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2024/5 Membership info

The club has sent out the newsletter to all members. If you did not receive one to go to the website and see it under newsletters

Straits Mill

There is a dangerous tree (it is split) on the river side of the big lake. Members must avoid the area and under no circumstances walk past/under it.

Barleylands Rules

Members must read the club and read fishery rules, there are a number of new members using the wrong tackle and being asked to leave the fishery.


SPECIAL DEAL join now and fish the rest of this season to 31.03.24 and the whole of next season 1.05.2024 to 31.03 2025. New membership is now available via the Clubmate link on the Membership page.  Existing members MUST NOT use this link to renew, they will be provided with the necessary information when they receive their Newsletter in late february

Fishery Officer required for Hicks Farm

A new fishery officer is required for Hicks Farm. If you are interested contact the club via email

Charity Carp Matches 2023

Two 2-day carp charity matches were held at Laundry Lake in June and September 2023. Ticket sales and raffles produced an excellent figure of £895 which has been added to the Charity Fund distributed in November 2023. 

Barleylands Closure

The lake will be shut on 6th November 6am to 2pm for grass cutting

Change to Straits Mill Match 29 October 23

This match has changed from the river onto the lakes, hence the lakes are closed during the match but the river will be open to members.

Club Clothing

The Club has teamed up with Clubmate to provide high quality merchandise personalised with the Club’s logo.
Click on the link below to view and order the clothing.

Crucian Carp stocking at Parsonage Farm

Fish delivered today. All swam off strongly.

Keepnet Ban

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.

Closing Club Gates

 ALL gates on our waters must be closed after passing through. Basic country code practice!

Barleylands Car Park

Please Park in the allocated car Park for Barleylands fishery, failure to do so will result in being called in front of the committee and possible loss of the car Park use for everyone.Please Park in the allocated car Park for Barleylands fishery, failure to do so will result in being called in front of the committee and possible loss of the car Park use for everyone.

Straits Mill

A reminder that all members must exit the fishery gate by 10pm.

OMC Magic Twig

The issue of the OMC “Magic Twig” self hooking device was considered at last nights committee meeting and how it’s use would be a breach of the EA Thames Water byelaws (self hooking devices) with a potential fine of £50,000 for its use. It was agreed that to avoid members accidentally breaching the byelaw as some fisheries are in the Thames region and others in the Anglian region the club will ban the use of the “Magic Twig “ on all of its fisheries

Barleylands Rig Check

Due to members using dangerous rigs i.e. not carp safe, bailiffs have the right to check all rigs. Failure to comply with this will result in the angler being asked to leave the fishery and will be reported to the committee.



You must have your club membership card with you if you fish or visit Barleylands not a photo, or you will be asked to leave

Pike fishing close season

As of 28th June 2023 Pike fishing is only allowed between 1st October and 14th March the following year. This is to protect pike due to warm weather and poor handling.


The Riparian owner has advised the Club that he is in the process of selling the land, and has therefore ended our licence to fish on the river. He will let us know the details of the new owner, should the Club decide to renew the licence with them.
This stretch extends from Shonks Mill bridge down to the M25 bridge, and includes the hard standing parking at the upstream end. Not affected is the stretch at Stanford Rivers down to Shonks Mill bridge (parking at the houses as handbook).


The Club’s President, Trevor Chamberlain, passed away unexpectedly at his home yesterday, Tuesday 23rd May. Trevor had been the longest serving President of the Club, from 1994, and was previously Match Secretary (1970-73), Chairman (1987-1992), and Membership Secretary (1999-2009). Trevor was for many years the Club’s Fisheries Liaison Officer, being responsible for the negotiation, and upkeep, of many of the waters which Club members enjoy to this day. 

The Club’s Committee and its members extend their sincere condolences to Trevor’s sons Nick and Lee, and their families.

Laundry Lake new swims

The refurbished swims at Laundry Lake . Everyone has worked so hard and given so much time and energy and effort.

Guest Tickets

 The club will not be issuing guest tickets for the month of May.

Straits Mill

Work will be starting work at Straits on 8th May. The tree at the bottom of the car park is in a really dangerous condition so it is going to be roped off along with the slope and surrounding area before fishing starts again on 1st.  The only access to the lake will be by the path by the toilets until the tree is down

Barleylands Night fishing Permits

All of the Barleylands night fishing permits have been sold

Siltexing at Straits Mill

The i.ntroduction of Siltex will break down anaerobic silt that has built up over the years

Disabled gate at Southminster

In view of the wet ground conditions, the disabled gate at Southminster will now be closed until 1st May 2023. Please note that only severely disabled members will have the opportunity to apply for a new key to this gate next year, and the pass will show the registration number of their own vehicle only.

