2019-2020 Winter Permits
The Society’s Winter Permits are now available from all of our outlets at a cost of £50.00.
These permits cover the period from 1st November until the following 30th April and include the waters that we share with Copthorne & District AS (CDAS), including their stillwaters at Piltdown Pond near Newick and Rowfant between Copthorne and Turners Hill near Gatwick.
The closed season for river coarse fishing, starting on 15th March 2020, applies to holders of all of our winter permits, but fishing continues on CDAS stillwaters until 30th April.
Click here for details of where to purchase your permit.
Bridge Repairs at Barcombe Mills this Autumn (2019)
The Environment Agency has advised the Society that bridge repairs at Barcombe Mills are scheduled to start in October 2019…
“Following a routine structural inspection by the Environment Agency (EA), significant defects were identified on Barcombe Fish Pass Bridge. To ensure the bridge remains safe for users, a number of essential repairs are required. Unfortunately vehicle access to the Barcombe Mills Access Road will need to be closed whilst repairs to the bridge are completed. As there will be no access to the bridge, footpath routes will also be affected, ESCC Rights of Way Diversion Signs for the Ouse Valley Way will be displayed on site. Please note that pedestrian/fishing access to the majority of Barcombe Mills will remain unaffected. The site compound will be located in the Barcombe Parish Council car park located to the south of Barcombe Mills.
To complete repairs on the underside of the bridge, water levels will need to be temporarily lowered on the fish pass channel. During this time, any fish located in this section of channel will be carefully re-located downstream and active environmental monitoring will be on-going throughout the duration of the repair. The current estimated start date is scheduled for 14th October 2019 and the repair duration is likely to be approx. 4 – 6 weeks (this date and the duration maybe subject to change as suitable water level and weather conditions are required).
Apologies for any inconvenience caused, and thank you for your cooperation whilst these essential works are conducted.”
Coarse Season News (Day Tickets) – 2019-2020
Day tickets are now available for 2019-2020 – click here for details
Car parking for fishing near the Anchor Inn.
At the time of writing there is still NO car parking available at or near the Anchor Inn. Parking is only available in the public car park at Barcombe Mills, with access shown on your day ticket.
Please check back here regularly for any changes to these arrangements.
OAPS anglers will be aware that waters we control on the non-tidal river at Barcombe Mills are used from time to time by local companies that advertise commercial canoe trips on the river and also by so-called “wildswimmers”.
The Society advises anglers to avoid any sort of confrontation, including swearing, with these groups. The Society would appreciate any photographic or video evidence anglers can collect of either of these groups interfering with their enjoyment of the river.
Permit Holder News – 2019-2020
Annual Fishing permits are now available for 2019-2020 – click here for details
Bevern Stream remains unavailable for fishing in 2019/2020.
The Bevern Stream remains closed for the 2019/2020 season to all Ouse Angling Preservation Society permit holders while work continues on assessing the ongoing damage to the fishery caused by the Plumpton Mill Stream pollution during the winter of 2016-2017.
Car parking for fishing near the Anchor Inn.
At the time of writing there is still NO car parking available at or near the Anchor Inn. Parking is only available at Barcombe Mills in either the Society’s car park or the public car park, with access shown in your information pack. Please check back here regularly for any changes to these arrangements.
Guest ticket clarification.
Guest tickets do not allow permit holders to take their guest to any of the Copthorne and District A.S. stillwaters, including Piltdown Pond.
Coarse Fishing Permits for 2019-2020
With June 16th fast approaching, our coarse fishing permits are now available from all of the usual outlets (including our Permit Secretary) ready for the start of the new coarse river fishing season.
2019-2020 Sea Trout Permits
There are a small number of Sea Trout permits remaining from our 2019-2020 allocation.
If you want a current season’s Sea Trout permit please click here for information or see our contact details below. If you want to be added to the waiting list for next year’s permits please contact the Permit Secretary and you will be invited to submit an application around the end of January 2020.
Please remember that Annual Sea Trout Permits are ONLY available from the Society’s Permit Secretary. Please email (click on the ‘Contact Us’ link at the bottom left of any page) or telephone (07899 245680 – mobile).
Car Parking on the OAPS Fishery
Permit and Day ticket anglers wishing to fish the river in the vicinity of the Anchor Inn are probably aware that there were “difficulties” last season in accessing the ONLY designated anglers’ parking for this part of the river, in the field on the left hand side of the road just before the Anchor Inn.
At the present time our anglers cannot rely on this parking being available. Unfortunately, this means that the nearest viable ‘official’ parking for this part of the river is in the Society’s car park at Barcombe Mills with access to the Anchor Inn stretch of river via…
a) the farm track that takes you to the Old Mill Farm site where it joins the Ouse Valley Way footpath – this is a ‘Restricted Byway’ that forms part of the end of a footpath that crosses the old railway bed to the north, or
b) the Ouse Valley Way footpath alongside the river that you join next to the hump-back bridge near the Pool.
If the Society’s car park is inaccessible during wet weather please use the public car park.
Further information will be shown here as and when it becomes available.
14lb Barbel at Sheffield Park
14lb Barbel caught by a permit holder in mid-February 2019 on the Sheffield Park stretch of the Sussex Ouse