2018-2019 Sea Trout Permit Allocation

2018-2019 Sea Trout permits have now been despatched and should be with successful applicants shortly, if not already delivered.

If you have been notified of a successful application and have not received your permit and documentation by Monday 23rd April, please make the Society’s Permit Secretary aware.

Please note that pool permits are now open for booking by 2018-2019 Sea Trout permit holders. The availability calendar  on our website has now been updated.

A small number of Sea Trout permits are still available for 2018-2019 so if you would like to spend this season targeting some Sussex Ouse Sea Trout now is the time to apply for a permit before the allocation is exhausted.

There is, alternatively, a waiting list for 2018 Sea Trout permits. Contact the Permit Secretary to add your name to the list and you will be contacted around the end of January and invited to submit an application for 2018.

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), telephone (07899 245680 – mobile).


WARNING – Vehicle Break-ins at Barcombe Mills

There have been break-ins to two anglers’ vehicles at Barcombe Mills in the last couple of weeks. On both occasions there was fishing tackle visible in the vehicles and entry was gained by breaking the front passenger windows.

Please ensure that, when leaving your car in any public area for any length of time, there is nothing left on show that will advertise that it is an angler’s car and could contain fishing tackle.

We would like to remind all anglers to be vigilant when in and around car parking areas and to make a note of details, car registration numbers etc. if you see anything suspicious and to contact the police if you witness any such crimes being carried out.

For reasons of personal safety the Society advises very strongly against confrontation in such circumstances.

UPDATE (05 February 2018): Another break-in has occurred to an angler’s vehicle in the public car park so please continue to be vigilant and take care to keep as much of your car’s contents as possible out of sight. Also try to use the Society’s car park whenever possible as it is less obvious from the road bridge although still vulnerable to a determined thief (we understand that this is not always practical during wetter periods.)


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, over recent months, there have been “difficulties” 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 the Ouse Valley Way footpath. 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.


Size 0 Copper Mepps Aglia

2018 Sea Trout Permits

This year’s Sea Trout permit allocation process will be starting in 4 or 5 weeks time.

As in previous years all current Sea Trout permit holders will be sent an invitation to apply for this year’s permit and will be guaranteed one if they send their application to arrive on or before 31st March 2018.

If you are an existing permit holder and your postal and/or email address has changed since your current permit was issued, please email with your new details.

Once the 31st March 2018 deadline has passed, any unsold Sea Trout permits will be allocated to new applicants according to when they were added to this year’s waiting list. Anyone interested in applying for a Sea Trout permit should contact the Society (email link to the left of this post)  as soon as possible to ensure the best chance of being offered a permit before we run out.


Sussex Ouse Barcombe Mills Pikes Lock Snow

2017-2018 Winter Permits

The Society’s Winter Permits are now available from all of our outlets at a cost of £46.00.

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 2017, 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.


Coarse Season News (Day Tickets) – 2017-2018

Day tickets are now availble for 2017-2018 – please click here for details

There are a couple of changes that day ticket anglers need to be aware of for the 2017-2018 coarse season…

Day tickets at Old Mill Farm (a.k.a Brown’s).
Day tickets for Old Mill Farm are now sold by Ouse Angling Preservation Society ONLY as part of our day ticket fishery at various points between the Barcombe Mills Sluice gates and the Anchor Inn farm bridge.

Day tickets issued from 1st November 2017 onwards will not allow access to fishing at Old Mill Farm (‘Browns’) due to restrictions on this year’s fishing lease.

Day tickets must be bought before starting fishing and are only available from our outlets, Permit Secretary or Head Bailiff – click here.

Signs have been installed at all access points to the Mill Farm Fishery to remind any day ticket anglers of the changes.

Please Note: There is NO parking allowed at Mill Farm itself. Rebuilding of the house there is ongoing with the accompanying movement of plant around the site. In order to avoid parked cars being damaged or impeding plant in the area, parking is not allowed there.

For more details – click here.

Bevern Stream day ticket fishing is no longer available.
The Society has, reluctantly, given up the fishing on the Bevern Stream downstream from the old railway bridge to the stream’s mouth, plus the fishing in the first fields on the west bank of the main river upstream and downstream of it.
The landowner has installed electric fences close to the edges of the river banks here to protect the horses that are housed there from getting into the river. This has made access to the river in the area extremely difficult so, for health and safety reasons,  we have given up the fishing.

Both of these changes are shown on the current day ticket map.


Coarse Season News (Permit Holders) – 2017-2018Float2

Old Mill Farm (a.k.a Brown’s).

The terms of our fishing licence from the new owner of the river bank originally known as “Browns” was agreed last year for 12 months.

Anglers will have noticed the construction of a new house during last year. That house is due for completion towards the end of 2017 and the current owner has agreed to extend the fishing lease for a further 6 months until the 1st November 2017, around the time the house should be completed.

The Society has installed signs at all access points to the Mill Farm Fishery.

Please Note: There is NO parking allowed at Mill Farm itself. Rebuilding of the house there is ongoing with the accompanying movement of plant around the site. In order to avoid parked cars being damaged or impeding plant in the area, parking is not allowed there.

For more details – click here.

Bevern Stream will be unavailable for fishing in 2017/2018.

For the 2017/2018 season, the Bevern Stream will be closed to all Ouse Angling Preservation Society anglers.

This action has been taken with extreme reluctance following the pollution incident in late 2016 in the Plumpton Mill Stream, which is a tributary of the Bevern Stream, that has seriously affected the stocks of mature fish and fry.

This decision is taken in the knowledge that the Bevern Stream is a known spawning area for most coarse fish and a significant route and spawning area for migrating sea trout

Checks will be carried out during the 2017/2018 season to assess the balance of the habitat as it recovers from the pollution and also assess numbers of fish and fry.

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.


Annual Coarse Permits for 2017-2018

2017-2018 Coarse Fishing Annual are now available – Click here for details of prices and outlets.

Coarse Fishing Guest Permits, for use starting 16th June, are also on sale.

Please note that Coarse Fishing Guest Permits do not allow permit holders to take guests onto Copthorne & District stillwaters


URGENT – Pollution

Plumpton Mill Stream and the Bevern Stream.

Many of our anglers will be aware of the recent devastating pollution of the Plumpton Mill Stream and the Bevern Stream – OART Report – Click Here

The main river is now starting to feel the effect of the pollution and the Environment Agency (EA) has asked that we keep a watch on the main river and report any sightings of casualties. Any such casualties should be reported immediately to the EA hotline (0800 807060) with details of the date observed, location, types of fish, approximate numbers and size.

Your help at this time is greatly appreciated…  Thank you.