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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. 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.


Popped-up boilies are start­ing to pro­duce. DE­SCRIP­TION:

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