Last updated 27 August 2019

Carp match cancelled 7/8 September

The 24 hour carp match scheduled to be held on the 7/8 September has been cancelled. Silver End Pits will, therefore, be open to members for fishing.that weekend.

Junior coaching session Saturday 31 August

As shown in the Handbook, a junior ACI coaching session is being held this Saturday 31 August at Seabrooks Reservoir.  The left hand bank will be closed for coaching 7 am to 3 pm and the right hand bank open for members to fish. Please be aware that car parking may be difficult.

Match change Sunday 1 September

The EIC match shown in the Handbook fixture list for Sunday 1 September is being replaced by a Club match. This will be held on Seabrooks Reservoir and, therefore, Marney and Pennetts Farm will be open for fishing.


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.


John Joyce


Constitution rule change.

Constitution Rule 7 - Election of Officers has been 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 for at least two years at  that date'.


Pennett's Farm Reservoir electric fence

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 terminal.

First on the water, switch of the electric fence, last off the water please switch it back on.


Membership for the 2018-19 season ended on the 14 March. 

The 2019 Newsletter and joining form was posted and emailed on the 24 February to current and former members. Please check you Inbox. 

Membership cards and handbooks for the new season are now available from all our tackle Agents and from the Membership Secretary .  


Coaching angling course for juniors - 2019 UPDATE

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.

We 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.

We’ll 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.

If 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.

7.50 per day or less for Family Groups, Coaching dates are set for;

25 May, 8, 22 June, 6th, 20, 31 July, 15, 21, 28, 31 Aug and 7, 14, 28 Sept.

For more information on this venture, please see the ACI website : or  email at :

The ACI Facebook page can be found here : 377571599384078

We 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.?

You can do as many or as few sessions as you wan't or any of the club venues.

So if you would like to join the Initiative please visit the ACI website to download a volunteer enrolment form..  

Coaching dates here and on the Match Fixtures page.

Volunteer Assistant form


Chris Burt

Angling Coaching Initiative

3 Great Cob Chelmsford CM1 6LA


M 07917 781299


News from the AGM

The The AGM held at Spring Lodge Community Centre. Witham on the Thursday 17 January with 22 members attending. The following recommendations by the Committee to change the rules were discussed and agreed.

a) Subscriptions to remain the same

The Constitution - Membership rule to be amended “ The Committee reserves the right in the best interests of the Association to refuse or terminate membership.”

c) Conduct Rule 4 to be amended to the remove the words “For a trial period “ The arrangement for dog permits on Seabrooks Reservoir” to become permanent and “the individual permit reviewed annually.”

d) Fish Welfare Rule 4 to be amended “ The possession and use of all nuts including peanuts and tiger nuts is banned on all Association waters.”

e) New Fish Welfare rule previously agreed by the Committee in April was ratified. “Members must not fish for spawning fish or in an area where fish are spawning"

All existing Officers were re-elected together with all Committee members apart from the Fishery Manager, Steve Mason, who retired partly owing to ill health. Bob Read was elected as the Fishery Manager in addition to continuing his role as Head Bailiff. The meeting expressed it’s appreciation for Steve’s work as Fishery Manager noting the significant improvement in our waters during his tenure of 7 years. Steve will continue on the Committee in his role as Vice Chairman.

Committee members, Mick Murton and Stuart Harper, were re-elected and Lewis Etherington was elected as a new Committee member to replace Mike Collins who unfortunately had to retire owing to ill health.

Ray Bennett’s daughter Alison Parrish was elected as President. Steve Nelson, John Aves and Derek Harper as new Vice Presidents. Unfortunately, Ray Bennett, a Vice President and former Treasurer died last October.


New KDAA general fishery

The KDAA has taken up the opportunity to rent the former Carriers water at White Notley, Pennett's Farm Reservoir which became available at the end of last year.

As we started renting the water on the 1st January, members can now fish the water. 

This is a well stocked general fishery of about 15 swims.  Please visit the Sillwaters -Pennett's Farm Reservoir page on our website to view details of the water.

As this is a new water we would welcome feedback and catch reports via the link on the Homepage..


Brentwood Carp Show 26/27 January

The KDAA has a stand (111) at the Brentwood Carp Show on the weekend 26/27 January.

Look forward to seeing you there.

There will be no Carpin' On Show at Five Lakes in March this year.  The organisers hope to hold a show at Five Lakes in 2020.



The KDAA Annual General Meeting is to be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 17 January at the Spring Lodge Communiy Centre, Powers Hall End, Witham.

The formal notice of the AGM was emailed or posted on the 27 December.
The current keep net ban introduced because of the summer high temperatures has been lifted, apart from on Seabrooks Reservoir, which remains in place owing to the low water level.
Fish stocking  

Restocking 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 farm .

Also 70 tench have been introduced into Elm Farm Reservoir and 300 crucians provided by the EA into Marney 3.


Hunt Farm Reservoir track gate

To 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.


River only permit now available all season

The 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.


Marney complex - new gate installed

Owing to the parking of non-members cars on our car parks at the Marney complex, a chain with our combination lock has been installed at the end of the track before the entrance to the field. 


Fish Welfare Rule - fish spawning

The Committee has decided to introduce a new Fish Welfare rule with immediate effect.

"Members must not fish for spawning  fish or in an area where fish are spawning"

This 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 act responsibly.


Privacy Notice and Data Protection Policy

The 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. 

It 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.

KDAA Data Protection Policy

KDAA Privacy Notice

If members past and present have any queries on the content of the documents please contact Fred Merrin.


Working 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.

Members banned

Four members have been banned recently for breaking various rules at Silver End Pits, for example, fishing with three rods before the 1 November, leaving rods unattended, swimming, to clear weed. refusing to show a membership card to a Bailiff, reserving a swim, and drinking alcohol.

