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You might have caught some of Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse fishing for tench, bream, roach and rudd on TV last night and thought “I fancy giving that a go myself”.  If you did but you have no fishing tackle or any idea how to get started then the answer is at hand.  Contact Chris Burt at Angling Coaching Initiative who will be very happy to advise you further and can book you onto one of his angling coaching days.  All tackle will be provided for you to use free of charge on the day and you will only be asked to pay from £7.50 per session to cover the cost of the bait.  Chris is running several coaching days across a variety of Maldon AS and Kelvedon DAA fisheries and he can be contacted by phone on 07917 781299, by email at chris@candjb.co.uk, via the  Angling Coaching Initiative website which can be found at https://anglingcoachinginitiative.co.uk/ or by post at 3 Great Cob, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 6LA.


A happy student with a fine Tench landed at Rook Hall during a coaching session earlier this month.

First Coaching Day for Angling Coaching Initiative – 19th May

Our first coaching day for ACI, and what a result. The first event for our voluntary coaching for Juniors and Adults alike, and the culmination of a lot of hard work by everyone, but this was the fun part!

We had 11 learners and seven of us to teach them, on a beautiful sunny day over at a small enclosed, tree lined water, Slough House West just north of Maldon. So all the tackle we’d acquired or bought with the Sport England Grant finally got an outing and did us proud for results. Everyone caught fish from the start, with roach being the main species, there was one lovely tench, plus perch, rudd and a few gudgeon and even the odd eel too. The carp though proved elusive, even the one that was hooked proved too much for the four metre elasticated whip it was hooked with and made its escape.

We heard lovely comments about how the day went, such as from one Dad “he had a great time, he’s been bragging to everybody he caught more fish than me!”  One girl caught far more than her brother too and she delighted in reminding him of it throughout the whole time.

Everyone loved it, and are rebooking to join us again. Interested? Then join us; enrol, book in with us or let us know if you’d like to learn more. Whether you’re just starting out, or wanting to get back into fishing again now, we cater for every level of ability! Join us long-term too, we can expand your skills as far as you wish!

Our web site is https://anglingcoachinginitiative.co.uk/ and the Angling Trust now have all our events listed, go to http://www.getfishing.org.uk/?s=&region-category%5B%5D=34&event-time under Eastern England.

Chris Burt – ACI Chairman

Email:  chris@candjb.co.uk

Mobile:  07917 781299

Great day at Totham Pit

Great day at Totham Pit today, this little lot by 11am. Went on to land 2 more Tench and about 15 Roach all 8oz+ but lost 4 more Tench and a Carp in the weed :(

Thanks to Paul Kemp for the picture.


Biggest Tench 6lb 8ozish, Biggest Bream 7lbish, Rudd just over 1lb.

Great job on the trees by the way – Kelvin Willis.

Worms Direct Final Result

The Worms Direct Final was fished on Sunday 6th August at Hoe Mill upstream of the footbridge. Ten Anglers took part and all caught fish, with some nice Roach and Rudd being landed. The winner of the final was Geoff Forman taking the trophy and prize money provided by our sponsor Worms Direct with a haul of 8lb 1oz of nice Roach and Rudd. Second was Chris Dyall with 6lb 7oz of Roach and Rudd with Andy Stebbing coming third with 4lb 12oz. A total of 35lb 6oz of fish were brought to the net.  All who took part would like to give a big vote of thanks to Worms Direct for their generous sponsorship and continued support.

Geoff receiving the trophy from last year’s winner Chris.

Ben banks his first surface caught carp

This was for a coarse / carp session at Heron Hall. Thunderstorms went around us, had a couple of showers but nothing scary.  Ben lost a carp on the bottom mid afternoon, had loads of rudd, ide, some tench and a small common and mirror. Then around 7 o’clock I broke out the floater gear. Loads taking off top, managed to nick a 13lb 4oz mirror and then Ben had a 10lb 8oz mirror and lost another one short of the net.  Guess what, he wants to do more floater fishing now.


First floater fished carp banked for Ben !!


Mixed bags of bits for a few hours before the floater fishing commenced.  
Please note appropriate use of the unhooking mat to prevent damage to any of our stock.

Dave and Mark’s day of mixed emotions

Yesterday was a day of mixed emotion as I took my youngest to Heybridge Basin. We fished the first swim and in the first few minutes had a nice Rudd and lost (never saw it) a large fish.  At the end of the session we’d had two Tench of approx 3 and 4 lb, my biggest ever Perch of approx 1.5 lb plus loads of Rudd, Roach, Bream, Perch and Eels.

Now the downside… I lost a really big perch and a really big slab and when we went to bring the keepnet in there were only two really small fish left in it as there was a big hole at the bottom of it. I looked at Mark and we both fell about laughing!!!!

That said what a great afternoon and conditions were far from perfect as it was so windy.

Hopefully, armed with a sewn up net, Dave and Mark will be returning to do battle with the beasts of the Basin again soon.

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