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 F.C. 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, Marle Green or Cinderford Pond.

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.

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

8th January 2021


Latest Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Resumption of Fishing:

The Angling Trust have advised that representations to Government have successfully led to agreement that angling will be permitted during the current (third) National Lockdown in England. This is on the basis that:

There is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing. If you do not live locally to Southdown A A waters, you should stay at home or exercise and/or fish elsewhere. “Local” is not currently defined, but may be in subsequent guidance from the Trust.

We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.

The Government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not;

Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no competition fishing; and exercise is limited to once a day and no overnight fishing whatsoever is permitted.

This appears to be a very generous interpretation of current restrictions.

It is imperative that we all act responsibly and do not abuse this hard-earned relaxation.

Please refer to the Notices Page for details of all the current rules.

Please check this website or our Facebook pages for further updates as the situation changes.

30th December 2020


Due to the coronavirus restrictions with fishing being a permitted activity and persons having more free time on their hands,

nationally there has been an unprecedented upsurge in people going fishing which has reflected on the membership numbers of the Southdown A A, such that we are now full and regrettably unable to accept any new members for this current membership year,

1st May 2020 to 30th April 2021.

Applications for the next membership year, 1st May 2021 to

30th April 2022 should be available from around the beginning of April and this website will be updated as soon as everything is in place.

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.


Our latest Newsletter has now been issued.

Please go to Newsletters 2020 to view or download a copy.

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