News January 2020

The grass has stopped growing and there are only so many overhanging branches to cut back so this is the time of year when the maintenance team look for a project to keep them busy until the Spring.

Frylands before

In 2017 we restored and restocked Frylands ponds .......Before

Frylands after

And After

Oldmans extension

and last year we cleared the land alongside Oldmans pond

Having cleared the land the plan was that the owner would then be able to extend the lake. Unfortunately the weather over the late Autumn period meant that it was too wet for the machinery but we are hoping he will restart the project this Spring. Watch this space.

This year we have decided to tidy up the Electricity pond which is located on Bob Lane, Wineham. Although it doesn’t hold large fish it is one of the few still waters which will guarantee you a catch over the winter months. The initial clearance work has started and we have removed a number of brambles and scrubby trees. The next step will be to get a small digger in to level the ground and put in some natural swims. The work should be completed by the new season and as a general guide we will be there on Fridays (weather permitting) so please take this into account when planning your fishing trips. When we have a date for the digger we will let you know as the pond will be closed for the day.

Looking further ahead if the work goes well we can think about making the pond bigger, possibly removing some of the silt and improving the fish stocks but for now it is just a general tidy up.

Going back to Oldmans pond, the owner has put in a few small pike to keep the fry down and if like me you have had problems with pike taking fish as you bring them in could we ask you to resist the urge to put on a spinner or live bait as the owner has made it clear to us that fishing specifically for pike is not permitted under any circumstances.

I hope you have had a chance to look at our new website. Many thanks to Richard for all the work he has done on this. The gallery is one of the more popular pages and we are always on the lookout for more photos. Please send them in as it is all good publicity for the club and also gives members an idea as to where the best fish are being caught. It was especially pleasing to see a nice chub from our stretch of the Arun at Pulborough.

The owner of More House farm has asked us to remind members that if you are fishing the Snake or Sidewinder lake there is a small charge of £2 to pay. Full instructions will be posted on the club website but I gather there are envelopes for the cash provided on the site.

And finally , the 100 Club was won this month by a Mr Fahy.

14 Jan, 2020

News December 2019

Having visited the various ponds and lakes on our maintenance trips it is clear that we are very lucky in the waters that we have available. In particular our two flagship waters which we own outright are looking absolutely stunning over the winter period. Badgers is looking good after the annual haircut.

Badgers Wood lake

Unfortunately a number of cormorants have been seen here and at George Cragg pond so if anybody is passing could you please take a couple of minutes to walk around the ponds as this does tend to send them away. We will be putting the scarecrows back and will also try a couple of other deterrents but a human presence is usually enough. If you were a cormorant would you hang around this man/woman ?

Scare crow

Anything we put up will be removed in the Spring but in the meantime try to steer clear of any overhanging lines etc. As the barbel in Badgers are coming on well we have taken the opportunity to add to the existing stock by introducing a further 100 6-8 inch fish. They may be small but give it 5 years and they will be close to 4lb.

barbel fish

Decoy is looking as good as ever.

Decoy lake

However a number of the disabled swims at Decoy are beginning to show their age so they will be repaired as and when the boards start giving way. We will be using recycled plastic which, as well as hard wearing, is non slip. The first at Peg 14 has been completed and we have identified another on the causeway.

New platform

After the recent weather there are a number of trees at Decoy which look as if they are just about to fall either in the lake or on an unsuspecting member so on Friday 6 December eight of us braved the wet and windy conditions and managed to take down and remove eight dead, dangerous trees. A big thank you to all who turned out on a miserable morning.

Christmas Competition 2019

More House farm hosted this year’s Christmas Competition and it stayed dry until the last knockings when the heavens opened just as people were packing up and weighing in. Congratulations to Tim Brightey who won this year. After the match most of the anglers came back to Burgess Hill Football Club for the usual hearty meal and a drink. As we have done in the past we also held the Annual Trophy presentations and here are a couple of photos of our winners. Pride of place went to our very own Match Secretary, Dave Harper who a walked away with four trophies. Well done Dave (great smile by the way).


