5 Reasons Why Fishing Is Good for You

Here we run through why fishing is good for you and your health!

Keeps you fit and healthy

You may not know (or realise) that you can burn up to 200 calories in an hour’s fishing session!

Fishing requires you to use the muscles in your upper and lower body, including your core when fishing. 

Everything from setting up to casting off to reeling in a fish uses all the muscles in your body.

If you live close to your fishing pond, you can also use this time to get some steps in and walk to your fishing spot.

why fishing is good for you | Boy holding a fish caught at Sumners Ponds

Why fishing is good for you – Helps increase Vitamin D intake

Going into the great outdoors, regardless of the weather, is great for getting some added Vitamin D. 

Vitamin D helps keep bones, teeth, and muscles healthy. The NHS has a really good page on why Vitamin D is so important for physical health.

Come rain or shine, spend some time outdoors, and get some fresh air and much-needed Vitamin D!

You can unplug from the world

Fishing is a great way to help you unplug from the world and the daily stresses of life.

Putting all your focus into catching fish is an amazing way to let go of anything outside of fishing.

When waiting for a catch, instead of going on your phone, we recommend bringing a book or spending some time taking in the nature around you.

why fishing is good for you | Man fishing with his dog at Sumners Ponds

Helps reduce stress

Studies have shown that ‘822,000 workers suffering from work-related stress, depression, or anxiety (new or long-standing) in 2020/21’ (HSE).

Sitting or standing by the water is known to reduce stress, as it instils a sense of calmness. This can also lead to reduced blood pressure, and improved physical and mental health.

‘Water sounds are naturally soothing and many people have used running water in meditation practices for years.’ That’s the conclusion drawn by Universal Rocks, and we tend to agree!

Become part of a community

Whether you’re older or younger, experienced or a beginner, you can join an angling club.

This is a great way to meet new people, and also learn from others!

Being around people with the same interests as you has an amazing sense of community. 

Find your nearest angling club in West Sussex.

why fishing is good for you | Boys holding fish they caught at Sumners Ponds

Why fishing is good for you – Sumners Ponds

All fishing lakes in Sussex are different, so if you’re looking to visit us for a spot of fishing, then read our top fishing tactics for fishing in our lakes and ponds.

Sumners Ponds has 5 fishing lakes, all well stocked with lots of different fish species, such as carp, perch, roach, pike, bream, and more.

Our fishing lakes are dotted around Sumners Ponds, click here for a view of the map.

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Disabled Friendly

Sumners Ponds is a accessible fishery for those with a disability. The best lakes to fish are either Farm Pond or Betty’s Lake.

Farm Pond has a purpose built accessible platform with a ramp from the ajoining car park. This spaceous decked area has three large swims which are all disabled priority. The car park for this lake is directly next to the closest fishing swims so there is not far to travel with your equipment.

Betty’s Lake has two disabled parking areas which are very close to the nearest wood-chipped swims.