LATEST FISHING NEWS, June 19th 2019
With the new river season just under a week old, we are already hearing of some great catches.
A beautiful common carp of over 26lbs has been landed on the Wallers Haven at Ironbridge, which, if claimed for and validated, will be a new Association record.
A couple of smaller carp have also being recorded and at last weekend’s match at Boreham Street, a competitor witnessed a lovely golden coloured common carp torpedoing out of the water on several occasions, its size being estimated at around the 20lb mark, while a couple of guys who were pre baiting on the Wallers before the 16th, witnessed at least two carp in the margins, estimated to be over 30lbs. Who will be the first member to land a 40lb Carp from this fabulous piece of our water? We are sure they are on there.
Two members night fishing near Hog Trough on the Wallers Haven enjoyed great sport by tempting over 12 bream apiece and 10 tench in total between them, while also on the Wallers, a member landed a bream of just over five and a half pounds. Who said the bream had disappeared from the Haven?
The match at Boreham Street was won with 8 bream and 2 tench and 7 tench were weighed in on the day.
Red eyed beauties (tench that is) are also showing at Pevensey Haven and the Cuckmere.
If you have any catch news from your start to the new season that you'd like to share, please send us any information and photos and we will post details on the website.
Tight lines for the coming year.
Following a short pre baiting campaign Clive Copeland targeted Carp on a recent 24hr session on the Wallers Haven at Ironbridge and landed this stunning 16lb 2oz mirror carp from a snaggy swim.
It was caught on a snow man rig and landed after a tense 10 minute struggle. Clive said the fish was in absolutely pristine condition and suspected it had never been caught before.
Strong and appropriate tackle is needed to land these fish on Wallers as they are incredibly wily and fight like demons, just look at the paddles on it !
What a fantastic start it's been to the new river season.
During the day the bream shoals on the Wallers Haven can be elusive, but if you want to find our slimy friends in numbers, then have to think about fishing at night.
Fishing at Middle Bridge on such a session last weekend, Chris Copeland, who loves the smelly creatures, landed 25 bream ranging from about 1lb to around 4lb 8oz. Using his favourite method of cage feeder full of particles, with corn or bread on the hook, the sound of his Delkim alarms kept him awake throughout the night and with most fish averaging over 3lbs, he reckons he landed over 65lb of fish.
Here’s Chris, just before sunrise, holding a reasonable sized fish plucked out of one of his keepnets. Although looking tired, he says that he can’t wait until his next night session in two weeks time, meanwhile his wife continues to refuse to enter the garage due to the smell of all that lovely bream slime on his keepnets!
Matthew Kingdon again, this time with a fine 22lb 12oz common carp captured from the Wallers Haven at Boreham Street.
Previous to the capture, Matt had been pre baiting with boilies and spooked a large fish which jumped clean out the water, so he baited with 0.8kg of 15mm scopex squid at that spot, returning 48 hours later when he put out another 0.6kg and fished with a gooed up single white scopex squid pop up on a stiff hinge rig just off the bait.
Matt was catching tench and bream and then at 2am, got another bite, just two beeps on the alarm, so he got on the rods and with the bobbin lifting gently picked up the rod, thinking it was another bream.
Feeling a solid resistance, Matt set the hook and the carp shot off about 40 to 50 yards up river and gave a hell of a fight, it just wouldn't give up, taking some 20 to 30 minutes to finally bring to the net.
Matt’s fish, if ratified, would be a new club record, beating the old record by 12oz. That fish was also caught at Boreham Street, but way back in March 2003, right at the end of the river fishing season.
Terry Smith has been catching some fine fish from the River Cuckmere
New Season Fishing Report
The 2017/2018 season on the rivers is now well under way and we have had reports of good catches from the Wallers Haven and the stillwaters, including a 21lb carp captured by Tim Crowdey at Curls Farm and several others approaching the 20lb mark.
End of Season Fishing Report
Sadly the 2016/2017 season on the rivers has now come to a close, however we are pleased to report that the end of the season on the Wallers Haven in particular has been very productive for tench and bream. Several anglers have been successful at Middle Bridge, the tench being in the mood to feed, with up to 5 recorded on a number of days, the biggest, a beauty of 6lbs 1oz. Bream to 4lbs 5oz, eels to 2lbs 4oz and a nice bonus small carp of just over 8lbs have also turned up and plenty of great sport has also been enjoyed by those fishing the waggler, for good catches of roach, rudd and skimmer bream.
From time to time we hear anglers suggesting that the Wallers is long past its best, but the end of season catches are proof indeed that the Haven is in fine form. In fact, all our rivers have produced well over the season, with good catches also being recorded on the Cuckmere and Pevensey Haven.
Specimen fish reported during the year include a carp of 20lb 4oz from Curls Farm, the Wallers Haven producing a pike of 20lb 10oz, a tench of 6lb 7oz and a perch of 3lbs, with the Cuckmere at Shermans Bridge also weighing in with carp of 19lb 4oz and 12lb and a bream of 5lb 4oz.
We are sure that many more fine fish are caught but not reported, please let us know of your catches, better still, enter them for the specimen fish awards every year.
Let’s all hope that we can look forward to this good fishing continuing into the future.
Roll on June 16th and the new season.
GOOD CATCHES FROM THE WALLERS HAVEN
Dean Harmer enjoyed a great session with the perch at Iron Bridge at the end of October, his best fish being a beauty of 3lb, here seen held by his son Charlie, who claims it was a team effort as he helped in netting the fish.
Despite the low level & clear water in the river, we also have reports of good catches of roach up to the 1lb mark, with plenty of pike also being captured.
Matthew Kingdon has again been amongst the carp at Curls Farm. He reports:
“Fished Curls yesterday. Landed 12 fish for a total weight of 97 lbs and a few oz, nearly 15lb being the biggest. Lost 9 as well.”
Matt Kingdon has been amongst the bigger carp at Marle Green including a fifteen and a bit mirror. Matt reports that it was a stunning clean fish, which took him straight through two sets of lillies.
Mathew Kingdon fished Curls Farm on 7th May and landed 16 fish for a total weight well in excess of 120lb, including a 20lb & a few oz common, a 14lb common, a 12lb common, a 12lb mirror and twelve other low double high single figure fish, also losing at least another ten fish, including another very large common under the rod tip. A brilliant days fishing. The photo of the twenty doesn't do the fish any justice as it was so fat he couldn't hold it up.
Over the winter months Mathew Kingdon has had some success with the carp at Marle Green, landing several double figure fish.
JUNE 2015, GOOD FISHING ON THE CUCKMERE
Kevin Saunders from Anglers Cabin in Hailsham, enjoyed a couple of early season sessions on the Cuckmere above Shermans Bridge, capturing 9 tench up to 5lb, a couple of carp, the best 8.5lb and bream up to 4.5lb, sweetcorn being the successful bait.
All the rain we experienced since the back end of 2013 has meant that all our river fisheries have been in spate with extremely high flows & coloured water making any sort of fishing a bit of a gamble, although thankfully we have not suffered so much as other areas of the UK.
Although the Cuckmere has been out of sorts, once the levels had dropped and the water cleared a bit, members fishing the Pevensey Levels have reported some good sport during the last couple of weeks of the season.