It was good to see a couple of juniors at the match one of whom was Joey Edwards who won the Kingfisher Shield.


The final trophy was the Sportsman award which is given to the member who has made a telling contribution to the club over the year. This year it went Malcolm York who is a key member of the maintenance ream and travels down from Wimbledon once, sometimes twice a week to help out. He has also been ever present at the Beginners Days organised by Nigel Jackson so many thanks to Malcolm.


If you don’t recognise the smart gentleman on the left it is our Club President, John Sach who presented the trophies. Details of the winners will be posted on the club website including a full breakdown of the Christmas Competition result.

Once again the food was excellent so thanks to Sharon and we are also grateful to members who provided a prize for the raffle and Bodle Brothers who donated a number of items including a voucher. Their range of tackle is increasing all the time so please pay them a visit as they are big supporters of the club.

The 100 Club draw for December was won by Dave Harper. Enough to buy some replacement pegs for those left at More House after the Christmas Competition ?

It only remains for me to say have a great Christmas and New Year and hopefully you will get that new rod or reel you have been waiting for.

16 Dec, 2019

November News 2019

Despite the recent wet weather the lakes are still fishing well with Decoy in particular providing good catches of carp. A recent match was won with over 75lb of fish which is pretty good for the middle of November.


The turnout for the AGM was disappointing but those who came along had a good time. We must be doing something right as the committee was voted in en bloc and nothing contentious was raised on the night. You will be particularly pleased to note that for the second year running we will not be increasing membership costs. View AGM Minutes

Badgers Wood Tidy up

Ten hardy souls turned up for the mega strim last Saturday but despite the lack of numbers (and machinery) we managed to clear virtually all of the overgrown banks. We have also tidied up the swims and trimmed the hedge, put the gunneras to bed for winter plus a number of other jobs and the site looks absolutely stunning.

As we have been successful in driving away the Canada geese over the summer months we haven’t had the amount of goose s**t but on the downside it has meant that the grass on the slopes has not been cropped and it was very hard work trying to strim through 18 inches of thick wet grass. So much so that we will be returning on Friday 22 November to finish off. The two ponds will be closed again so apologies for any inconvenience but if you want to come along and help us rake up you are more than welcome. Unfortunately we cannot offer food as a bribe as we ate all the sausages last Saturday.


Not sure if you were aware but the two gates on the land at Wineham had been padlocked to deter walkers straying from the public footpath and using the owners land as a shortcut to the Royal Oak public house. This didn’t help us as anglers or for maintenance so the owner has agreed to a change of numbers. Both gates now have our club number so once again you can walk along the whole Wineham stretch from the road bridge to Cemetery wood.

As the stillwaters quieten down it is a great time to try our rivers but please be careful as they are extremely full at the moment and some stretches (Cemetary Wood ) are deceptively deep. If you are thinking of going fishing try to go with a friend, wear a life jacket if possible and let somebody know where you are going.

Finally............. to cheer somebody up, this month’s 100 Club draw was won (again) by Ian Burney. Congratulations and as they say “you have to be in it to win it”. Full details on how to join are on the front page of the club website and for just £1 per month you have the chance to win a staggering monthly prize.

One more news letter before Christmas so can we have some photos of winter fish, a few perch or pike would make a nice change from the usual crap, sorry spelling error, I meant carp.

18 Nov, 2019

News November 2019

A big thank you to all of you who came along to Decoy on 25 and 26 October to apply the rest of the Siltex. About 30 bags were put in from the banks on Friday, and on Saturday we had two specialist teams in the boats who put in another 39 sacks.

In the lightweight double sculls we had Ian and Hugh (anybody heavier would have sunk without trace).....

Two men in a boat

and we also had help from the over 50s Section of the SBS. They were only able to give us initials for security reasons – R, S and D.

Tree men in a boat

As we had the boats we went along the trees overhanging the lake and collected all the discarded tackle, feeders, floats etc and also removed a couple of large fallen logs. There are a couple of precarious trees which we will cut down over winter.

