Fishing Syndicate | Carp Fishing in Sussex

Hawkins Syndicate  - our fishing MEMBERship

Quality specimen fishing in peaceful surroundings.

As well as two quality golf courses, the estate is home to an 11 acre lake well stocked with Carp and Pike.

Hawkins Pond, in north-west Sussex, is a quality fishery limited to 70 anglers. Rules are kept to a minimum and a high level of responsible behaviour and respect for the fish is expected. Hence there are no bait bans etc because members value the privilege of membership.


The 11 acre lake has an average depth of eight feet, slightly deeper near the road end and shallow areas at the northern end.

The largest common carp has been recorded at a best claimed weight of 36lb 2oz, and the best mirror at 38lbs 5oz. At present it is believed there are around 10 carp over 30lbs in the water and at least thirty-five or so 20lb+ carp. All carp are English-bred.

There are pike to 30lbs present and other species include Tench, Roach, Rudd and Perch. Regular stocking has seen the introduction of rapid growing fish of the classic Fishers Pond strain, grown on by Mark Simmonds, as stocked by Cemex into Horton, Yateley etc, which will continue to increase the number of twenty and thirty pound Carp in future years. 

In March 2011 the lake was netted and Bream along with small Roach and Rudd were removed. This reduction in fish biomass is intended to increase the natural foods and anglers baits available to boost the carp growth rates.


Natural England regard Hawkins as one of their premier sites where angling takes place alongside conservation. They are especially pleased that the fishery is virtually litter-free.

Hawkins Pond falls within a Site of Special Scientific Interest, so we are obliged to respect the environment. The fishery closes from June 1st until June 15th inclusive to rest the fish before/after spawning. Three rods are permitted, maximum stay on the water 48 hours. Off-road parking is available.


Hawkins is not an easy venue but the versatile, thinking angler who puts in the hours and gets to know the water will get results, which sometimes can be spectacular! Membership gives you the opportunity to enjoy quality specimen fishing in peaceful surroundings.


For more details of the syndicate please contact John Woodhatch, syndicate organiser on Tel: 07778 964300 or email jwoodhatch@crain.com

To apply to join the waiting list please contact Gary Collins, Membership Manager, Mannings Heath Golf Club on Tel: 01403 220346 or email gcollins@manningsheath.com

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