A fishing trip is a great way to get away from the daily routine and enjoy a break. Why not make the most of the summer sun and head out to a popular fishing destination? Here are some of our favourites.
Hanningfield is an artificial body of water owned by Essex and Suffolk County. It opened again for use in March of this year which means it’s all set for you to visit in the summer. We love Hanningfield; it’s a fantastic trout fishery that’s open to boat and bank fishing, and it’s a great local fishing spot for anyone living in the South.
Monk Lakes Fishery, Marden
Monk Lake Fishery is named one of the top 5 fisheries in Kent by Anglers Mail. It’s a widely known fishing destination, popular for its stock of catfish and carp. You can join any of their seven fishing lakes spanning 45 acres, before enjoying a freshly prepared meal at the onsite café.
Southend Pier is over 1.3 miles long, making it the world’s longest pier. This is an excellent location because it has a great number of fishing spots to pick from at high tide; you can expect to reel in some great catches such as mackerel, scad or even bass. By setting your line to different lengths and using a range of several forms of bait, you could catch a nice variety of sea fish during the summer.
Linear Fisheries, Oxford
We also love Linear Fisheries here at Gone Fishing – it’s one of the best places in the UK for carp fishing. With 8 day ticket waters to choose from, not to mention three syndicate waters, Linear offers a fishery well-stocked with carp, catfish, perch and much more. If you’re looking for a place to take the kids this summer, you will also be pleased to know that children under 12 go free during with a full paying adult during weekends and school holidays.
Par Fishery, Essex
Par Fishery in Brentwood is a lovely 10-acre fishing location that’s also perfect for spotting wildlife. Within its two lakes, you can expect to find carp to over 40lbs and catfish to over 80lbs, along with some quality tench, roach, rudd and perch. Before booking a day ticket, it’s worth checking availability on Par Fishery’s website beforehand.
Away from busy roads and towns lies Crowsheath Fishery in Billericay, located amongst 110 acres of scenic farmland. Crowsheath takes pride in offering a peaceful, convenient and safe place to fish, with transport to the swims, 24-hour on-call bailiffs and CCTV. Their 3 day ticket lakes include a main carp and pike lake, a pleasure lake, and an impressive catfish lake holding the UK’s largest known mandarin catfish!
Newland Hall Fishery, Essex
An additional picturesque fishing location in Essex lies on The Newland Hall Country Estate, offering four heavily stocked lakes for coarse fishing. If you fancy a fishing spot on the grounds of a Tudor Manor House, Newland Hall is for you!
Colchester Angling Preservation Society (CAPS)
If you are looking to get further into fishing, perhaps it’s time to join a club water this summer. CAPS is a fantastic option for anglers in and around Essex, with 17 waters and around 8 miles of rivers offered to its members. Night fishing is also available in most of these areas.
Chelmsford Angling Association (CAA)
CAA is another great club water to join if you are regularly fishing and want to take things more seriously; there is an amazing range within their 14 lakes and many miles of river to choose from, with matches taking place throughout the summer for those wishing to compete.
Billericay & District Angling Club
Our final membership water in Essex is the county’s largest, offering a staggering 31 lakes with stretches of river covering the river Roding, Stour, Pant, Wid and Blackwater. Billericay & District Angling Club boasts a range of carp throughout its waters (even the rivers), and many locations also offer bream, tench and true crucians.