Club News

News June 2018

The Glorious 16th

As I write this some of you will be on the riverbank for the first day of the river season. The maintenance team have been busy and have cleared a number of swims for those of you who like a bit of comfort. There are 15 swims downstream from the weir at Cemetary wood with 4 up stream and a bonus swim by the bridge across the mill stream (allegedly contains good roach and chub!). We have also created 5 swims within walking distance of the main gate in Wineham lane and 7 swims on the Upper Hookers stretch.

We have also cleared the access to Wineham upstream and have left this and Hamsey in a semi wild state for those of you who like to go creeping around in the reeds and bushes..... Having spent a few hours working on the riverbanks you might want to consider wearing a lifejacket as the ground can be very uneven and there are a few high banks. On the positive side apart from a lack of water on a couple of the stretches of the Adur they all look very tempting so Good Luck !

In view of the recent weather everything is growing quickly so strimming is being carried out at least twice a week. Often the decision to strim is made at short notice as it cannot be done in the rain and it is not always possible to give advance notice. If you have the bad luck to be fishing when the maintenance team turn up please show a bit of patience. At the end of the day it is for the benefit of the club to have the waters looking tidy and the work is done on a voluntary basis.

Fish Stocking

35 Top quality common carp have been introduced to Decoy lake. Although only small at the moment (up to 3 1/2lb) they will grow on and will introduce a new strain of carp to the lake. In addition the owner of Pickwells ponds has added a further 25 carp to the lower lake. We are considering other additions later in the year subject to availability and, of course, cost.

Car Parking at Hamsey

At long last the corral at Hamsey has been completed by the farmer. There is a double gate system and full details are available in the Notices Section of the website. There is enough space between the two gates to park a few cars so this is an option, rather than park by the river and run the risk of your car being nibbled by any resident livestock.

Wildings Lakes

All the lakes and ponds are fishing well at the moment but Wildings has thrown up something a little different. We all know it has a good head of decent carp but over the years the resident bream population have been feeding on the surplus carp food. If you want a good days silver fishing you could do a lot worse than trying the main lake at Wildings. There are Bream to 4lb being caught on a regular basis and in some numbers plus plenty of roach, rudd and skimmers. For some reason there is no longer a dead period between 12 and 3 and it is not unusual to catch over 50lb of silver fish. The only downside is the campers who have access to the lakes – the owners choice not ours !

100 Club

Due to a technical issue May has been re-drawn and the winner is number 30 Chris Kitcher. June has been won by number 53 Ian Fisher.

And finally....

Please send in your catch photos. I especially liked the 2lb perch from George Cragg which shows they are still in there. Waiting for the first 2lb barbel from Badgers and a 6lb tench from George Cragg.

18 Jun, 2018

News May 2018

It has only been three weeks since our last meeting and news letter so not a lot has happened apart from a mini heat wave over the May day bank holiday. Hopefully you were able to get out over the long weekend and tempt a few fish. All the lakes and ponds are fishing well at the moment as evidenced by the latest batch of photos. The perch are out in force at George Cragg and Badgers Wodd so time to move away from the red maggots which did so well in the early part of the season. We were wondering what had happened to the surviving bream in Badgers so it was good to see a couple of 2lb bream caught in the recent match.

Fish Stocking

The Environment Agency approved the transfer of tench from Badgers Wood so 40 small tench have been introduced to Frylands pond with a similar number to be added later this year. Many thanks to the match anglers for catching the fish.

Watch this a space for further fish stocking news !!!

Car Parking

Despite the Badgers Wood car park being bigger than most you find outside a Tesco Express store some members still do not appear to have got the hang of parking around the edges of car parks. We do not want to go down the route of having designated parking bays or double yellow lines so please do not leave cars in the middle of the car park and definitely do not park directly in front of the access path to Badgers Wood.

Wildings Lakes

We are once again having our regular discussion with the owner of Wildings with regard to the campers and children running around the lakes. Unfortunately as has been said before we have no control over what the other residents get up to but we have asked if suitable signs can be erected. Wildings are very popular lakes with our members so we will keep you advised.

100 Club

This months winning ticket is number 41.

14 May, 2018

News April 2018

A big welcome to all our new members and we would also like to thank those of you who have rejoined this year.

