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Map Ref. (TQ 320213) From H.H. take the B2112 towards Wivelsfield and after about half a mile turn right into Rocky Lane. About one mile on turn right into access road signed for Brooklands Farm. Follow service road turning left at junction then turn right to gate (padlocked) at top of track down to lake and car parks.
I would not like to hazard a guess at the amount of hours anglers have spent in fishing heaven at Valebridge. A simply stunning lake in beautiful surroundings, Valebridge is the flagship lake of HHDAS. With lilies scattered over the lake as excellent fish holding features, and pegs ranging from less than 2 ft deep to approx 4-5ft at the dam end, Valebridge really does have it all.
Valebridge has a total of 40 pegs, and each and every one can bring an excellent bag of fish if approached correctly. Standard double red maggots has caught well recently with an increasing number of skimmers/bream showing to this method. Fishing close to the lilies will always bring roach and rudd, with some excellent hybrids also regularly showing. A large stock of tench are also found in this water, and these can be caught all through the day, with the mornings and evening proving to be the best times to catch these beautiful green fish. Sweetcorn and flake are always a favourite of tench, and the dreaded rake can set up your swim nicely for those who dare.
For the more adventurous angler, pellet and particles and boilies can all work well to target the specimen fish of all species, including bream which have been showing more recently in larger numbers.
Carp are also present and go into early 20's, but can prove difficult to land if hooked when the lilies are at their strongest during the summer months. Great sport can be had here off the top, assuming you can keep the ducks and swans at bay!!!
Map Ref. (TQ317310). From H.H. follow road signs to Balcombe. Entering village, take narrow road 1st right (Mill Lane). At sharp right bend take access lane ahead to Woodward’s Farm (lake visible to left). Cross dam to car park on left (padlocked). Cautions : power lines; traffic on dam, E. bank access limits Sept. to Jan. inclusive.
Balcombe Lake is a 10 acre lake set to the north of Ardingly Reservoir. Depths vary from 2.5ft at the far end deepening up to the dam wall to about 9ft. Balcombe is surrounded by trees except for the dam, which backs on to the road leading to the car park, although this causes few problems.
Balcombe has a host of features, overhanging trees, reeds, underwater bars and a large underwater channel located within feeder casting distance of the dam.
There are large quantities of Tench to 6lb+, Bream to 8lb+, Roach, Rudd and Perch to 2lb+. Pike have also been caught to 25lb in the last couple of years, and there are huge quantities of jacks in the lake this year.
Carp have been caught into the "twenties" but failure to report any larger catches mean that we can only guess how large they go.
Large bags of Bream and Tench are caught on feeder or pole tactics but as with this type of fishing large quantities of groundbait should be used. Hook baits such as maggot, caster, sweetcorn or worm are all winners.
Large Pike are caught on legered deadbaits (sea fish seem to be favourite). Spinning accounts for many jacks.
Details in Membership book.
Map Ref. (TQ258276). Take A23 to Slaugham Flyover then west towards Slaugham village. Approx. 200 yds turn left at sign for Slaugham Place. Private road to HHDAS car park on left opposite lake (not the Sussex Police car park). Cautions : power lines; speed limits on roadway.
Our conditions for fishing this water have changed for 2012 we now only have permission for two persons to fish at any one time and you must get the required permits from Alan Smith Tel: 01444 482097 before you
Our conditions for fishing this water have changed for 2012 we now only have permission for two persons to fish at any one time and you must get the required permits from Alan Smith Tel: 01444 482097 before youfish the water.
This beautiful lake has undergone a major transformation during 2001. Ongoing improvements by the owner has seen the water expand from a surface areas of 11 acres to just under 17 acres. Maximum depth is approximately 5 feet and there is excellent fishing to be had.
The predominant species are Roach, Rudd and Skimmers. There are shoals of larger Bream to well over the existing club record, Tench to 6lb+, Carp in the upper twenties and a large head of Pike with one of 22lb+ caught in 2005.
Tactics at Slaugham clearly depend on which fish you are after, though groundbait feeders over large beds of groundbait will account for the Bream, and a few Tench. Specialist Carp tactics will work well to target the specimens. Pole or Waggler should also work for the smaller species, with the strong possibility of a bonus fish.
Bait should also be tailored to suit the fish you are after, with conventional baits working well all year round.
Slaugham Mill Pond - No bivvies. Night fishing permitted - maximum stay 48 hours. Barbless hooks only to be used. Leave no litter.
Map Ref. (TQ289237). Take A272 from H.H. to Ansty. At the Ansty Cross public house turn right aad then immediately right into Deaks Lane. If traveling from the A23 turn left just before the Ansty Cross public house. Travel on for about one mile passing Norris Farms on right. Decend down a steep hill and as you climb out at the top you will see a metal gate,(set back) on the right. Parking is on the right through the gate (padlocked). Please close (padlock) all gates. Deaks Lane ponds are on the left through the next gate.
Deaks Lane comprises of two ponds (top and bottom) and some excellent fishing can be had on BOTH!
Deaks Lane is one of Haywards Heath and District Angling Societies most improved coarse fisheries and has undergone extensive work over the last four years with new swims being created and reinforced including the "Box Swim" On the top lake. Also bark was put down on the track around the two ponds to allow for ease of access. The bottom pond has been re-stocked with carp in the region of 3oz to 6lb+ .A bridge over the ditch was built by Roland Smith and Norman Cragg which further enables easy access for anglers. Barley straw bales have been put into the ponds recently by Don Garner to clear some surface algae and this has worked to great success. With all these improvements fishing at Deaks Lane has come alive!
Speaking from personal experience and having a catch of 38lb of carp this water is great for bagging up on f1 carp. The "top spots" are typically pegs' one and two as these both hold a large area of lily pads at easy reach for the pole angler and attract the carp, tench, roach and the odd bream. Also good size Eels have been caught from the complex with a 3lb specimen coming for a HHDAS member.
Standard tactics work well with pole being the dominant method. Large catches of carp can be caught on double red maggot, sweetcorn and the new "skinz" pellets have been dragging a few out lately too. For the roach, bream and tench try introducing a few casters.
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