Local Fishing Information
Ideally located on the outskirts of the historical market town of Woodbridge, Stuart Clay Traps offer an unrivalled selection of fishing paraphernalia, fishing experience and local fishing knowledge.
When visiting us at our bricks and mortar store, you will benefit from free parking, and an unhurried environment, allowing you to browse our fantastically wide range of outdoor clothing, footwear and headwear, along with our high quality rods, reels, lines and excellent bait for both freshwater and sea fishing. Stuart Clay Traps cater for all needs and ability, from the beginner to the enthusiast and as keen fishermen ourselves, we are happy to advise, guide and even repair.
Local Fishing Lakes
Less than a mile away from our Melton store are Breakaway Pits, a hidden gem hosting two lakes to suit many different type of anglers. The Front lake is home to carp up to 12lbs, and is regularly used for matches. If a little solitude is more your fancy, then the Back lake offers more interest to big carp anglers. Lined with reeds, and with average depths of 10ft, these lakes have plenty to offer all types of anglers.
Tickets can be purchased from Stuart Clay Traps.
Bromeswell lakes can be found just over a mile from our Melton store, and feature two very well stocked lakes. Willow Lake is more popular amongst general anglers with large numbers of smaller carp. Horseshoe Lake offers larger catch, and due to it’s U- shape, allows the anglers to target their own area of water.
For the discerning angler who wishes a few creature comforts while enjoying their sport, and is looking for somewhere to stay while fishing locally, give Colston Hall, at Badingham a try. A thirty minute drive from our Melton store, these lakes are only available for use by the guests staying on site, but the tranquil surroundings of this beautiful estate, do offer an experience to remember. A good level of fish with the majority of the carp being in the 6 or 7lb class, however the lake record is 20lb! Choose from a range of floaters at Stuarts Guns & Tackle to help bag the big one!
Local Sea Fishing
With Stuart Clay Traps only 11 miles from Suffolk’s east coast, you can experience sea fishing either at sea or from the beach, with Suffolk’s stony shores offering an abundance of sea fishing opportunities. The shores of this unique county provide you with the chance to catch sea bass, skate and sole to name but a few. Stuarts Guns & Tackle can supply your fishing bait with expert advice of which is best to use for your type of fishing. If you fancy staying there all night, Stuart Clay Traps can provide you with all the angling equipment you can think of, and some you didn’t know existed.
Bawdsey is situated at the mouth of the river Deben and is separated from old Felixstowe by this fantastic estuary of the river Deben. A 25 minute drive from our Melton store, this location can offer bass and mullet during the summer months.
Often regarded as one of the cod meccas in the country, this remote shingle spit also offers the chance of challenging your line to bass, sole and whiting. Featuring two locations, the Crouch, which is closer and offers deeper water, and the Narrows, which takes longer on the boat, but walking to the beach takes less time. The tide really rips through here, so often heavy weights are needed. A cast of only 30 yards can often produce more fish than one of 100 yards! Lugworm both fresh and frozen black lug, combined with squid is often the killer bait. The local pubs and award winning bakery will offer sustenance on those chilly days. Situated 11 miles east of our Melton store.
The very popular seaside town of Aldeburgh can offer superb fishing, and is only 11 miles from Stuart Clay Traps, the groynes to the south of the town offer great opportunities for bass, cod, sole and flounders. However if you get a little impatient for your supper, the renowned Aldeburgh fish and chip shop will be happy to provide!
Located just eight miles from our shop, Shingle Street offers fishing for beginners, right through to seasoned anglers. The whole bay offer good fishing all year round. Whiting and codling are the main targets in the winter months, with bass, sole and thornback rays abundant in the summer. The thornback ray are often more prolific in the middle of the bay, where they come to spawn and feed. A good tactic for large bass is using a larger bait such as squid, bluey or mackrel, close in the gutter.
A hotspot for sole and bass during the summer. Anywhere along the beach is good for both species. Sole are often taken last thing at night, or first thing in the morning. High tide is the prime time to get the best catch. Fish close in with small hooks using small ragwort or lugworm baits for the best results. Bass are located over the banks and in the gulley's which are easily visible.
While we appreciate the best timing for that good catch of coastal fishing, occurs from spring through to autumn, the Suffolk coast is a good spot all year round. However since the best time for fishing here is during the three hours either side of high water, we advise always checking tide times before each trip. Tide timetables are always available at Stuart Clay Traps.