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Learn how to fish with the Angling Coaching Initiative

The Angling Coaching Initiative for juniors was most successful last year and the KDAA and Maldon Angling Society together with the Braintree and Bocking Angling Society are intending to continue with coaching sessions this year. Over 100 juniors and some parents took part with 50 attending the regular coaching sessions. With the very small numbers of juniors coming into the sport this is our attempt to provide a means to introduce youngsters who may not have a family member or friend who can or do not have the time to teach them.

Dates of the coaching sessions on MAS venues will be in our new 2019 rulebook and on the ACI website at www.anglingcoachinginitiative.co.uk

However, the limiting factor was the number of volunteer coaches from the two clubs to the point where we were having to turn youngsters away. At the beginning of the year ACI had about sixteen possible volunteer coaches, some did not pursue it, others owing to other commitments and holidays could only do a few sessions. For many of the sessions we only had six coaches and twice that number of participants, ideally we would like to coach on a one to one basis.

We really need a larger pool of volunteer coaches to make this year more successful. If more members are willing to commit to just one or two sessions between May and September on any of the club venues then that would be great. You just have to be an experienced angler bearing in mind we are teaching a range of fishing methods, whip, waggler and method feeder to youngsters new to angling or those wishing to improve their skills. The only qualification required is having a calm and patient nature. It is rewarding and fun.

Please can you bring this request to the attention of your angling friends who, although may not be members of the KDAA, MAS or BBAS, might be interested in volunteering to help.

Please visit the ACI website for more information or contact Chris Burt on 07917 781299 to discuss what is involved.

ACI Advert

Revised Guest and Day Ticket prices from 1st Apr 2019

Guest Tickets

(Accompanied by member) 

Adults = £9 

Concessionaries = £6 

Juniors = £5

Guest tickets are available from JP Tackle, Angling Essentials and the Membership Secretary (NOT available on the bank).

Online Guest Tickets purchased via this website remain at the old price of £7.50 for the time being as we haven’t worked out how to increase them to £8.50 yet!
 

Day Tickets

(Canal and Railway Pond only) 

Adults = £8 on the bank   £7 in advance 

Concessionaries = £6 on the bank   £5 in advance 

Juniors = £2

Day Tickets are available from JP Tackle, the Membership Secretary or from a day ticket bailiff on the bank.

Please remember that the Chelmer & Blackwater canal/river does not re-open for fishing until 16th June 2019.

A good day at Slough House Farm for Kelvin

From Slough House Farm on Friday.

5 Tench to 4lb 13oz and about 8lb of quality Roach.


Peg 16, groundbait feeder with maggots towards the island at 40m for the Tench and a few Roach but most of the Roach on the pole and maggot – Kelvin.

Deputy Treasurer still required

We are still actively seeking a new Treasurer to take over from Simon when he stands down at the end of this season.  If you would like to find out what the role entails please contact either the Treasurer, Secretary or Chairman on one of their numbers listed in the rulebook.  The sooner we find a deputy the longer he/she will have to shadow our existing Treasurer.  All volunteers from the membership are welcome.

The River Blackwater through Benton Hall Golf Club is NOT a MAS fishery

Following one of our members getting caught fishing the River Blackwater on Benton Hall Golf Club, who was under the false belief that this is one of our river stretches, we can confirm that it isn’t.  Our stretches of the River Blackwater are at Station Road, Wickham Bishops and Wickham Hall in Langford.

Ban on braided line lifted

A good point was raised from the floor of the AGM regarding drop shotting, which is best carried out using braided mainline, and the committee promised to review the rule banning braided mainline at the Feb committee meeting.  As a result of that review the ban has been lifted and braided mainline can now be used across all of our fisheries.  Existing rule 6.3 will not appear in next season’s rulebook.

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