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Fishing

The fishing lakes are open to day tickets from 7am each morning until dusk or 9pm, which ever comes sooner. Campers and members may begin fishing at 6am during the summer months when the mornings are lighter. Day tickets can be obtained from the reception or the bailiff who will make several visits during the day. Please read the fishery rules before fishing.


Prices in 2018

Adult Day Ticket: 1 Rod: £8.00 / 2 Rods: £12.00 (ages 16 years +)

Junior Day Ticket: 1 Rod: £7.00 / 2 Rods: £10.00 (aged up to 15 years)

Concession Day Ticket: 1 Rod: £7.00 / 2 Rods: £10.00 (aged 60 years +)

Third Rod: +£3.00 (at bailiff's discretion)

All anglers should have a valid fishing licence issued by the Environment Agency. Buy your licence here.

Booking a Premium Lakeside Pitch or Lakeside Accommodation does not including fishing within the price.


Sumners Lake

The larger specimen water, is stocked with Carp up to 38lb, Perch to 4lb, Chub to 6lb, Bream to 7lb, Roach to 2lb and Pike to 15lb. We have a mix of camping pitches and accomodation with swims that are reserved but if vacant, can be fished if there isn't an arrival on that day. There are six dedicated day-ticket swims on this lake. Night fishing for members and campers is also possible on this lake. Sumners is a specimen lake and is therefore a challenging water so is recommended for more experienced anglers who are after a new PB.

Tactics: To target the Carp, legered boilie and pellet works well with dark baits seeming to produce more bites. We recommend 15mm baits to avoid the Bream, pop-ups have also been known to trip up the larger fish. Mackerel and Sardines are also a particular favourite for the Pike. The island is a favourable spot but it is often the margins that will produce the larger catch. Anglers wishing to target Bream and other smaller species will do well on feeders and float fish Maggot or Corn.


Farm Pond

The smaller but more mature of the lakes, we have Carp to to 24lb, Roach, Tench, Rudd, Chub, Perch and Crucians. It is ideal for juniors and the less experienced angler looking to get into the sport but still provides great fishing for those more skilled. There are 14 day-ticket swims on this lake including the purpose built disabled accessible platform next to the car park. Night fishing is possible on this lake when one of the 3 premium camping pitches are booked.

Tactics: The lake is heavily stocked so simple methods work best, float fishing at around 4ft is what we would recommend and fishing on the surface on warmer days in the summer. It is important to feed regularly to produce multiple catches. In terms of bait, Luncheon Meat, Corn and Soft Pellets work best.  


Match Lake

Set on its own, away from the campsite is a 3.5 acre water which provides prolific fishing with Mirror and Common Carp, Chub, Barbel, Crucians, Tench, Bream and Roach. Primarily designed for the match fisherman but provides great sport for the day ticket fisherman too. This is by far our most popular lake for the angler seeking multiple catches for fish weighing in the double figures. The lake record currently stands at 32lb Mirror Carp! As the name implies there are often matches booked on to this water especially at weekends so be sure to check availability if you are making a visit to fish this lake specifically. We regularly post match calendars on social media.

Tactics: Again, the Match Lake is heavily stocked so there is really no need for anything too complicated. Small PVA bags of pellet or crushed boilies is a particular favourite of the regular anglers on this lake. Float fishing with worm is a good way to target the Tench and Barbel that often patrol the margins. Avoid introducing too much bait as this can often push the fish out of your area. This is a great lake for those newer to the sport and those wishing to up their PB and generally increase their knowledge. Double takes are very common during the summer months so be aware!


Ribbon Lake

As its name implies, is a meandering ribbon of water. It is well stocked with fish such as Barbel up to 8lb, Chub to 6lb, Tench, Perch, Bream, Roach and Crucians. It is popular with match fisherman and is also ideal for beginners or parent and child teams as you can generally be guaranteed a successful catch on most visits. This lake is a favourite with some of our regulars as it is unique in design and has a large walk-on island with 8 platforms to fish from. There are around 40 day-ticket swims, most of which have a platform. This lake again often has matches booked.

Tactics: The bridge to the island and the large tree opposite are the hot spots as well as the car-park bank often producing a good catch. Be sure to use light rods, smaller hooks and 6lb line or heavier to get the most out of this lake as the Barbel particularly put up and impressive fight. Luncheon meat and drilled pellet are ideal when targeting the Barbel and Chub with usual maggot and corn working well with the other silver fish species. 


Betty's Lake

Our newest addition, is for experienced fishermen only. This specimen water is stocked with a host of Redmire Common & Simmonds Mirror Carp up to 35lb as well as Barbel, Tench, Perch and Chub. Betty's Lake is set in a particularly peaceful and tranquil area of the site with three well placed islands and has 18 spacious dugout swims particularly suited to the Carp angler. Members can book to night fish by appointment only.

Tactics: This is the most challenging lake on site but is also the most rewarding therefore a more thoughtful approach is required, please read the additional rules for this lake before fishing. Tiger nuts are the bailiff's favourite for this water along with a healthy scattering of free offerings. Throughout the warmer months the shallower spots around the islands are often where the Carp will patrol so take time when choosing your spot as it is often the case that hitting these areas can mean the difference between catching and not. Again, like Sumners Lake, darker baits tend to work best with a few anglers catching well on zig-rigs when the conditions are favourable.


Please note that we are serious about the well being of our valuable fish stocks. You must be sure that you have read and understood the fishery rules and have the correct equipment. Our staff are happy to advise as are most experienced fishermen. If you have any questions regarding the fishery, want to contact one of the fishing bailiffs or just want to send in pictures of your catches email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact Us

Address:
Sumners Ponds
Chapel Road
Barns Green, Horsham
West Sussex, RH13 0PR

Reception: 01403 732539  
Cafe: 01403 732734
Email: bookings@sumnersponds.co.uk

Reception Opening Times

Monday - Sunday: 9am - 5pm

Cafe Opening Times

Sunday - Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday - Saturday: 8am - 10:30pm
 

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