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Southdown Angling Association East Sussex Angling at its best

10th September 2020


There have been a number of fish deaths on the Wallers Haven reported recently, mainly carp. This is likely related to low water and dissolved oxygen levels that probably go hand in hand. If you see any evidence of this, please let us know.

The Environment Agency has been informed.

If you are a member that targets carp, you might also consider reducing the amount of feeding you are doing and / or spacing out your visits. The welfare of the fish is of the utmost importance.

10th September 2020


It's evident that increasing amounts of anglers litter is being left in the swims at Curls Farm. This is unacceptable and irresponsible. SAA have lost waters in the past due to littering. Please ensure you take your's and any other litter home with you after your visit. If the problem persists then the water may have to be closed.

15th June 2020


After a challenging few months due to the arrival of Covid-19 it’s great that the new river season will begin tomorrow on the 16th June, with glorious weather and that we are fishing again.

We are hopeful this year of sending out a more regular newsletter to keep you, our members, in touch with how our Association waters are performing, what baits or methods are doing the business, competition news, and also what we’ve been up to ” behind the scenes”.

To make the Newsletter even more special we need your input in the form of news from the start of your season along with photographs if possible. This will help tremendously with promoting our club and the variety of waters we offer.

Please don’t be shy, send your details and pictures to:

and we can then post them on this website, our Facebook page and include them in the latest newsletter which we hope to send out at the end of June.

We look forward to hearing from you and tight lines for the season ahead.


Our latest Newsletter has now been issued.

Please go to Newsletters 2020 to download a copy.

April 2020

SAA and Membership

The Southdown Angling Association was established to provide it's members with freshwater angling opportunities in our area. It is run by a few unpaid volunteers, is non-profit making and membership fees are used to pay the water rents.

Membership is in respect of the Association as a whole and in the event of any specific water being temporarily closed or lost, no refund will be given.


Water Rents

It is our intention to try and retain all the waters we currently have for the new membership year that starts on 1st May 2020. This way when the coronavirus restrictions are lifted, we should be able to start fishing again immediately. However, our water rents fall due at different times throughout the year and, where possible, we will try and negotiate a reduced rent for this year. We may or may not succeed with this.


Membership Renewals

We are reliant on the income from membership fees to pay the water rents. Without members continued support, there will be difficult decisions to be made as we may not be able to afford to pay all rents this year.

For this reason, we will be accepting membership renewals from now as usual; please see the arrangements that follow. To remain viable and cover rents, memberships can only be purchased at full rates and no refunds or part refunds can be obtained or offered in the event that going forwards, our fishing remains restricted for a significant period of time.

We obviously appreciate that not everybody will be able to afford this given the current situation and this has to be a personal choice based on one’s individual circumstances.

Depending on the uptake of membership this year, we may need to change the make-up of the Association in the future. This could include releasing some waters and changing to a closed membership; whatever it takes to keep going.


Membership from 1st May 2020 to 30th April 2021

Membership categories and fees are unchanged from last year, see table below.

Membership forms can be downloaded from the Membership Page of this website or by clicking here.

Currently, until the shops re-open, you can only join/renew a membership by post as follows:


Method 1: Payment by Cheque

Complete the membership form (or forms) and send with your remittance to:


Southdown Angling Association

Membership Renewals

c/o 19A Rise Park Gardens


BN23 7EY


One form for each member please and include a C5 sized self-addressed envelope with Royal Mail “Letter” sized postage for the return of your new membership book(s). A second class stamp is sufficient.

Please only send cheques made payable to “Southdown Angling Association”.

Do not send cash.


Method 2: Payment by Internet Banking

Complete the membership form (or forms) and send to the address above.

One form for each member please and include a C5 sized self-addressed envelope with Royal Mail “Letter” sized postage for the return of your new membership book(s). A second class stamp is sufficient.

Use internet banking to pay your remittance directly to the SAA account as follows:



Sort Code: 20-27-94               Account Number: 63110052


Please use the first six characters of your surname together with your post code as the reference for identification purposes. No spaces required.

