2022/23 membership will be closed on Thursday 30th June 2022
Barleylands will be shut to members from 6am until 2pm on Monday 20th June 2022 whilst the grass is being cut.
The left hand bank of Thoby Wood is closed on Thursday 16th June as the owner is carrying out maintenance work removing some trees from the managed woodland and a couple of trees at the far end of the lake in the no fishing area. He will also be removing the four fallen willows at swan lake on the same day.
Due to abuse, General Byelaw 34 no longer applies at Barleylands. Until further notice "No member shall leave the fishery (Barleylands) for more than 90 minutes in any 24 hour period by order of the club committee.”
These matches have been moved from Pit 9 to Pit1.
The Consortium committee will be doing the river walk round again this year on the Saturday before the season starts, June 11th. Meeting in the middle car park at 9am. If you want some inside information on the fisheries, them it will be a morning well spent.
The Turnford Consortium fisheries committee have taken the decision to temporary close the fishery at Slipe lane. The carp on all 4 lakes have started to spawn and the decision to close the fishery was taken with the fishes welfare in mind. We will let you know as soon as the closure is lifted, hopefully in a few days.
The current gate code on your 22/23 permit is wrong. Please contact the club helpline for the working number.
12/4/22 All night tickets for the 22/23 season have been sold
NO QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED! Just experienced anglers!
I wanted to give you the new coach’s a brief introduction to how you’ll be spending your days with us. Every new coach will be paired with another more experienced volunteer, you’ll set up in adjacent swims so he’s there for advice and help.
Contact details are on our flyer
The water share with Bishops Stortford & DAS Malcolm Barker Lake is closed until further notice due to a fish kill and that the EA are looking into the cause of the fish deaths
We are holding a 24hr Charity Carp Match at Laundry Lake on the 2nd/3rd April 2022.
The reason behind this is to catch as many the small fish under 8lb, as possible. some of which will go off to be health checked and the rest will go into a holding tank to be transferred to the owner’s other lake.
20 Swims will be allocated. To apply please send your name and mobile number to the Fisheries Officer Steve Smith by 25th March at the latest.
All names will be put into a hat and 20 names picked out. This will be videoed so everyone can see it’s done fairly.
After this first draw, participants will be notified and must confirm their availability to take part.
On the day all the swims will be numbered and again a draw will take place to allocate the swims.
Cost will be £20 per angler max of 2 rods
2 landing nets required 1 small 1 large
High sided unhooking match or cradle required
Carp Care to be used where necessary
Keep nets required to keep the small fish in which will be weighed at the end of the match. Any larger fish over 8lb to be weighed and verified by your neighbour and recorded, then returned to the lake.
Recording cards will be provided
There will be 3 prizes:
1st _ for the most fish caught regardless of weight
2nd – for the largest/heaviest fish caught
3rd – for heaviest combined weight of fish caught
All participants should be on site by 11am on the 2nd April. The draw for swims will take place at 11.30 am that should give participants plenty of time to set up for a 2pm start.
Optional Breakfast rolls will be available on the Sunday morning. Orders will be taken on the Saturday so these can be prepared and delivered to your swim at a small charge.
Look forward to hearing from you all – Steve Smith BDAC
photo's of the stocking of some of the 1000 Rudd that went into Thoby Wood today.
Some of the 24 carp stocked in Straits Mill 6/2/2022
Field and Swan lakes are flooded many of the platforms are under water also banks are very slippery.
As of 22nd June 2021 members requesting Guest Passes must give 72 hours notice. This change supercedes the 24 hours stated in the 21/22 club handbook and February 21 Newsletter
With 9 matches in the season, these matches are held at good venues and are very enjoyable, details of which will be shown on the fixture list in your 2021/22 handbook. Sadly in recent times the number of members attending these matches has dwindled and the Committee would like to advertise these events to all Female members to attend either at the Ladies Matches or with your Partner at the Mixed Pairs Matches.
To book a place at these Matches, details of which are all shown on the 2019/20 fixture list in your handbook, or for any queries please call Nick Mitchell on 07970 606558
Attendance to these matches would be greatly appreciated and would help save the events from cancellation
I got a call Friday midday that the fish being supplied by the EA paid for from the rod licence money were on their way to Asheldham, There was around 1200 fish a mix of tench and crucians.
Good to see new members trying out the clubs river Wid stretch at Skeggs Farm Writtle. The new season began warm and bright - despite the low summer water levels fish were still caught. Chub/chublets being the main target with dace roach and the odd perch putting in an appearance. My contribution was half a dozen fish from the weir pool this chub of around 2 lbs being the best. NB- something BIG was on for a short while but my 2.5 lb hook link with size 18 double red maggot feeder fished rig proved no match in stopping its lunge for the far banks willow roots. Next time I will try beefing up the end rig as this pool is 8’ + deep, who knows what lies beneath? Large carp and a golden orfe have been rumoured! I will also take a hat as it proved a real suntrap.
Regards Peter Yates – Fishery Officer
Many thanks in advance & to bailiff Barry - who managed a few good dace to worm from the downstream swims.ry Officer
Here's some photo's of the netting of Falklands lake yesterday 1,000+ roach and skimmer have gone into Asheldham and 1.000+ into Thoby Wood .