If the catch reports are anything to go by it looks as if the 2018/19 season will be the best yet with a lot of good fish reported already. There are plenty of carp being caught including the first 20lb fish this year from Wildings and a cracking double figure fish from the new Oldmans pond. George Cragg and Badgers Wood are providing plenty of sport with tench of up to 4lb and crucian carp of 2lb. Decoy is as reliable as ever with double figure carp being caught by a variety of methods and, again, a number of crucian carp up to 2lb. Let’s see if we can set a few club records. The first 2lb barbel can’t be far off.

Fish Stocking

Contrary to rumours being put around by disgruntled (ex) members there are new fish being added to our waters. The lower lake of Pickwells has recently been stocked with carp of between 2 and 10 lb. This was done by the owner and hopefully it will not impact on the decent tench in the lower lake. A number of roach, rudd and bream have also been transferred from the upper to the lower lake.

The stocking of Oldmans pond has been completed with a number of carp to 16lb and silver fish added. As you can see from the gallery page of the website this is already paying off.

We are seeking approval from the Environment Agency to transfer a small number of tench, perch and possibly roach from Badgers Wood. The quality of the habitat has meant the original fish have bred and Badgers Wood is over populated with small tench (and perch!) which would be ideal to put into the restored Frylands ponds. These will be added to the existing carp and the 500 crucian carp which were stocked last winter. Some of the mirror carp are already growing on- here is a chunky little 3 pounder caught recently from the main Frylands pond.

Frylands Carp

Whilst it is good to introduce new fish we should not fall into the trap that filling lakes and ponds with fish will always improve the quality of the fishing. Sometimes it is better to take some out to enable the remaining fish to grow on to a decent size.

Bad News

On a slightly negative note could we remind members to take their rubbish home after a days fishing. This includes cigarette ends. I know it is a bit of a fag but your co operation would be appreciated.

There have been two examples recently of gates being left unlocked so when you leave would you please make sure the gates are padlocked and the numbers scrambled. We have had issues with fly tipping in the past so don’t make it any easier for unauthorised people to gain access.

Pickwells ponds

We are aware of issues with regard to the car park and also the unfinished repairs to the track from the entrance to the car park. As mentioned in previous newsletters the owner and his associates have taken over the maintenance of the ponds etc. The current condition of the track and car park makes it very difficult unless you have a 4 wheel drive or an off road vehicle. We will be speaking with the owner to make sure both are fixed as soon as possible. No point in stocking the lake with fish if we can’t get to it !

Good News

Congratulations to Nigel Jackson who is now a fully accredited Level 2 Fishing coach and we would like to thank the Angling Trust for the financial assistance which made this possible. We now have 3 qualified coaches so watch out for some spectacular summer training events!

100 Club

This months winning ticket is number 26. We are still taking on new members for the 100 club and the link on how to join is on the home page of the website.

We would like to see as many catch photos as possible especially from new members so send them in and good luck to you all for the new season.

26 Apr, 2018

News March 2018

Oldmans Pond Laughton

Even more good news.

Oldmans pond has become available and will be a useful addition to our existing portfolio of waters. It is situated in Common Lane , just off the B2192 , East of Ringmer. Full details will be included with the 2018/19 Year book and we have been advised that the owner is introducing a number of fish including carp to 16lb to the existing stock.

Oldmans pond A Winter Wonderland

George Cragg and Badgers Wood looking stunning in the recent cold snap. Don’t worry about the two chaps stuck out on the islands. They are well wrapped.

Snow 2018 Memberships 2018/19

Memberships will be available on line from 15 March for the 2018/19 season and we hope to see as many of you as possible again this year. If you are an existing member you have until 30 April to renew, otherwise you will have to apply as a new member and you cannot fish any of the club waters until you have renewed. With the two new waters of Oldmans Pond and Morehouse farm plus the restored Frylands ponds we hope you will enjoy the new challenges. As before please send us your catch photos for all our waters but it would be good to get some early feedback on the new lakes and ponds.

100 Club

This months winning ticket is number 18 – Greg Brown. This will start again from 1 April so if you wish to take part please follow this link on how to join. You have to be in it to win it (so why have I never won ?)

Good luck for the coming season.

13 Mar, 2018

News February 2018

Pickwells Ponds

We were recently contacted by the owner of Pickwells pond to discuss the clubs fishing rights to the two ponds. He intends to create a carp syndicate fishery and there was a possibility that we would lose both ponds. However we are pleased to tell you that this is not the case. Unfortunately there is some bad news. With effect from 1 April 2018, the top lake will not be available to club members as it is being stocked with small carp for syndicate members only.

