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Unhooking mats

As unhooking mats can get very hot at this time of the year please ensure that they are wetted down before use or covered with a freshly dipped weigh sling.  It is also worth having a container of cool lake water to hand just in case it takes longer than you expect to remove the hook.  Please leave fish in the safety of your landing net in the water while your wet unhooking mat / sling is positioned and your scales and camera are readied as required.

Gasping fish hotline

If you see fish in distress and/or gasping on the surface at any of our fisheries please contact Ken Saffill on 07585 802284 or by email on seafisherken@gmail.com

If Ken is not available you can also contact Ben at the Environment Agency on 03708 506506.

Ken will be able to test the dissolved oxygen levels to determine if this is the cause of the situation and has access to aeration pumps to deploy them at the venue.

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.

The new 2018 rulebook will be with members soon

The new 2018 red rulebooks are now printed and the labels are imminent so expect one to drop through your door within the next week or so, or as fast as the Chairman can post them out.  A limited number of rulebooks are also available from JP Tackle and Angling Essentials if you are about to renew your membership.

Minutes of 2018 AGM

Our Annual General Meeting held on Sun 21st Jan at Great Totham Village Hall was a lively affair and was our best attended for many years with over 80 members present on the day.  For those members who couldn’t make it along here are the AGM 18 Minutes and the Fishery Management report 2018.

A blue hat was left behind after the meeting, this can be claimed back from the membership secretary or picked up at next years AGM if you can survive outside without it until then.

Angling Coaching Initiative Coaching Days

Chris Burt of Angling Coaching Initiative will be running 14 coaching days this summer, 7 of which will be held on MAS waters.  To find out more please view the following pdfs:

Briefing given to members and volunteers from both MAS & KDAA during Jan /early Feb. This also lists the tasks that we are looking for people to cover, not just coaching, so if you can help or want more details about any of the items mentioned, do please get in touch:  Briefing MAS_KDAA_Jan 2018

Volunteers application form:  VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT FORM

Dates for coaching for the coming season:  Coaching Dates in Full

We expect to be advertising soon for anyone who would like to join our junior coaching sessions. If any parents or guardians also have an interest in learning then you will be welcome to come along too. We shall ask for applications just as soon as we have confirmation from Sport England that our Grant application to buy all the tackle we need has been approved.

The coaching days on MAS waters are:

Sat 19th May          Slough House West
Sat 9th Jun             Rook Hall
Sat 21st Jul            Slough House West
Mon 23rd Jul         Bog Grove
Sat 28th Jul           Rook Hall
Wed 15th Aug       Rook Hall
Wed 22nd Aug      Bog Grove

For more information please contact Chris Burt directly on 07917 781299 or by email at chris@candjb.co.uk

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