and District Angling Association, hereafter to be referred to as the “KDAA”.
for the purpose of cultivating social feeling, promoting the principles of fair
angling and to protect angling waters in this district.
of the KDAA shall be limited to a maximum number of fee paying members. The
membership limit to be that which provides the financial income level set by the
Committee. The paying membership categories shall be Adult, Husband/Wife,
Parent/Junior, Intermediate, Junior, Senior Citizen and Disabled (Proof of
disabled status to be provided). The Junior half of a Parent/Junior membership
is only permitted to fish with the Parent. Adult and Senior Citizen members may
take one non member child under twelve years old fishing with no charge. Night
fishing permits will be required to fish waters where night fishing is allowed.
The fee for the permit is in addition to the normal subscription. Night fishing
is between 10pm and 5am. Juniors and Intermediates must state their date of
birth when paying their subscriptions. Membership Fees (including Night Permit
and Guest Tickets) to be set at each AGM. All previous years members shall be
guaranteed membership if their subscriptions are paid by the end of April. The
Committee reserves the right to refuse or terminate membership. All members
shall be issued with a membership card that remains the property of the KDAA.
SUBSCRIPTIONS BECOME DUE ON THE 14th March. The coarse fishing season on
the Association’s still waters, except where specified in the handbook,
commences on the 15th March and closes on the 14th March in the following year.
The coarse fishing season on the Association’s rivers, commences on the 16th
June and closes on the 14th March.
Expulsion/Suspension of Members. Members
of the KDAA who make themselves a nuisance to other anglers or riparian owners
or decline to abide by KDAA rules may be expelled or suspended by a resolution
passed by the Committee. The Member may appeal to be heard by the Committee by
writing to the Secretary within fourteen days of the date of the
expulsion/suspension letter. Subscriptions of dismissed members are forfeit.
Officers. The Executive Officers of the KDAA shall be Chairman, Vice
Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Match Secretary, Fishery
Manager, Publicity Officer and Head Bailiff. Non-Executive
Officers are President and Vice Presidents.
Election of Officers. All
Officers and Vice Presidents to be elected annually by members of the KDAA at
the Annual General Meeting (AGM), only the President to be elected every third
year. All members elected must be over 17 years of age. Officers may be
re-elected to the same office the following year.
General Committee Composition. The
affairs of the KDAA shall be controlled by a General Committee comprising the
Executive Officers of the KDAA and nine other Members elected from and by the
Members in groups of three serving three years. Three having served three years
automatically resign each year at the AGM and may offer themselves for
re-election. The General Committee shall meet twelve times per year on agreed
dates. A committee member who misses more than three meetings without apologies
is deemed to have resigned. Eight members of the General Committee are required
to form a quorum. No member who is an official or committee member of another
club may serve as an official or committee member of the KDAA.
General Committee Duties. The
duties of the General Committee shall be:-
To control the affairs of the
KDAA on behalf of the Members.
To keep accurate accounts of
the finances of the KDAA through the Treasurer. A Responsible Individual (not
a member) shall be appointed yearly to examine all accounts and certify to
their accuracy. These accounts shall be presented to the AGM.
To co-opt members to the
General Committee if vacancies arise between AGMs.
To create, amend or delete KDAA
rules at any time provided a notice is posted on any relevant waters and
subjected to ratification at the next AGM
To make decisions on the basis
of a simple majority vote. In the case of equal votes, the Chairman shall be
entitled to an additional casting vote. To make decisions based on a simple
majority vote. In the case of equal votes for and against, the Chairman shall
be entitled to an additional casting vote. In the event of the abstentions
exceeding or equalling the votes for the proposal will be carried forward to
the next meeting for further discussion and voting
General Meetings. The
Annual General Meeting of the KDAA shall be held during January each year. 14
clear days notice of the AGM including the agenda shall be given in writing to
members. Notice of motion for discussion at the AGM from non committee members
must reach the Secretary by the 20th November. An extraordinary General Meeting
may be called at the discretion of the Committee or by 20% of the members,
giving notice to the Secretary or Chairman in writing. The business of the AGM
shall be to:-
Confirm the minutes of the
previous AGM and any General meetings held since the last AGM.
Receive the audited accounts
for the year from the Treasurer.