However there is better news about the lower lake. This will still be available to club members on a shared basis and a considerable number of fish have already been transferred from the top lake to the lower lake. At the moment we are not aware of any plans to put more carp into the lower lake. In addition the owner will take over the responsibility for future maintenance which includes the creation of a more permanent access track from the gate and he has agreed to improve the existing car parking area. If we get any more news we will let you know.

Frylands ponds update

The engineering team have been at work at Frylands to install a new overflow system and replace the existing rotten bridge from the main pond. It is amazing what you can do with a bit of old pipe, a couple of old tree trunks and a bit of hard graft. When the weather improves we will sort out the swims and do a bit of landscaping to get it ready for the new season.

Frylands 20 Morehouse Farm

The owners are concerned that members are using barbed hooks. As posted in the fishery office, "Barbless hooks only, no whisker or micro barbed hooks".

Situations Vacant

We are sorry to announce that Tony Morris, our Match Secretary, will be standing down from the role with effect from 1 April 2018. The match calendar for 2018/2019 has been agreed but we are looking for a replacement to take over the role after Tony officially steps down. As this is an appointed role any replacement will have to be formally voted in at the 2018 AGM but if you are interested in taking over the role until then please contact Tony Morris or Steve Pead for full details. Many thanks to Tony for the work he has done.

100 Club

A new face on the winners podium this month - Jon Webbon with ticket number 49. We will be starting a new year of the 100 Club on 1 April so if you are interested in taking part please go to the link on the front page of the website for full details.

12 Feb, 2018

News January 2018

Breaking News

As has been reported elsewhere on the website we no longer have access to Hickstead lakes. We have tried to contact the owner on a number of occasions with no success. On the plus side Morehouse farm is now available to club members so why not give it a go.

On the fishing front the still waters are proving to be pretty tough but there are still fish to be caught from the rivers. Pike are beginning to show at Wineham and there are plenty of chub and silvers to be had as long as you don’t mind roughing it. It is a bit of a throwback to the old fashioned style of fishing, just a rucksack with all your bits and bait plus a rod and a landing net. A 3lb chub from Flintstones river is well worth the effort but a word of warning, be careful as the banks are very slippery and if possible go fishing with a friend.

Frylands Ponds

The anti heron/cormorant measures look more like Christmas decorations but I am assured they will do the job.

Frylands pond

We haven’t seen any dead fish around the lakes so hopefully the crucian carp we stocked just before Christmas are thriving. Although we have a couple of jobs to finish off the ponds are not closed so pay them a visit when the weather warms up as there are plenty of small carp in the main pond and now crucians to be caught.

100 Club

The winner this month is Jean Fisher.

16 Jan, 2018

News December 2017

Breaking News

You should by now have received an email advising you of the recently acquired fishing rights to More house farm fishery. We are aware that some of our members do not have access to a computer so they will be advised by letter.

This is a great addition to our existing portfolio of waters but please ensure you read the notes carefully as we do not want to upset the owner by falling foul of the fishery rules. Give it a go (after 1 January needless to say).

Frylands Ponds

The initial stocking of 500 crucian carp has now taken place and rather than repeat myself there is a separate article on the website with a full update and lots of pictures. Looking good for next year.

Christmas Competition

Well done to those who braved the wind and rain on 10 December. Despite the dreadful conditions it was won with an impressive 84lb 7oz but unfortunately the winner couldn’t make it back to Burgess Hill Football club for the meal as his car broke down. Those who did come back enjoyed the usual hearty helpings of shepherds pie and chilli con-carne. Some even managed three portions to make up for those missing.

100 Club

The winner this month is Clive Everest.

It just remains for me to say, have a good Christmas and New Year and we hope to see you on the bank in 2018.

18 Dec, 2017

Frylands Ponds update December 2017

Most of the initial work to the ponds has been completed just in time for winter. We have dragged out as much leaf and silt as possible bearing in mind the margins of the ponds made it virtually impossible to use a digger and both ponds have been treated with siltex. We treated the main pond one week before the smaller of the two ponds and already the colour of the water has improved considerably.

Frylands 15

Although we haven’t received much in the way of rain both ponds are filling up nicely and the small pond, in the foreground below, is looking much better. We are hoping it doesn’t clear too much otherwise the local herons will have a great time feeding on our crucians.

Frylands 16

Lilies and the first batch of marginals have been planted and hopefully they will not have sunk too far into the silt. We will have to wait until next Spring and Summer to see how they get on and we will also see what naturally re-grows bearing in mind that the edges of both ponds have received a healthy dollop of good quality compost – the silt and leaf litter.

