Club News

News September 2018

Badgers Wood and George Cragg

It is that time of the year again when we ask you to dust of your working boots for a day out on one of our lakes. Once again we will be having a mega strim and general tidy up at Badgers Wood and George Cragg on Saturday 10 November. The main job will be to strim the banks so if you are up for a mornings hard work we would appreciate your help. If you have a strimmer or brushcutter even better. We may have some spare for you to use but if not bring along a rake as there will be quite a bit to clear up and we will also be trimming the hedges and a couple of other gardening jobs . The main thing is to wear suitable clothing especially boots.

As an added incentive we will be providing refreshments and it is a good way of meeting other members so why not come along. We aim to start at about 9 o’clock and depending on numbers should be finished by 2 o’clock before we adjourn to a local hostelry.

Decoy

We are aware that the silt levels at Decoy have increased over the years and following a successful trial at Frylands ponds we have decided to treat Decoy with “Siltex”. This is finely ground chalk which is successful in reducing silt levels. We will be applying the siltex on Saturday 6 October and has to be done by hand from the back of a boat. We do have two boats available and as we don’t have the services of Plumpton College at the moment we may need a couple of extra hands to help load up the boats or if you are really keen you can get in the boat and apply the siltex. We hope to start at around 9.30.

All the waters above will be closed on the dates of the work parties.

If you are able to help out on either day please give Tony Elkins a call or text to 07981 760972.

 

Other News
Annual General Meeting 2018

This will be held on Friday 19 October at Burgess Hill Football club. It has been a very successful year for the club with new waters proving to be very popular and membership numbers up. It is your chance to find out what is going on in your club and pass on any ideas you may have for the future. As usual a full buffet will be provided and there is a bar for those who like a tipple or two.

Wildings

We recently met the owner at the lakes and with his help managed to remove a lot of the old wood and metalwork from in front of the swims. He has mentioned that at some time he will be putting sheep on the land adjoining the lakes with a view to keeping the grass down. Please do not harass the sheep as they are not the most intelligent of animals and are likely to throw themselves in the lake if they feel threatened. We are also asking him about winter access and the possibility of sorting out a parking area close to peg 1.

Fish catches

It is good to see the barbel coming out of Badgers and some nice crucian carp and tench from George Cragg . Wildings is producing a number of good carp although you seem a bit reluctant to send in your photos. The work that was put into restoring Frylands ponds is paying off with all of the introduced species now showing. Give it a couple more years and we will have a specimen crucian carp pond . Even now it is an ideal place to drop a float alongside the lily pads and one of our members had great fun catching the resident carp with a flatbed feeder.

100 Club

Two draws this month. The August draw was won by number 45, Richard Blackburn and the September draw by number 41, Trevor Church.

Please keep sending in the catch photos and hopefully we will see some of you on the work parties and/or at the AGM.

18 Sep, 2018

Fabulous Frylands

As you may be aware the maintenance team have spent a year or so restoring Frylands ponds. They were extremely overgrown and were in danger of becoming totally silted up. The project started in March 2017 when we were faced with a pond full of fallen trees and 30 years of leaf and acorns.

Frylands before.
Frylands before.

After a year of hard graft the ponds are now fully restored and have been landscaped and planted with lilies and other aquatic plants. What a difference a year makes !

Fabulous Frylands after.
Fabulous Frylands after.

The main pond was been stocked with crucian carp, tench, perch and rudd and we were aware that the main pond had a few small carp . All the hard work has paid off as the pond is fishing really well with all of the species being caught including some very pretty little mirror carp which are a bit of a bonus. Here is a sample of the fish caught recently. At the moment the fish are still small but they will get bigger and are top quality.

Crucian carp.
Crucian carp.
Common carp.
Common carp.
Rudd.
Rudd.
Mirror carp.
Mirror carp.

The carp that were already in the lake go up to 4lb but if you do hook one they will give you a run for your money as the ponds are very shallow after this dry summer. Why not give it a go before the cold weather sets in and definitely put a note in your diary to try it next year.

06 Sep, 2018

Robin Wallis Memorial Match 2018

We had a great turn out for the Robin Wallis Memorial Match, which was held on both lakes at Wildings Lakes. Cool weather with a light breeze and rain.

Congratulations to Rowland Smith on the Small Lake who convincingly won that lake with 2 nice carp, a good eel and silvers to total 18lb 7oz, with Hugh Neatherway also with a 5lb 6oz carp to total 8lb 14oz to gain 2nd place.

On the main lake winner Tony Morris landed a specimen carp of 17lb 13oz caught on the method with a wafter hookbait, together with a second carp and silvers to total 25lb 13oz. Les Hickman also landed an excellent carp of 13lb 9oz to gain a splendid 2nd place with a total of 15lb 8oz. Norman Cragg came third with a commendable catch weight of 11lb 4oz.

Finally a special thanks to Greg for a brilliant BBQ held at the conclusion of the match.

Thanks also to Richard for photos of the match winners and a few of the specimen fish on the Club website including Mickey Wells 1lb 8oz perch and a lovely goldfish caught by Lew Nightingale.

