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Our canal and river sections re-opened on 16th June

Our river sections re-opened to fishing on Thursday 16th June.  Even if you are not a member you can fish the Chelmer & Blackwater canal on a day ticket (cost £6 for adults on the bank, £4.50 for concessionaries and only £2 for juniors).  Adult day tickets are cheaper if bought in advance from JP Tackle in Maldon High Street.  Members of Maldon AS, Chelmsford AA, Colchester APS and Kelvedon DAA do not have to pay for a day ticket (on production of a valid membership card).  The River Blackwater stretches at Wickham Bishops and Langford are also now open and exclusive to Maldon AS members only.

The River Blackwater at Wickham Bishops.

Dan Hilton has once again tracked down one of the big bream in the canal

Not quite as big as last year’s double but still impressive at 9lb 8oz.

Our river sections are now closed

Members (and day ticket anglers) are reminded that our section of the River Blackwater and the whole of the River Chelmer / Chelmer & Blackwater canal are now closed for fishing until 16th June 2016.

Mudwatch

I have been reminded (after a new member got stuck in the mud at New Hall) to resurrect this Mudwatch post:

Extreme caution (6) (unless you own a 4WD vehicle):

Brick Kiln Pond – the car park is churned up.  We will forgive you for parking outside the gate under these circumstances.
Little Park 1 & 2 – the track is good but in regular use by farm vehicles.  There is now a new key padlock on the white gates.  The grass car park can get very slippery.
New Hall – the access track is good but please do not drive beyond the water works entrance as the car park is extremely muddy and you will probably get stuck.
Slough House West – the car park in the farm yard is churned up and treacherous.
Whitehouse Farm – re-opened 1st Feb – Water level very high.  Pages Lane is firm but pot-holed (work in progress to repair).  The side track is muddy but the car park is OK if you can get that far.  Please do not try and drive beyond the car park as this is all churned up:

The banks at Whitehouse Farm are now slippery as well following extensive works to clear the undergrowth around the lake:

Good/Fair (11):

Beckingham Hall – fine if you park just inside the gate on the right but increasingly iffy the further up the slope you go.
Bog Grove – the track has now been repaired and the car park resurfaced so as long as you keep off the grassy bits all will be OK.  Bark chippings have been applied to some of the paths and swims but please proceed to your swim with extra caution as the sloping banks are made of clay and can be very slippery underfoot.
Heron Hall – firm track and car park but fairly tight for turning round.  The small layby opposite the gate is flooded again.
Little London – the access is firm but uphill, the car park has been resurfaced.  Turning round can be a bit tight.
Howells – the track is firm although the car park can get a bit churned up due to regular use.
Railway Pond – parking on the tarmac spur road.  Water level high.
River Blackwater (Station Road) – the entrance to the car park has been improved with hardcore and the car park is much firmer than it looks.  Under no circumstances park outside of the car park and especially not in front of the entrance to the horses field!
Rook Hall 1,2 & 3 – re-opened 1st Feb – solid car park just inside the gate on the right.  Please do not drive on the grass.  Water levels high.
Slough House Farm – the car park is sound but there is a large puddle just outside the gate.  Please do not drive up the side of the car park.  The padlock has been changed to a combination lock to hopefully make it easier to get in and out.
Totham Pit – well established hard standing, no problems here.

Parking at River Blackwater in Station Road – Important

Members fishing the River Blackwater at Station Road in Wickham Bishops are reminded that under no circumstances should they park outside of the designated Maldon AS parking area.  Our car park is the triangle of land on the left of the entrance through the lockable gate.  Any member caught blocking the entrance to the fields which are sign posted ‘Please, no parking’ will be liable to disciplinary action (page 32 of your 2015 rulebook refers).

Accessibility of venues

A potential new member recently asked about ease of access from car to swim around our waters and I thought I would share my reply:

In terms of accessibility we can split our venues into 3 categories:
 

Very good – you can park in at least one swim: 

Howells (1 swim)
Little London (1 swim)
Little Park Main Lake (3 swims) 

Good - the nearest swim is a short walk (10 yards or less): 

Beckingham Hall (if parked by pump house)
Bog Grove
Brick Kiln Pond
Chelmer & Blackwater Canal (Heybridge Tesco stretch only)
Little Park Top Lake
New Hall
Railway Pond (but its too weedy for you to want to fish there)
Rook Hall 1
Slough House Farm
Totham Pit
Whitehouse Farm 

Poor – a lengthy walk to the first swim:

Heron Hall
Rook Hall 2 & 3
River Blackwater
The rest of the Chelmer & Blackwater Canal

Little Park scores highly on accessibility.

Rivers now open

The river season has now started so if you fancy trying your luck on the Chelmer & Blackwater canal you can now do so, either as a member at no extra charge or as a non member paying for a day ticket.  These cost £6 for adults, £4.50 concessions and only £2 for juniors (under 16 years old) on the bank or £5 for adults, £3 concessions and £2 for juniors if purchased in advance of fishing from JP Tackle.  Members of Maldon AS can also night fish the canal at no extra charge and also have exclusive fishing on our stretch of the River Blackwater at Wickham Bishops / Langford.

The underfished C&B canal.

The members only River Blackwater stretch upstream of Station Road.

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