a 5.5-acre, stream-fed lake set in stunning countryside. There are 24 swims, all dugout and chipped, including two disabled access swims, with lots of room between them. Stocks include carp to 20 lb, tench to 5 lb, bream to 8 lb, crucian to 3 lb, along with roach, rudd and perch to 2 lb.
TACTICS: both waggler and long pole are needed, with rod and line favoured in the shallows for skimmers and roach. In the main lake body, long pole works for similar species and the chance of a tench. Loosefed casters are great for mixed nets, with the fish also coming shallow in the deeper spots. For larger fish, try corn or prawns on the same line, or on an edge rig where there are nearside features. Worms are a good change bait. Towards the near end of the lake, the water depth is around 9 ft, shallowing to 2 ft at the top end. There is a gentle shelf down to full depth from the margins all over the lake. Fishflavoured boilies with a few crumbled boilies in a PVA bag are still picking off good carp, but those in the know are swapping to fluoro pop-ups. Casting to the far margins, or close to overhanging branches works on quiet days. The lake bed is a little silty, so a bomb is best. TICKETS: £10 adults, plus £5 for each extra rod; concessions £8, plus £4 for each extra rod. Night tickets £25 for up to 3 rods; £20 OAPs; £15 under-16s. Barbless hooks only. Unhooking mats needed. No fixed rigs. Fishing lodge on site with kettle, microwave and toilets. Enquiries on 01435 830835 or 07766 024773 or see www.furnacebrookfishery. co.uk Open all year.
GOOD SWIMS: as it gets colder, move into the open water, towards the deeper end. LOCAL TACKLE SHOP: Angler’s Cabin, 8 St Mary’s Walk, Hailsham, BN27 1AF.
Tel: 01323 440344. from the A22 Hailsham by-pass north of the town, pick up the A271 and head towards Windmill
Hill for 2 miles. Turn left, towards Cowbeech Hill for 2 miles, and then continue straight on into Cowbeech Road. Follow for 0.75 miles, into Cowbeech, and then turn right for Trolliloes. Continue into the village for 0.5 miles, and then bear left into New Road. The entrance is on the left, after
750 yards. BN27 4QR.
LOCATION: SAT NAV:
Popped-up boilies are starting to produce.