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Wire trace for dead fish baits rule amendment

Following a sensible request from one of our members the committee have agreed to waive the compulsory wire trace for dead fish baits rule (7.5 page 12 of rulebook) on waters known not to contain any pike.  This is with immediate effect so with the exception of Totham Pit, Little London and Heron Hall you can now cast out a dead fish bait without using a wire trace.

No stillwater close season for pike

Members are reminded that we do not have a close season for pike on our stillwaters (as far as we know only Totham Pit, Little London and Heron Hall contain pike in any significant numbers).

New Hall re-opened for fishing on 1st May

We know how difficult it can be to please all of our members all of the time.  Some like to fish maintained waters with an almost large garden pond feel to them such as Little Park or with large dug out swims to house bivvies etc like Totham Pit or Slough House Farm.  Others prefer the wild natural feel of our more isolated venues which are overgrown; some might even say bordering on neglected.  We like to offer a mix of venues and regard some of them as natural such as our section of the River Blackwater at Wickham Bishops.  New Hall fits firmly into this last category and those that fish there seem to like it that way?  Our Head Bailiff paid a recent visit to fish one of the 3 fishable swims (he is threatening to open up a few more though!) and took this very respectable bag of roach:


He said there are some rudd and bream in this net of fish too but I couldn’t spot them buried under all of those roach!

The next working party…

…will be at Totham Pit on Sunday 19th May starting at 8am.  Paul welcomes all willing helpers as there is still plenty to do around this 50 peg fishery.

A view of the deeps at Totham Pit from the bottom of the slope.

Keys found

The set of car and house keys believed to have been lost late Friday night by one of two gentlemen who decided to go for an illegal swim at Totham Pit have been handed in at Maldon Police Station. 

Open day date for your diary

The date of our open day has just been announced.  This year it will be held on Sunday 21st July at Totham Pit to coincide with national fishing week from 19th – 26th July.  The lake will not be closed to members on this day, in fact the more the merrier!  Totham Pit has twice as many swims as Bog Grove (our usual venue) so there will be plenty of room for everyone.  More details will follow closer to the day.

When the open day comes round Totham Pit won’t look like this shot taken in January…

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