Matches will resume on the 31 May using Angling
Trust Covid 19 competition guidelines
Match to be held at Pennett's Farm
Reservoir Sunday 31 May
Social distancing guidelines for matches.
Pegs to be pre-booked with the Match Secretary
match fee bring correct money.
Rolling draw 8 till 8.30 anglers to go
straight to their peg observing 2m social distancing.
Do not touch or
borrow other anglers equipment.
Anglers to stay at peg until
scalesman and boardsman have weighed catch.
Do not follow scalesman
Leave fishery immediately unless you are awaiting prize
Results will be posted on Facebook within 24 hours.
Fish are now beginning to spawn on our
Please note that the Association does not
close waters during the fish spawning period as the fish spawn at
different times over an extended periods.
We do ask members to act in a responsible
manner when they see fish spawning.
We introduced the
following Fish Welfare rule last year.
'Members must not fish
for spawning fish or in an area where fish are spawning'
Unfortunately this rule was omitted in error
from the Handbook when it was reprinted this year.
Can members please park in the
designated car parks at the Layer Marney complex.
Please note this is a working farm.
We have received complaints from farm staff
that anglers are parking on tracks and other places obstructing tractors
and farm vehicles even when there are spaces in the car parks.
If the car parks are full then phone the
bailiff, Wayne Radley, for advise.
- KDAA waters open Wednesday 13 May
The Prime Minister has announced the resumption of ‘unlimited outdoor
sports’ from Wednesday providing they are conducted alone or with
members of the same household and that social distancing rules are
followed at all times.
The KDAA stillwaters will, therefore, be open at 7am on Wednesday
No fishing under any circumstances before that time. No rushing to
swims in the dark at midnight Tuesday.
Where new locks have been fitted these will not be replaced by our
normal combination locks until 7am on Wednesday.
All anglers must be in possession of a current season 2020/21
membership card otherwise a bailiff will instruct you to leave the
The situation regarding the timing for the opening of tackle shops is
unclear but is likely to be in June.
Fishing safely following the phased lifting of the Coronavirus
Please adhere to these new fishery rules based on guidance from the
Local fishing only – anglers must follow current Government guidance
on travel for the benefit of recreational activity.
Do not share
transport unless residing in the same household
Angling to be undertaken on a solitary basis – at least 2m social
distancing must be maintained at all times.
Anglers to fish on their own in established swims unless
sharing a swim with a member of the same household.
Take care passing on narrow tracks around the waters. Please use
your common sense and show courtesy to other anglers
approach other anglers just for ‘for a chat’.
Park sensibly to allow other anglers to park. Do not just abandon
your car whilst rushing to bag a swim.
Keep to the 72 hour night maximum fishing limit - do less nights and
give other anglers a chance to fish.
Do not reserve swims for
Use gloves or antibac wipes after handling locks and gates.
Use antibac wipes before and after using club toilets - preferably
use your own facilities.
of fishing tackle or any other items e.g. bait boxes
Online membership payments to be made
No guest tickets until further notice
requested to produce your membership card by a KDAA Bailiff do so by
maintaining social distancing. Place your card on a bag or the
ground and then walk away at least 2m.
Members will obviously be fishing at their own risk bearing in mind
the coronavirus transmission rate is only now just starting to
decline. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of
fellow club members.
Please adhere to these rules. We must prevent the
virus increasing again and causing another lockdown.
We have waited patiently for this moment. Do not
jeopardise our fishing by breaking these rules.
Newsletter and joining
A Newsletter and an application form
for the new season starting on the 15 March has been emailed
and/or posted to all current members and past members in the
past three years.
Please check your Inbox.
News from the AGM held 16 January
Subscriptions to remain the same
Rule change agreed:-
Constitution Rule 7 - Election of Officers to be amended to include the
wording ' A member who wishes to be considered for election at an Annual
General Meeting, as a replacement Officer, must notify the Secretary by
the 20th November prior to the meeting and must have been a member of
the Committee for at least two years at that date. This provision may be
overridden at the discretion of the Committee.’
Rule 3 to be amended to include the words. ‘There is no provision for
the refund of subscriptions if the fishing rights to any water
rented/owned by the Association is relinguished or lost during the
Conduct Rule 4
regarding the issue of dog permits
to be amended to
include the words ’and the Layer Marney complex’
Rule change - received the Committee’s decision that the Night Fishing
arrangement at the Layer Marney complex should be made permanent.
Rule change - received the Committee’s decision that the concessionary
subscription arrangement for the residents of Tollesbury regarding the
Hunts Farm Reservoir be removed.
