September 2021 News


I must admit, I admire the honesty of Thomas Channel. He caught a cracking carp at Oldmans which is showing on the website gallery as 19lb 15oz. There must have been another ounce in there somewhere.

The owner has been in touch with us about anglers arriving at the lake before 8am. The signs which were left behind by the previous tenants may be a bit confusing as they appear to suggest no fishing until 8am. Members have been getting there early so they can start fi=shing bang on 8 but the owner is adamant that they do not want access to the car park until 8am and have adjusted the electronic gate accordingly.

Four years ago we replaced a number of the old landing nets with new 22inch nets . These are for the use of our members as the owners of Oldmans have banned the bringing in of outside nets. At the last count there were only three of these larger nets in the container all of which were unusable in their existing condition. In view of the size of the carp coming out of Oldmans it must have been a struggle to land a double figure + carp in a 15 inch net so we have purchased six new 24 inch nets and unhooking mats and have also repaired the remaining large nets. Please return the nets to the container after use.

To finish on a positive note as the surrounds had got a bit on the wild side we have taken the opportunity to have a bit of a tidy up and also to reclaim a number of swims.

Badgers Wood

Well, the record barbel reported last month didn’t last long. Hot on the heels of Steve Morton’s 3lb 4oz barbel, Iain Thompson has improved the record with a stunning fish of 3lb 12oz. Can we crack the 4lb barrier by the end of the year?

new club record barbel
Iain Thompson with his club record barbel

Whilst we are on the subject of Badgers Wood, a couple of weeks ago a member spotted two mink on the lake. It was only reported very recently and although we were there on 3 September for a work party and on 11 September for a Training day we didn’t see anything. They may well have moved on but if they return please let us know as they are an invasive species and are not good for the native wildlife.

Badgers Wood Training Day

The last of the Training days was held at Badgers Wood on 11September and we saved the best until last with a staggering 43 people attending the event. With that many people, the fishing was always going to be tough and although none of the barbel (or tench) put in an appearance the youngsters seemed happy enough with the odd skimmer, roach and the ever reliable perch.

tiny perch
There is a fish on the line, honest! This is what it is all about. Well done George.

That was the last of the Training Days for 2021 so thanks to Nigel Jackson and all the volunteers who came along to help out. We would also like to thank the Angling Trust, Sport England and Bodles Angling for their support. The Training Days have proved to be very popular with 148 people attending the five events this year so we will definitely be holding more in 2022. If you are interested in helping out in any way please contact Nigel Jackson.

Dates for your diary

In the absence of the reintroduction of Covid measures the AGM is still on and will be held at Burgess Hill football club on Friday 15 October. Full details are on the frontpage of the website but start time is 8pm.

More importantly the annual Mega Strim of George Cragg and Badgers Wood will take place on Saturday 13 November. Although we have built up a small number of power tools you will be especially welcome if you have a half decent strimmer. The site is at least two acres so the more strimmers we have the quicker it gets done. Even if you are without strimmer please feel free to come along as there is always plenty to do and it is chance to get to know some of the committee and meet fellow members.

We start at 9 o’clock and although the enthusiasm starts to wane once the pubs open we usually carry on until 3 o’clock or so. Hot food and drinks will be provided by our resident chef Malcolm “Greasy Spoon “ York. No Michelin stars , just the 1 Michelin tyre.

100 Club

This month’s draw was won by Dean Damario. Well done Dean.

20 Sep, 2021

News August 2021


As the restrictions on public gatherings have been lifted we are pleased to announce that the AGM has been scheduled for Friday 15 October at Burgess Hill Football Club. The plan is to start at 8 oclock and as we have done in the past we will provide a buffet plus there is the added bonus of decent beer at club prices!

Frylands Ponds

When we restored the ponds one of the issues we faced was the amount of silt in both ponds. At the time we treated both ponds with Siltex and manually dragged a rake across the pond to try and remove the silt. Despite a number of sessions we didn’t seem to make much of an impression on the 30 years of oak leaves and other rubbish that had blown into the ponds.

However after a passing remark to the owner it turns out they have a small-ish digger and after a bit of manoeuvring they were able to get quite close to the ponds and have managed to remove a lot of silt for us. Most seems to have come out of the smaller (stock) pond but they were able to create a bit of depth on the main lake, in the first swim just inside the gate.

