Local Fishing Spots
A mainly sandy beach to the east of Littlehampton with a few shingle banks that are exposed on spring low tides.
East Preston usually has a good run of smoothounds each summer and is a well used match beach that produces a wide variety of species over the course of the year.
Low tide fishing in calmer weather is excellent for lure & fly anglers, in rougher weather it can be a real bass hotspot.
Moving west East Preston gives way to Rustington beach which is mainly sand with some mixed ground at various distances.
It's well worth looking for features at low tide here to avoid snags and find gullies in the sand that fish will move through.
It has produced gilt head bream here along with undulate rays, cod, conger eels and bass.
A very under fished venue but in recent years shingle banks have started too form which will attract fish close in and also give a path to fish from from low tides.
Another mainly sandy beach with shingle bars that due to the amount of tourists and kite surfers is hard to fish comfortably during the summer months.
It has produced some monster congers to 40lb plus, large bass and rays. Low tide is harder here as the ground tends to be a little rougher and as the beach is fairly personal shallow safety should be considered before a session.
RIVER ARUN HARBOUR AND MOUTH.
The river can be fished from both sides with relative ease.
In the summer a huge array of different species can be caught from here.
Smelt, mackerel, bream, bass and even the occasional stingray can be caught here.
Mini species using LRF techniques can also be found hiding in the woodwork and eddies at the sides of the river.
Please be aware it is a working port and boats have the right of way so be considerate when casting.
LITTLEHAMPTON WEST BEACH.
The other side of the river Arun is Littlehampton West Beach, a clean sand beach that is also popular with beach goers.
An easy to fish flat sandy beach below the shingle high tide line will provide a comfortable session with nearby parking and a wide variety of species.
Climping beach is probably most known for its stingray fishing during spring and summer.
Sadly over the past few years it has been decided that due to winter storm erosion Climping is no longer viable to save.
The erosion is so bad that most of the beach is near un-fishable due the remnants of old breakwaters and various lumps of clay and concrete.
That said it still produces good stingray, bass and smoothounds, you need to arrive at low to find an area that will be able to be fished through the tide, and be careful as along the west end the drop from the field to the beach could catch you out on a spring tide.
ELMER & MIDDLETON.
Moving west we find Elmer beach which is accessible via a walk from Climping or parking in the village and walking through the private estate.
Elmer has a sea defense made of a series of large rock mounds that hold smaller fish and attract good sized bass and rays.
If visiting Elmer please stick to footpaths and park in the correct parking areas, as stated it is a private estate which unfortunately at the end of the 2020 lockdown seemed to be inundated with visitors parking across drives, blocking roads & and using residents gardens as footpaths!
Middleton beach is a long walk from the car park to a small beach that is mixed ground but can produce good bass, rays and bream.
Felpham has a long east to walk prom stretching from Middleton to Bognor.
The beach changes from clean sand to the surface of the moon depending where you are and recent weather but can produce a lot of undulate rays, good bass along with pout, small turbot, smoothounds and silver eels.
As you can imagine Bognor is a tourist trap especially around the Butlins resort through the summer so a quiet fishing session in unlikely, however from the pier to the west past the beach huts and to Aldwick it is a hot spot for monster stingray in early spring with them regularly being caught to over 50lbs.
Aldwick is one of my favorite beaches for species as it seems to be a real hotspot that will produce all sorts throughout the year including, sole, gurnard, smalleye ray, stingray, undulate ray, spotted ray, cod, conger, bass, pout and whiting.
It is a fairly snag free beach where sand gives way to clay with the occasional rough area.