Southdown Angling Association East Sussex Angling at its best
Southdown Angling Association East Sussex Angling at its best

28th June 2021

Additional Water Closure at Marle Green

Members please note that in addition to the scheduled closures, due to other activities on site, Marle Green will also be closed

to SAA members on Saturday 7th August 2021

22nd June 2021


Unless absolutely necessary, we no longer send information out to members

by post anymore, so, if you are, or wish to be, a member of the Southdown

Angling Association, we need to be able to contact you via email and to do

this, your email address and other contact details need to be included in

our secure membership database.

Via our membership of the Angling Trust we are in the process of moving to

the "Clubmate" platform to manage membership details, communications

and membership renewals.

This is an off-the-shelf management system designed for fishing clubs which

will reduce our administration time and facilitate direct membership payments

Further information will be posted once it is all fully up and running.

19th April 2021

2021 / 2022 MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the SAA for the year commencing the 1st May

is now available. Please visit the Membership Page for details

and to download an application form.

19th April 2021


Latest Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 the Southdown AA has followed the guidance of the Angling Trust (AT), closing waters to angling and re-opening in controlled ways as required. We have seen national lockdowns and more local restrictions with Tiers based on County and District Council boundaries and at times, the guidance on restrictions

from the Trust changed at short notice.

Necessarily, the SAA had to introduce additional restrictions to limit fishery use and safeguard anglers and fish welfare and we used our Facebook and Website pages to update members and will continue to do this as necessary

All SAA waters are located in East Sussex and within the statutory boundary of the Wealden District. It is important that members know this, so that you understand future advice on recreational fishing. Where you live is also important, as you may not be allowed to, or be advised against travelling to fish SAA waters, dependent upon the arrangements as the Covid restrictions are further lifted.

In February, the Government set-out a series of planned steps on the easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Tentative dates were given for each step which would be subject

to review dependent on how well the pandemic was considered to be “under control”.

Step 1 was implemented on 29th March 2021, when some of the restrictions on outdoor recreational activity were lifted and the Angling Trust statement on fishing in England

from 29th March 2021  (source was:

a)  Fishing will remain permitted as outdoor recreation or exercise for up to 6 people, or

     in a larger group if everyone present is from the same two households. This is known

     as the “Rule of 6”;

b   In principle, anglers may fish into or through the night. However, no night fishing is

     allowed on SAA waters until at least the 16 June 2021;

c)  The statutory stay at home restriction will be lifted but the guidance encourages you

     to minimise travel outside of your local area; and

d   Match fishing is permitted under controlled conditions, but no spectators are allowed.  

     However, no matches will take place on SAA waters until at least 16 June 2021.

As a result of proceeding to Step 1, all current SAA Covid related restrictions are lifted. This means that the limits on members visiting our enclosed waters does not apply, but

members should follow social distancing measures avoiding close contact with others.

The SAA and SAA members must always follow Government restrictions and guidance from the Angling Trust. One should never go fishing if you are feeling unwell.

17th March 2021


Members please note that Cinderford Pond is regrettably no longer

a Southdown AA water.

Incident at Marle Green on Saturday 26th September 2020

We have received a complaint from a householder adjacent to the access track at Marle Green who is rightly upset about what happened. The gist is that someone was picking up a young person (presumably an angler and a member) from in front of the access gate that has the combination lock to restrict access and in doing so, the person with the vehicle blocked the bridleway.

When confronted, the driver was horribly abusive to the person who complained (a woman).

We have no more details than this, but clearly this is unacceptable and stupid behaviour by an adult who should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. If anyone knows the persons involved or has any other information about this incident, please contact a club official.

The club has a number of live threats to our existence (low water levels, boaters, model aircraft, poaching, litter etc) without adding to them with this self-inflicted kind of thing.

So, a reminder about our arrangements for Marle Green and how the club expects you (and anyone transporting you to the water) to behave:

1. Parking/idling in front of the locked access gate is only permitted to unlock/lock and

    open/close the gate. You should not stop there to drop-off or collect anyone, even for

    a few minutes. If someone needs to be dropped off or collected either gain access

    through the gate and proceed to the assigned car parking area, or drop-off or pick-up

    further up the track away from the houses. No excuses or exceptions;

2. Drive slowly along the access, maximum 5 mph; slower is better, particularly if it is dry

    and dusty. Be prepared to encounter pets, horses and livestock and keep them safe.

3. Be considerate to all other track users and occupiers of residences. As a member, you

    represent the club, and the club will be judged by your actions; and;

4. If confronted by any of the householders, be humble, polite and apologetic. Don’t be

    abusive. Remember you don’t know who they are, how they are connected and what

    they are capable of doing.

A further incident like this could lead to us involuntarily losing the water or voluntarily having to give it up because of the actions of a few inconsiderate persons.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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