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  • Eastbourne Angling Association Team comes out on top in Festival Species hunt

    This spectacular new addition to the Bexhill Angling Festival went off without a hitch on Monday 15th September. In all 9 teams of anglers took part in 5 of Eastbourne’s Charter boats; Panther, Excalibur, Katrina, Misty Blue and Aladard.

    The winning team was from the Eastbourne Angling Association fishing on Aladard comprised of David Pringle, Colin Mason, Mark Almeida & Ben Harris.

    Sea Angling Magazine editor, Barney Wright, fished with the Angling Trust team and came in a respectable 6th with angling writer and competition ace, Jim Whippy, on board Katrina II with the Anderida All-stars. His team came in 3rd.

    The competition was a species hunt with the team landing the most species winning – Eastbourne AA coming in with 14 species between them.


    1st Eastbourne AA (David Pringle, Colin Mason, Mark Almeida & Ben Harris) Aladard 14 species 25 pts

    2nd Hastings Angling Centre (Colin Crosby, Martin Kemp, Mark Hinxman & Colin Pickard) Excalibur 11 species 20 points

    3rd Anderida All stars (Jim Whippy, Jim Pressley, Graham Latimer & Graham Bird) Katrina

    4th Jerry’s Team (Jerry Knight, Nick Rye, Stewart Curtis & Tony Methven) Katrina 11 species 18 points

    5th Anglers Den (Glyn Morgan, Kevin Morgan, Phil Metcalf & Gerard Sargeant) Excalibur 9 Species 16 points

    6th Angling Trust (David Mitchell, Reg Phillips, Tony Geal & Barney Wright) Misty Blue 9 species 16 points

    7th Ocean View (Phil Taylor, Tim Lane, Martin Payne & Tim Goble) Panther 7 species 13 points

    8th Bexhill Sea Angling (Peter Welford, Barry Bertin, Peter Skinner & Anthony Laidler Huggett) Misty Blue 7 species 12 points

    9th Hook Line and Sinker (Steve Hanks, Arthur Freeman, Eric Green & Clive Ford) Panther 6 species 12 points.



  • Charter Boat Species Hunt booking up fast

    The Charter Boat Species Hunt is Sponsored by Snowbee

    All thoughts are now focused on the Charter Boat Species Hunt for 4 man teams on Monday 15th September out of Eastbourne. Have your club, pub or local tackle shop entered a team yet?

    Entry forms are in the local tackle shops. It should be great fun with all team members on the same boat and just one fish of each species per team required and no size limits and catch and release.

    My forecast is the winning team could end up with at least 15 different species, more will be caught but maybe not all by the same team.

    Here are 20 obvious ones to target; pout, poor cod, pollack, cod, whiting, bass, dogfish, smooth hound, mackerel, garfish, scad, plaice, dab, bream, tub & red gurnard, ballan wrasse, goldsinny wrasse, tompot blenny, goby.

    Another 17 species possible are, bull huss, conger, tope, spurdog, thornback ray, spotted ray, small eyed ray, grey gurnard, herring, sole, corkwing wrasse, cuckoo wrasse, baillons wrasse, three bearded rockling, red mullet, flounder and trigger fish

    I haven’t put turbot or brill in either as the limits are only to the Light tower but with no size limits all sorts could show up, it should be a great competition that could become an annual event.

    If you want to enter an team or become part of a team then go to or call the Festival Organisers on 01424 892287 – but hurry there are only a couple of team places left.

    JIm Whippy



  • AT Tackle sets up shop on Eastbourne Promenade

    After suffering in the fire that damaged Eastbourne Pier and effectively closing many businesses down, A & T tackle has a new temporary home.

    The shop is now situated on the promenade just 30 yards from the entrance to the pier instead of on the seaward end and re-opened for business on Friday 22nd August. Business hours are from 10am through to 5.30pm until the pier is reopened in a few months time.

    Let’s all rally round and give owner Arran Aghili a bit of support, as the Eastbourne Council are doing in setting these premises up free of charge for the businesses that have suffered in the loss of the pier. Life for the tackle trade is hard enough and I hope he can survive until the pier is open to anglers again.

    Jim Whippy - August 2014



  • Angling Trust Shoreham Port Days a massive hit with Families

    Over 30 kids and their families came to Shoreham Port to have a go at fishing anmd enjoy the warm summer sunshine during June and July.

