Bait Guide for Fishing at Sumners Ponds

Different Types of Bait

There is a vast selection of baits that are used for freshwater fishing. It can be slightly daunting and confusing with all the flavours, sizes, and shapes. However, we hope this guide will help you in choosing the best type for what lake/species you are targeting. 

Natural Baits

These are baits such as worms, maggots, and sweetcorn. Such baits are great for beginners and people wanting to try a bit of float fishing for smaller species. They are relatively inexpensive and the most widely used type of bait across most fisheries. 

Artificial Baits

These are products specifically made for the fishing industry. Baits such as boilies, pellets, ground bait, liquid additives, and hook baits such as wafters or pop-ups. 

There are thousands of different flavours, colours, and size combinations out there, all of which work better in different circumstances. It can be first trial and error if you have never used baits like this before, but the most important thing is to find something you are confident in. 

Boilies are more targeted at carp fishing whereas pellets will cover most of your fishing requirements. From feeder fishing for bream to ledgering for large carp. 

Onsite Tackle And Bait Shop

Our tackle shop stocks everything you need for fishing our waters. So don’t worry if you’ve forgotten something or need to top up for bait buckets halfway through your stay. 

All the products we stock have been carefully selected to work well on all the lakes. Our bailiffs are always on hand to give advice on what’s best to use.

For more information, visit our Tackle Shop.

Good Bait for Perch Fishing

Larger perch usually bite with worms, such as lob worms, earthworms, or maggots. Another great perch bait that we highly recommend for our lakes is frozen prawns.

Our Sumners Lake, Farm Pond, and Ribbon lakes stock perch around 3-4lbs.

Good Bait for Carp Fishing

To target the Carp, legered boilie and pellet are good carp baits. With dark reddish baits seeming to produce more bites on the tricky Bettys and Sumners lake. Little is often more on our lakes as they see plenty of anglers. Means plenty of bait so start off with just a handful of free offerings and bait more when you catch.

All 5 of our lakes stock carp from 8-35lbs, depending on which lake you fish in.

Good Bait for Bream Fishing

Anglers wishing to target Bream and other smaller species will do well on feeders and float fish, maggot, corn, and chopped luncheon meat. Be sure to have a good ground bait with you as this will attract fish into the area and get them feeding around your hookbait. 

Our Sumners Lake, Farm Pond, Match Lake, and Ribbon Lake all stock bream up to 8lbs.

Sumners Ponds 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.

For information on how to fish on each fishing lake at Sumners Ponds, read our blog.

For more fishing information and prices, visit our Fishing page.

Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite

Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite in West Sussex is a unique and beautiful spot set in the tranquil countryside amongst 100 acres of lakes, woodland, and pasture.

Perfect for a family holiday, couple retreat, or a short break to recoup. Sumners Ponds has many different types of accommodation, from camping sites to pods, from lodges to shepherd’s huts, from safari tents to family fields!

The campsite itself boasts high quality campsite facilities, acres of woodland, a working farm, and fishing lakes. All this in a beautiful and secluded setting which is perfect for just relaxing, or for the more active, exploring the many footpaths and safe cycleways within and around the site.

We also have The Cafe by the Lake, which is our restaurant and bar that is open to both those staying on-site and the general public. We aim to provide the highest standard of food and service.

Book your stay here.

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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.