Match Winners
Left to right, Norman Cragg third, Tony Morris first, Les Hickman second and Roland Smith best on small lake.
Tony Morris with one of two good Carp
Tony Morris with one of two good Carp.
Micky Wells with a nice Perch.
Micky Wells with a nice Perch.
Lew Nightingale with the gold fish.
Lew Nightingale with "the gold fish".
03 Sep, 2018

Badgers Wood Open Day 2018

This year’s open day on 4 August was very popular and despite the distractions of holidays etc 34 people attended and at one stage we were in danger of having to use the George Cragg car park as an overflow. What was really encouraging was the number of children who came along and despite the extreme temperatures everybody caught fish.

Open day 2018 4 Open day 2018 3 Open day 2018 1

It was a throwback to the good old days with granddads bringing their grandchildren and dads introducing their kids to fishing for the first time. The expressions on their faces (and that was just the dads) when they caught a fish was priceless.

Open day 2018 7

We now have three qualified coaches and they were kept busy passing on tips to the anglers and after just 3 hours of training people who had never held a fishing rod before were casting out to the islands and catching and netting their own fish.

We set up a pump the previous day to oxygenate the pond and the fish didn’t let us down with plenty of perch, roach and tench caught with some of the tench a decent size.

The icing on the cake was when a new member , Martin Hall, came along and wanted some advice on fishing a loaded waggler. Our coaches spent some time with him making sure it was dotted down correctly and the end result was his first ever barbel. Well done Martin, a nice 1 1/2lb barbel on float fished pellet ! As you can see a very happy angler.

Open day Martin Hall

Many thanks to all who attended and we hope to see some of you as new members. Once again a big thank you to all the committee members who organised the event and all who came along on the day to lend a hand, provide refreshments, take photos etc. Watch this space for more events in 2019.

06 Aug, 2018

News August 2018

What do bears do in the Woods ?

I think you know the answer to that one but it seems we have club members who may share the same habits. There is evidence that people have been using the woods at the end of the small pond at Wildings to relieve themselves (number twos !). I know we can all get caught short on the odd occasion but if you must do your business al fresco please bury it or cover it up. A small garden trowel in your fishing bag should do the trick. The landowner was less than impressed and it would be a pity to lose a water through the actions of one or two individuals.

Extreme temperatures

As a result of the extended spell of hot weather water levels in the ponds and rivers are very low so if you come across fish which are suffering the Environment Agency has a 24 hour hotline set up for incidents - 0800 80 70 60. By contacting them direct they can deal with the problem immediately. We have had a report of a fish with sores at Wildings but the Environment Agency put that down to general stress caused by the hot weather.

Excellent fishing

On a general note despite the hot weather all our waters are fishing well with over 200lb of fish caught by the top 4 at a recent match at Decoy. We have some of the best tench waters in Sussex with good fish coming out of Pickwells and George Cragg and as you can see from the gallery and above the barbel are starting to show at Badgers Wood. I know from speaking to members when we are doing our maintenance that there have been a lot of good fish caught this year. The picture gallery is the most visited section of our website so don’t be shy and send in your photos.

As there is no Committee meeting this month there is no 100 club draw but there will be a double draw on 14 September.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.

06 Aug, 2018

News July 2018

Training Day 2018

We will be holding a Beginners/Training Day at Badgers Wood lake on Saturday 4 August from 10 am to 2pm. If you have children or grandchildren who would like to try fishing feel free to bring them along. Also please pass on the message to any friends who may be looking for something different to occupy the kids (for free) during the summer holidays. They only have to bring themselves – we will provide all the equipment and bait plus we have three qualified coaches plus a lot of experienced anglers who will be there to help. Hopefully the weather will have cooled down a bit but hot and cold drinks will be available. If you are a member who is new to fishing come along to pick up some tips from our coaches – we are never too old to learn. Hope to see you on the 4th.

Open day 2017 Club Waters

We are receiving good reports on catches from our new waters, Morehouse and Oldmans. If you go onto the “ Waters” section of the website you will see that our website manager has updated a lot of the photos. When you see them all together you realise just how fortunate we are to have such a wide range of fishing available for our members. They all look very fishy so why not try somewhere different for a change. There are good fish in some of the most unlikeliest of places !

Illegal fishing

A Volvo Estate car AK07 LUV was spotted parked outside Badgers Wood recently with the owner fishing the lake. Needless to say he was not a member but had climbed over the gate. One of the club members asked him to leave but if you come across the car elsewhere please ask him for evidence of membership. All members have the right to ask somebody to leave if they are on club waters illegally.

100 Club

It is good to see more members taking up the 100 club membership. It is more like the 40 club but we are up on this time last year. The good news is, the more that are in, the bigger the prize. This month’s draw was won by Greg Brown.

And finally....

Lots of photos on the website but still waiting on the 2lb barbel and 6lb tench. Hopefully once the heat wave passes somebody will be successful.

16 Jul, 2018

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