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MAS Committee notice

 

We understand that there are Facebook Groups affiliated to certain MAS waters directly. Within these groups are previous comittee members and bailiffs that continue to want to work against the will of the current comittee.
Any views expressed in these groups are not the thoughts of the current comittee, but we encourage these views to be aired directly and privately to the current comittee where they can and will be addressed.

To any current members who are members of these groups, the current and ONLY public Facebook groups that we do endorse are called ‘Maldon Angling Society’ and ‘Maldon Angling Society Matches and Competitions’

All the best and as usual, tight lines!

Committee Notice

There will be a small working party on Slough House West this coming Sunday (15th of November) from 9am.

This is in order to re-open some swims that have become overgrown and unfishable and is for the benefit of all society members.

We ask all members to please avoid fishing or taking a look around the lake that day.

Usually we would ask for volunteers, but on this occasion, sadly not, due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Tight Lines!

MAS Committee notice. New rule added

New Rule added with immediate effect

◾No individual angler to occupy or fish from more than one swim at any one time◾

It’s sad that we have had to bring this rule in, as it should be common sense.

We have had reports from bailiffs that some of our members have been occupying more than one swim. Some even think it’s ok to use their allotted amount of rods from EACH swim.

This is NOT the case.

It is also NOT OK to reserve a swim for a friend.

 

All of our members should and DO have the right to be able to pick from every available swim on their arrival to our waters.

This rule will be in next seasons rulebook but our bailiffs will be enforcing it as of now.

Tight Lines!

Membership and guest tickets update

Dear fellow anglers

Due to the fact that we have had an exceptional season membership-wise and the lack of available swims on a lot of our waters, the comittee have agreed to suspend the sale of guest tickets with immediate effect.

Full memberships will also be suspended from Jan 1st until 2021/2022 season renewals.

Day tickets for the canal are still available on the bank.

Tight Lines to you all

Latest Covid-19 update from the Angling Trust, great news

 

 

Covid-19

Angling Support Hub

Now that we are back fishing again, we are regularly updating our guidelines to anglers, clubs, fisheries, coaches and other angling organisations to ensure fishing complies with the latest Government guidance during the Covid-19 epidemic. Please choose an option below to read guidelines that are relevant to you.

Fish safely, locally and respect the ‘rule of two’ during lockdown

UPDATE – November 4:

Having now examined the government’s new Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations the Angling Trust is pleased to be able to offer some initial guidance and interpretation to anglers and fishery providers. Our formal guidelines will be published following further consultation with colleagues at Sport England and DCMS once Parliament has debated the regulations today and passed them into law.

Overall the Angling Trust is pleased that ministers have recognised the value of allowing angling and some other forms of outdoor recreation to continue through the forthcoming lockdown period in England. However, the new rules are more complicated than we had hoped and anglers should be fully aware of what we can and can’t do in the next 28 days.

How to fish

The regulations are clear and you can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual. The Rule of Six is now effectively the Rule of Two for most of us. The tightening of the rules on ‘gatherings’ means that match fishing or any other organised fishing event is prohibited by law during lockdown. However, competitive fishing will be able to resume once there is a return to the three tier system of restrictions.

On this basis we can announce that all Angling Trust competitions are suspended for the period covering 5th November – 2nd December 2020.

Where to fish

Angling is deemed a permissible form of ‘outdoor recreation’, and a lawful reason to leave home. It can take place, without time limits, within the provision allowing people  “to visit a public outdoor space for the purposes of open air recreation”.

A ‘public outdoor space’ is defined as an ‘outdoor place to which the public have, or are permitted, access (whether on payment or otherwise).’ We believe this clearly includes riverbanks, towpaths, beaches and stillwaters that can either be accessed freely or on the payment of a day ticket or subscription levied by the owner or leased to a publicly available fishing association. The government clearly intends for people to be able to take their outdoor exercise and recreation in the form of angling and these regulations allow this to occur.

Fisheries are not on the published list of businesses that the government has ordered to close and there is no reason that they should do so providing that they operate in accordance with the rules

It does not permit club outings or organised amateur sporting activities of any sort. All indoor or social facilities in any way connected with a fishing venue must close or refer to the relevant Government guidance. Fishing tackle shops, whether onsite or not, can only operate a ‘click and collect’ service.

Travelling to fish

Whilst the government have chosen not to write their travel guidance into law we are urging anglers to respect the advice which states that it is permissible to travel in order:

“to spend time or exercise outdoors – this should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)”

Put simply, you can travel to go fishing but long journeys should be avoided ‘wherever possible’. Sea anglers should focus on their local beaches and fishing marks and freshwater anglers should not be travelling hundreds of miles in search of fishing during lockdown. It is up to the individual to apply common sense and act within the spirit of the government’s guidance. You absolutely cannot leave home to fish if you have Coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.

How long to fish

There are no limits on the time that can be spent on outdoor recreation which means that anglers are able to continue fishing into and through the hours of darkness providing the other rules are observed.

Fishery management

Essential fishery management work, which clearly cannot be undertaken from home, can continue as can any necessary, socially distanced working parties fall within the provisions for ‘voluntary work’. Appropriate risk assessments must be in place and numbers should be sensibly managed.

Summary

This is going to be an extremely difficult period for everybody and as anglers we must recognise that we are fortunate that our chosen form of recreation can continue even though there are restrictions on what we can do. The Angling Trust made the case for fishing based on the health and wellbeing benefits that angling offers coupled with the importance of reducing pressure on other open spaces by allowing us to continue to safely enjoy the social isolation and peace that fishing brings. It is incumbent on us all to continue to act responsibly and to fish safely, fish locally and respect the Rule of Two.

 

Bog Grove update

Bog Grove update:

Firstly, apologies if your fishing has been affected by the works taking place in the woods.

Currently the contractor is having to close the lake at short notice (sometimes on the day) when a haulier confirms he is coming to take a load of logs away. Without closing the water and keeping the car park clear, they are unable to manoeuvre the lorries.

This week it had been confirmed lorries will be in there Wed. Thu and Friday so the lake will be closed.

As soon as we know of any further closures we will announce them here and on the website

Once again, apologies for the disruption.

The MAS team

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