THE ULTIMATE ‘EASY’ WATER
Framfield is perfect for the beginner
IT’S vital that those new to fishing get an instant buzz of excitement on their first session – and some venues guarantee it.
Angling is sure to miss out on new recruits if they are sat inactive for long spells, whereas taking a novice to a water where the float will fly under within minutes of starting is sure to capture their imagination.
Commercial fisheries offer varying degrees of difficulty, and those that seasoned anglers would consider easy are the places to go to with a beginner.
Framfield Fishery in Sussex fits the bill perfectly and has been responsible for adding hundreds of anglers to the nation’s pool of talent.
In a stunning area of natural beauty, the three lakes provide something for everyone, and Spring Lake will appeal to those in search of lots of bites.
Marukyu and Orpington Tackle & Bait-backed Russell Shipton has visitedmany times over the years and has witnessed countless newcomers taking their first steps into the sport.
“I like to visit Framfield if I am trying to get to grips with a new tactic. It’s the ideal place to gain confidence,” explained Russell.
“It will produce lots of bites from carp from 1lb to double figures and the setting is very easy on the eye too.
“A lot of the time I see anglers with basic tackle that are clearly new to fishing. They always catch a few fish and clearly seem excited by it.”
PICK ANY PEG
Features often dictate where the shoals of carp are going to be, but all 36 pegs on Spring Lake can provide the action you crave.
Thousands of carp are stocked in here and a first-timer can expect to catch at least a dozen fish with a little help from a more experienced angler.
“At this time of year the fish spend most of the day close to the bank, looking for food, and as soon as you introduce any bait you will see swirls and even tails that will get the heart racing.
“With that in mind, all you need is a top kit off a pole or to drop your waggler or feeder in the margins,” said Russell.
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
Although Framfield is a winner with newbies, it also offers plenty of opportunities for anglers with years of experience. behind them.
Brookhouse Lake is often the choice of those that prefer to wait a little longer between bites, with the Method to the island, the short pole, or a margin attack all working well.
Big carp enthusiasts are well catered for, with the intimate Burywood Lake regularly throwing up fish over the 20lb mark along with the occasional tench to 8lb.
Even silverfish fans can put a personal best in the net, because Spring Lake holds a large head of perch to over 4lb.
FAST AND FURIOUS
With several matches coming up where paste may dominate, Russell decided to try out a number of different textures and recipes in preparation for these events.
Minutes after starting, the elastic was stretching out and a 3lb carp was soon in the net.
A run of missed bites gave Russell the incentive to make adjustments to his paste, and the changes he made soon helped him get back in touch with the resident lumps.
“The quick-fire nature of the sport means I can work things out really quickly, and in three hours’ fishing I reckon I have had over 150lb of carp without trying too hard,” he said.
A number of school children were accompanied by their dads on the day, and they could barely contain their joy as they experienced what was probably the best session of their early angling careers.
Take a newcomer to Framfield this week and you’ll be doing the sport a major favour. PRICES: £8 adults, £5 concessions CONTACT: Call Chris on 07798 751175 LOCATION: Framfield Fishery, Brook House Lane, Framfield, East Sussex, TN22 5QJ
Russell Shipton knocked these out in no time!
It’s one-a-chuck action at prolific Framfield Fishery.