An English Heritage preserved site, mentioned in the Doomsday Book, it provides a well established fishery situated at the back of the library in Whitmore Way, Basildon.
It consists of a moated island of approximately 1 acre containing 50 purpose built swims including some suitable for the less abled with wheelchair access and toilets within the fishery.
The fishery provides easy access and very pleasant surroundings. A heavily stocked water with numerous carp in the 3 – 14 lb range with some in excess of 20 lbs together with a mixed variety of Tench, Roach ,Rudd, Perch and Crucian Carp, it makes for an easy pleasant water for the pleasure angler as well as being a highly productive match venue with weights in excess of 100lbs and pleasure fishing weights far in excess of this.
This fishery never fails to amaze newcomers in that it exists as a little haven of serenity in the midst of a new town.
It fishes well in the winter too for both carp and silver fish, indeed carp can often be caught when there is ice on the water.
Approximately 1.25 acres of reed fringed lake in the Billericay area with parking for approximately 15 cars inside the gate and additional parking in a lay-by just outside the gate. A mixed fishery with a good head of Tench, Roach in excess of 2lbs, Rudd, Bream to 10 lbs, Crucian Carp, large Carp to 30 lbs, Chub/Rudd and Roach/Bream Crucian/Fantail hybrids make it a productive water with considerable depth (12ft+) in places.
This is the only water on which night fishing allowed, this is available to members at £3 per night purchased in advance at the weekly meetings. The numbers per night are restricted.
Two rods can be only be used at night between the hours of 10.30pm and 4.30 am between 1 April and 30 October.
The club secretary’s favourite water, he fishes there frequently and is always willing to help someone new to the water to get the best out of their chosen peg.
The River Chelmer, Boreham
Situated at Boreham situated on the north bank from the road bridge downstream.
This is an excellent summer and winter fishery with depths ranging from 4 to 8ft and in normal conditions a steady flow. Predominant species are Pike, Roach, Dace, Chub, Perch and Bream with a good chance of Tench and Carp.
This fishery is lightly fished but will produce fine bags of Roach on hemp,tare and breadpunch in both summer and winter.
When the river has some colour you can bag up using caster or maggot.
Members are warned that membership does not cover the reservoir which is by the river and will be charged £50 by the landowner if they are caught fishing.