On the downside the silt has been spread out on the causeway between the two ponds so for now it is a bit messy but once it has dried out it should be fine. Hopefully it will improve the fishing but we are grateful to the owners for their help in maintaining the ponds.

What Three Words

Following an incident at Decoy it was necessary to call an ambulance and as you may know from your own experience the signal at the lake is poor and in places non existent . To make things easier for the emergency services to identify and access our waters we have put the “What Three Words” references on the club website and they will also be included in future Yearbooks. For now you may want to take a copy and place a paper version inside your Yearbook . As long as you can make an emergency call if you quote the “Three Words” the emergency services can identify where you are. The incident at Decoy ended well with the individual released from Hospital the same afternoon.


All the work we did with the owners to extend Oldmans seems to be paying off if the pictures on the gallery are anything to go by. I might even be tempted to give it a go myself.

100 Club

The August draw was won by your Club Chairman Steve Pead.

And finally ............... Congratulations to Steve Morton on his club record barbel caught from Badgers Wood reecntly. Well done Steve.

24 Aug, 2021

News July 2021

Well, July is turning into a strange old month with heavy rain one week and scorching temperatures the next. However it doesn’t seem to be putting the fish off looking at the photos on the website gallery. Also we were at Decoy last week doing a bit of strimming and I have never seen so many carp on the surface and they were quite happily taking bread and other surface baits.

Training Days

There was another training day at Badgers Wood on 10 July and although the weather was not the best a number of people braved the drizzle. The pond was once again very obliging with perch, roach and skimmers caught plus a couple of decent tench.

July skimmer
Riley with a nice little skimmer bream
July Tench
Riley also managed to land this tench with a bit of help from our head tutor Nigel Jackson

Once again there was a wide spread of ages – it is not just kids who enjoy the experience as evidenced by these two happy customers who were chuffed with this tench.

tiny tench

The next event planned will be at Badgers Wood again, on 14 August so if you are free and either want to come along and help or even pick up a few tips please contact Nigel Jackson to book a place.

Not much to report this month so to finish off the 100 Club for July was won by Tony Smith.

19 Jul, 2021

News June 2021

Following the slight relaxation of rules by the Government we were able to hold our first meeting since last September. It gave us a chance to meet our new media officer Rob Beattie and Colin Skeel who has taken over from Dave Harper as Match Secretary.


As you can see from the website the owner has made the decision to stop night fishing on the river. There were a number of factors - The campsite facilities were being used by overnight anglers and the toilets in particular were being left in a mess. In view of the travel restrictions there are a lot more people using the campsite so taking all this into account he has decided that we can no longer fish the river overnight.

Pre-booking Night Fishing

We would remind all members that if you do wish to fish overnight (Masons and Decoy only ) you MUST PRE-BOOK. Before the ban at Hamsey was introduced the manager of the campsite challenged a member who had not pre booked and words were exchanged. Please do not upset landowners as they hold all the cards and the worse case scenario is the club ends up losing another water.

Training Days

Our training days which are held at Badgers Wood every month are proving to be very popular with 53 people present at the first two events in May and June. There are reports of both days in the News Section of the website.

Unfortunately last month we were a bit short of helpers and as a result actually turned away some potential visitors. To avoid this happening again we are putting out the call for helpers at the next event on Saturday 10 July. It might be sitting with a couple of new anglers and showing them the basics or simply setting up the rods and poles but if you are free your help would be appreciated. He official start time is 10 o’clock but we aim to be there for 9 and it finishes around 2 o’clock. If you are free on 10 July please contact Nigel Jackson - details are in your yearbook.


We are aware that the owner has half removed a tree from peg 6. We have tidied up what was left in the swim and have offered to help him remove the trunk which is still in the lake. Having spoken to him he mentioned that he has plans to remove some of the other willows which are in danger of falling in the lake.

And finally,

The 100 Club for June was won by David Sinclair.

29 Jun, 2021

Badgers Wood Open Day June 2021 Report

The second Open Day at Badgers Wood

Unlike May the weather came up trumps for the Open/ Beginners day on 12 June and it was a day to try and stay in the shade as far as possible. Despite the high temperatures the fish were very obliging with all the usual suspects being caught, tench, perch, bream and roach. Due to the numbers who had contacted Nigel we had to split the day into two sessions to try and accommodate all those who had pre booked.