Warning fish kill on BBAS Notley water
It has come to our notice that the Braintree and Bocking AS water at
Notley is unfortunately suffering from a fish kill. At the moment
the exact cause is unknown.
The Environment Agency fisheries team have suggested that, as a
precaution, KDAA members who are also BBAS members take extra care
when moving between waters to ensure no cross contamination.
All KDAA members are asked to take care to ensure that all nets,
slings, mats and cradles are thoroughly dry between trips, no matter
what waters are fished.
We must protect our fish stocks.
KDAA Members please
As those who
fish the Silver End Back Pit are aware, we share the area
with horses. It will come as no surprise that horses eat
grass, hay, oats, etc.
They do not eat carp hooks,
swivels, nylon monofilament or braid hook links.
you see in the picture was attached to the lips of a
horse. It entailed a callout visit from a vet to
Whilst it was the
responsibility of the angler who carelessly left it.
The club, whilst not accepting liability, paid the
bill as a gesture of good will.
care not to leave anything behind when you leave
Owing to further high winds being forecast on Sunday 16
Feb, the AT qualifying Pike Match on Silver End Front Pit has been
It will not be
re-arranged again this year. Hoping for better weather next year.
Silver End Front Pit work commences.
Work will start tomorrow Monday 10
February by a contractor to start clearing trees on the west
side of the Silver End Front Pit.to create a wind tunnel
There will be no fishing on the
west bank and the rear car will be out of action for a few
days. Members will be informed when the work has been
A Working Party will be held on
Marney 2 and 3 on Tuesday 11 February starting at 9 am.
CANCELLED. Will be rescheduled.
Please make the effort to attend. Cutting
back and opening up swims. Please bring loppers, saws, spades and
rakes etc. For further information contact Bob Reed, Fishery Manager
Annual General Meeting notice
The AGM will be held on Thursday
16th January 2020 at 7.30 pm at Spring Lodge Community Centre Powers
Hall End, Witham CM8 2HE
official Notice of the meeting has been posted and/or emailed on Friday
27th and is downloadable here
Pike Match Sunday 9 February change in arrangements
NOW CANCELLED OWING TO BAD WEATHER
next Pike Match was due to be held on Sunday 9 February on the Silver
End Front Pit. We have decided to change the arrangements whereby the
Pit will now be used on that day for a Qualifying Match for the Angling
Trust British Pike Championship as this is the second year that our own
pike matches have not taken place as nobody turned up.
If any member is interested in taking part please contact the
organiser for the match Nigel Barnes 07711972099 by the 19 January. A
few places have been reserved for KDAA members booking within the next
two weeks. After that the bookings will be opened up. There is a peg fee
of £5 waived for KDAA members, a £3 fee waived for individual members of
the AT and a pool fee £12.
Membership and Publicity
Silver End Front Pit stocking 14 December
The planned stocking into Silver End Front Pit of
six C6 21lb to 24lb mirror carp and fifteen C4 9lb to 15lb mirror carp went ahead on Saturday
The carp were supplied by VS Fisheries. Sussex.
A wet morning but with plenty of help we were
able to transfer, photograph and quickly release the fish.
To view a pdf. of the C6 carp
To view a pdf. of the C4 carp
The £300 plus donations in memory of Ray Bennett,
has at the request of his daughter Alison Parrish, contributed towards
the cost of the 21lb zip linear carp. Named 'Ray' and appears as the
first carp in the C6 photos.
May we request that anglers submit catch reports
by email or Facebook, with weights, if any of these carp are caught, in particuar the C6, so we
may monitor their progress.
Cameron Parrish and Bob Reed
||Alison and Cameron
||Steve Mason, Alison
Parrish, Dave Winger, John Joyce, Bob Reed
management action at Silver End Front Pit
The club is now in the financial position to take
needed fishery management action on Silver End Front
pit. This action covers the work necessary deal with
the excessive tree growth around the pit and
developing the carp stock position. The details are:
The work on the water
surrounding has two objectives: -
On advice from the EA Fisheries department, a
contractor will be used to cut back trees and bushes
to allow the prevailing winds to get onto the water.
This action is required on many of the older waters
in the area as the growth gradually closes in adding
to the leaf drop and stopping the vital wind moving
the water around and increasing oxygen levels.
To open up swims that have become unfishable. This
requires cutting back the willow and alders etc. No
doubt many will use words like “butchered” and
“massacred”. These words were used when we did the
same actions years ago, but experience has shown
these trees grow back very quickly. Nip and tuck
action is a waste of time as the same action has to
be done in a matter of months. This action will also
allow more wind onto the water and allow for easier
Please note that when the
contractor starts work in December and/or January
the car park area near the container and toilet will
be out of bounds for parking.
