Hassocks Match Scene

Welcome to the Hassocks Angling match scene. If you fish matches or fancy giving it a go, we are the club for you. Match fishing is in our DNA, and we have run matches on our waters for over 50 years.

There’s a match every week summer and winter league, interclub, junior and senior. We love our matches and we want you to join us. Even if you have never fished a match, you’ll find we’re the friendliest of friendly clubs, so why not give it a go?

Junior Anglers

Junior anglers we want you. We offer a full schedule of junior match fishing, not just at our waters, but others too. Junior matches are run by experienced adults who will also offer help and advice.

Find out more

All members are welcome to participate in the club matches. To book and for more information contact our match co-ordinator, Dave Harper on 07565 733085.


Hassocks Angling Competition Calendar 2022 – 2023

Sun 3 AprilDecoyDecoy Cup 1st leg8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Sun 10 AprilMasonsClub Match8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Wed 13 AprilWildingsSenior Summer League 1st leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sat 16 AprilBadgers WoodLadies & Joint Adult Shield 1st leg9.00am10.00am2.00pm
Sun 17 AprilValebridgeDick Herrington v HH 1st leg; Max 12 - book8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Sun 24 AprilWildingsCharlie Skinner Cup 1st leg8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Wed 27 AprilDecoySenior Summer League 2nd leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sun 1 MayBadgers WoodClub Match; Max 15 - book8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Sat 7 MayValebridgeEdburton Bowl - drawn pairs: JUNIORS9.00am10.00am2.00pm
Sun 8 MayMasonsHerbert Cup 1st leg8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Wed 11 MayWildingsSenior Summer League 3rd leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sat 14 MayBadgers WoodOPEN DAY
Sun 15 MayStanbridge View FisheryRobin Wallis Memorial Match; Invitation Only8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Thu 19 MayBadgers WoodRose Bowl Evening Series 1st leg; Max 15 - book5.00pm6.00pm9.00pm
Sat 21 MayElectricity PondLadies & Joint Adult Shield 2nd leg9.00am10.00am2.00pm
Sun 22 MayMasonsTurner Cup & Inter-club B'hurst: Max 15 - book8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Wed 25 MayMore House FarmSenior S League 4th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sat 28 MayBadgers WoodBilly Williamson - drawn pairs; JUNIORS9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sun 29 MayDecoyInter-club v Seaford8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Thu 2 JuneWildingsRose Bowl Evening Series 2nd leg; LARGE LAKE5.00pm6.00pm9.00pm
Sun 5 JunePiddinghoeInter-club v Seaford; Max 10 - Book8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Wed 8 JuneWeir Wood ReservoirSenior Summer League 5th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sat 11 JuneBadgers WoodOPEN DAY
Sun 12 JuneWildingsCharlie Skinner Cup 2nd leg8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Thu 16 JuneBalcombeRose Bowl Evening Series third leg; Book - Comp Sec5.00pm6.00pm9.00pm
Sun 19 JuneMasonsHerbert Cup 2nd leg8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Wed 22 JuneBadgers WoodSenior Summer League 6th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Thu 23 JuneWildingsRose Bowl Evening Series 4th leg; LARGE LAKE5.00pm6.00pm9.00pm
Sat 25 JuneDecoyLadies & Joint Adult Shield 3rd leg9.00am10.00am2.00pm
Sun 26 JuneLee PlaceInter-club v Billingshurst; AWAY8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Thu 30 JuneValebridgeRose Bowl Evening Series 5th leg5.00pm6.00pm9.00pm
Sun 3 JulyHamseyWilley Challenge Cup 1st leg8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Sun 3 JulyAdur - ForkTerry Welstead Memorial Open8.15am9.30am2.00pm
Wed 6 JulyOldmansSenior Summer League 7th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sat 9 JulyBadgers WoodOPEN DAY
Sun 10 JulyDecoyInter-club v Pulborough8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Thu 14 JulyWildingsRose Bowl Evening Series final leg5.00pm6.00pm9.00pm
Sun 17 JulyHamseyClub Match8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Wed 20 JulyDecoySenior Summer League 8th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sat 23 JulyWildingsJunior Kingfisher Shield; SMALL LAKE9.00am10.00am2.00pm
Sat 23 JulyWildingsLadies & Joint Adult Shield 4th leg; LARGE LAKE9.00am10.00am2.00pm
Sun 24 JulySakehamInter-club v Henfield; Book - Comp Sec9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sun 31 JulyGoose GreenInter-club v Pulborough; AWAY8.30am10.00am3.00pm
Wed 3 AugustOldmansSenior Summer League 9th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sun 7 AugustWildingsDick Herrington v HH final leg; Max 12 - Book8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Sat 13 AugustBadgers WoodOPEN DAY
