A Guide To Fishing In East Sussex
Anyone contemplating fishing in East Sussex is in for a treat. For one thing, you'll be able to take your tackle to a fabulous fishery in the heart of 1066 England: Wylands International Angling Centre is nestled just two miles from the little market town of Battle, the very place where King Harold came to a sticky end in the Battle of Hastings. Whether you're a specialist, match or pleasure angler, you'll find something to suit your skills and temperament here: there are ten excellent lakes to choose from, including specialist carp lakes, multi-specimen lakes, a lake dedicated to juniors and the biggest match lake in the entire country (possibly in Europe), it's over two miles long and boasts 205 pegs. Since it opened in the 1970s, Wylands has established a reputation as one of the best angling centres in the UK. Lakes feature new swims, spacious pegs and is continually being invested in to make it even better every year.
If you go down to the woods today, near the inimically English sounding village of Peasmarsh, you're sure to find some great angling: especially in Iden Wood Fishery. This well-established fishery is made up of two beautiful natural lakes and four man-made ones. The latter include two match lakes and a tench lake, whilst the Specimen Lake (the largest in the fishery) is one of the naturals, teeming with monster specimens. You can find flexible rates for day tickets here, depending on how many hours you want to fish (prices ranges from five to seven pounds). Be aware thought hat Iden Wood Fishery does not permit anglers to fish with boilies, you'll have to use a different bait and all the ingenuity you can muster to catch the bigger carp. Fishing in East Sussex, it appears, will widen your repertoire of innovative angling techniques.
You'll find the delightful Coghurst Hall in Ore, near Hastings, whilst fishing in East Sussex. Tucked away in 50 acres of woodland on a gently sloping valley, Coghurst has a beautiful, large lake overlooked by an imposing manor house which dates back to the early nineteenth century. Carp and coarse fishing are available, and if you hire a caravan you'll have access to your very own private swim on the 200 year-old estate lake. It's also a good venue for families, as the estate has a heated indoor swimming pool with children's splash slide, an amusement area and a sports field, amongst other attractions.
To let you river anglers out there in on a big secret, you can find some of the country's biggest sea trout in the River Ouse. Rising near Lower Breeding, this lovely river courses through Lewes and the South Downs before joining the English Channel at Newhaven, where you can expect to catch sea trout with the highest average weight in the British Isles. One thing's for certain: once you've tried fishing in East Sussex, you'll definitely be back for more.