishing from JP Tackle in Maldon High Street and are priced £5 for adults, £3 for concessionaries and just £2 for juniors.  Two rods may be used and for the full list of rules please click here.  This venue can get very weedy so we suggest you view the pond before fishing.  The day ticket fishing will be on a trial basis until June when the nearby C&B canal re-opens to fishing after the 3 month close season.

Railway Pond 4

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