THE UL­TI­MATE ‘EASY’ WA­TER

Framfield is per­fect for the be­gin­ner

Angling Times (UK) - - WHERE TO FISH -

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.

BITES GA­LORE

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.

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