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Chelmer & Blackwater Close Season

Members of Maldon AS, Chelmsford AA, Kelvedon DAA, Colchester APS and day ticket anglers are reminded that our bailiffs and the Environment Agency will be enforcing the long standing three month close season between the 15th March and 15th June 2018 inclusive on the entire river/canal network.  This includes the whole of the Chelmer & Blackwater river and canal system including any offshoots, backwaters and the stretch below Beeleigh lock to Heybridge Basin.

16 of our stillwaters remain open during the river close season so MAS members who have joined for the 2018-19 season do not have to hang up their rods for 3 months.


The picturesque Ulting stretch of the Chelmer & Blackwater will be re-open for fishing, along with the other 14 miles, on Sat 16th June 2018.

Tom Martin Memorial Match – Totham Pit – Sat 2nd Jun

The Tom Martin memorial match will be fished at Totham Pit on Saturday 2nd June - 8.30am draw fishing 10.00am until 3pm.  There will be two teams, one team of bailiffs and one team of committee or members.  If you would like to fish please contact Keith on 01621 929234 or 07836 327843.  Many thanks.

Disposable BBQs are banned

Members are reminded that disposable barbeques are banned all year round (rule 5.6 refers) and anyone caught using one and/or leaving the tin foil container behind will be subject to a suspension/ban.

Kelvin’s best ever day at Rook Hall

After raking out endless blanket weed at Rook Hall today, ended up having my best ever day at Rook Hall. 18 Tench, biggest 4.75lb smallest 2.5lb and a few Rudd and Roach. Too many for my unhooking mat so I made a fish friendly mat/container out of all the weed I had pulled out. Don’t think I’ll ever better that, have to find a new favourite venue now – Kelvin

Totham Pit Work Party Report

The pit was closed on Saturday 12th May and Sunday 13th May for a two day work party. 

On the Saturday we had a total of 15 people attend including bailiffs and we concentrated on two areas, the first being the woods, where we cleared all the paths, any previously felled trees and tidied the swims ready for further work in the future. Everything was burnt and its already looking alot better in there and will only improve with further work. The second area was the swims from Church Bay up towards the shallows. With the use of the boat and alot of hard graft in the rain we managed to completely replace 5 swims and wood chip them making them alot more comfortable to fish in the future. A number of dangerous trees were also dealt with.

Refreshments and home made cakes were provided during the day by Julie Stuart and these went down a treat as always. 

On Saturday evening everyone who chose to stay got together for a BBQ and a few beers, the weather was pretty fowl, but hey we were already soaked through anyway! Gary Squirrell and Julie Stuart did us proud with their cooking skills.  

On the Sunday we awoke to more rain, but started the day with fresh eggs which Nick and Britt had kindly brought across Saturday evening. 

We had a total of 9 people on Sunday and given this reduced number we concentrated our efforts on getting 3 more swims completely replaced and wood chipped on the far bank, the steps repaired in the car park swim, snags removed in Kiffs corner, a massive snag removed in Church Bay, the bridge over the outlet widened and lastly the rubbish from the far bank burnt.

Refreshments and home made cakes were again provided during the day by Julie Stuart. 

So a massive thank you to those that attended, they ranged in ages from 17 to 70 and every single person did just as much as they could. 

The Pit is beginning to take shape and there will be further closures during the year. If you can help do please come along, even if its just for a few hours as even this helps us massively.

The Totham Pit Team

(Photo Credits – Jack Wood)

Dyofix applied at Rook Hall

We have applied Dyofix to the front and middle lakes at Rook Hall this afternoon, hopefully it will keep the weed growth down.  I will monitor and top up as necessary – Peter (Rook Hall Head Bailiff).

Dyofix is a coloured dye which helps prevent sunlight reaching the bottom of the lake and in doing so inhibits weed growth at this time if year.  We have opted to use ‘Special C’ Dyofix this year having used other colours previously with varying degrees of success.

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