25th March 2020
ATTENTION ALL SAA MEMBERS
In view of the latest Government regulations to try and control the spread of the coronavirus epidemic and taking into account advice issued by the Angling Trust, all Southdown AA waters are closed until further notice.
There are no exceptions. This strictly only affects Curls Farm, Marle Green and Cinderford Pond, as all our other waters are currently subject to the statuary river close season. All planned competitions are likewise cancelled.
We will review the situation as advice from the Government and the Angling Trust is updated.
We had planned to hold our AGM and Social Evening on 1st May 2020, but this is now also cancelled, but we woulde hope to be able to hold a suitable replacement event at some time in the future once restrictions are relaxed / lifted.
We thank members for their continued support, trust you will all keep safe and well and will endeavour to advise you as soon as things return to near normality and we can all go fishing again.
Please can all members remember not to leave their vehicle in front of any gates when parking up for a fishing session.
We have had a number of reports recently about vehicles blocking farm gates at the Pevensey Haven and at Middle Bridge and Ironbridge on the Wallers Haven.
The farmers from whom we tease the fishing rights are now getting very annoyed and are voicing their opinions to the club. They need daily access to their land to tend livestock etc and if the situation continues we may well lose the use of some of our lovely waters.
Also, should there ever be an emergency the emergency services will also need access.
Now while we acknowledge that some parked vehicles may belong to dog owners or walkers in general, it would seem that the majority belong to anglers and the people responsible are not only selfish but quite frankly ignorant and stupid!
Shown is a vehicle blocking the gate at Ironbridge upstream on Sunday 15th September, apparently the angler concerned was fishing an overnight session.
So please NEVER park in front on any gate.
The Committee will be monitoring the situation on a daily basis for the rest of the season and should a member be found to be blocking a gate with their vehicle, it could result in a lifetime ban. Therefore if you value being a member of the Southdown A A and enjoy the great fishing that our waters can offer please park sensibly and never block gates.
HASTINGS MODEL FLYING CLUB (HMFC)
The HMFC own the field opposite our land at Middle Bridge and use this for flying radio control model aircraft. These aircraft vary in size, but some are very large, heavy and fast flying.
The club run a number of airshows during the year and apart from these, the most intense activity is at a weekend.
Unfortunately there have been a number of instances of these models crashing both near to anglers and in the Wallers Haven itself. For this reason we have agreed a number of measures with HMFC in order to lessen the risk to SAA members.
(a) For their own safety, when flying is taking place, anglers should not fish near the take off / landing zone currently marked, particularly at weekends.
(b) We have asked that HMFC check there is no one fishing in the direct line of the current take off zone. If there is, they are to attract the person’s attention, forewarn them about the risks and politely ask that they consider moving. Should this happen to you, please do not be offensive in return.
(c) We advise HMFC of all our fixtures and bookings scheduled for this water and where possible, HMFC will avoid flying on these days.
(d) HMFC will advise us of the dates of their airshows when flying activity is most intense and these will be communicated to SAA members via publication in our membership yearbook, or newsletters, e-mail and our website.
Members are advised not to fish this venue on these days, or at the very least not to fish in the first field, staying well away from the take off / landing zone.
If you happen to be present when one of the models crashes on our land or in the river, please advise the Secretary or Treasurer. Records of these instances will strengthen our case in arguing the need for any changes to the current flying arrangements.
The dates for the HMFC Airshows are shown in your membership yearbook.
A WORD OF WARNING
Whilst our stretches of the river Cuckmere are both beautiful and full of fish, some of which grow very large, everyone needs to take great care when settling down to enjoy a days sport, as although narrow in most places the river is deceptively very deep and can be up to 10ft at the waters edge.
Over the years quite a few anglers have unfortunately fallen in and have struggled to get out! In fact, already this season, a very experienced member suffered from an undercut bank which collapsed, resulting in him ending up in the water chest high and he's over six feet tall.
Please be very cautious and careful when deciding where to fish, if possible go with a fishing mate so at least there's someone on hand if an accident happens. Always have a really good prod and poke around with a bank stick to check the bank and find out where the waters edge actually is.
