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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.

Sea fishing trips

If anyone fancies a sea fishing trip please check out our web page for spaces on forth coming events. We are a small friendly fishing crew that are looking for new members to help fill the boats. For any more information just give me a call, Simon Putnam 07876 503533.

Angling Times correction

Eagle eyed Russ spotted that in an article printed in the 18th December issue of the Angling Times they had included a reference to free fishing on the The Maldon Canal  citing Tesco’s and Heybridge as recommended spots.  As we know the fishing is not free and is only available on a day ticket or to members of Maldon AS, Chelmsford AA, Kelvedon DAA or Does AC only. Our secretary has talked to the editor of AT and pointed out the error. He apologised and said they will print a correction regarding the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation in a future edition.

Thank you Kelvin

Kelvin Willis has stepped down as Match Secretary to concentrate on his latest venture as the new landlord of the Queen Victoria pub in Spital Road Maldon.

Kelvin in action in his last senior match in charge, the Presidents Trophy which he won by some considerable margin.

Stolen fly rods

Iain Corbett has had two fly rods stolen.  Please look at this notice if you have any information that can assist Iain in getting them back.

High water alerts

Please take the following into account if you are venturing out onto the soggy banks over the next week or so:

Flooded:  Little London

Higher than normal water levels:  Rook Hall (the middle and far lakes have joined together but some swims on all 3 lakes remain fishable), Railway Pond.

Brim full: Slough House Farm (outflow pipe cleared), Bog Grove, Little Park. 

Low Risk:  Heron Hall, Whitehouse Farm, Totham Pit, Beckingham Hall, Brick Kiln pond, Howells.

Closed:  All rivers and canals (just as well!). 

Please also remember that the access tracks at some of the venues that aren’t flooded such as Whitehouse Farm, Beckingham Hall and the alternative entrance to Little Park can get very slippery for ‘ordinary cars’ and only members with four wheel drive vehicles should attempt to access them. 

This must be the wettest drought since records began!

Rook Hall far lake is brim full and has joined up with the middle lake.

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