Receive the annual reports from
Secretary, Membership Secretary, Match Secretary, Publicity Officer, Head
Bailiff and Fishery Manager.
Review the KDAA subscription
rates and agree them for the following year.
Elect the Officers of the KDAA.
Elect the Committee members to
fill the three automatic vacancies and any other vacancies.
Consider and vote on any
proposed changes to the Constitution or Rules.
Discuss “Any other Business”
Make decisions on the basis of
a simple majority vote. In the case of equal votes, the Chairman shall be
entitled to an additional casting vote.
the dissolution of the Association, its property, including rights, equipment
and all other assets shall be applied in payment of debts and the rest shall
pass to the Angling Trust. Trophies as directed by the donors.
property of the Association and Agreements and Documents affecting it shall as
far as possible be entered into in the name of the Association. Where this is
not possible the Committee shall appoint three members to act for the
Association and take such steps as necessary to safeguard the interests of the
ANY MEMBER CAUGHT FISHING WITH
LITTER IN THEIR SWIM OR CAUGHT LEAVING LITTER ON A CLUB WATER WILL BE LIABLE
All members must carry their
membership cards at all times, failure to do so will result in the member being
asked to leave the water.
Any member has the right of
challenging any other person for their membership card. Membership cards are not
When on Association waters:-
Members are forbidden to carry guns, snares or rabbit nets.
Members must not
take dogs on Association waters at any time.
All gates must be closed and no
litter left. Fires must not be lit.
Banks must not be dug into except as action
of an official working party.
Members must not climb or damage trees.
No personal audio device to be
used without headphones.
Members must not use more than
two rods at any time. With the exception
of night permit holders who may fish with three rods on Silver End Back Pit
between 1st November and 31st March providing they have two EA rod licences and
fish in a manner so as not to interfere with any members already fishing or
wishing to fish.
Adult members may take one
non-fishing guest when at the Club waters, at the discretion of the bailiff.
Any member, including juniors,
may purchase guest tickets to cover the period 5am to 10pm. Guest tickets must
be purchased in advance of the fishing date.The guest must be accompanied by the
member applying who is responsible for the behaviour of that guest. No more than
three guest tickets to be available to any member at any one time. The guest
ticket must be retained by the member and be presented to a Bailiff, if
requested to do so, in the form of a printed ticket or if purchased online in
the form of printed or saved emails for both the ticket application and the
PayPal receipt. Night fishing is not allowed on a guest ticket and, therefore,
guests must not be on Association waters, between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am.
Guest tickets cannot be used on the River Chelmer. Adult members may take one
non-fishing guest when at the Club waters, at the discretion of the bailiff
No cars, motorcycles are allowed
down the entrance to any of the Association waters, except where parking is
provided. Cars, motorcycles or cycles must not be parked obstructing the
entrances or tracks.
Members shall not reserve swims
by leaving any tackle or sundry items unattended for any length of time.
Bailiffs decision to be final.
Competitors only may fish the
waters where a competition is arranged and no member or competitor shall fish on
that water during the five hours preceding the start of the match (see Fixture
No matches are to be fished on
Association waters unless organised by the club or written permission is
granted by the Committee.
All watercraft, including model
boats and drones are banned from all club waters unless on official club business.
No member shall leave visible
human excrement on any of the Association’s waters or adjacent land.
Wading is prohibited except for fish welfare or
Night fishing Juniors must be
accompanied by a responsible Adult member, parent or guardian.
Illegal drugs and alcohol are
banned from all club waters.
Members must not stay on a club
water for more than 72 hours between 1st May and 30th September after which
they must vacate the water for at least 24 hours.
Anglers must not fish over half
way across a water if another angler is fishing opposite.
All fish to be returned alive
to the water. Fish deaths must be reported to a KDAA official. No fish
should be taken away alive or dead without the express permission of the KDAA
Secretary; to do so may give rise to a civil prosecution or criminal prosecution
under Schedule 1 Section 2 of the Theft Act. Fish caught in KDAA waters may
be used for live and dead baiting but only in the water caught and on the day of
Baited rods must not be left
All unused bait and groundbait to
be taken away from the water.
The use of ALL NUTS is banned on
all Association waters.
