We have now arranged to exchange membership books with Horsham & District Anglers Association.
The books are available now from either Jim Ford, 8 Newton Close, Lindfield or Burgess Hill Tackle Shop.
Access at EAST MASCALLS
For any member who wishes to fish on the Golf Course side of the river, going upstream.
There is now a Wooden Gate that has been installed by the Society with a coded padlock attached.
Some of the swims upstream have better bank access on that side,
plus there is less likelihood of any bait being snaffled by dogs being walked on the public footpath.
At present whilst building work is taking place on this side of the river our access has been blocked
off to try to stop theft from the building site and any member wishing to gain access may do so by
going through the site entrance about 50 yards up the road during the hours when building work is
being carried out.
Our access throught the gate will be resumed once the new property has been completed.
If a member of the public asks why there is a gate on the footpath side,
the Farmer supplied it and asked us to install it.
It's to help prevent any livestock escaping onto the road when they are put in that field.
Carl & Alex Smith
These 2 lads have produced some videos that were taken on HHDAS waters.
They have had them approved by the Committee and the Videos can be found on the Videos Page.
On the LINKS page you will find a link to their website to view other videos they have produced at other venues.
20th October 2011
Today the Society stocked some CARP into BALCOMBE LAKE.
Total weight stocked was approx 352lb.
Which meant there were about 55 fish ranging between 5lb - 10lb.
The majority were in the 6 - 8lb bracket and there were a couple around the 10lb mark.
These fish were added to introduce new genes into the breeding pool !!!
We also had to buy this size to help avoid predation by cormorants !!
Plus we hope they grow mature a bit quicker than the local stock !
Stocking UPDATE 11th Nov 2011 Since the stocking of the fish into Balcombe Junior Committee member Ryan Smith has caught 2 fish that weighed just under 10lb each. He has sent pictures to me to put on the website to show the condition they are in. He also stated it was nice to see them showing already. The pictures are shown below and will be added to the gallery in a while. 9lb 12oz 9lb 6oz I apologise for the quality of the pictures but they were sent by mobile phone ! New Junior Carp Record Congatulations to Ryan Smith who, after catching 2 of the newly stocked Carp, then went out the next day and bagged himself a bigger fish ( old stock) to break the Junior Record a superb Common Carp of 22lb 7oz
Stocking UPDATE 11th Nov 2011
Since the stocking of the fish into Balcombe Junior Committee member Ryan Smith has caught 2 fish that weighed just under 10lb each.
He has sent pictures to me to put on the website to show the condition they are in.
He also stated it was nice to see them showing already. The pictures are shown below and will be added to the gallery in a while.
9lb 12oz 9lb 6oz
I apologise for the quality of the pictures but they were sent by mobile phone !
New Junior Carp Record
Congatulations to Ryan Smith who, after catching 2 of the newly stocked Carp, then went out the next day and bagged himself a bigger fish ( old stock) to break the Junior Record a superb Common Carp of 22lb 7oz
NEW RIVER LOCATION
We have regained control of a stretch of the River Ouse at Sheffield Park.
We used to have this stretch prior to 2000 when a pollution incident caused a loss of fish and invertebrate life
and the fishing declined over the next couple of years.
The Ouse Wanderers Association, (still operating) an angling syndicate formed in 2003 by some members from the Society,
managed to rent the opposite bank for several years, until The National Trust bought the farmland on that side of the river in 2008.
They (OWA) found the fishing had recovered enough to give some sport and it improved during their tenure.
As the stretch has now lain "fallow" for 3 years it would be nice to know what's now in there to be caught!!
Instructions on how to get there and where to park are to be found in the River Locations section of the website.
SHEFFIELD PARK Update
This stretch has been fished by a couple of the members on a regular basis since we announced that we had got it back.
At first they had to work out which swims to fish but once done they then concentrated on using 'larger baits' to attract 'larger fish'.
The member that spoke to me said that there were probably lots of small fish but they wanted to see what was in the stretch.
Maybe the following pictures prove a point.
CARP 13lb 10oz BARBEL 9lb 4oz
I've also had reported by another member that he had a Barbel 8lb 7oz and a decent Chub of 3lb+ in the Summer months but I've no pictures to date from him, if he managed to take any!
HAD THIS E-MAIL FROM AN UNHAPPY MEMBER IN JAN 2012
Hi Jim,A bit of a moan from me. You know where I fish, and this
season more anglers are fishing there, fair enough. For a number of
years I have fished a swim with a fair amount of success, nine Barbel
from it this season, and more than I can remember over the past over the
past 5 years. It needs proper gear, 12lb line and a good rod, plus hit
and hold tactics. I have only lost one fish to a snag in this swim, a
rate of about 1 in 40. I think someone has had problems with the snags
and has got in the river and cleared the whole swim out, all the
stuff that was holding up the water and creating a deep run for the big
Barbel plus the snaggy cover they love. The swim has basically been
destroyed, and no longer holds Barbel. I wish people would think before
they act, and try and understand the river. Members should be encouraged
to fish the river in the way it needs to be fished, not alter the river
for their own perceived convenience.
If members wish to carry out work parties, please notify a member of the Committee prior to doing so. They are not covered by the Society's insurance if an accident occurs!