As the old saying goes, “you
cannot make omelettes without cracking eggs”.
Similarly opening up swims necessitates cutting
branches that require stacking and burning. The
current “mess” will be cleared up as soon as our
contractor can move the branches and flail the
brambles. Sorry about any inconvenience but the
recent small work party had enough to do without
moving everything to the plateau area for burning.
This brings me onto the subject of work parties.
Several have berated the committee for holding them
mid-week and not weekends. In the past many have
said they would attend on say a Saturday but never
turn up. Others have moaned that we are interfering
with their only fishing opportunity. Hence the
weekdays when the retired committee members can turn
up. However, given the apparent strength of feeling
expressed to the committee, Saturday or Sunday work
parties will be held. Please watch out for FB and
email announcements. These work parties will have
specific objectives working towards the above aims.
Past policy has been to
trickle in carp to replace the inevitable spawning
loses. These carp although in good condition are of
unknown ages and were almost all commons. We will be
stocking a number of two age groups from a reputable
fish farm used by another club in the area. The
details are: -
Six C6 (six summers old) mirror carp that will be
between 20 and 24lbs.
Eighteen C4 mirror carp that will be between 8 and
The aim is to provide some
interesting fish both for now and the longer term.
As the fish will be photographed, we will be able to
monitor them over time provided members post their
KDAA no longer involved in the river
Regrettably, the KDAA is no
longer involved in the fishing rights on the river Chelmer.
The prime holder of the lease are
Maldon Angling Society (MAS), They added another club to the
original four clubs sharing the fishing and also secured a
new lease for the Chelmer. However they decided that all
clubs, except themselves, would contribute the same amount
irrespective of club size. This would mean the KDAA paying
the same as clubs up to four times our size.
We were unhappy to pay the same as
the other much larger clubs. We offered to pay the same
proportion of the overall rent as before despite the
addition of another large club four times our size sharing
the burden, but this was rejected by MAS. We were given an
ultimatum with no chance of negotiation and no opportunity
to meet with the other clubs despite our request to do so.
Our offer is still on the table but,
as no response has been received from MAS and their deadline
has passed, sadly the KDAA is no longer part of the Chelmer
This does mean that any KDAA angler
who is not also member of a participating club will have to
purchase a day ticket on the bankside, if asked to do so, by
the MAS bailiff.
Night fishing trial at the Layer
Marney starting 5 May
KDAA members can night fish
the three Layer Marney waters from now until the end of the
season. This doubles the number of night fishing waters
available to KDAA night permit holders. The size of carp
varies from singles and low doubles to twenties with the
occasional fish up to around the thirty pounds. There is no
additional cost to the night permit for the extra waters.
You need to be aware that we
will not be providing a toilet during this trial so members
will need to make their own provisions.
This is a trial and the
position will be reviewed in December. The privilege will be
removed immediately if we have complaints about members
breaking the conditions that apply to this water: -
- Members must not arrive
at or leave the water between 10pm and 5am the following
day. This is to avoid disturbing the people in the
properties near the entrance from the road.
- There must be no litter
left. This includes human faeces.
- Members must not cause
any disturbance to people living nearby.
- Members must NOT erect
bivvies on any of the road ways around the water. Cars and
farm machinery must have clear access to car parking and
fields where appropriate.
- Members must NOT erect
bivvies on any of the footpaths around the water. Anglers
must have clear access to all swims.
- Please report non
fishing people that turn up after dark to the Head Bailiff
but do NOT challenge them.
So night permit holders
please feel free to enjoy your sport and please send any catch
reports and pictures to Fred Merrin.
If members wish to upgrade their membership to include a night
permit please return to the tackle Agent where you purchased
your card pay the £45 difference and request a replacement
card or return your card to the Membership Secretary with a £45
cheque or pay on-line.
Pennett's Farm Reservoir electric
Please not that the electric otter
fence at Pennett's Farm Reservoir now has an On/Of switch adjacent to
the gate to deactivate it rather than disconnecting the battery
First on the water, switch of the electric fence, last off the water
please switch it back on.
Coaching angling course for juniors -
The successful coaching scheme for juniors
we supported last year will continue into 2019.. This is a joint venture
with Kelvedon & District Angling Association and Maldon Angling
Society and the plan is to hold coaching sessions throughout the May -
September period on a variety of waters, split between the two clubs.
