Last updated 20 February 2018

Membership renewal

The current membership season ends on the 14 March. 

A Newsletter and joining form was posted and/or emailed last Wednesday. Please check your email Inbox.

The membership cards and handbooks for the new season are now available at our tackle Agents and myself.

We look forward to rejoining.

Fred Merrin

Membership Secretary


Scaffolding poles required.

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 our waters.

KDAA 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. 

The 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 £25 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.

“Members must 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 fishing.”

The Committee has subsequently made a further amendment to the rules:-

Fish Welfare 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.'


KDAA - 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 with 7 days on KDAA waters, and 7 elsewhere. Parents can attend to supervise (but their own children only) and may also be coached for at least part of the sessions.

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.

For further information please contact:

John Joyce

Annual 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 possible.


Carp Shows 2018

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


Seen a cormorant or goosander? Please let the Angling Trust know!


At 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.


The 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.


They 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.


Working 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.

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, 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

Specimen Angling tackle shop in Chelmsford has closed.


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 past year.

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 Grey, Lewis 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 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 May.
However, please be aware that the carp in the reservoir have been spawning.
Steve Mason
Fishery Manager


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 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


Annual General Meeting

News from the AGM held on 15 January 2017

  • Subscriptions are unchanged for the 2017-18 season
  • 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 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 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. 




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