of waters reports
our still waters are now ice free.
track at Marney complex is
still wet and rutted. The farmer would not be prepared to level the
track until the
weather improves as any repairs would not last long, so please take
current membership season ends on the 14 March.
Newsletter and joining form was posted and/or emailed on the 14
Please check your email Inbox.
membership cards and handbooks for the new season are now available at
our tackle Agents and myself.
look forward to rejoining.
course for juniors - UPDATE
can now confirm that Sport England have officially approved the grant
application for these coaching sessions.
am delighted to advise that we have set up a coaching scheme for juniors
aged eight and over. 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-October 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
The scheme is aimed primarily to bring juniors into the sport whose
parents do not fish but also to develop the skills of juniors new to
They do not need to be members of either KDAA or MAS.
will be running this through accredited Angling Trust Level 2 Coach’s
Graham Garnham and Chris Burt, 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.
still need additional Volunteer Assistants to make this initiative a
success, if you’d be prepared to help at some or all the sessions, can
you please contact me? You would only do as many or as few sessions as
you want. We are already funding three of our Volunteers to take the
Angling Trust level 1 Coaching qualification, to strengthen our team. We
plan to role this scheme out to other clubs too in the future so you can
join us with that in mind.
you know any child who would like to enrol into the scheme please let us
know, 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.
if you would like to join the initiative please contact me now to
and on the Match Fixtures page.
Enrolment and parent consent form
consent and enrolment form
Great Cob Chelmsford CM1 6LA
If any member is able to source surplus scaffolding
poles can they please contact Fishery Manager, Steve Mason on 01376
571183 / 07756 017856. These
are used to hold timber in place when platforms are built or repaired on
will have a stand at the
News from the AGM
The AGM held at Spring Lodge Community
Centre. Witham on the Sunday 14 January with 24 members attending.
following recommendations by the Committee to change the rules were
discussed and agreed.
a) The meeting agreed that subscriptions
should be amended:-
Adults £80 to £85
Senior Citizens £45 to £50
Intermediate £50 to £55
Parent & Junior £95 to £100
Disabled £45 to £50
Husband & Wife £100 to £105
Hunts Farm Reservoir only Adult
to £30 Concession £15 to £20
Night permits No increase
Juniors No increase
River only permit No increase
This is the first increase in three years
and is essentially to cover known increases in water rental within the
next two years and continued fish stocking.
b) Rule change agreed:-
Conduct Rule 9 to be amended “
Members shall not reserve swims. Any angler leaving a swim must remove
all their tackle and sundry items. Bailiffs decision to be final.”
c) Rule change
Conduct Rule 4:- After
some discussion an amended proposal by a member was agreed.
not take dogs on Association waters at any time other than Seabrooks
Reservoir. For a trial year members wishing to take a dog on Seabrooks
must obtain a dog permit from the Membership Secretary and must keep the
dog on a lead at all times and tethered in the member's swim while
The Committee has
subsequently made a further amendment to the rules:-
Rule 9 now reads 'Members must not have in their possession on the
bank or put into the water more than a total of 4kg of boilies and 2kg
of dry groundbait and/or particles in any 24 hour period.'
- Exciting new coaching course for young anglers
Your help is requested
Some of you may remember the “Lads and Dads” free fishing days the
KDAA ran for three years. The idea was to introduce youngsters to our
sport in the hope that they might take it up in due course. Several of
you gave your time at Seabrooks Reservoir to show the primary school
children how to catch fish on 4 metre whips. The reward was the pleasure
on the youngsters faces.
Well, the KDAA has now thrown its support behind a coaching scheme that
takes our original concept to the next logical stage. Chris Burt, an
Angling Trust qualified Level 2 angling coach, has initiated a scheme
that will offer 'Tuition' days for those newcomers wishing to proceed
further and existing junior anglers wishing to develop their skill. The
tuition will cover various float fishing techniques, ledgering and a
possible session on a river.
The scheme is targeted at children over 8 years old and will run from
May to early October 2018.
'Taster' sessions will be also be organised for new-comers using 4 metre
whips. 'Tuition' days will be organised for those newcomers wishing to
proceed further and existing junior anglers wishing to develop their
skill. -14 sessions are planned during the summer' Parents can attend to supervise (but their own
children only) and may also be coached for at least part of the
The KDAA along with the Maldon Angling Society are each providing the
use of their waters, so the other 7 days will be held on their waters,
for both taster and tuition days.
The coaching will take place under the umbrella of a new club the
'Angling Coaching Initiative' set up by Chris which will provide the
necessary Public Liability and Indemnity insurance, over and above our
own Angling Trust policy. Chris will deal with all the organisation
involving publicity, recruitment of the juniors, Parent/Guardian
consent, supply of tackle and bait for the fishing sessions, risk
assessment of the waters etc BUT YOUR HELP IS REQUESTED.
Chris will be supported by another fully qualified coach but help from
volunteers will be necessary for the scheme to succeed. We are aiming to
have approximately one coach for every two children on the Tutorials.
So if you would like to join the
initiative please contact Chris Burt now to register. MAS & KDAA
member's children and their friends have first refusal on these coaching
places! We expect the course to be filled quite quickly so please get in
touch if you’d like to attend or would like more details, after which
we will open it up to all candidates.
