Angling Clubs in East Sussex offering Coarse fishing at fisheries, river fishing, lake and pond fishing and sea fishing. Day tickets and Memberships available and some clubs offer local matches and competitions.
Coarse Fishing is the most popular type of angling in England and most people live within a few miles of a river, canal, lake or pond where they can catch coarse fish.
The main techniques are float fishing, legering and spinning and different rods are used for each technique. Float fishing involves a float made of cork, quill, wood or plastic which lets the angler know when a fish takes the bait. No float is used in legering; instead a weight is used to hold the bait on the bottom of the river or lake and bites from fish are indicated by the twitching of the rod tip (called a quiver tip) or by electronic bite alarms attached to the line. Groundbait is thrown into the water to attract fish to the area where the angler has cast the bait. A swimfeeder can be used on the line instead of a legering weight, which introduces a small amount of bait to the area being fished with each cast. Spinning is a technique used for predatory fish and uses a lure which is pulled through the water to imitate a small fish.
There are around 25 species of coarse fish commonly fished for in the UK, but the most popular are carp, barbel, pike, perch, roach, rudd, bream, tench, dace, chub, eels, zander and Wels catfish.
Game Angling is the term used for fishing for game fish: trout, sea trout, salmon and char. All other freshwater fish are called coarse fish, mainly because they are not usually eaten. This distinction is not very precise: grayling are pursued by both game and coarse anglers. Also, most game anglers release the majority of the fish they catch nowadays, to preserve fish stocks. The most common type of game angling is fly fishing and Game fish can also be caught by spinning.
Sea Angling is generally split into shore fishing and boat fishing. Shore fishing is by far the most widely practised but there are an ever growing number of privately owned boats with anglers fishing considerable distances from the coast. In addition the charter boat fleet around the country provides anglers with the opportunity to pay for access to boat fishing with experienced and knowledgeable charter skippers.
ANGLING CLUBS WEST SUSSEX
BILLINGSHURST ANGLING SOCIETY
A range of venues in and around Billingshurst village provide access to big carp and specimen Pike, Roach, Chub and Tench, catchable in idyllic settings. Active junior section. Tel: 01403 372750. Fisheries: River Arun (Lee Place, Lordings Lock to Newbridge, Rowner Mill to Wonderful Bridge and Oakhurst to Bignor), Alford Lakes, Shillinglee Lake and Jubilee Fields Lake.
HAYWARDS HEATH AND DISTRICT ANGLING SOCIETY LTD
Access to almost nine miles of river fishing on the beautiful Sussex Ouse which contains all species of course fish. Tel: 01444 484583 / 07791 653523.
Lakes: Balcombe Lake, Slaugham Mill Pond, Deaks Lane, Valebridge. Rivers: Sussex Ouse (East Mascalls, Sloop, Lindfield, Sheffield Park, Fletching and Goldbridge). Species: Brown Trout, Grayling, Barbel, Tench, Pike, Common Carp, Crucian Carp, Roach, Rudd, Bream, Perch, Chub, Dace, Gudgeon, Eel and occasionally Rainbow and Sea Trout.
PASSIES POND, Lancing
There are three lakes that cater for both the pleasure and match anglers with a total of 150 pegs. Day and night tickets. Tel: 07824 429236
Location: Passies Pond, Church Farm, Coombes, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 0RS
ROTHER ANGLING CLUB, Midhurst
The Rother Angling Club is based in the Midhurst area of West Sussex. The Club caters for a wide range of angling interests including: match, pleasure and specialist anglers. There is a dedicated bunch of carp anglers and a well run and successful match section.
Rivers: River Arun (Greatham), River Rother: (Mill Pool, North Mill, Woolbeding, Woolmer Stream). Ponds: Cooks Pond, New Pond, Rotherfield Pond. Species: Roach, Rudd, Dace, Grayling, Perch, Eels, Chub, Bream and Skimmers, Tench, Trout, Carp, Pike, Minnows and Gudgeon.
PETWORTH AND BOGNOR ANGLING CLUB
Petworth and Bognor Angling Club offer a superb range of venues on the beautiful lakes, ponds and rivers of West Sussex. A variety of different waters offering something for the Pleasure, Specimen and Match Angler.
Rivers: Stopham, Watersfield, Coultershaw, Shopham, Coates Castle, Fittleworth.
Stillwaters: Petworth Park, The Granary, Hurston Lane, Stemps Wood and Chichester Canal.
CHICHESTER AND DISTRICT ANGLING SOCIETY
The Club has an active junior scene and holds an annual "Junior Fish-in" event and holds 2 Junior Match Competitions.
Lakes: Quarry Lake, Wyke Lake, Churchyard Lake, Long Lake, Midhurst Lake. Petersfield and District: Harting Coombe, Nyewood Ponds, River Rother: Chithurst and Durford.