Sun 14 AugustHamseyWilley Chge & Rod & Line Cup 2nd leg; NO POLES8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Wed 17 AugustOldmansSenior Summer League 10th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sat 20 AugustMasonsLadies & Joint Adult Shield 5th leg9.00am10.00am2.00pm
Sun 21 AugustDecoyDecoy Cup 2nd leg8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Sun 28 AugustHamseyWilley Challenge Cup final leg8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Mon 29 AugustWildingsRobbie Wallis Memorial Match; Book - Comp Sec8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Wed 31 AugustDecoySenior Summer League 11th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sat 3 SeptDeakes LaneMitchell Shield; JUNIORS9.00am10.00am2.00pm
Sun 4 SeptBoreham StreetInter-club v HH & Southdowns 1st leg; Away8.00am9.00am3.00pm
Sat 10 SeptBadgers WoodOPEN DAY
Sun 11 SeptV'bridge/B'combeMid Sussex Winter League 1st leg; Team Selection7.30am9.30am3.30pm
Wed 14 SeptBadgers WoodSenior Summer League final leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sat 17 SeptSt GeorgesAdult / Juniors pairs; JUNIORS9.00am10.00am2.00pm
Sun 18 SeptDecoyInter-club v HH & Southdowns 2nd leg; Max 10 - Book8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Sat 24 SeptOldmansLadies & Joint Adult Shield final leg9.00am10.00am2.00pm
Sun 25 SeptWildings & MasonsMid Sussex Winter League 2nd leg; Team Selection7.30am9.30am3.30pm
Wed 28 SeptWildingsSenior Winter League 1st leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sat 1 OctMore House FarmFund Raiser; Book - Comp Sec8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Sun 2 OctDecoyClub Match8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Sun 9 OctPidd & Old RiverMid Sussex Winter League 3rd leg; Team Selection7.30am9.30am3.30pm
Wed 12 OctBadgers WoodSenior Winter League 2nd leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sat 15 OctStanbridge View FisheryJunior Xmas Match8.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sun 16 OctValebridgeInter-club v HH & Southdowns final leg: away8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Sun 23 OctPassiesMid Sussex Winter League 4th leg; Team Selection8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Wed 26 OctMore House FarmSenior Winter League - Canal 3rd leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sun 30 OctSloopInter-club v Haywards Heath: away8.00am9.00am3.00pm
Sun 6 NovHydneyeMid Sussex Winter League 5th leg; Team Selection8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Wed 9 NovDecoySenior Winter League 4th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sun 13 NovWinehamVictory Cup & Inter-club v H/H 1st leg8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Sun 20 NovHydneyeMid Sussex Winter League 6th leg; Team Selection8.00am9.30am3.30pm
Wed 23 NovWildingsSenior Winter League 5th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sun 27 NovDecoyDecoy Cup 3rd leg8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Sun 4 DecMore House FarmMid Sussex Winter League final leg; Team Selection8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Wed 7 DecDecoySenior W Lge. & Xmas Match 6th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sun 11 DecWinehamClub Match8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Sun 18 DecMore House FarmXmas Match; Book - Comp Sec8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Wed 28 DecWildingsSenior Winter League 7th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sun 8 JanMore House FarmMini Winter League 1st leg; Book - Comp Sec8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Wed 11 JanMore House FarmSenior W League Pegs 1-20 8th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sun 15 JanDecoyDecoy Cup final leg8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Sun 22 JanMore House FarmMini Winter League 2nd leg; Book - Comp Sec8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Wed 25 JanDecoySenior Winter League 9th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sun 29 JanWinehamSociety Cup8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Sun 5 FebMore House FarmMini Winter League 3rd leg; Book Comp Sec8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Wed 8 FebWildingsSenior Winter League 10th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sun 12 FebWinehamVictory Cup final leg8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Sun 19 FebMore House FarmMini Winter League 4th leg; Book - Comp Sec8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Wed 22 FebMore House FarmSenior W League 11th leg9.00am10.00am3.00pm
Sun 26 FebWinehamClub match8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Sun 5 MarchDecoyBenevolent Cup; Book - Comp Sec8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Wed 8 MarchMore House FarmSenior Winter League final leg8.00am9.00am3.00pm
Sun 12 MarchWildingsDrawn Pairs8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Sun 19 MarchMore House FarmMini Winter League final leg; Book - Comp Sec8.00am9.30am2.30pm
Sun 26 MarchMasonsClub Match8.00am9.30am2.30pm