The Environment Agency visited recently to check the quality and depth of the water. I am pleased to advise you that they have very kindly donated 500 crucian carp which have gone into the ponds.. Many thanks to the EA for their support in this project and the plan is to introduce further fish next year.

Frylands 17

We do not propose closing the water as one of the benefits of people fishing is that they add food to the water but in the meantime we will supplement any natural food by feeding pellets next Spring.

Frylands 18

The fish may look small but I can assure you the chap from the fish farm had very big hands !?! He is optimistic that they may start breeding as soon as next year and if so we will be able to use any surplus fish to add to our existing waters. We even had one bonus rudd in amongst the crucians.

We still have a couple of jobs to carry out before next April - the creation of some natural swims using logs and the replacement of the existing wooden bridge. We will also be putting in pipes for an overflow system. This will link both ponds and also allow excess water to flow from the main pond into a nearby stream. Rather than dig the overflow ditch by hand we may be on the lookout for a small digger. A job for next year I think !

09 Dec, 2017

News November 2017

Badgers Wood Mega strim Saturday 18 November

It’s that time of year again.

We will be holding the annual mega strim at Badgers Wood on Saturday 18 November. It is a good chance to meet with fellow members and we will throw in a hot drink and a bite to eat . We would ask that you wear suitable clothing and if you have a decent strimmer or brush cutter this would be useful. If not bring a rake (we have a few) as there is always a bit of clearing up to do. Any time after 9 o’clock and you will have the opportunity of using the brand new car park !

With regard to the car park we would like to thank one of our newest members who took time out over a weekend to spread and roll the surface. Unlike my road, not a pothole in sight !

BW car park

There is no truth in the rumours that we will be painting in parking bays although this might not be a bad idea having seen some of our members parking. We have noticed that some of you have been leaving cars just inside the gate so as to access the swims nearer the road but having spent a lot of time and effort to put in a track and car park could we ask you to leave your cars in the car park area. If not we will have to resort to double yellow lines !

Frylands Ponds

We a have had a bit of a job draining the small pond at Frylands as there was a lot more water than we bargained for. Decades of leaf and acorns from the surrounding oaks have resulted in a virtually lifeless pond but despite this we managed to net and move 21 small carp into the main pond. There were already a number of carp in the main pond so with a bit of luck they will grow on and provide good sport next year. There is a full report and pictures in an earlier news article.

Rivers update

One of our members has reported a 24lb pike from Wineham (downstream from the bridge) but unfortunately there was nobody with him to witness the fish . Hopefully it will feel hungry again soon and somebody else will be able to claim the club record.

We have also cleared the approach to Wineham upstream and created 6 swims for fishing including from the "berms". Initial indications are good with roach chub and pike having been caught. Watch out for the carp !

The stretch of river adjacent to Flintstones Manor is once again proving to be a hotbed for chub with plenty of fish between 2 and 3lb being caught.

100 Club

The winner this month is Jean Fisher.

And finally..........For those of you who were unable to attend, the AGM minutes are now available to download.. A riveting read for a cold winters evening !

11 Nov, 2017

Frylands Ponds update November 2017

Things have moved on since the last update and as mentioned we decided that we would completely drain the smaller of the two ponds. Rather naively we assumed we would be able to drain it, net the remaining fish and remove the leaf litter (by hand) in one day but it has not proved to be that simple. After two sessions of pumping the water level had gone down by a foot or so and we were only able to net four small carp.

Frylands 9 Small pond 31 October

In those two sessions we removed another huge load of fallen leaves and even managed to get down to the clay along the causeway bank. However it was clear that even if we managed to pump out the pond it would take us considerable time to clear the leaves and other debris that had fallen in the pond over the past 40 years or so.

Fortunately for us, on Friday 3 November, the 4 regular members of the maintenance team were reinforced by staff and students from Plumpton College. As a result we were able to drain enough of the small pond to net the remaining fish.

We managed to net a total of 21 carp between 1 and 3lb and all were transferred to the main pond. Apart from a few frogs there was nothing left in the pond – not even an eel slithering around in the mud.

Frylands 11

Another huge amount of debris was removed and apart from one corner most of the leaf litter has been removed. One more visit should finish it off.

Frylands 12

As there are no fish in the pond it means that we can stock with pure bred crucian carp with no fear of inter breeding with any existing common or mirror carp but before we do so we need a prolonged spell of rain to restore the water level. We have been promised fish in early December but we will only put the fish in if we have sufficient water. In the meantime we will be improving the fish habitat by planting water lilies and other plants and we also cut back some of the overhanging branches. It might look a bit messy at the moment but we know there are reeds already in the pond and with the plants we will be introducing, by next Spring it will look completely different.