Fish may be kept in carp sacks no
longer than 30 minutes, or less at the discretion of a Bailiff.
No carp longer than 30 cm (12
inches) may be held in a keepnet except in authorised matches.
Members must carry a suitably
sized, assembled landing net when fishing Association waters.
All members fishing Association
waters must be in possession of a suitable unhooking mat. In the case of carp
fishing if a cradle is not used then the mat must be cushioned and of a minimum
size of 18 inches x 24 inches x 2 inches deep.
Members must not have in
their possession on the bank or put into the water more than a total of 2 kg of
feed other than boiles (includes dry groundbait and/or particles) in any 24 hour
period. No pre-baiting is allowed. There may be limits to the amount of boilies
allowed on individual waters. See fishery rules and notices on waters
All members fishing Association still waters must
be in possession of a disgorger or unhooking device appropriate to the fish
Bailiffs and Licences
The Committee shall appoint a
number of honorary bailiffs, who need not be Association members, who shall be
issued with a warrant card and be vested with the powers to act on behalf of the
KDAA including the power of discretion for minor offences.
All Members and Guests must be in
possession of a current EA Rod Licence when fishing Association waters.
Every member or person fishing in
the waters of the Association shall show the contents of his/her tackle if
requested to do so by one of the Association’s bailiffs or other authorised
SPECIFIC FISHERY RULES ARE LOCATED
ON FISHERY PAGES
All Open Cup Matches shall be of
a peg down nature. The swim will be as follows; 2 metres upstream and to within
2 metres of the next peg down stream. Distances between the pegs to be 15 metres
No competitor shall be allowed to
break the surface of the water before the starting whistle, except for the
positioning of keepnets, bank-sticks, rod rests, mixing of groundbait, float
shotting, and plumbing depth. No moving of a peg will be permitted without the
Steward’s decision, and if appropriate shall re-fix the peg.
Each competitor shall land
his/her own fish. Any competitor who has difficulty in doing so shall notify the
One rod and one hook only to be
used, other rods may be made up in reserve behind the angler. Two rods may be
used in 24 hour carp matches only.
Stewards shall be permitted to
inspect keep-nets and tackle during the duration of the contest. Keep-nets
shall conform to the Environment Agency’s specification.
All fish to be weighed in at
the competitor’s peg.
Anyone wishing to fish the club
matches other than Opens must be an Association member.
Pike and Trout will not count
in any club or Open Matches.
Any complaints must be made to
the Organisers or Stewards in writing within one hour of the end of the match.
Alterations to Matches to be made at the discretion of the Match Secretary and
Committee members present. Club Roamer Matches, the distance between anglers
shall not be less than 15 metres.
Club Match draws to take place
one and half hour prior to the start of the match. Open Match draws to be two
hours prior to the start of the match.
The Association reserves the
right to refuse entry, by anyone, to any match organised by the Association.
All competitors are restricted
to one draw only except under exceptional circumstances.
Fish must be retained in a
keepnet, no other container is permitted. Carp and Silver fish to be kept in
In Roamer Matches the
competitor’s fishing position is that position where the member’s rod is
projecting over the water.
In order to be eligible to
receive any prize money drawn for at the end of a match, anglers must
participate for the full duration of the match.
On Junior Matches only verbal
assistance may be given to a competitor. However if a competitor is in
difficulties, assistance may be administered provided it has been sanctioned
by the Match Steward.
All trophy winners must return
their trophies by the 1st December or the following season, except Open Cups
which will be retained by the Association.
All carp above 8lbs must be weighed and returned
and not placed in a keepnet.
Heybridge Basin Fishing Rules
only allowed from the towpath
no fishing between the moored boats
found fishing between the moored boats will be asked to leave and will be
reported to the KDAA
fishing is only allowed for members of MAS, CAA, KDAA and CAPS
Guest tickets cannot be used on the river Chelmer, but Day Tickets are
available at £5 in advance from JP Tackle or £6 on the bank
are no Tickets for night fishing. Day Ticket holders must stop fishing
and leave by 10 pm
has become necessary to strictly enforce these rules due to the large number of
complaints from boat owners and the anti-social behaviour that has been taking
with support from the police will be making regular patrols along the towpath.
Please have your club membership card and EA license with you at all times