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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.

Guest tickets

Members are reminded that guest tickets are available from our three main agents (JP Tackle, Angling Essentials and Bevan) but will only be sold to members (not their guests) who produce their current 2013/14 membership cards to prove that they have rejoined for this season.  If you have a Paypal account you can purchase an online guest ticket here.

2013 rulebooks posted out to members

441 new green 2013 rulebooks have been posted out so all current members should now have a copy.  These have been sent to all 2013/14 adult, concessionary, intermediate, associate, junior, life, honorary and complimentary members.  Under 12′s and non fishing members will also receive a copy if they live at a different postal address to any of the aforementioned members.  If your copy has not arrived yet please contact the membership secretary or visit one of our five agents (taking your membership card along to show that you are a member).  100 rulebooks have been dropped into JP Tackle and smaller batches have been dropped into Angling Essentials, Bevan Carp Tackle, WASS and Colchester Bait & Tackle.  Thank you all for your continued patience and next year we are aiming to have the rulebooks ready by the end of February!

Two new agents

We now have two new agents who can join new members and process renewals.  These are WASS of Copford and Colchester Bait & Tackle.

The Green Man at Little Braxted

Maldon AS member Steve Hurley has taken over as the new landlord of the Green Man at Little Braxted and has kindly offered all Maldon AS members a 10% discount on cooked food (excluding drinks) on production of a current Maldon AS  membership card.

The Green Man, famous locally for its haggis.

Rules

The chairman is currently updating the rulebook and it will be with our printer soon.  You can view the latest set of rules here or on the rules page.

The changes for 2013/14 are as follows:

Swim clearing on the canal is now forbidden unless it is carried out as part of an Essex Waterways approved working party (rule 5.4).

Under no circumstances will fires or BBQs (including disposable BBQs) be allowed along the waterside or on any property on which the Society has fishing control (rule 5.6).

Surplus bait must not be left on the bank (rule 7.3).

Where a carp match is scheduled on a water it will no longer be closed from 10pm on the preceding Friday but from 2 hours before the draw (previously part of rule 9.1).

Please keep hammering and the use of bright lights to an absolute minimum on all venues when other anglers are present (rule 5.3).

Treble hooks used on wire traces for fish deadbaits must be semi-barbless (rule 6.7).

Dead fish baits are only allowed if fished with a wire trace (new rule 7.5).

All forms of leader are now banned on all venues (rule 6.4).

The match only membership category no longer exists.

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