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New restrictions at Whitehouse Farm

The owner of Whitehouse Farm has asked us to apply the following restrictions with immediate effect:

Junior members (aged under 16) can no longer fish the lake unless accompanied by an adult member aged 18+.

No fishing allowed after dusk (30 minutes after sunset).

An amount of litter has also been picked up at Whitehouse Farm, anybody caught littering will be banned for life.

These new restrictions were reviewed at the committee meeting on 1st March and it was agreed to keep them in place for the 2017-18 season.  As such they now appear in the new 2017 rulebook.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Half term reminder

Members are reminded that all members under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult member aged 18+ at all times whilst fishing and under 12′s cannot be dropped off at fisheries and picked up later in the day.

Essex Police Join Operation TRAVERSE

Essex Police has become the latest police force to sign up to Operation TRAVERSE – the multi-agency initiative launched in 2014 to tackle fish theft and illegal fishing in the East of England.  Any member who sees fish theft or illegal fishing taking place on our fisheries should report the details to our Head Bailiff and also to the Environment Agency’s Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or Essex Police on 101 quoting Operation TRAVERSE.

The full Angling Trust media release can be found in this Essex Police Join Operation TRAVERSE pdf

Please treat our biggest asset with care

Members and guests are reminded to treat the fish they catch with the respect they deserve and always use a suitable sized landing net and an unhooking mat.  Current rule (6.9) states that an unhooking mat is only compulsory when fishing for carp and pike but this will change on the 1st April 2017 to try and prevent fish of any species being laid on the ground.  This rule change does not take immediate effect to allow everyone plenty of time to buy a mat that is suitable for both them and the fish they catch.  Please ensure in hot weather that your mat is sufficiently ‘wetted down’ or covered with a wet weigh sling to further protect your catch.

A Bog Grove Mirror safely on a damp mat.

Please don’t dump leftover bait on the bankside

Members are reminded that dumping unwanted bait on the bank at the end of a session is breaking rule 7.3 – ‘Surplus bait must not be left on the bank’ as this encourages rodents around our fisheries and most of the rats are large enough already.
Our bailiffs are on the lookout for the couple who fished peg 16 at Little Park and departed leaving this pile of bait behind:

2016 rulebooks posted out

The new yellow 2016 rulebooks were posted out to all current members (excluding non-fishing members and under 12′s at the same address as another member) on Wed 6th Apr.  In addition 125 have been delivered to JP Tackle, 25 to Specimen Angling and 10 to WASS.  Angling Essentials will have 25 w/c 25th Apr.

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