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Night fishing banned at Howells

Please do not join on the winter ticket if you want to night fish Howells as night fishing at this venue is banned from 10pm on Friday 7th October until further noticeWarning signs erected at the fishery have clearly been ignored as when the landowner trimmed the hedge on the west bank a great deal of rubbish was exposed.  The owner of the lake contacted the committee to complain and a subsequent inspection revealed a multitude of rubbish including used toilet paper, plastic bags full of rubbish which had been poorly hidden and a bait box full of something indescribable! 

The committee were left with no other option than to ban night fishing at Howells until the lake and its surroundings are tidied up by those responsible for the mess to a standard acceptable to the owner and bailiffs’ satisfaction. 

Fishing is now only permitted at Howells between the hours of 7am and 7pm until further notice and anyone found on the fishery outside of these hours will be subject to disciplinary action. 

If the problem spreads to other fisheries then similar restrictions will be applied. 

The carp match final scheduled on Howells for this weekend 8th – 9th Oct will go ahead as it is too late to change the venue.  The complete night fishing ban takes effect from the end of the match until further notice and bailiffing will be stepped up to ensure that the ban is not contravened.  Signs will be put up at the fishery to alert members who do not have access to this website. 

We regret that the actions of a mindless minority have forced us to ban night fishing on this lake but when the alternative is to lose the fishing rights on Howells completely you will understand why we were left with no other option. 

Agreed at committee meeting on Wed 5th Oct.

Now we are into October

Please remember that from 1st October onwards:

Night permit holders only can use 3 rods on all venues.

Night fishing has started on Bog Grove (until the end of April).

Rook Hall and Whitehouse Farm are now closed for their winter shooting breaks and re-open on 1st February.

Also its the last month of night fishing at Slough House Farm which ceases at the end of October and restarts on 1st April (the lake remains open to day fishing from 5am to 10pm throughout the winter).

George Basham caught this fine Common from Whitehouse Farm just before it closed and wrote:  “I went to Whitehouse farm for an after school session and 5 mins after I put my first rod out it went screaming off. I had never seen such a fighter like it and it took me half an hour to get in the net.  My friend had to walk in a bit just to net it but it was all worth it for this stunning common.”

October approaches

October is a time of change on Maldon’s waters:

  • Night permit holders can use 3 rods on ALL venues from 1st Oct.
  • Ashmans Farm and the two River Blackwater sections at Braxted (lock number 5118) cease to be Maldon AS fisheries on 1st Oct.
  • Night fishing starts on Bog Grove but don’t expect to get much sleep at this heavily stocked venue, at least until after the first few frosts.
  • Rook Hall and Whitehouse Farm close for their winter shooting breaks.
  • Night fishing at Slough House Farm ceases at the end of October.

Rubbish and Three Rods?

Members are reminded to take their litter home after a spate of black bin bags stuffed with rubbish have been found at Totham Pit.  Members caught leaving litter will receive a life ban.  New night permit members are also reminded that the use of more than 2 rods is only permitted between 1 Oct and 31 Mar (rule 38).  If anyone is caught using 3 or more rods between 1 Apr and 30 Sep and reported to the committee they will receive a written warning, possible suspension and lose their night permit.

Carp Match 22nd-23rd May

The next carp match will be on the weekend of 22nd/23rd May at Totham Pit.  This is not the 2009 final as stated on page 39 of the rulebook but the first of the 2010 series and all are welcome.  Remember you must be a member but do NOT need a night permit to fish these 24 hour matches.  Please contact Pete Newell for more info.

Rob Smith Carp Match Final Winner 2009

2009 carp match final winner Rob Smith – will he successfully defend his title this season?

Single Night Tickets Scrapped

At the committee meeting on Wed 5th May it was agreed to stop selling £10 one off night tickets with immediate effect.  Night fishing at Totham Pit, Howells, Slough House Farm and Beckingham Hall is now strictly for full season night permit holders only.

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