Those enrolled will be welcome at all sessions, and we’ll cater for
both novices and those who already fish.
The scheme is aimed primarily to bring juniors aged 8 to 16 into the
sport whose parents do not fish but also to develop the skills of
juniors new to angling.
They do not need to be members of either KDAA or MAS.
will be running this with accredited Angling Trust Level 2 Coaches,
Chris Burt and Graham Garnham who both hold Enhanced DBS checks,
Safeguarding & Protecting Children, First Aid course etc.
be teaching them everything to get them hooked, from starter sessions
using a 4 metre whip, onto full tuition on float rods, feeders and pole
fishing. Every variation we can in fact, the aim is to capture their
interest and give them a sport for life! Tackle will be provided.
you know any child who would like to enrol into the scheme please visit
the ACI website for an enrolment form, parents who’d like to learn to
fish too are welcome, though they might have to share the same swim.
There will be nominal charges only for bait and tackle replacement.
per day or less for Family Groups, Coaching dates are set for;
May, 8, 22 June, 6th, 20, 31 July, 15, 21, 28, 31 Aug and 7, 14, 28
more information on this venture, please see the ACI website :
www.anglingcoachinginitiative.co.uk or email at : email@example.com
ACI Facebook page can be found here : www.facebook.com/Angling-Coaching-Initiative-
still need additional Volunteer Assistants to make this initiative
a success, if you’d be prepared to help at any of the sessions, can
you please contact Chris Burt see below.?
can do as many or as few sessions as you wan't or any of the club
if you would like to join the Initiative please visit the ACI website to
download a volunteer enrolment form..
and on the Match Fixtures page.
Great Cob Chelmsford CM1 6LA
has taken place recently at Marney 2 with 100 bream around the 3 pound
size and 450 bream around the half pound size. the fish came from a fish
Also 70 tench have been introduced into Elm Farm Reservoir and 300
crucians provided by the EA into Marney 3.
Farm Reservoir track gate
deter fly tipping outside Hunts Farm Reservoir, a gate with our
combination lock has been installed by Wilkins on the track. The farmer
also has his own lock on the gate.
only permit now available all season
river only permit which was for the winter period only is now available
to cover the whole river open season between
16 June 2018 and 14th March 2019.
Only available from the Membership
Secretary. Download a an application form on the Joining page.
Welfare Rule - fish spawning
must not fish for spawning fish or in an area where fish are
The Committee has decided to introduce a new Fish Welfare rule with
new rule is an alternative to closing waters for extended periods which is not viewed as
practical as fish spawn on and off at different times. We trust members to
Notice and Data Protection Policy
Association has published a member's Privacy Notice which is a document that sets out the ways in
which it gathers, uses, discloses and manages member's data.
fulfils a legal requirement to protect a member's privacy under the Data
Protection Regulation. Links to the documents are on the website
Homepage and below.
Data Protection Policy
members past and present have any queries on the content of the
documents please contact Fred Merrin.
Party Silver End Front Pit
A Working Party was held on Saturday 6
December 2017 on Silver End Front Pit to enlarge the dug outs and cut back
foliage on the east bank.
Thanks to the twelve members
that helped including the four non Committee members.
Silver End Front Pit had 24 Carp
introduced in November 2017, ranging from 10lbs to 21lbs.
Tiptree Reservoir had six carp between
11.25lb and 19.0lb and over 50lb of Rudd stocked in October and
approximately 145 Carp from 2 - 5lb, plus some good quality Rudd in
Layer Marney 3, had 300 Crucian Carp
supplied by the Environment Agency from their own Fish Farm in December.
Working Party was held on Wednesday 9 November 2017 at Silver End Front Pit
Another local lake, NOT KDAA, has had
some fish deaths. Oxygen problems have been ruled out. A virus is the
most likely cause. Cefas are doing tests to find out which one.
To protect our waters no angler should turn up at our waters with a WET
keepnet, landing net, sling, mat or any other item of tackle. All such
items must be thoroughly dried, preferably baked in the sun, and be with
no moisture at all. This is the only way of ensuring that any virus is
Spraying with a disinfectant is not a solution as the virus can easily
survive in parts the spray does not penetrate. Dipping tanks are also
not viable as equipment needs to be soaked for at least half an hour and
the solution needs to be changed frequently to be effective.
Thorough drying is the most effective way of stopping the transmission
of deadly viruses
Sell, Swap or Buy page
A new page has been added to this website
to provide the facility for members to Sell, Swap or Buy surplus fishing
Access the page on the bottom menu button
in the left margin of the site or click here.