As of 1st November members with night permits for Barleylands and/or Laundry Lake may fish with 3 rods at these fisheries until 31st March 2020 providing they are in possesion of an Environment Agency 3 rod licence.
BDAC members can now park in the car park / industrial units at Skeggs farm (NOT the farm yard) this gated site is open weekdays between 6.00am and 10.30pm and at weekends can be accessed via a release button.
BDAC has joined the consortium of clubs that can fish this venue and requires a member to sit on the consorium committee to represent the club. Anyone interested should email the Club Secretary ( email@example.com)
The club has managed to secure the fishing on on the River Chelmer and Maldon Canal along with Maldon, Chelmsford and Colchester fishing club maps will be posted after the next committee meeting. BDAC rules apply plus the rules for the fishery listed below:
1. Close season applies 15th March to 15th June inclusive.
2. Anglers must not dig swims into bank.
3. No fish to be kept in captivity for longer than 6 hours and any fish showing signs of distress should be returned immediately.
4. Where a match is advertised, the stretch of water will be closed for fishing from both banks for 2 hours before and 1 hour after the match.
5. The use of live fish baits is not permitted.
6. Anglers fishing for carp and pike must use an unhooking mat.
7. Carp sacks are not to be used and carp over 5lbs will not be retained by any method, except during officially booked matches.
8. No fishing within 30 metres of any lock, nor within 15 metres of any bridge, weir, wharf, landing stage, permanent mooring or other navigational structure.
9. No fishing on that part of the waterway just above Daisy Meadow Car Park and Heybridge basin.
10. No fishing between Paper Mill road bridge and the upstream end of the towpath moorings at Paper Mill.
11. No fishing on that part of the waterway adjacent to Treasure Island at Little Baddow.
12. No fishing on that part of the waterway adjacent to the South Bank between Hall Bridge Heybridge and Heybridge basin.
13. No angler is to be inconsiderate or abusive towards other users of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation.
Please use the official BDAC car park and lock the gate after use.
Following some issues with dogs causing problems on the fishery, in future "DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON A LEAD AT ALL TIMES"
NO VEHICLES ARE ALLOWED ON THE FIELD AT HICKS FARM, ALL VEHICLES MUST BE PARKED IN THE CAR PARKS PROVIDED. ANY MEMBER WHO IGNORES THIS VENUE RULE WILL BE SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION.
We are looking for Fishery officers to look after our Field and Swan lakes also our Old Island and Long Lakes. Please do not ring the number in the handbook or website as Colin Bell is no longer the fishery officer.
Anyone interested or requires more information please ring 07522 096393
We have received a complaint from the Willowmere and Chasewater Angling Club, who have a lake in the Writtle area, not too far from our water, Willow Mere. Members of BDAC are not following the directions in our handbook, but have googled Willow Mere and found the lake of Willowmere and Chasewater A.C. They have accordingly been ejected by the farmer. Please check the directions in the club handbook.
Numbers were a bit down this year possibly due to the weather. We were met with cold winds and heavy rain at the start but this didn't put the fish off as Jay had a jack first cast. The rain soon cleared to leave bright calm conditions. Not ideal but the pike were on the munch with more fish caught than last year. Everyone had a fish or two albeit mostly jacks and it looked like David Wilson would be taking the trophy thanks to the biggest fish of the session at 8lb 14oz. However last years winner Dave Twitchett managed a late fish of 8lb 8oz to add to his tally and retain his title! Herring mackerel smelt and roach all worked plus one on a lure. Once again a very enjoyable friendly match with a few quid raised for charity. Ken Brown.
The car park gate is to be kept locked at all times particularly at weekends. Please lock the car park gate when you enter and leave the fishery, to ensure only club members have access. Please read the venue rules.
Members are reminded of Byelaw 11 "Except where indicated in the Club handbook, all cars must be parked in the official car park where one is provided and all gates to fisheries to be locked after entry and exit. Under no circumstances may cars be parked on roads adjacent to fisheries."
Under the terms of GDPR, the club has been required to choose a lawful basis for holding personal data. In our case, we have chosen the basis of legitimate interests. This has a minimal privacy impact, such as contacting a member about their annual renewal.
The non fishery managers at Lee Valley Regional Park have decided to introduce car parking charges at a number of sites across the park in order to generate additional revenue. This is partly due to local authority councillors sitting on the management board deciding to reduce the amount their authorities have to payto run the park. under the act of parliament that set up the park in the 1960s.
Charges will be made using an ANPR camera installation in the two authority car parks (Fishers Green and Hooks Marsh) but not the anglers car parks behind the anglers padlocked gate at Stubbins Hall Lane.
With the exception of official BDAC matches (see handbook) keepnets are banned on all fisheries until further notice, due to a KHV outbreak in Essex. Please ensure landing nets, stink bags, carp mats, weigh slings etc are dried in sunlight before bringing them to club waters.
Leaving gates open WILL lose Club waters, and anyone found leaving or entering fisheries without locking our gates WILL face serious disciplinary action from the Committee.
Sunday 26 June 2022 at Hicks Farm
Wednesday 29 June 2022 at Straits Mill
Saturday 2 July 2022 at Southminster Pit 1
Saturday 2 July 2022 at Southminster Pit 1
Wednesday 6 July 2022 at Windmill lakes