Specimen Angling tackle shop in Chelmsford has
Former 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
His funeral is at 11 am on Thursday 14 September
at the Three Counties Crematorium, Braintree.
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.
36 hour Carp match August cancelled
The Committee has cancelled the 36 hour Carp match provisionally scheduled
to be held 26-28th August Bank Holiday.
Silver End Pits will, therefore, be open for
fishing this August Bank Holiday weekend.
Bait 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 completely closed.
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 Gray, Jake Etherington and Jamie Sutton.
Bob Reed Head Bailiff.
With 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.
48 hour Carp Match result Silver End Front Pit
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
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 May.
However, please be aware that the carp in the reservoir have been
Working Party Seabrooks Reservoir Saturday 22
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
Newsletter sent to members
A Newsletter and joining form for the new
season was posted or emailed to members and former members on the of weekend 5
February. Please check your emails for receipt.
Membership cards and handbooks are now
available at our Tackle Agents and from the Membership Secretary. We look
forward to members rejoining or joining for the first time.
The new season starts on the 15 March. New
members joining before that date may use their new card from the date of
A 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
WARNING - 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
Annual General Meeting
News from the AGM held on 15 January 2017
- Subscriptions are unchanged for the 2017-18
- 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
- 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 Durrant.
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.
A Working Party was held on Wednesday 9 November at
Silver End Front Pit
Silver End Front Pit carp stocking
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
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
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.
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
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
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..
Specimen Angling in Chelmsford
is once again open for business.
3 Havengore Parade, Chelmsford, Essex CM1
6JP open 7 am to 6 pm Monday to Saturday.
Adrian Shaw writes
Their aim is to update and grow the business both
in-shop and online.
In December they will be launching our new
company logo and website. The logo will give them a really distinctive fresh new
look and the website will quite simply be the best in the market employing a
state of the art point of order system that will enable you to order online from
home or from your bivvy through your mobile.
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
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 General
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.
More fish for Layer Marney
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
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
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
KDAA gains access to 14 miles of river
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.