We also had time to do a bit of gardening and clear a gully to avoid the car park getting too waterlogged. Finished off with a burger and a visit to the pub – all in all a good mornings work.

Frylands ponds

You may recall that two years ago we stocked the two ponds at Frylands with a number of fish including 500 crucian carp. 250 went into each of the two ponds and although plenty have come out of the main pond none have been caught from the smaller pond. The Environment Agency offered to come along and electro fish and it is good news and bad news. The bad news is that only a very few small crucians were found in the small pond but the good news is that the fish in the main pond are thriving. A number of crucian carp were caught with the best of 230cm (9 inches in old money). They have grown well in the two years they have been in the pond as they were no more than 3 inches when they went in.

Growing crucians

We also saw tench, perch and a number of common and mirror carp and the Environment Agency commented on how healthy the fish are. We will go back next Spring to check the small pond again but it was a big thumbs up for the main pond – the hard work was worth it.

Oldmans update

It seems to be a case of one step, forward and two back. The trees stumps have been removed ......

too muddy

....but every time they try to make a start on digging out the extension the rain puts a stop to, it.

So much so that the extension has been put on hold until next Spring. The other downside is that because a number of trees have been removed it may have destabilised the ground. Although it is not clear from the photo above the causeway seems to be a bit narrower after the initial work so for safety reasons the owner has advised us that is out of bounds until further notice.

Badgers Wood

One last reminder for the clear up day at Badgers Wood and George Cragg on Saturday 16 November. If you are coming along a strimmer would be useful but no problems if you don’t have one as there will be plenty to do. For Health and Safety reasons please make sure you have suitable foot wear, gloves etc. although we do have a few pairs of gloves available if necessary. There has been a change to the food menu – it will be sausages rather than bacon. We will be there from 9 o'clock so we look forward to seeing you on the day.

As this news letter was completed before the November meeting we haven’t had the 100 Club draw but the result will be posted shortly after 14 November.

31 Oct, 2019

News October 2019

The recent damp spell has helped top up the ponds especially Oldmans and Frylands and it seems to have brought on another feeding frenzy at the waters. The gallery is looking good with plenty of carp and crucians but not sure where all the big perch have gone. A few years ago you could almost guarantee a 2lb perch from Decoy or Wildings so if you do catch one please send in your photo. Tench are still being caught at George Cragg and Badgers Wood and plenty of fish of all types are being caught at Oldmans. After a couple of false starts work has started on the Oldmans extension and we will keep you advised as it progresses.

New steps at Wildings

Having strimmed the small pond at Wildings we found that the steps from the causeway had rotted away so these have been replaced using left over boards from the swims at Badgers Wood. As these are made from recycled plastic these should be good for our lifetime.

New steps

Since the steps were completed the sheep and the heavy rain over the last couple of weeks have washed some of the soil away but they will be fine once the grass grows back. The causeway is also a bit of a mess so if you are thinking of going to the far side of Wildings boots are a definite.

A polite request

As mentioned last month we will be having our annual tidy up at Badgers Wood and George Cragg on Saturday 16 November. We would like as many people as possible to come along especially if you have a working strimmer/brush cutter. If you are strimmerless there are plenty of other jobs to do and it is also a chance to get to know other members. We will be proving hot drinks and food which has got to be better than two hours in Tesco or Lidl on a Saturday morning. We aim to start at around 9 o’clock but will be there all morning (and the afternoon unless the call of the pub is too strong) so come along whenever you can.

A not so polite request

Badgers Wood lake has been designed so there is privacy for each swim. Whilst it is acceptable to clear any growth from the front of swims we do not want members hackling away at the grasses and vegetation which were specifically planted between the swims. A member was caught doing this recently with a scythe that he quite conveniently had in his bag and we just stopped him in time before he started on the trees. This might be acceptable at other clubs especially if you are fishing overgrown rivers but is not necessary on our still waters especially if you are the only one fishing the lake and have all 15 swims to choose from. Our rules are pretty clear – see Rule 2(6) on page 14 of the handbook and we would remind you that members in breach of ANY club rule run the risk of disciplinary action.

