The Southdown Angling Association has a vibrant and friendly competition angling section with matches being held on most Sundays of the year and during the summer months, often a midweek evening match too. The Association competition scene has always been fairly buoyant and we always welcome members that would like to fish a match or two. The matches are competitive but friendly at the same time, so members shouldn't be put off should they feel they would perhaps like to participate. There's always a good deal of light hearted banter mixed in with "fishing talk" and usually an optional pool with an entrance fee of £5, with payouts generally to the top 3 or even the top 4 or 5 dependant on the number of entrants. All dates and times for the draw and the match duration, along with venue, are listed on the Fixture List and in the Membership Yearbook.
The Association has an extensive array of trophies which are presented to all the winners at the Annual Social and Prizegiving Evening usually held in April each year.
The years fixtures are listed via in the tab on the left of the page, please click to take a look.
We look forward to meeting some new faces at our matches in the future and for further information please don't hesitate to contact us.
Keep an eye on our match results, giving vital infomation on when and where's fishing and what tactics are doing the damage!
2017 / 2018 Competition Season Review
The club competitions throughout the season continued to attract good attendances, even in the depths of winter. It seemed that from the start of November to the middle of March the weather has been very up and down as in general, most weekends we've had to suffer gale force winds and rain, or a biting easterly wind coupled with very low temperatures.
Remember the Beast from the East?, well, as this piece is being penned, we are awaiting the arrival of the Son of the Beast, another weekend of sub zero temperatures is forecast, with a chilly wind and snow showers and it's mid March !
Pleasingly, the regular match guys have enjoyed many great competitions throughout the year.
The first match of the season back in June at Boreham Street was won by Malcolm Faulkner with a decent bag of bream, Malcolm securing the Southdown challenge trophy with 36lbs of our slimy friends.
At the same venue a month later 27 anglers turned out for the Roger Weston memorial match, when the bream showed again with Nigel Parks romping home with 55lbs and Tim Relf at the next peg landing 53lbs while losing a further 8 fish. Chris Copeland won the night match at Middle Bridge with 24lbs of bream, and Neil Post had 15lbs of them in the first round of the Marsh Shield, again at Middle Bridge in August.
It's not only been all stretches of the Wallers Haven producing, decent weights were also recorded on stretches of the Cuckmere, with a number of good sized carp also being landed here along with tench and bream.
At Marle Green the carp are certainly putting in an appearance, Peter Gabbitas securing the Roger Izzard memorial trophy with 24lbs and in late summer Gary Flint the Roy Andrews memorial trophy with 25lbs.
Even during the winter months the weights on the Wallers Haven held up pretty well with 10lbs of roach and skimmers winning a match in January.
If you want to fish the matches, the competition guys are a nice friendly bunch who will gladly welcome you along. All fixtures are listed in the annual Membership Booklet and on this website, with details of times and venues. Pools entrance is optional, but if you like to enter the pools, the cost is generally £5. Matches are held on most Sunday's during the season, including several away matches fishing against other clubs. We also have a series of Evening Cup competitions during the summer along with a night match and a further evening match for the Pole Shield.
If you'd like more information please get in touch with either Steve Izzard or Chris Copeland whose contact details can be found in the Membership Booklet.
Match Fixtures and Venues
Recently the Association had a match scheduled for upstream at Ironbridge. On arriving early on the Sunday morning the competitors were greeted with the sight of four night shelters/bivvies set up in the first field. Fortunately on the day, we did not have a vast number of competitors and we were able to peg around them, however on another day we could be fishing against one or more other clubs with a much greater attendance and this could present a problem.
The Fixture List in the Membership Year Book clearly requests that on the day of matches the water specified should be left clear, so if you are planning a trip to one of our waters on a Saturday night or Sunday, please remember to check your Year Book or the website for match fixtures before deciding on the venue.
We of course want everyone to enjoy their fishing, but please choose a venue to fish that is not involved with a competition, we have plenty of other excellent waters for members to enjoy a days angling.