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East Sussex Fishing Venues

Sussex Ouse, Barcombe Cross

Contact Jim Smith [bailiff] on 01825 750366
John Goodrick [secretary] on 01273 400380
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Day Ticket Prices Day tickets available for limited stretches of the River Ouse, costing £7 for adults, £3 for juniors. Available in advance from the Post Office at Barcombe, the Anchor Inn and at various tackle shops in Brighton, Percey's in Lewes and Uckfield Angling Centre
Species Present Pike, Chub, Bream, Carp, Roach, Barbel, Perch
Venue Facilities Car parking and some swims suitable for disabled anglers
Best Baits Cheese, luncheon meat, bread, maggots, worms, sweetcorn and sea fish deadbaits for pike
Getting There / Directions Leave the M23 at junction 10 and follow the A264 to East Grinstead. Join the A22 and head south past Uckfield until the junction for the A26. Turn right and head towards Lewes and after about 4 miles, turn right onto Barcombe Mills Road. The river and car park are about a mile up thie road.
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Controlled by the Ouse Angling Preservation Society, thios stretch of the River Ouse holds some huge pike [up to 30lb] which fall readily to sea fish deadbaits as well as general coarse fish.

Chub [up to 4lb] are plentiful with favourite baits including cheese, luncheon meat and breadflake. Barbel [up to 8lb] were introduced to the Ouse in the 1960s with most fish being caught on meat fished over hemp, or on maggots using a swimfeeder. Roach [to 2lb] are also present particularly in the Lewes stretch [although not in the numbers they used to be]. Carp are also present [to 20lb] and have been caught on breadflake, sweetcorn, and luncheon meat. Bream [to 6lb] shoal up in the deep water above Barcombe Mill . Worms work well when fished over groundbait. Worms also work well for the Perch [to 2lb] which are making a comeback as are dace which are being caught on waggler-fished maggots. The river can throw up the odd surpise such as mullet and the non-indigenous pumpkinseed which escaped from from a lake upstream in the 1980s during a flood.

  • no night fishing allowed
  • no fishing in the weir pool until November 1st
  • no dogs and no swimming.


Barcombe Mill, Barcombe Cross, East Sussex, England

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