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Fishing In West Sussex

If you've never ventured into this part of the county before with a rod and line, you may well be wondering why you should try fishing in West Sussex. Here are a few good reasons why you should head off for this lovely corner of England.

Over in Horsham, you'll discover the enchanting Furnace Lakes Fishery, one of the leading big catfish and carp waters in the whole of the UK. There are five coarse lakes on the site altogether, all of which are laden with heavy stocks of mirrors and commons. You can expect to find colossal carp weighing 50 lbs and positively gargantuan catfish weighing 60 lbs in Roman Lake. The best baits here are meat-based ones like luncheon meat for the catfish and sweetcorn plus pop-up boilies over a bed of particles for the carp. The remaining lakes hold masses of bream, crucians, roach, rudd, skimmers, perch and tench.

Whilst you're in Horsham, why not pay a visit to Whitevane Pond, a beautiful spring-fed coarse lake set in sumptuous countryside and dating back 200 years? The main species include carp, perch, roach, rudd, tench and most other silver fish species. The lake is open from 6.30am to dusk and day tickets cost ten pounds for one rod or £15 for two. Or you might try the sleepy little village of Worth near Crawley, where you'll find Woodpeckers Coarse Fishery. These peaceful and secluded waters will certainly persuade you that fishing in West Sussex is a delight. Boasting 90 pegs between them, these two lakes and two ponds are sublimely beautiful as well as laden with excellent fish. Woodpecker's Lake has 30 pegs and is brimming with carp (weighing 27 lbs plus), bream (seven pounds plus), Chub (four pounds plus) tench, roach, rudd, perch and ornamentals. On Osprey Lake, you can fish off the bridge-linked island if the fancy takes you; it has a similar span of species to Woodpeckers but slightly more pegs at 40.

A wander to Hayward's Heath might also persuade you why fishing in West Sussex is to be taken seriously. Here sits the lovely Borde Hill Gardens, with its three coarse fishing lakes. On the two acre Robert's Mere, you can expect to bag carp weighing up to 30 lbs, as well as 12 lb ghosties and koi, 10 lb tench, five pound chub and perch,and two pound rudd and roach. Harry's Lake is half the size, but you'll find all it's bigger neighbour's fish species minus the chub. Lastly, there's a delightful Junior's Lake, ideal for youngsters and beginners, brimming with roach, rudd and perch.

Since you'll be in a coastal county, why not try a little sea angling? Beaufort Charters operates the delightful charter boat 'Aquavitesse' from Brighton Marina. This is an ultra-safe, fast, jet-driven catamaran, fully equipped with rods and reels as well as a series of Tsunami lures. You can expect superb catches of cod, sea bass, mackerel, bream, ling, skate, smoothhound, dogfish, tope and Pollack not to mention some hefty conger. The boat specialises in fishing over the wrecks in mid-channel, using state-of-the-art technology to ensure the best catches. You'll find it hard not to brag about your adventures in the local later in the day.




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