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Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party

Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party – Saturday morning, 13th April 2019

Hi

It’s Work Party time again! For next Saturday’s work party (13th April) we’ll be meeting at Hoe Mill Lock and we’re aiming to work upstream.

We’ll be starting off at 9am. For directions to Hoe Mill put CM9 6RA into your SatNav, smartphone etc. or click on this link for a map that will get you to the right vicinity: Hoe Mill Lock. Parking is available on site so there is no need to park on the road. If the gate is locked toot your horn!

All weedbusting and litter-clearing equipment is provided – but please bring any additional equipment that you find works well for you. And please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the prevailing conditions. It could be muddy; it could be cold (or it might be lovely mild, dry, weather!) We’ll have some refreshments available too.

We hope to see you next Saturday.

Kind regards

Neil

Revised Guest and Day Ticket prices from 1st Apr 2019

Guest Tickets

(Accompanied by member) 

Adults = £9 

Concessionaries = £6 

Juniors = £5

Guest tickets are available from JP Tackle, Angling Essentials and the Membership Secretary (NOT available on the bank).

Online Guest Tickets purchased via this website remain at the old price of £7.50 for the time being as we haven’t worked out how to increase them to £8.50 yet!
 

Day Tickets

(Canal and Railway Pond only) 

Adults = £8 on the bank   £7 in advance 

Concessionaries = £6 on the bank   £5 in advance 

Juniors = £2

Day Tickets are available from JP Tackle, the Membership Secretary or from a day ticket bailiff on the bank.

Please remember that the Chelmer & Blackwater canal/river does not re-open for fishing until 16th June 2019.

Please don’t forget your membership card on the canal

Members are reminded to carry their membership cards with them when fishing the canal or be asked to buy a day ticket.

Venue change for match on 24th July

As a result of the blanket keepnet ban on all Society stillwaters the 24th July concessionary match will be fished at Heybridge Basin instead of Rook Hall.

Chelmer & Blackwater Close Season

Members of Maldon AS, Chelmsford AA, Kelvedon DAA, Colchester APS and day ticket anglers are reminded that our bailiffs and the Environment Agency will be enforcing the long standing three month close season between the 15th March and 15th June 2018 inclusive on the entire river/canal network.  This includes the whole of the Chelmer & Blackwater river and canal system including any offshoots, backwaters and the stretch below Beeleigh lock to Heybridge Basin.

16 of our stillwaters remain open during the river close season so MAS members who have joined for the 2018-19 season do not have to hang up their rods for 3 months.


The picturesque Ulting stretch of the Chelmer & Blackwater will be re-open for fishing, along with the other 14 miles, on Sat 16th June 2018.

Keepnets – a follow up

Having received this question from a member I thought it worth sharing his points and my response with our other members who visit this website:

Dear Paul,  further to your post regarding keepnets, surely landing nets should also be dipped ? Will the bailiffing team have the resources to monitor that every member  no matter when they are fishing adheres to this rule ? As for matches the match secretary can ensure compliance. Could I please have your comments.  Regards Jack Morley.

Hi Jack,  thank you for your email.  A lot of thought went into this decision at the committee meeting to ensure that our final decision was practical and made with the welfare of our valuable fish stocks at the heart of it.  The original proposal was for a complete keepnet ban but as that would have meant cancelling most of the remaining matches, or moving them all to the canal, the compromise solution of dipping in Virkon S was proposed and accepted. 

Keepnets are a non-essential angling item to the ordinary member (ie not fishing in a match), unlike landing nets which are compulsory (rule 6.8 refers).  Keepnets are also much larger than landing nets, have fish in contact with them for up to 5 hours at a time rather than a few minutes, and take much longer to dry out thoroughly.  As a result keepnets are seen as a higher risk in the transferal of KHV.

If you can dip your landing nets before each match as well then that will be much appreciated.  The cost and practicality of having a net dip at every venue was discussed but as Virkon S is only effective for 1-3 days max depending upon conditions this was ruled out as being high maintenance / low effectiveness / next to impossible to bailiff as you state above. 

The best form of protection against waterborne fish diseases continues to be thoroughly drying nets in direct sunlight – a difficult proposition at this time of the year! 

All the best for the remainder of the season.  Kind Regards - Paul.

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