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Canal day tickets now available from kiosk

The kiosk at Heybridge Basin which runs boat trips is also now selling our day tickets so if you are not already a member of MAS, CAA or KDAA and fancy a days fishing on the canal (not this Friday) why not pop down to Heybridge Basin and buy a ticket from the hut (£6 adults, £4.50 concessions, £2 juniors).

Picturesque Heybridge Basin, there are two good pubs as well.

Beware of EA impersonators

During a recent burglary of Environment Agency premises, corporate branded clothing was stolen. The EA have good reason to believe that this could now be used to impersonate Environment Agency employees. Environment Agency officers always carry photographic identification with them, and they never offer any work or advice for cash. Likewise, EA officers never demand cash from anglers for licences or for fishing licence breaches (only Maldon AS approved day ticket bailiffs on the canal or Railway Pond have the authority to ask you for day ticket money).

If you are aware of any instances of people being approached and demanded to pay an on-the-spot-fine, or are suspicious that someone is impersonating Environment Agency staff, please call the EA immediately on 0800 80 70 60.

Opening day pollution on canal

The canal re-opened to fishing on Sun 16th June but keen anglers at Cuton Lock had a nasty surprise.  Our Head Bailiff Kim was quick to get the EA involved and has today received this update from them:

The pollutant has been soaked up by booms and a boom put across the culvert where the pollutant is entering the river. Now checking back to find out where it has come from. It is not oil, but oil based, and could be creosote.  Luckily there appear to be no fish deaths!

The angler who initially reported the pollution had taken his son fishing on the canal on the first day of the new season.  They had been looking forward to opening day for ages only to be confronted by a mile of polluted water!  The timing couldn’t have been worse but if an angler hadn’t reported it who knows how it could have escalated if not contained!

The canal prior to the incident.

June water closures

The following fisheries will be closed in June:

Sun 16th Jun:  Canal at Tesco and Slough House Farm for the Senior & Concessionary pairs match – see page 40 of the rulebook
Sun 23rd Jun:  New Hall Reservoir for the Interclub match (see below)
Sun 23rd Jun:  Canal at Heybridge Basin for Chelmsford AA match
Sun 23rd Jun:  Rook Hall for Blackwater Coutry Show – see page 37 of rulebook.

If you see anyone fishing the canal before the 16th June…

Following several reports of people fishing illegally during the close season on the canal (and other local rivers) our Head Bailiff Kim Naish contacted the Environment Agency and this is their response:

Thank you for taking the time to forward on details of suspected close season fishing on the Chelmer, Backwater Navigation and Colne.  To ensure we build up an accurate picture of the issue, can I ask you, and other members of MAS to report any suspected illegal fishing to our 24-hr 7-days a week freephone incident hotline number 0800 80 70 60 (please see our environment agency website).  Reports made to this number will be logged properly by a trained call handler and forwarded onto a Fisheries Enforcement Officer for assessment.  We also advise that if you think people are illegally fishing and are taking fish please call the Police as well as the EA if you or anyone is being threatened.

Canal litter pick with free hot refreshments

The Chelmer Canal Trust has traditionally supported the Chelmsford Rivers Litter Pick which takes place every six months.  Neil says: 

It makes sense for us to do so as getting rubbish out of the river upstream means that there is less to be washed downstream. Since the Chelmsford Litterpicks started we believe that the amount of rubbish that we need to remove from the Navigation has decreased – so it is working! 

The spring litterpick takes place on Saturday 23rd March from 9am – 1pm although you can arrive and leave whenever you want.  The meeting point is the car park beside the Essex Record Office in Navigation Road Chelmsford (put CM2 6YT into your SatNav or click on this link for a map: Wharf Road Car Park).  To take advantage of the free parking please ensure that you get a permit to display inside your car. We won’t have a dedicated Chelmer Canal Trust team there – so just turn up and muck in!  All equipment and rubbish sacks are provided.  Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather conditions and look forward to the free hot refreshments provided part way through the morning in the Sea Scout hut (the bacon sandwiches always go down well!).

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