For further information please contact John Joyce, Fred Merrin or Chris
General Meeting - Sunday 14 January
The Annual General Meeting will be held
at 10 am on Sunday 14 January at the Spring Lodge Community Centre, Powers
Hall End, Witham.
The official notice of agenda items has
been posted and emailed. Please check you Inbox..
Members are encouraged to attend.
Please note a 'King of the Lakes' Match was
inadvertently scheduled to be held the same day. An
alternative date will be updated in the Match Fixtures list as soon as
The KDAA will have stand at the Brentwood
Carp Show the weekend 27/28 January.
Volunteers are requested to help on the
stand - please contact Fred Merrin
We will also have a stand at the Carpin'
On Show at Five Lakes, Tolleshunt Knights, the weekend 17/18 March
a cormorant or goosander? Please let the Angling Trust know!
the Angling Trust we recognise the enormous damage that cormorants and
goosanders can do to fish stocks in both rivers and still waters. We
want to do more to enable fishery managers to be allowed to control
these highly destructive birds.
Trust has written to the Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, demanding a
doubling of the number of cormorants licensed to be shot in England
annually to 6,000 and for the removal of requirements for evidence that
goosanders are damaging fisheries before a licence will be issued.
have relaunched the Cormorant
Watch website for you to log sightings of cormorants and goosanders.
The data provided will help us push for more effective control of these
birds in England, Wales and Scotland, where goosanders in particular
predate heavily on declining salmon stocks.
Party Silver End Front Pit
A Working Party was held on Saturday 6
December 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.
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.
Silver End Front Pit had 24 Carp
introduced in November, 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.
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
Angling tackle shop in Chelmsford has closed.
Vice-Chairman, Dave Foster, has died
Sadly, Dave Foster, a member of the KDAA
for many years and a former Vice-Chairman died last week. He had
been ill for the past year.
His funeral is at 11 am on Thursday 14
September at the Three Counties Crematorium, Braintree.
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.
hour Carp match August cancelled
The Committee has cancelled the 36 hour
Carp match provisionally scheduled to be held 26-28th August Bank
Silver End Pits will, therefore, be open
for fishing this August Bank Holiday weekend.
feeding limit on Silver End Pits
The EA have been out to test the water at
Silver End due to an orange algae which has sprung up.
Their investigation has revealed that the
Front Pit is saturated with bait and due to the very hot weather, lack
of rain and low water level is causing the algae.
Consequently with IMMEDIATE effect, the
Committee have introduced a bait limit of 1kg of boilies per 24hr period
and absolutely NO particle whatsoever untill the lakes recover.
This bait limit is on both the Front and
Back Pit as they are connected.
Be advised that should we find this
bait ban being abused, serious action will be taken and the waters
Please be vigilant and help us protect
your waters and fishing.
Your co-operation is appreciated.
New Bailffs at Silver End Pits
New Bailiffs have been appointed by the
Committee for Silver End Pits - Peter Grey, Lewis Etherington and Jamie
Bob Reed Head Bailiff.
immediate effect the Committee has imposed a keep net ban on Seabrooks
due to low water conditions
All our still waters are open and, of
course, so are the the rivers now the close season ended on the 16 June.
hour Carp Match result Silver End Front Pit 27-29 May
1st Rus Metson 26.10lb mirror, 2nd Tony
Varrow 25.8lb common, 3rd Sam Sutton 19.9lb mirror and Graham
Foakes-Jones 19.6lb mirror,
The Back Pit was not used as the carp
were still spawning.
Seabrooks Reservoir to reopen today
Owing to the oxygen level returning to
normal, the KDAA Committee, at its meeting last evening, decided
that Seabrooks Reservoir will reopen at midday today, Friday 26
However, please be aware that the carp in the reservoir have been
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
Working Party was held on Saturday 11 February 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
News from the AGM held on 15 January 2017
- Subscriptions are unchanged for the
- Constitution Rule 6 be amended by
removing the position of Deputy Head Bailiff
- Constitution Rule 9 amended to allow
for Committee decisions to be deferred to the next meeting if the
number of abstentions exceed the number voting for the proposal.
- Conduct Rule 7 amended to include
details about how Guest tickets may be purchased and that they must
be purchased before the fishing date.
- Conduct Rule 12 amended to also ban
the use of drones.
- Fish Welfare Rule amended to
remove the limit on the feed of boilies other than where it is
introduced as an individual Fishery Rule.
Officials and Committee - some notable
changes. Stephen Nelson was elected as General Secretary and Robert Reed
as Head Bailiff. All other existing Officers were re-elected apart from
Tony Varrow following the position of Deputy Head Bailiff being removed
from the list of officials. New Committee members were elected, Tom
Gelston and Adrian Robbins replacing Graham Foakes-Jones and Anthony
Details on the Rule changes were shown in
the Notice of the AGM sent to all members at the end of December either
by post or email and will appear in the new seasons Handbook.
Working Party was held on Wednesday 9 November at Silver End Front Pit
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.
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
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
The limit may be re-introduced as an
amendment to the Fishery Rules that apply to an individual water.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
page on Facebook
KDAA now has a Face book page, Please
view it for up to date news as it happens.
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 :- email@example.com
Chelmsford Police Station, New Street,
Chelmsford, CM1 INL
in Danger - Review cormorant licensing petition
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
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.