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Keepnet match rules update

The following rule change was agreed by unanimous vote at the 7th Mar committee meeting:

‘Carp under 12 inches in length caught during a match can be retained in carp friendly keepnets along with silver fish.  Fish of all species over 12 inches in length must be weighed by the captor and returned immediately.  Rulers will be issued to all competitors to avoid confusion.  In silver fish only matches all carp over 12 inches in length will count as 1lb’.

Howells and Slough House Bankside Warning

Howells is extremely waterlogged and boggy in places.  Please can members take care and use common sense when walking round and setting up so as not to churn the bank side and swims up too much please.

Also I am receiving reports that Slough House Farm is very muddy after all of the recent rain and the farmer is regularly accessing the site for sugar beet storage purposes.  Please proceed to your swim with caution especially if using a barrow which is likely to sink into the mud.

Finally the car park at Slough House West is very muddy due to winter tractor activity, you might want to avoid visiting at the moment unless you have a four wheel drive vehicle.

The toilet at Slough House Farm has been stolen

Please be aware that the toilet at Slough House Farm was stolen sometime between Fri evening 2nd Mar and today Tue 6th Mar. If anybody knows anyone that was fishing between these times please can you ask them if they saw anything suspicious and pass on any information to Ryan Boot on the phone number listed in the rulebook or by email to

Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party – CANCELLED!

We are sure that it will come as no surprise to you that the litterpicking session on Saturday (3rd March) in Chelmsford has been cancelled by the organisers.

So PLEASE DON’T TURN UP! Given the unpredictable weather conditions we don’t want to risk compromising anyone’s safety or wellbeing.

Please make sure that you have the date of our next Chelmer Canal Trust work party booked – Saturday, 7th April. Full details will be sent out a few days beforehand.

If you are looking for a Chelmer Canal Trust event to take part in before the next work party then why not consider joining the next monthly walk on Wednesday, 21st March which will explore the waterways of Chelmsford City centre and the watermeadows downstream? Full details to be confirmed, and to ensure that you are on the ‘walks’ emailing list please email:

If you are out and about along the Navigation please look out for any Floating American Pennywort. And if you can cope with the technology, pictures showing how much of it there is, and its location in the Navigation, can be very helpful (email: If you are not sure what Floating American Pennywort looks like – and to be reminded of what jolly folk our work party volunteers are –  CLICK HERE and look at a few of the pictures in our Work Party reports.

Stay warm and safe.

Kind regards – Neil.

Voluntary Coaching

I can now confirm that Sport England have officially approved the grant application for these coaching sessions.

I am delighted to advise that we have set up a coaching scheme for Junior anglers. This is a joint venture with Kelvedon & District Angling Association & 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, & we’ll cater for both novices and those who already fish.

Coaching Agents Flyer

We will be running this through accredited Angling Trust Level 2 Coach’s Graham Garnham & Chris Burt, 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!

So if you would like to enrol into the scheme please let us know, parents who’d like to fish too are welcome, though you might have to share the same swim. There will be nominal charges only for bait and tackle replacement, this is a voluntary scheme.

We need Volunteer Assistants as well, 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.



So if you would like to join the initiative please contact me now to register. MAS & KDAA & 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.

Chris Burt

Angling Coaching Initiative

3 Great Cob Chelmsford CM1 6LA


M 07917 781299

Minutes of 2018 AGM

Our Annual General Meeting held on Sun 21st Jan at Great Totham Village Hall was a lively affair and was our best attended for many years with over 80 members present on the day.  For those members who couldn’t make it along here are the AGM 18 Minutes and the Fishery Management report 2018.

A blue hat was left behind after the meeting, this can be claimed back from the membership secretary or picked up at next years AGM if you can survive outside without it until then.

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