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Hastings is a historic Cinque port town with a thriving beach launched fishing fleet. There are two sea angling clubs in the town, and a staggering 8 places where you can buy tackle and bait (details on the right).


Both Hastings clubs (see details in the panel on below right) have well maintained club houses on the sea front with well run bars and catering. There are secure boat pens and well maintained winches for beach launching boats. Both clubs have regular competitions and thriving memberships.


Boat fishing from Hastings (and nearby Bexhill which also has a thriving sea angling club for boat anglers) is very good for most of the year with Plaice being a staple catch on the sand banks, mussel beds and claystones within 3 – 4 miles of the shoreline. There are numerous productive wrecks within 20 minutes of both Hastings and Bexhill and reefs and rocks between Bexhill and Eastbourne that hold large Bass in numbers throughout the summer months.


Beach fishing is also good all along the shoreline and although Hastings Pier is now closed until refurbishment commences the East Harbour Arm at Rock-a-Nore is good for fishing all year. Main beach catches are Bass in summer, Dabs, Flounder and Whiting in the winter with Codling making occasional appearances.


Hastings Harbour from the sea cropped

Where to fish in Hastings

Hastings Angling Centre

33/35 The Bourne, Hastings, TN34 3AY

01424 432178

Tackle Shops and Bait supply

East Hastings Sea Angling Association

John Thomson

01424 426644

[email protected]


Hastings and St Leonards Angling Association

01424 430120


New Beach Sea AC

David Martyn

01424 812124 [email protected]

Angling Clubs in Hastings

Charter Boats

The Outdoors Man

122 Bohemia Road, St Leonards, TW38 0HH

01424 429343

Hastings has a large fleet of commercial and recreational fishing boats - all beach launched - but at the moment there are no charter boats operating from the port.