New Helpline Phone Number

07935 560508


These are only available for Southminster, Asheldham, Straits Mill (Braintree), Hicks Farm,  Field and Swan Lakes, Shalford Lakes and Thoby Wood. To apply email or phone the Club’s Helpline (giving at least 72 hours notice) to book and ensure that a guest pass is available for a certain date (during busy times their issue may be restricted). The pass will be emailed back, either for printing out or saving to a mobile phone.

Fee: Day passes £10 per guest.

Two day pass at Southminster and Asheldham only (6am on day 1 to 10pm on day 2) £18 per guest. Payment can only be made by bank transfer to Billericay & District Angling Club sort code 20-37-83 account number 90158224 with the member’s name being the reference.


The pass must be taken with the guest on the day.

These passes are non-transferable and non-refundable.

 The member must be responsible for the guest adhering to the Club’s bylaws and venue’s rules.

All guests must be accompanied by the fully paid up member.

Barleylands Litter in car park

Anyone found to have left litter in the car park will be subject to the same disciplinary action as leaving litter on the fishery.

KHV in Maldon area

There is KHV in the Maldon area, please ensure you disinfect and dry your nets, unhooking mats etc before using them on BDAC fisheries.

Barleylands - Change of rules 23/5/22

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.”

Angling Coaching Initiative needs Volunteers

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

Thank You

Chris Burt

Thoby wood Stocking 12/2/2022

photo's of the stocking of some of the 1000 Rudd that went into Thoby Wood today.

Outlaw Pro Members offer

As a special early promotion for any one from the Billericay and District Angling Club, you can now come in store and claim a FREE 5kg BAG of Outlaw Pro golden breadcrumb ground bait. (No purchase required)
And don't forget, you can also claim your FREE Outlaw Pro Membership Card (Normally £10) when you present your BDAC membership card at the till. (You will get 10% Discount on all Outlaw Pro products and 5% off every other brand for 12 months)

Guest Passes: change of notice period

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

Asheldham stocking

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.

Shaun Mahoney

River Wid

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

Barleylands and Laundry Lake update

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.

R Wid

 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.

Chelmer and Maldon Canal committee representative

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 (

River Chelmer and Maldon Canal

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.

14. Anglers must not obstruct the towpath.

Barleylands New Car Park

Please use the official BDAC car park and lock the gate after use.

River Roding, Mitchells Farm Entrance

Following thefts from the farm, the owners have had to install a security gate near to the top of the drive from the A113. Members must ‘phone the company named on the sign at the gate, who will remotely give access. This is applicable both going in and out, when the gate is closed. The company is AGI Holdings, 01708 688105, and members must say that they are members of this Club. Their ‘phone will be answered 24 hours, but remember that this is a 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. stretch.
The car park at Shonks Mill bridge is unaffected, just to remind members that they must link our padlock through the farmer’s padlock, not through the chain.

Dogs at Barleylands

Following some issues with dogs causing problems on the fishery, in future "DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON A LEAD AT ALL TIMES"

Hicks Farm Parking


Barleylands very important notice

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.

Parking at BDAC venues

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."

BDAC Privacy Statement

In order to comply with the recently introduced General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 which is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union, BDAC has published its Privacy Policy (see below).

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.

BDAC Privacy Policy

Introduction of car parking charges at Fishers Green

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. 

Fishers Green

  1. Cameras: 1st Camera logs vehicle moment in of all, The 2ndCamera logs movement of Anglers vehicles: the 3rd Camera logs all movement of visitors to F/Green Sailing Club, therefore any vehicles not appearing on cameras 2 & 3 will be charged as they will be logged as using the main car park.
  2. Consideration is being given to a secondary/inner car park option inside the anglers gate, however this will probably need a planning application to both EFDC and Natural England, therefore will take a time to process.
  3. Unfortunately all vehicles going into the main Fishers Green Car Park (see 1) will be charged after one hour commencing 9thMarch 2018
  4. This applies anytime during any 24 hour period.


Hooks Marsh

  1. The park is currently in contact with the Corporation of London regarding the use of the Police Pit Car Park at the bottom right of Fishers Green Lane.
  2. There may be the option to explore the possibility of using a section of Chapmans Field on Left hand side going down Fishers Green Lane however this as in 2) above will require planning permission. Unfortunately  LVRP start from this point in time in regard to submission of the relevant planning applications which shall require both assistance and cooperation from others within the Authority.
  3. Finally if you wish to make submission of a complaint, this is where these should be directed: 03000 030610


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.

Club News




Wednesday 20 March 2024 at Southminster

Saturday 27 April 2024 at Laundry Lake

Sunday 28 April 2024 at Laundry Lake

Wednesday 8 May 2024 at Southminster

Saturday 11 May 2024 at Hicks Farm