Friday the 26 July marks the start of National Fishing Month, an event created to get more people involved with the hobby. And there’s plenty of fishing in Sussex to be had.
In the words of the organisers, fishing is for everyone, and we’re inclined to agree…
Up and down the country fishery owners, organisers and coaches are taking part in the event, so if you were thinking about having a crack at fishing — now’s the time to do it. Who knows, maybe you’ll reel in something impressive?
Whether you’re an expert angler or a complete novice, there’s plenty of places around Sussex to give it a go. So, grab those waders and get fishing!
The top spots…
This holiday resort is home to a wide variety of fish ready to be caught, and it even has its own dedicated bait and tackle shop — The Bait Bucket. If you’re planning a fishing getaway, or just a day out, this is a great place to start.
Fish species: mirror carp, common carp, crucian carp, tench, bream, rudd, roach, pike, perch and eel
Day tickets (single rod): £7 adults, £5 juniors (under 16)
Three Ponds Holiday Park, South Heighton, East Sussex, BN9 0TP
Popular with junior fishing competitors for its plentiful carp, Clive Vale is a great place to pick up some tips. Don’t be intimidated though, beginners are more than welcome — particularly at the top pond with its scores of small fish.
Fish species: mirror carp, common carp, crucian carp, tench, bream, rudd, roach, gudgeon, perch and eel
Day tickets: £8 adults, £5 juniors
Harold Rd, Hastings, East Sussex, TN35 5NQ
This family run fishery outside of the South Downs National Park is a picturesque spot for a good days fishing in the wild. It’s remarkably well equipped too for such a tranquil place, with extensive car parking, toilet facilities and even a tearoom.
Fish species: mirror carp, common carp, crucian carp, tench, bream, rudd, roach, wild carp, perch and eel
Day tickets: £5
Horam Manor Fishery, Horam, East Sussex, TN21 0BJ
This East Sussex angling centre is well renowned for a reason, and with 9 lakes situated in 150 acres of countryside this is definitely one of the larger locations on this list. Just steer clear of Snake Lake unless you’re a pro, as its resident catfish regularly exceed 70lbs!
Fish species: mirror carp, common carp, crucian carp, barbel, bream, rudd, roach, tench, perch, catfish, chub and gudgeon
Day tickets: Variable
Wylands International Angling Centre, Powdermill Lane, Catsfield, East Sussex, TN33 0SU
Winner of an Anglers Mail award, Alderwood Ponds are located just 10 minutes outside of Horsham — so you can stock up on the essentials before you arrive. Worth noting is that Daves pond has great disabled access, so everyone can get involved in the fun. There’s even an onsite café.
Fish species: mirror carp, common carp, tench, golden orfe, perch, rudd and roach
Day tickets: £10 adults, £8 juniors
Alderwood Ponds, Horsham Road, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3AA
The perfect location if you we’re looking to pair your foray into fishing with some camping too. The small pond is a great spot for beginners and kids, who can expect to reel in a wide variety of freshwater fish.
Fish species: mirror carp, common carp, bream, tench, chub, rudd, roach and perch
Day tickets: £8 adults, £7 juniors
Sumner Ponds, Chapel Road, Barns Green, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0PR
With views of the stunning Arundel castle, Back Arun Fishery is a particularly scenic fishing spot. It’s incredibly easy to get to as well, only a short walk away from Arundel station, so potential anglers can visit from far and wide.
Fish species: mirror carp, common carp, koi carp, barbel, tench, perch, roach, rudd and crucian carp
Day tickets: £10 adults, £6 juniors
The Causeway, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9JJ
We’re lucky enough to have miles of gorgeous coastline here in Sussex, so it would be a shame not to give some sea fishing a try. For the beginners it’s best to start on a pier or jetty if it’s permitted. Beach fishing is notoriously difficult so steer clear unless you know what you’re doing.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, perhaps charter a boat and head into the great blue sea. There’s plenty of local skippers willing to take beginners and experts alike out on fishing trips, and many offer lessons and have gear for hire. For a comprehensive directory visit Charter Boats UK.
More information is available on the National Fishing Month website, including news and upcoming events like free beginner courses. If you decide to fish independently for the first time, make sure to plan accordingly and come prepared. A comprehensive guide for coarse fishing is available here.