Everyone managed to catch and once again some very nice tench were caught.

three pound tench
Lucas with a nice fish of about 3lbs

It was really good to see families out enjoying themselves and following the last session some of those who attended have joined the club. It was not only the lads who were catching........

lovely baby  tench
Amber with a lovely little tench

We also had some returning guests and once again Reggie came up trumps with a super tench caught in the margins.

margin caught tench

Last but by no means last is George who was happy catching tiny perch until this tench came along and made his day.

fine looking tench

Although the photos are of the youngsters catching fish we do have adults at the beginners days so please don’t be put off as we are never too old to learn something new and there are bound to be a number of “ more mature” individuals who may have fished in their youth and are interested in taking it up again. We cater for all ages and abilities so please come along as you are all welcome. All you need is a chair and a bite to eat and a we will provide all the equipment.

Unfortunately we were two trainers short so we split the day into two sessions which was not ideal as a number of people didn’t want to go when the twelve o’clock whistle went. To try and avoid future disappointment we really could do with some help from our members. You don’t need to be a master angler, as long as you know the basics and can show someone how to catch a fish that will be more than sufficient. The next event is on Saturday 10 July so if you are free and can help out please contact Nigel Jackson (details in the club book).

It is worth it to see the smiles on the faces (kids and adults) when they catch their first fish!

15 Jun, 2021

Badgers Wood Open Day May 2021 Report

Open Day at Badgers Wood

Despite the weather looking a bit iffy we decided to go ahead with the first of our open days on Saturday 15 May. It turned out to be a great success with the perch and roach being very obliging with everyone who came along catching at least one fish. There was also the added bonus of a few decent tench.

2lb tench
A very happy Ismaila with a 2lb tench

Another success story was the member and her son who had been out three times without success so decided to come along for some advice. Within ten minutes Ben had a lovely little tench and later in the day lost a much bigger fish.

Ben with a tench
Ben breaks his duck with a tench

Reggie, one of our regulars had a very quiet morning and at one stage it seemed that his brothers and even his sister would get the better of him by catching perch but he had the last laugh when this tench decided to take his bait.

Reggie with a tench
Well done Reggie!

It was good to see a number of families present and the last photo is of three young boys who all caught some perch but the dad of Henry and Harry decided to outdo them by catching a slightly bigger tench . However he was happy for them to pose for the photo.

Three boys  with a tench
Ramsey, Henry and Harry with lollipops and a tench!

All in all it was a very successful day and we would like to thank all who came along and hope you enjoyed the day. The next Open Day is on Saturday 12 June so if you want to come again please feel free to do so. If any members know of anyone who would be interested please let them know and as they are proving to be popular, to be sure of a spot, please contact Nigel Jackson.

I would also like to put out a request to our members. We had six volunteers on the day, the plan being that there should be at least one experienced angler with every group. However at one stage we had 20 guests so when it got busy at lunchtime we were a bit shorthanded and could have done with at least a couple more people.

So, if you fancy a few hours helping out new “would be” anglers your help would be very much appreciated. Even if you don’t want to get involved with training there is plenty of other stuff to do, setting up the whips and rods and replacing broken hook lengths and sorting out tangles. If you have any questions please contact either Tony Elkins or Nigel Jackson who will explain what is involved – it is nothing too complicated but it is worth it when you see the look on the kids (and parents) faces when they catch their first fish.

We should thank Sport England whose grant enabled us to purchase a whole load of new equipment from our local fishing tackle shop, Bodle Brothers so we now have enough rods, whips , reels etc to cover all of this year’s events.

The final thanks go to the group of club members who helped out on the day and without whom the event could not take place. Well done everyone!

Other News

It seems we must be doing something right as the membership numbers are once again excellent so many thanks for joining us this year. I have seen a lot of you out on the waters and if the gallery is anything to go by there are plenty of fish being caught.

Look what we found in Badgers Wood?

During one of our weed removal sessions we came across the following tangled amongst the reed stems.

barbed hooks are banned

Not sure if the angler knows something we don’t but the top rig is about the size of some of the perch I have had from Badgers this year. If you want big perch try Decoy but please change your hooks as barbed hooks are not permitted on club waters.


Members can now park alongside the lake following the opening of the track by the owner.

The 100 Club for May was won by Jon Webbon (again).

21 May, 2021