Onshore recreational angling occurs all along the Sussex coastline; piers, marinas and harbour walls are particularly important for anglers throughout the year. The open beaches and the many closed bays and estuaries are also significant areas for recreational sea anglers.
The diversity of the near shore habitats produces a diverse range of fish species. Offshore the Sussex District contains ‘marks’ that are nationally recognised as offering a unique angling experience. These include, but are not limited to, an area known as ‘Utopia’; famed for tope fishing; ‘The Overfalls’ (just outside the 6 miles limit) popular for bass angling (both of these sites are in the eastern Solent) and a bream nesting area near ‘Kingmere’ offshore from Littlehampton.
More information on recreational angling can be found on the Sussex Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (Sussex IFCA)’s website.
Littlehampton is home to many resident charter angling boats, for a list click here. Littlehampton and District Angling Club has a club house next to the Lifeboat Station on Fisherman’s Quay. West Sussex Sea Angling Club also offer club trips from their vessels in Littlehampton. There are various well stocked Angling shops in the area including Littlehampton Angling. Angling as well as crabbing is permitted within the river however it is requested that lines are kept well clear of mooring and underway vessels. This can be particularly dangerous in the narrows at night so be especially aware of launching lifeboats.