For the purposes of these rules the Competition Secretary shall be referred to as the CompSec. which shall also be taken to mean the person in charge on the day.

1. Organisation

  1. The Competition Secretary, with the assistance of his Deputy and Team Captains, if required, shall set the official Fixture List and shall be responsible for all Match arrangements, excluding transport to or from venues.
  2. Competitions will be held as per the published official listing unless any unforeseen emergency arises.
  3. The CompSec. is responsible for setting pegs, which are to be a minimum of 15 metres apart, wherever practical. No pegs to be placed within a 30 metres exclusion zone around any overhead power line or support structure. Placement on venues with clearly defined swims less than 15 metres apart can also be made at the discretion of the CompSec.
  4. Scale Stewards will be appointed on the day by the CompSec. The scales will be available throughout the competition. A Scale Steward can ask for and expect to receive, assistance from an angler on an adjacent swim or close to the start point for weighing-in.
  5. Match Fees and/or Prize Pools, if any, are to be paid to the CompSec., on the day of the Competition and prior to the draw.

Note: The Xmas Competition must be booked and paid for no later than 1st December through the CompSec. No refunds or transfers permitted once a booking is paid for and accepted.

2. Eligibility

  1. All Members are entitled to take part or put themselves forward for selection in all competitions unless qualifying conditions are required – see Fixture List.
  2. Selection of members for Teams representing the Company shall be by Team Captains – check with the CompSec. for a list of Team Captains.
  3. Any Team fishing under the Company name must be made up from current Members of the Company who are willing and able to participate. If insufficient Members are available, Team Captains may invite guest anglers to make up numbers on a temporary basis.

3. Allocation of Swims or Pegs

  1. A draw will determine swim or peg allocation for the Competition, unless deemed otherwise by the CompSec. on the day.
  2. Any angler suffering from a physical disability may, at the discretion of the CompSec. be offered a choice of swims closer to the draw point or be allowed to use a Caddy to carry their equipment to and from the selected swim or peg. Once at the swim no further assistance can be given.
  3. In all “roving” competitions entrants must “walk-off” in the order determined by the Draw number. No competitor may pass or short-cut another entrant drawn ahead of them until that person has stopped and selected their peg/swim. A vacant peg/swim, can be selected once passed by all those ahead in the draw.
  4. On matches where swims may be of unequal distance or width, only those swims designated by the CompSec. can be used, with only one angler per swim (except for the joint adult competition).
  5. On other venues, where the 15 metre distance rule has been applied, no competitor can contravene the rule, whether by mutual consent with others or not.
  6. Fishing area limits apply to all pegs or swims. On flowing waters the limit is 1 metre above (upstream) of the peg to 1 metre above the adjacent downstream peg. On still water the limit is half the distance between adjacent pegs. On any water where there are pegs or swims on opposite banks to one another, the limit shall be the mid-point between both banks.
  7. Competitors must restrict their activities to within these boundaries. No tackle, groundbait or loose feed is to be allowed to encroach into neighbouring swims.