Note: for multiple members at the same address, please send additional SAE’s.

A C5 sized envelope will only take up to 4 membership books.


Once restrictions are lifted, you should be able to join/renew in person at Polegate Angling Centre in Eastbourne or Anglers Den in Pevensey Bay.


Membership Fees for 2020 to 2021


Membership Category

Qualifying Details

Annual Fee

Entrance Fee

Entrance fee for new members (does not apply to Young, Non-Fishing and Juniors ).

You are a new member if you were not a member for the 2019/2020 membership year


Full Member

A person who is aged 18 or over on the 1st May


Senior Citizen Member

A person who is aged 65 or over on the 1st May (Date of birth required)


Disabled Member

A registered disabled person in possession of a current Concessionary Licence issued by the Environment Agency. (Rod Licence No required)


Young Member

(14 & over)

A person who is aged 14 but under 18 on

the 1st May


Non-Fishing Parent/Guardian Member

A non-fishing parent or guardian of a junior member, accompanying and responsible for that junior when fishing on Association waters


Junior Member

(under 14)

A person who is aged under 14 on the 1st May

(Date of birth required)



Please visit this website for latest information, including newsletters.

Keep safe and thank you from the Southdown Angling Association


While fortunately we don’t suffer greatly from litter left by anglers on our waters, most members acting responsibly and taking their rubbish home with them, occasionally a bad apple in the pack turns up to spoil this image.

One of our members was taking a walk along the Wallers Haven at Middle Bridge and came across a pile of rubbish left around the peg 4 area. It was about 15 metres back from the waters edge and clearly anglers litter as evidenced by a Copdock Mill bag and Breakaway tackle rig bead packaging. In addition, there were a number of Duracell batteries, empty plastic food packets and aerosol style gas cylinders, enough to fill two carrier bags which he thankfully took away and disposed of properly.

Such rubbish poses a serious danger to wildlife and livestock as well as being unsightly and cannot be tolerated.

While we cannot be sure that it was a Southdown member or members to blame as this water is shared with other clubs, please ensure that you leave no litter, if you brought it with you, then you can take it back home after finishing your session, after all, it should be much lighter by then and, if you do come across rubbish left by others, please clean it up and dispose of it properly.

Remember, responsible anglers leave no litter, only footprints!





A day when history was made!

Possibly the best ever weight on the Pevensey marshes in a match.

History maker was the man now known as

"The Slab Slayer" Mr Patrick Newman.

Fishing a club match on the Pevensey Haven and using a feeder with worm on the hook, Pat landed 24 bream to around four pounds, plus a tench a perch and a rudd

for a total match winning weight of 80lbs14oz.

Great angling fella!

Curl’s Farm; Water Bank Clearance & Vehicular Access

A couple of things.

We are aware that someone has recently taken it upon themselves to fell a tree in one of the swims. This is strictly forbidden and is behaviour that could lose us the water. Clearance like this is only to be carried out by our Water Maintenance Manager.

We/you are not allowed to drive down to the lake edge beyond the designated parking area near the barn and this is prescribed in our lease. On application, we are able to grant vehicular access to those members with restricted mobility by exception only. This is closely controlled and only those with specific permission are permitted to drive down to the water.

Please comply with these arrangements. Your membership will be terminated if you don’t.

Contacting you

We are not sending information out to members by post anymore.

If you are reading this on our website and you are a member or a prospective member, please register your contact details at:

It is easy to do and takes about 5 minutes. In case of any difficulty there are instructions on our website under Membership and Contact Details.

If you know other SAA members who haven’t registered yet, on our behalf. please nag them to register and if you have already registered, thank you, we have everything we need to contact you when we need to.


Wherever you are fishing on our club waters in the months ahead, please look out for hand lines or nets staked into the water. It seems some poachers are out and about and have been leaving these to snare fish, generally it seems on the rivers as recent reports include the Cuckmere and Wallers Haven.

If you come across any please remove and destroy or dispose of them in the right manner, making sure of course that you are safe on the river / lake side before taking any action.

Let us all be vigilant and stop these people taking fish from our waters.


