Icklesham, Rye Harbour, East Sussex, UK
Clive Vale Angling Club owns and operates Saunders Gravel Pit along with a few other very popular waters in East Sussex. Saunders is one of the best lakes they control, though, with large mirror and common carp to target. There are plenty of other fish species that many anglers join the club to catch as well. There are some beautiful bream and tench in this lake, as well as some larger roach and rudd.
What size do the fish go to?
The mirror and common carp in this lake are over 20lbs. Some long-time members of the club say that the carp are closer to 30lbs, but so far, no one has landed one of the biggest ones. There are also rudd and roach to 2lbs, perch to 2lbs and tench and bream to over 5lbs. Saunders offers a great chance to many specimen anglers at catching a PB.
What tactics work well?
This is quite a big gravel pit, so location is key. Finding a good area with visible fish is the first and most important thing about fishing a gravel pit. Look for showing fish, fizzing and bubbles. Once you find them, baiting a good area and keeping it topped up with bait should create a feeding frenzy that you can capitalise on. Using bright bottom baits or natural baits can catch most species in this lake.
What facilities are on site?
There are no facilities at Saunders at the moment.
Is parking available?
Yes, parking is available.
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