Working Party was held on Saturday 11 February 2018 at Seabrooks Reservoir.
Thank you to those members that turned out to help at the Working Party.
A good turn out with up to 20 members ensured we made good progress with
cutting back trees and bushes to open up swims. Also access has been
opened up on the right bank to allow access for a Digger later on to lay
stones to improve drainage.
- NO PARKING IS ALLOWED IN WESTERN LANE
It appears that a number of KDAA anglers are parking in Western Lane to
gain access to the Back Pit. This is against the Fishery Rule on page 20
of the current handbook. One angler even blocked the entrance to the
horse field and was abusive when challenged. This stupid behaviour must
stop now. Anyone found parking in this lane is in danger of a life ban.
John Joyce - Chairman
End Front Pit carp stocking 2016
The recent Silver End Front Pit
stockings on two separate dates in October consisted of 13 fish of which
5 are mirrors from 11lbs to 19lbs and 8 are commons from 12lbs to 19lbs.
Eight of the thirteen fish are over 14
lb. One of those is 18lb and two are 19lb.
These fish are to replace the older fish
that have died over the past few years.
As these fish are used to a natural diet
they are expected to pack on weight when exposed to a diet of boilies.
Guest tickets on line
Apply for a Guest ticket on line via
PayPal, particularly useful if you are unable to get to a Tackle Shop in
time before you wish to take a Guest fishing.
Retain a copy of your emailed PayPal
payment receipt to show a Bailiff, if requested to do so.
Link to Purchasing Guest Tickets page on
the How to join page or click here.
In addition to the facility to purchase
Guest tickets on-line via this website. New and existing members
may now pay their membership subscription on-line. Visit the How to Join
Complete and submit an on-line form with
an attached photograph and make payment via your PayPal account.. You
may use your PayPal receipt as proof of membership until your membership
card and handbook arrives in the post.
This facility is particularly useful if
you are unable to get to one of our Tackle Agents in time before you
wish to go fishing or do not wish to post your application.. There
is, however, an additional £7.25 admin fee to cover our PayPal charges
Reservoir new fishing platforms
The Working Party held on Tiptree
Reservoir last Friday and Saturday completed building 20 fishing
platforms with the aid of a mini digger. They also cleared
vegetation and cut back trees to open up more swims. As usual the
work was carried out by the small number of members who regularly turn
up to help on working parties. The swims on this previously
overgrown water are now very accessible.
A new gate to the left of the existing
one has also been installed with an improved access track to the new
Horses at Silver End Back Pit
Amanda Thorpe has had to divide her field into two halves where she keeps her horses., This has meant putting a small gateway in, It is one spring type gateway: ie it looks just like a spring and stretches across
the pathway hooking at one and, attached to post at the other. Please close it after you have been through. it's not difficult to use. Amanda cannot have the horses on the back field as the grass is too rich.
The older one has a medical condition which means if he over eats he could become severely lame, this could end up with him having to be put to sleep.
More fish for Layer
Marney middle lake.
On Saturday 20th June
2015 the middle lake at Layer Marney received the first consignment of
fish designed to bring the stocks back up to the desired level for our
pleasure anglers. The fish stocked were: -
· 500 common and
mirror carp 6 to 8 inches
100 tench 8 to 10
·1000 roach 4 to 6
·1000 roach 6 to 8
installation at Silver End Pits and Seabrook's Reservoir
Please note that when using the Portaloo
toilets at Silver End Pits and at Seabrooks, the following procedure
should be strictly observed:
1. Flush the toilet BEFORE use.
2. Flush the toilet adequately after use.
3. Please leave the toilet as you would expect to find it.
During a recent burglary of Environment
Agency premises, corporate branded clothing was stolen. We have good
reason to believe that this could now be used to impersonate Environment
Agency employees. Environment Agency officers always carry photographic
identification with them, and they never offer any work or advice for
cash. Likewise, our officers never demand cash from anglers for licences
or for fishing licence breaches.
EWLO 70302 Brenda Cross
Essex Watch Liaison Officer
Chelmsford, Maldon, Braintree, Uttlesford Districts
Direct Dial: 101 extension 420279
Mobile:- 07970 599923
Email :- firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelmsford Police Station, New Street,
Chelmsford, CM1 INL
in Danger - Review cormorant licensing petition
Crayfish in Layer Marney 2 and 3 and river Blackwater
Signal Crayfish have been caught in Layer
Marney 2 and 3 and the EA are known to be laying net traps in the
Blackwater. If members catch any, Please kill these creatures that are
alien to our waters.