With many tackle shops closing down these days it’s nice to see a new one starting up.

Green D.I.Y. on the Bellbrook Industrial Estate in Uckfield are setting up a fishing tackle section, opening on the 3rd March and will be offering a 10% discount to Southdown A.A. members on production of their current membership booklet.

We wish them well in their new venture.


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.

Changes to Angling Rules

Current Southdown A.A. Angling Rules limit members to the use of two rods only when fishing our waters. The Environment Agency have now introduced a new three rod license & it was felt that some members would wish to take advantage of this, particularly when fishing the Wallers Haven.

However we still feel that members should be limited to two rods when fishing the still waters, but the use of three rods will now be permitted on the Pevensey Levels fisheries.

In all cases, all the rods must always be positioned within easy reach of the angler.


Current rules also state that camping and the pitching of tents is not permitted on Association waters.

This rule still applies, however, with the arrival of the modern angling bivouac, there is some confusion over whether a bivvy is a tent or not. While we do not allow night fishing on any of the still waters or downstream of Iron Bridge, at the moment it is permitted on all our other waters and bivouacs are used by some members. The use of bivvies is therefore permitted and we have decided that the definition of camping would be a period exceeding 24 hours & fishing sessions be limited to maximum period of 24 hours, after which the angler must vacate the water.

The changes to these rules are clearly shown on the inside front cover of the 2017 Membership Booklet & the Angling Rules page of this website.


Non Fishing Parent/Guardian

Junior members under the age of 14 usually join the Association via the membership of their father, granddad or uncle etc, paying a subscription of just £2. However, we have had juniors wishing to join in their own right, without an adult membership involvement, although a parent or guardian would always accompany them when fishing. We obviously wish to encourage juniors, after all, they are the future of angling, however, for safety, insurance & behavioral reasons, our rules specify that juniors may only fish Association waters when accompanied by a responsible adult member

We have therefore introduced an additional membership category, paying a £10 nominal subscription, of Parent/Guardian (non fishing) to enable the parent or guardian of a junior, to accompany and be responsible for that junior when fishing on Association waters, even though the parent or guardian doesn’t fish themselves. As members, both will then obviously be subject to Association rules & covered by third party/civil liability insurance.


February 2016

Several years ago, before the credit crunch, we approached the Environment Agency to do something about the silting up of the Wallers Haven at Boreham Street, which had resulted in the first field & parts of the second becoming unfishable. Then along came the financial crisis, EA funding was severely cut & it didn’t seem that anything could be done to improve the situation.

However, it seems that we hadn’t been forgotten & thanks to some funding from the sale of rod licences, during the month of February, the river has now been dredged to remove the silt that has built up over the years. Gone are the days when dredging meant a complete clean out of the water leaving the banks devastated with a 45 degree slope & no safe access for anglers. Instead we have now got fishing swims sympathetically created every 20 yards or so, with much of the existing bankside vegetation between the pegs left undisturbed to the benefit of the wildlife & the fish.

It remains to be seen what effect this work will have on the fishing. Last year, despite the state of the river, this stretch of the Haven fished really well, so let’s hope it will now be even better.

Our sincere thanks are due to the Environment Agency staff & contractors who have carried out this work. We often hear anglers complaining about the EA, saying "what do we get for our licence money." This project should show all the moaners that some of the money does indeed get ploughed back into angling to improve the fishing for all to enjoy.


At one of our matches at Iron Bridge on the Wallers Haven during January 2015, members collected a snap tackle from a branch which was easily accessible for the person who had cast and left it there, and then one of the white geese present at this venue had somehow managed to get a lure stuck in its mouth!

With the anglers having hatched a plan to try and save it, fortunately the bird finally managed to free itself, but not before temporarily getting the lure stuck on it's chest. All very sad and worrying at the time but luckily it all ended well. Generally most anglers are responsible and really care about all wildlife; it just takes the odd one or two to spoil things for the rest of us.

If one of the many walkers who pass by had seen this bird going frantic for some time, we dread to think of what they would think or say about us anglers.

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