Members please make sure you read the rules in your handbook and on the web site thoroughly. Any infringements will result in the severest action in order to protect both other members fishing, our waters, our fish and bank side neighbours.


Fish stocking

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 November.

Layer Marney 3, had 300 Crucian Carp supplied by the Environment Agency from their own Fish Farm in December.


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 killed.
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

John Joyce

New 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 tackle.

Access the page on the bottom menu button in the left margin of the site or click here.


New Bailffs at Silver End Pits

New Bailiffs have been appointed by the Committee for Silver End Pits - Peter Grey, Lewis Etherington and Jamie Sutton.

Bob Reed   Head Bailiff.


Working Party Seabrooks Reservoir Saturday 22 April 

Thanks to the 12 members, mainly Committee members, that turned up to help at the Working Party yesterday at Seabrooks Reservoir. Good progress was made in cutting out swims on the south bank and making them safer. Also lopping overhanging branches around the reservoir. There is very little weed at the present time. 

Recovered a lot of lead weights from the bushes on the islands due to anglers overcasting


A 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.



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


A Working Party was held on Wednesday 9 November 2017 at Silver End Front Pit
Silver 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.


Cancer Charity Carp Match - Silver End Pits 1 - 2 October 2016

The winner was Gez Jones with a 19.5 lb common on the Back Pit and runner up Nathan Appleby with a 15.5 lb common on the Front Pit.

Conditions were challenging overnight with heavy rain.  Over 1700 has been collected for a cancer charity.


Boilie feed limit lifted

The Committee has amended Fish Welfare rule 9 to remove the boilie feed limit of 2 Kg.  The limit on other ground bait including particles remains in force.

Anglers are requested to use commonsense in the amount of boilies they feed into the water during any fishing session. 

The limit may be re-introduced as an amendment to the Fishery Rules that apply to an individual water.

August 2016.

Purchase 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.


Membership subscriptions on-line

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 web page.

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 and postage.


Tiptree 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 gate

The Committee has determined the fishing limits of 15 dedicated pegged swims for carp anglers on the Silver End Back Pit.

Carp Anglers may fish any area of water provided there are no other anglers already fishing in the designated swim they wish to fish. If another carp angler starts fishing in an adjacent swim then they should both only fish within the dedicated fishing zones as shown on the map in the Handbook and on the Silver End Pits webpage..


Fishing on the river Chelmer

Will all members wishing to fish the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation please check the specific rules on page 48 of the handbook before fishing and those relating to the Heybridge Basin

Several complaints have been made against anglers, mainly about fishing where it is not allowed and obstructing the towpath (mainly carp anglers). We have already banned one member from fishing the Chelmer until the end of the year and do not want complaints against any other KDAA members.

Members must be aware that this wonderful facility is shared with boaters, walkers and cyclists. Please be courteous and considerate to these other users. On the other hand, if the behaviour of any other Chelmer user causes a problem to anglers who are adhering to the rules then please report the incident to the General Secretary. As an example, canoes going past your position is not such and incident but deliberately smashing the paddles on the water to scare fish is.

Sorry to have to bring this to your attention but we do not want to lose this valuable angling asset.

John Joyce


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.

Brian Pike former General Secretary

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Brian Pike, our General Secretary for 18 years, recently passed away after a short illness. Brian only relinquished the position at the last AGM at the age of 82 years. 

Brian's funeral was held  on the 7 July at the North Chapel, Chelmsford Crematorium.

Some of you will remember Brian taking over the Secretary’s position in 1997 because he wanted to “put something back” in to the club. That something lasted a long time and included years of dedicated service in which Brian used his administration skills to build up superb relationships with our landlords and various agencies, all necessary for the smooth running of the club. Brian leaves a massive gap in our

If any of you feel like following Brian’s example in putting something back, even for a few years, then put yourself forward as Brian did for a place on the Committee at the next AGM. Don’t forget all local clubs exist and are run by people like Brian. Without them the clubs could not exist.

John Joyce


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 inches

1000 roach 4 to 6 inches

1000 roach 6 to 8 inches

Rule breaking will result in membership cards being clipped

Membership card clipping is now being brought into force. A verbal warning constitutes a clip if you make it to 3 clips your card will be taken and you will appear before the committee for the relevant action to be taken. Rule breaking will not be tolerated. The main problems are things such as leaving rods unattended, pre baiting, alcohol, and wading in for the purpose of setting rigs and baiting up, to avoid this happening refresh yourself by having another read over the rules in your hand book. Just remember if you don't break the rules then this won't be a problem for you


KDDA page on Facebook

KDAA now has a Face book page, Please view it for up to date news as it happens.  


Toilet 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 i
Thank you.


Message from Environment Agency.

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
Essex Police
Chelmsford, Maldon, Braintree, Uttlesford Districts
Direct Dial: 101 extension 420279
Mobile:- 07970 599923
Email :-

Chelmsford Police Station, New Street, Chelmsford, CM1 INL


Biodiversity in Danger - Review cormorant licensing petition
KDAA gains access to 14 miles of river Chelmer

The Committee has negotiated to share access to 14 miles of the river Chelmer from Heybridge Basin to Chelmsford together with Maldon AC and Chelmsford AC as from the 16 June 2009.

See map on the rivers page. Stocked with carp to 30lb, pike to 25lb, bream to 8lb, tench to 6lb, chub to 5lb, perch to 3lb, roach to 1.1/2lb and dace to 1/2lb. Night fishing is allowed with a KDAA night permit. KDAA guest tickets will not cover this river, but day tickets are available on the bank from a Maldon AC Bailiff. 

More information on the to rivers page


Signal 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.