4. General Match Rules

  1. The water must not be broken before the start signal except for the purposes of mixing ground-bait, placing of keep-nets, clearing their ground of weed or obstructions and position their equipment, shotting of floats and plumbing or assessing depth using floats, ledger weights or un-baited feeders.
  2. The Competition will start and finish by signal from the CompSec. – usually a whistle.
  3. Only one rod or pole with one hook can be used at any one time. Other tackle can be prepared but must be un-baited and placed away from the water.
  4. No competitor may introduce their baited hook into the swim other than by the pole or rod to which the line is attached.
  5. Feed may be introduced into the swim by hand, catapult, pole pot, throwing stick, feeder, bait dropper, bait cup or bait shuttle. No other mechanical methods of projecting feed, including bait boats of any description are permitted.
  6. No bait or feed is to be introduced with the use of a second rod or pole, only the one being fished with.
  7. The use of live (or dead) fish baits, spinners or lures are not permitted in any competition, except during “Pike” matches.
  8. Floating baits are NOT permitted at all.
  9. The use of electronic fish finders is strictly forbidden.
  10. The use of electronic bite alarms or buzzers or other audible devices is strictly forbidden.
  11. Competitors must strike, play and land any fish within the confines of their designated peg or swim.
  12. If a competitor leaves the confines of their peg for any reason, they must remove the tackle from the water, remove the bait from the hook and make the hook safe.
  13. Competitors must retain all fish in EA approved keepnets. (As per Angling Rules section 4.4)
  14. Game fish and crustaceans are not eligible to be weighed in and should not be retained with match fish.
  15. Carp must be kept in a separate keepnet from other species of fish.
  16. Large single fish, certainly any approaching 10lb or more should wherever possible, be weighed-in and returned to the water immediately. In any event they must not be kept in a keepnet for longer than 1 hour. Do not carry any fish around the water, respectfully ask the Scale Steward to come to your swim as soon as convenient.
  17. No more than 50lb of fish must be kept in a single keepnet. If this limit is found to be exceeded during the weigh-in, only 50lb will be recorded towards the competitor’s total match weight.
  18. Competitors must stop fishing at the signal to stop, anyone playing a fish hooked before the stop signal will be allowed no more than 15 minutes after the stop signal, to land the fish.
  19. Competitors are responsible for ensuring that their swim is litter and rubbish free before the weigh-in – even if left by others.
  20. Failure to comply with any Competition Rules may result in the competitor being disqualified or their catch being refused official weigh-in and sanction.
  21. Any breach of rules or conduct that is likely to bring the Company into disrepute must be notified to the CompSec. or Scale Stewards before the offenders catch is weighed-in. If the offence is disputed the weigh-in may take place subject to further investigation and determination of action to be taken at a later time or place.
  22. All match weights are to be recorded by the Scale Steward and agreed with the competitor at the time of the weigh-in. The CompSec. shall have the final word in any disputes.
  23. The Comp-sec. shall collate match results, determine standings and allocate / pay out any Prize Pools.
  24. For multi-stage competitions the Comp-sec. must also update any relevant accumulative records to show current standings.
  25. The Comp-sec. is responsible for keeping accurate records of all competitions and trophy or prize winners and supplying copies of all such records to the Admin Officer for archival and publishing purposes.