Most banks along the Cuckmere are now very overgrown. Years ago the banks were of mud and flat, but as the years have ticked by, the vegetation has grown, which actually now means we are sitting on banks where the middle of the river used to be, consequently that's why the water is very deep right at your feet.
Enjoy the river and all the surrounding countryside has to offer, but please tread cautiously and be very, very careful.
Marle Green Closure Dates
Somewhat late in the day, Sacred Earth has advised some changes to their event dates at this water. We advise members to treat these dates as closures as the site will be busy and parking space restricted.
This is the updated list of dates and supersedes those listed in the Year Book and previously on this website:
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th June 2019 inclusive;
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 2019;
Saturday 13th July 2019;
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th August 2019 inclusive;
Sunday 1st September 2019; and,
Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd September 2019 inclusive.
The club matches scheduled for the 23rd June and 1st September 2019 will be re-arranged. Please contact the Match Secretary.
Sorry for any inconvenience but this is beyond our control.
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.
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APRIL 2019 NEWSLETTER
Our latest Newsletter has now been issued.
Please go to Newsletters 2019 or to download a copy.
JANUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER
Our latest Newsletter has now been issued. Please go to the News Page, or to download a copy, please click below.
ILLEGAL FISHING AND POACHING
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.
We are sorry to have to report some unexpected bad news:
River Cuckmere at Arlington, Raylands/Churchlands Farm (East Bank) and Raillands Ditch on the Pevensey Levels
Unfortunately we have been unable to secure the fishing rights on this section of the Cuckmere that initially Hailsham AA and afterwards SAA have held for many, many years and on Raillands Ditch on the Pevensey Levels. We know that these two venues were not fished that much, but were well loved by a few members, but nevertheless, this is very disappointing.
To be clear, on the Cuckmere, this is the part on the east bank that we previously accessed down the lane past the Yew Tree Inn, adjacent to Arlington Church (see page 12 of your Year Book) comprising the first field, the ne xt short field upstream and then the further two fields upstream to Sessingham footbridge.
This has occurred because the original landowner sadly passed away and the new owner has exercised his wishes not to allow fishing anymore. Regrettably there was nothing we could do to persuade him otherwise and accordingly, all our signage has now been removed.
We now have no legal right to fish these venues, so members should desist from visiting these locations.
We are currently trying to renegotiate the fishing rights for the west bank further upstream that includes Sessingham Weir. Further information will be posted as soon as things are finalised.
NEW DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS
The New General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018 come into force on the 25th May 2018.
In common with almost every amateur organisation in the U.K., Southdown A.A. members’ details are recorded and stored on a computerised database, with the contact details members supply to the Association being held securely for the sole purposes of administration and communicating with members by post, e-mail, telephone or other electronic means.
For more information and our Data Protection Notice, dated May 2018, please refer to the Membership Page
During the past week a club member reported having to pick up 5 Sweetcorn tins and other rubbish found scattered around the lake at Marle Green.
This is a serious matter as club rules clearly state that NO TINS OR CANS ARE TO BE TAKEN ONTO ASSOCIATION WATERS and members are to LEAVE NO LITTER.
Our landowners won't take too kindly to anglers leaving litter behind which is obviously bad for the environment and any livestock, wildlife etc. and waters have been lost before due to irresponsible anglers leaving litter and rubbish on the bank.
If the above is due to you please change your attitude and don't ruin things for others. If it's proved that a members has left litter where they have fished, it's highly likely that they will be banned from the club for life.
Please ensure that you take home everything that you took with you when you left for your session on the bank, that means bottles, groundbait bags, cigarette packets, sweet packets, plastic worm tubs, line, hooks, everything !
If you do come across litter on Association waters, even though you didn’t leave it, please clear it up and dispose of it properly when you get home. Generally our waters have remained pretty litter free, but it only takes one bad apple to spoil things for everyone else.
Respect the environment, please take your rubbish home, leave only foot prints.
NEW TACKLE SHOP
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.
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