Southdown Angling Association East Sussex Angling at its best
Southdown Angling Association East Sussex Angling at its best
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Welcome to one of Sussex's top coarse angling clubs, which was founded in 1997 following the merger of two other local clubs, namely the Compleat Angler Fishing Club of Eastbourne and the Hailsham Angling Association.

The Association are members of both the Angling Trust and Fish Legal who work on all anglers behalf to safeguard our waters and the fish therein which we attempt to capture.

We have something to offer every fisherperson, be it a meandering stretch of the River Cuckmere, or maybe the Wallers or Pevensey Havens on the Pevensey Levels will take your fancy. Should you prefer a secluded lake or pond, set in the depths of the East Sussex countryside we can offer you Curls Farm and Marle Green. The Southdown AA are also members of the Rother Fishery Association giving our members access to several miles of fishing on the eastern River Rother and the Royal Military Canal

With specimen fish of all species, a pro-active and enthusiastic match section, or maybe just a peaceful afternoon or evening float fishing on one of our many waters, the Southdown Angling Association caters for all who enjoy the pleasures fishing has to offer.

With trained angling coaches amongst our ranks, we offer a safe environment for younger and older fishermen or women to improve their angling skills. Our aim is to promote angling throughout Sussex and the UK as a whole.

Please do not hesitate to contact your committee for further infomation via the contact page, or alternatively telephone the Polegate Angling Centre (01323 647187) who will be more than happy to assist.

28th June 2021

Additional Water Closure at Marle Green

Members please note that in addition to the scheduled closures, due to other activities on site, Marle Green will also be closed

to SAA members on Saturday 7th August 2021

For all the latest news and information, please also check out our Facebook page at:

19th April 2021

2021 / 2022 MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the SAA for the year commencing the 1st May

is now available. Please visit the Membership Page for details

and to download an application form.

19th April 2021


Latest Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 the Southdown AA has followed the guidance of the Angling Trust (AT), closing waters to angling and re-opening in controlled ways as required. We have seen national lockdowns and more local restrictions with Tiers based on County and District Council boundaries and at times, the guidance on restrictions

from the Trust changed at short notice.

Necessarily, the SAA had to introduce additional restrictions to limit fishery use and safeguard anglers and fish welfare and we used our Facebook and Website pages to update members and will continue to do this as necessary

All SAA waters are located in East Sussex and within the statutory boundary of the Wealden District. It is important that members know this, so that you understand future advice on recreational fishing. Where you live is also important, as you may not be allowed to, or be advised against travelling to fish SAA waters, dependent upon the arrangements as the Covid restrictions are further lifted.

In February, the Government set-out a series of planned steps on the easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Tentative dates were given for each step which would be subject

to review dependent on how well the pandemic was considered to be “under control”.

Step 1 was implemented on 29th March 2021, when some of the restrictions on outdoor recreational activity were lifted and the Angling Trust statement on fishing in England

from 29th March 2021  (source was:

a)  Fishing will remain permitted as outdoor recreation or exercise for up to 6 people, or

     in a larger group if everyone present is from the same two households. This is known

     as the “Rule of 6”;

b   In principle, anglers may fish into or through the night. However, no night fishing is

     allowed on SAA waters until at least the 16 June 2021;

c)  The statutory stay at home restriction will be lifted but the guidance encourages you

     to minimise travel outside of your local area; and

d   Match fishing is permitted under controlled conditions, but no spectators are allowed.  

     However, no matches will take place on SAA waters until at least 16 June 2021.

As a result of proceeding to Step 1, all current SAA Covid related restrictions are lifted. This means that the limits on members visiting our enclosed waters does not apply, but

members should follow social distancing measures avoiding close contact with others.

The SAA and SAA members must always follow Government restrictions and guidance from the Angling Trust. One should never go fishing if you are feeling unwell.

6th April 2021


The Southdown AA are now members of the RFA giving our members access to several miles of fishing on the eastern River Rother and the Royal Military Canal. See the waters pages for details.

17th March 2021


Members please note that Cinderford Pond is regrettably no longer

a Southdown AA water.

3rd June 2020


During the past few weeks there have been numerous cases of people fishing illegally on Southdown Angling Association stretches of the rivers, especially on the Wallers Haven, all the way from Middle Bridge to Boreham Street.

It’s great to report that we hear a group of people were arrested by the police last weekend because they were fishing during the close season, this being as a result of several members seeing tents / bivvies/ barbecues / and rods etc positioned in the first field at Middle Bridge and reporting the matter.

If you happen to witness illegal fishing on any of our waters in the future, for safety reasons, please do not take action personally, but,


Even if the Agency cannot respond quickly, they do contact the police and action is taken, evidence being that of last weekend.

We need to protect our waters and fish and put these illegal poachers under pressure, that way hopefully they will get the message.


which is also on the reverse of your rod licence.

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