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2016-17 memberships available now

The 2016-17 fees have been agreed by the committee so memberships and standard night permits are now available for next season.  Please apply using this Application Form 2016-17 and enclose two photos of every applicant or your existing membership cards.  I will turn applications around within a couple of days.  New memberships are valid straight away and members can fish the last three months of the 2015-16 season free of charge.  Standard night permits are available.  This early joiner offer is available both directly from the membership secretary and in JP Tackle.  Payment via Paypal is available upon request to

Membership changes for 2016-17

Concessionary age to increase from 60 to 65 (proposal to raise to 67 defeated)

Concessionary fee to increase to £50 and all other fishing categories to increase by £1

Number of standard night permits to increase from 110 to 120

Standard night permit fee to increase by £5 to £65

Howells night permit fee to increase by £5 to £95 (the proposal to add another 10 Howells night permits was rejected)

Changes to cover the higher cost of rentals and paying for two portaloos all year round at Howells and Slough House Farm.

Rule changes

At the December committee meeting the following rule changes were agreed:

Rule 5.6 – it was agreed that non-disposable BBQs can be used between 1st Oct and 31st Mar but disposable BBQs are still banned.

Rule 2.2 – it was agreed that night permit holders can now fish 2 consecutive nights on Slough House Farm between 1st Nov and 31st Mar (the all year round toilet facility and the fact that there are no matches at Slough House Farm after the end of Oct was taken into consideration).

CAPS join us on the canal

From 16th June 2015 the Chelmer & Blackwater canal re-opens for fishing and along with Maldon AS, Chelmsford AA and Kelvedon & DAA members we will be joined this season by members of Colchester APS who can also now fish the towpath bank from Chelmsford gasworks to Heybridge Basin.

IMPORTANT - everyone fishing the canal must show their MAS, CAA, KDAA or CAPS membership card to any bailiff from any of the four clubs.  If you are not a member of one of these four clubs you will be expected to buy a day ticket from a MAS day ticket bailiff, the kiosk at Heybridge Basin or from JP Tackle  (£6 for adults on the bank).  A day ticket allows fishing from 5am to 10pm, night fishing is for members of MAS, CAA, KDAA or CAPS only.  In line with the rules set out by the C&B Canal Company fishing is NOT allowed near or between boats, opposite moorings, off landing stages, from bridges or within 30 metres of any locks.  Anyone found doing so will be asked to pack up and move/leave.

Just a small piece of the canal which can now also be enjoyed by CAPS members.

All night permits are now sold out for 2015-16

All 50 of the Howells night permits and all 110 of the standard night permits are now sold for the 2015-16 season.

Standard night permits (for 2016-17) will go on sale again from Christmas 2015 and any remaining Howells night permits will be offered to the waiting list from 1st April 2016.

Any applications for night permits received by post will be returned to the sender in full so they can decide if they wish to re-apply for day-only membership.

Members have been tracking night permit sales via our night permits page.

Dan Wilden with his new PB Common of 25lb 2oz caught in the early hours from Totham Pit.

Jake McCulloch with a 21lb 12oz Common from Slough House Farm.


Our fishery management officer has asked me to remind night permit holders that the maximum length of a night session at Totham Pit, Howells, Beckingham Hall, Little London and Bog Grove (until the end of April when night fishing at Bog Grove ceases for five months) is three consecutive nights (four days).  Night anglers must then leave the fishery completely for 24 hours.  At Slough House Farm there is a maximum of one night followed by a 24 hour break (rule 2.2).

Also the use of leadcore or any other leaders is banned to help prevent fish becoming tethered in the event of your mainline breaking (rule 6.4).

Totham Pit – you can’t fish here for the whole week but you can with a night permit for 4 days.

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