Frylands 13 Small pond 3 November

The final job of the day was in the main pond and the staff and students of Plumpton College applied “siltex” (powdered chalk) to break down the existing silt. We have enough to treat the main pond again next April and we will also treat the small pond once it has a bit more water in it. Josh Kemble from Plumpton gave an interesting explanation on how the siltex works. It is totally harmless to fish and plants so fingers crossed it will do the trick by reducing silt levels and increasing water depth as well as making the pond healthier.

All in all a very successful day and big thanks to all who came along to lend a hand.

05 Nov, 2017

News October 2017

Where have all the big perch gone ?

As we still haven’t had the first blast of winter there is still time to target perch.

In the past Decoy, Wildings and even George Cragg pond have produced a number of perch over 2lb but this year they seem to be few and far between. If you have caught a decent stripey please send us your photos.

Once it does get a bit colder we are hoping that winter rains will scoure away some of the weeds that are clogging up the rivers. Then we can get down to some serious pike fishing. Last winter was a quiet time with very few double figure pike reported but we know they are in there and we have plenty of stretches of river for you to try. The Adur at Cemetary wood was looking particularly tempting when we strimmed it recently. This short stretch seems free of the weed that seems to plague the upstream sections.

Cemetery Wood Badgers Wood

The Environment Agency recently electro-fished Badgers Wood and took scale samples to ascertain growth rates. The results have not been received as yet but they were very impressed with the lake. The good news is that they were encouraged by the large numbers of small tench and roach (and perch !) but on the downside it does mean that if we want some of those to grow on to a decent size we should consider thinning them out to avoid the lake being over-run by small stunted fish. This is something we will be looking at next year but in the meantime it is a good sign that the fish we originally stocked are breeding.

The final piles of road planings have now been delivered and the plan is to spread these over the unfinished area of the car park in the near future. Once they have been rolled this will complete the works around the lake and create plenty of parking space for what is becoming one of our more popular waters.

On to more strenuous matters we will be having our annual mega strim at Badgers Wood on Saturday 18 November. Any volunteers would be appreciated and there is the offer of a bacon sandwich and a hot drink to tempt you ! Start time will be around 9 o’clock and if you are able to help please wear suitable clothing including work boots. If you don’t fancy strimming bring a rake or a pair of loppers or secateurs as there are always plenty of jobs to do.


We are meeting with the owner to try and improve the parking and access to the river. It may well be that we will have a work party to assist him and if this is the case we will put details on the website.

100 Club

The winner this month is Mike Webster so if you see him at the AGM the drinks are on him.

We hope to see as many of you as possible on the 20th October at Burgess Hill Football Club.

14 Oct, 2017

Frylands Ponds update October 2017

Thanks to all who have been able to help with the leaf removal and you can see from the photos that the main pond is looking much better following the work we have carried out over the last year or so. Unfortunately due to the narrow nature of the pond surrounds it has not been possible to use a machine so we have had to remove the leaves and fallen branches manually.

Frylands 4

After removing the trees from around the smaller pond it was taken over by duckweed which we had to remove but this is also looking better and a lot of the fallen trees have been taken out of the far bay.

Frylands 5

There is now sufficient depth in the main pond to enable us to move on to the next phase which will be the silt treatment. Following advice we will be applying “siltex” to the main pond. This is very fine chalk and we have it on good authority that it will help break down some of the remaining silt and leaves. It will not completely remove the many years build up of silt but it is an ongoing process with the initial application to be made this Autumn with a follow up next April.

Frylands 6

The margins have been planted up with yellow and purple irises as these are not likely to spread as much as reeds, and we have managed to obtain a number of water lilies (at no cost) which will be going in shortly. If anybody has a garden pond with any available marginal plants please contact Tony Elkins. No Canadian pondweed please as it took years of dragging to remove this from George Cragg pond.

Frylands 7

Following a meeting with the Environment Agency we have decide to drain the small/stock pond so we can remove any fish still in there. The intention is to replace these with pure bred crucian carp for growing on. When we drain it, we should be able to remove more leaf and silt to improve the depth.

The main pond already has a number of small carp and we will add tench and silver fish in the next year or so.

Things are looking good and once it is completed we hope our members will give it a go as it has been neglected and ignored for a number of years.

Frylands 8 11 Oct, 2017