Tidemills

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This area of Seaford bay is somewhat shallower than the rest and tends to be used less by swimmers and beach goers due to it’s more awkward parking.

To get there, look out for a turning and car park area off of the main A259 about half way between Seaford and Newhaven with a track leading towards the sea. Turn in here but forget the first car park, instead carry on along the track and you will come to a small parking area on the left. Park here and walk towards the beach. Negotiate the the railway crossing taking obvious care. Continue along the track through the old ruined village and onto the beach. From here you can turn right and head off to the East arm at Newhaven if you feel so inclined but it’s a bit of a hike and if I want to fish that area, I prefer to use the alternate route.
Beware - there have been reports of cars being damaged/stolen from during the hours of darkness. Usually safe as anywhere else during daylight. My advice would be don’t park here if you’re expecting a late session into the night.

Photo of Tidemills beachDuring the summer expect to catch mackerel, garfish on floated fish strip during the day – morning and evening often the best times. bass, Golden Grey Mullet and flounder can be taken on bottom fished worm baits such as ragworm and lugworm; small harbour ragworm being the bait of choice for the Mullet. At night, a whole Calamari squid or mackerel fillet lobbed a few yards out will take bass, they are often feeding right up to the shore line, so don’t over cast, sometimes even a few yards can be too far. Avoid any unnecessary noise and keep any lights to a minimum and don’t shine them towards the water.
sole will be around during the night where your worm bait needs to be pinned to the bottom and not moving around the tide. Small sections of king ragworm or lugworm can be used but again small harbour ragworm will probably do better.

Winter time will see whiting, pouting and later on, flounders and dabs being the main species caught. Bottom fished worm baits tipped with slivers of squid will take all of these. My personal preference is to fish the deeper water Eastwards in the bay where I have found the whiting to be of a larger average size and more chance of codling being beached.

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There is more information on this historic place at the Wikipedia page.

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