Coarse fishing season in Hailsham

SUMMER is just round the corner and so is the onset of the fishing season.

Angling enthusiasts can prepare for the season’s best coarse fishing and cast a line on Hailsham Town Council’s waterways with the annual start of the fishing season on June 16.

Fishing is currently permitted on season at two town council managed sites: Hailsham Country Park lake (off Gleneagles Drive) and Hempstead Pond (adjacent to Tilehurst Wood). Both fishing areas are well-stocked with fish including carp, bream, roach, rudd, tench, perch and pike.

Karen Moralee, the council’s environment and leisure officer, said:“For the keen fisherman, there isn’t a better place for fishing than the Hailsham Country Park lake. Besides enjoying the beauty of the surrounding areas, there’s an abundance of fish to catch and enjoy a great time. And the nearby Hempstead Pond site provides offers anglers a wide variety of species to target too.”

Get daily fishing permits from MFC supplies in Station Road and annual season tickets from the town council offices (£40 adult; £25 senior citizens, disabled and children under 16 years). A current Environment Agency rod licence and passport photo must be produced when buying permits.

For enquiries phone Karen Moralee on:01323 841702 (office hours). Regulations and conditions for fishing at the Hailsham Country Park lake and Hempstead Pond sites are available to download from