London buses

I know it as old cliché but why are bait shops like London buses.

Nothing for ages then two pop up at the same time. Yes, another bait and tackle shop has recently opened up in the area.

Tight Lines bait

As well as carp bait they will be stocking maggots and are very conveniently located on the Northbound slip road of the A23 at Hickstead. Opening hours are 9-5 Tuesday to Friday and will be open weekends, Saturday 9-4 and 10- 2 on Sundays. Please pop in and say hello to Charlie and give him your support.

This month’s 100 Club draw was one by Mike Dinsdale. Many congrats

And Finally…………………… We hope to see as many of you as possible this Friday 18 October at the Annual General Meeting to be held at Burgess Hill football club from 8pm. We have a new President making his full debut this year and as usual there will be a buffet.

14 Oct, 2019

News September 2019

Yet another club record

Things are just getting better ! We have had our 5th potentially record fish of the season following the capture of a 24lb 10oz Common carp in a Seniors match at Oldmans pond. Unfortunately we do not have a photograph but well done to Ken Penny.

Maintenance update

Talking of Oldmans, work on the extension to the lake will commence on 16 September so from that date the swims on the causeway will not be available. The rest of the swims can be fished and the extension will be allowed to fill until it reaches the same levels as the main lake. The causeway will then be breached with the end result a much bigger lake available to our members.

We have two main events planned for the Autumn.

On Saturday 26 October we will be carrying out the second siltex treatment at Decoy. The idea is to reduce the silt levels but is also a good excuse to spend a morning messing around in a boat chucking powdered chalk into the lake (and then nipping off to the pub for a pint). If you are able to help out please contact Tony Elkins.

In addition we will be having our annual strim at Badgers Wood on Saturday 16 November. We are always on the lookout for help as it is a large area to strim and clear. If you have a decent strimmer and are interested in helping please let us know. Even if you don’t have any machinery there are plenty of other jobs to do on the day so you are welcome to come along. If you can help on either day please contact Tony Elkins on 07981 760972.

We have been contacted by the Environment Agency who are hoping to carry out some repairs to the weir above Wineham Bridge and also to the Abbeylands weir which is at the top end of the cemetery wood stretch.

The owner of Pickwells has advised us that he will be carrying out work to the lake on the weekend of 21 and 22 September.

Open Day

Another very successful day at Badgers Wood on 23 August when over 33 guests turned up. It was a pity that two of the youngsters attending thought it was more fun to vandalise the trees rather than carry on fishing, but those who were fishing had a good time with everybody catching fish - the best of the day being a 2 1/4lb tench.

2019 Open Day

The events are proving to be very popular so we really could do with more people to help out with the coaching. If you are interested please contact Nigel Jackson.

Open day 2019 Good News - A new tackle shop

Bodle Brothers who are situated on the Cuckfield Road , North of Burgess Hill are setting up an Angling Section so it looks like we will be getting back a fishing tackle shop for those of us who live in the Mid Sussex area. They have initially stocked boilies, particles and pellets plus , just in time for winter, they are selling maggots. They have also advised us that in the next few weeks they will be stocking a lot more including terminal tackle from Middy, Korda and Leeda but when we met the two guys involved (Harry and Rick) they mentioned that if there were any glaring holes in their stocking policy they would be happy for our input. So, as we do not have any local tackle shops, please pop in and say hello to Harry and Rick and let them know that you are a member of Hassocks Angling. As our local shop they deserve our support.

100 Club

Three winners to announce this month

  • July - Jon Webbon
  • August - Les Hickman
  • September - Mark Slade

If any of the winners want to come along to either the Siltex day or the Mega strim, you are more than welcome to join us in the pub afterwards and buy a round of drinks. (Not sure I sold that particularly well !)

One final date for your diaries. The Annual General Meeting will be at the Burgess Hill Football Club on Friday 18 October. Full details are in the Yearbook and will appear on the website nearer the date.We hope to see as many of you as possible.

18 Sep, 2019