Barry Reed with a beautiful 1lb plus feeder caught Roach

Barry Reed with a beautiful 1lb plus feeder caught Roach

A great season so far at Furnace Brook Fishery

We seem to have been blessed so far this season at Furnace Brook, every month so far, we have been able to say that the fishery has been producing lovely bags of fish and some stunning individual examples. Now here we are mid Summer with the holidays just around the corner and this last month has probably been the best so far. Not sure what it is, if in deed it is any one thing that has determined the quality of fishing available. Without doubt we are welcoming more and more new faces every month along with our valued regulars, this in turn sees more bait go in across the lake keeping the fish on the feed. Also there are many types of fishing all manner of permitted styles from simple rod and line tactics to the dedicated Carp angler and match angler alike. All this and the creation of more all-weather swims around the lake have conspired to spread the fish out more and keep them in top condition and willing to feed. We have seen some monster bags of Carp and silver species this month with some anglers snaring up to 35 Carp in a single short day session – long may this continue.


Notable catches through the month include:

Ted and Roger fishing a day session where they both chose to fish simple waggler float tactics. Fishing no further than 2rod lengths out. Ted caught plenty of quality Roach and Rudd up to a 1lb along with plenty of hybrids and Bream to around 4lb alternating between sweetcorn and prawn hookbaits. Roger caught 5 Bream averaging 3lb a piece 2 Carp around 7lb each along with plenty of Roach and Rudd up to 1lb. Roger’s only disappointed was to loose out on a protracted battle with a big ghost Carp as it slipped the hook on him. Keep the feed going in and the fish will oblige – well done gents.

Adam visited from Hailsham and enjoyed a ‘red hot’ day session. Setting up down in the shallows adjacent to the island, situated at the bottom end of the lake. He fished 14mm crab boilies with crumbled boilie bags to land 3 Tench, 3 Bream and 16 Carp with individual fish to 15lb this was a day to remember for Adam – Great angling Sir!

The ‘Beer Monsters’ visited recently to fish their annual Summer match at Furnace Brook, they do not use keepnets for this or draw pegs as is customary with our organized open matches. This is a more laid back 24 hour affair with the 9 lads placing themselves around the lake on Saturday afternoon and fishing just beyond dusk. They then take a break overnight and continue to the mid afternoon the following day. They all used two rods apiece with no bite alarms allowed and a simple points system is employed to determine the winner. Plenty of fish were landed and a good time was had by all, Terry Aldridge was crowned champion with a splendid Carp and mixed silvers bag. Not the first time the Lewes based rod has taken the spoils as I believe he won the event last year as well! Nicely done Terry. See you all again soon lads.

Natural beauty abounds the lakeside throughout the Summer at Furnace Brook

Natural beauty abounds the lakeside throughout the Summer at Furnace Brook

We will be announcing the dates and details of our Autumn – Spring open match fishing season in the coming weeks and more information will appear in these pages as well as up on our website.

If you are an ‘old school’ angler looking for beautiful, peaceful surroundings with some wonderful mixed fishing this really is the venue for you, we are family friendly and look forward to welcoming you soon.

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