The shoreline at Deal and Walmer and the pier at Deal are immensely popular locations for sea anglers, whilst Cottington Lakes at Sholden on the northern outskirts of Deal offer some of the finest coarse and river fishing in the region.

Where to fish

Deal Pier
A popular place to fish with benches lining the length of the pier as well as a number of shelters and access for wheelchairs. According to local anglers, fishing for mackerel, garfish, mullet, pollack and sole is popular in summer. In winter, whiting and codling tend to make up the bulk of catches.

The Beach
Fishing is possible along most of the beach from the remains of Sandown Castle on the north of Deal to Kingsdown in the south. Much of the beach is steeply banked pebbles going onto sand.
The groynes on the section of beach between Deal Pier and Sandown Castle are said to be a good place to fish for sole, flounder and school bass in summer; whiting, codling and dabs in winter; and pout throughout the year - especially in the last hour of ebb and and the first hour of flood tides.
Cottington Lakes
A258 Sandwich Road, Sholden, near Deal, Kent CT14 0AR
One of the south-east's leading day-ticket and camping and caravaning venues, Cottington features six lakes offering a wide variety of angling - stillwater and river, coarse and game. Set in 45 acres, it also has facilities for touring caravans and camping, a well-stocked tackle shop, toilet and shower facilities and a cafe and bar. There is a large car park and good disabled access.
For more details, contact: Jeff Watts, The Lodge, Cottington Lakes, Sholden, near Deal or visit
the website:
or e-mail:
Angling and tackle shop: 01304 380691
Camping and caravans: 01304 371898.
Deal and Walmer Angling Association
Founded in 1904, it is one of the oldest established sea angling clubs in Britain. Members have full use of a cabin on Deal Pier which provides shelter and use of lockers, hot and cold running water and facilities for hot drinks and snacks.
Secretary: Douglas Pettit; 01304 365617; e-mail:
Deal Angling Club 1919
Headquarters: 13 The Marina, Deal, Kent, CT14 6NF
Originally formed in 1919, Deal Angling Club is one of the most successful around the coast with its own fully licensed club house on Deal seafront and a membership of 800 seniors and 120 juniors.
Contacts: T Sudds 01304 363968 or P G Heath 01304 361248.
Tackle shops
Channel Angling   North Toll House, Deal Pier, Beach Street, Deal, CT14 6HZ
01304 373104
The Downs Tackle Centre   29 The Strand, Walmer, Deal, CT14 7DX
01304 372811
Focsle Fishing Tackle Stores   33 Beach St Deal, CT14 6HY
01304 374013
John's Tackle   26 Dover Rd. Deal CT14 7JW
01304 389859
Pleasure Angling   95 Beach St Deal, CT14 6JE
01304 239191
More information
The Environment Agency - Guide to Fishing
A huge amount of information by this government agency on fish, fishing and fisheries management. A good place to check on most aspects of fresh and salt water fishing, places to fish, permits, services and tackle and bait suppliers.
World Sea Fishing
Claiming to be the UK’s largest online sea angling web site, World Sea Fishing was founded in 1998 and provides a major on-line resource for sea angling in the UK.
An on-line forum for sea anglers from all over the UK. Caters for beginners and experts

Local Angling and Competition Reports
Angling in the Deal and Walmer area is regularly featured in the sports pages of the East Kent Mercury local newspaper. website:
Tide times and Weather
You'll find links to these services on our homepage.