    Organised by the Angling Trust Sussex Marine Region in conjunction with Shoreham Port Authority the event is designed to provide kids with an easy introduction to sea fishing. In addition to fishing for Bass, Mullet and wrasse in the Lagoon at Shoreham the kids were also taken out of She Likes It II skippered by Mark Vale to catch mackerel (well try anyweay) just off shore.

    For more on this go to and click the coaching link.

    The next event takes place on August 24th. Go to the web site to register.



  • Massive Smoothound caught by Hastings angler

    Hastings angler, Kerry Saint, has landed what many people believe to be the biggest Smoothhound landed in East Sussex for many years. The 20lb monster put up a cracking fight and aftertaking a crab bait. This fish was the biggest of eight double figure fish landed by various boats. Hastiungs and St Leonards Club member Colin Crosby also landed a 12lb fish on the same trip as Kerry.

    The fish were caught near the Sovereign Light Tower 8 miles of the coast. Kerry's fish is a new Club record



  • Don't miss the Anglers Den Specimen Hunt

    The annual Pevensey based specimen hunt is almost upon us again - this great event attracts loads of anglers from along the coast and provides a chance to pit your angling wits against some of the best specimen hunters on the south coast.

    Starting on June 8th and running for a week the event costs £10 to enter and contains 7 categories Smoothound, Bass, eel, Sole, Plaice, Pout and the best of the reat.

    The weigh in takes paklce ywice a day and well be posintg the results on Sussex Angling Media as they come in.

    Anglers can fish anywhere from Beach y Head to Alice's Pipe in Normans Bay.

    For more details contact the Anglers Den 01323 460441



  • Paul Stevens wins tough Pagham qualifier in style

    On a hot and sunny day the second heat of the All Sussex Shore Championship was won by Worthing based angler Paul Stevens. He landed Dogfish and Bass amassing 198 points.

    The venue is the furthest west in Sussex that the qualifiers will be held. Competitors came from all along the coast as far away as Bexhill and Pevensey.

    The fishing was hard work and although a wide variety of fish species were landed, including Bream, Dogfish, Bass, Flounder and Plaice, very few anglers caught more than 1 fish.

    Mick Snelling came in second with 164 points and, Kevin Morgan from Pevensey weighed in with 5 flatfish.

    Along with Paul Stevens six other competitors qualified for the October final: Kevin Morgan, Mick Snelling, Tony Geal, Budge Booker, Craig Edwards, James O’Carroll. They join the 10 who qualified at Pevensey in March



  • Bexhill Festival of the Sea secures its future with new sponsorship for 2014

    The 2014 Bexhill Festival of the Sea is going to be bigger and better than ever thanks to generous support from its sponsors.

    Retail giant Marks & Spencer join current sponsors Discover Bexhill, Bexhill Chamber of Commerce, Rother District Council, the Angling Trust, and Argh Industries Ltd as sponsors for the 2014 Festival. Simon Elford, Chairman of the Festival Committee said: “ Due to the hard work of the Committee and our generous sponsors all is looking bright for the future of the Festival. Thanks to this and all the people and organisations providing technical help, advertising and ideas this year’s event will be the biggest and best to date.”

    Water sport is a central feature of the Festival where people of all ages will find the opportunity to experience water sports ranging from angling to rowing. Bexhill Sea Angling Club has championed young people this year by providing free coaching to young people and with the help of the Angling Trust now have qualified level 1 coaches amongst their membership, so there will be no shortage of coaches at this year’s Festival.

    The Festival’s Angling Village will showcase the sport and exhibitors will have something to interest new and experienced anglers. There is a programme of angling competitions and matches through September, which now includes new coarse and game fishing events

    Environmental sustainability is a key theme of the Festival, and to highlight this members of the Festival Committee recently joined other volunteers and the Greg Barker MP to support a beach clean organised by Festival sponsor, Marks & Spencer -

    As part of this Marks and Spencer have launched the Beach Clean Frisbee, a fun toy made from recycled plastic, including plastic collected by M&S customers and employees at last year’s Big Beach Clean-Up volunteer event. The product has regenerated litter such as plastic cups, fishing tackle and bottle tops into a brand new product for customers to enjoy and is on sale now at M& and in six coastal M&S stores.

    Billingsgate Seafood School returns the Festival weekend joined by the Fishwives Choir

    On the Festival weekend, 6th & 7th of September, Billingsgate Seafood Training School will again be providing demonstration of seafood preparation and to celebrate this we are publishing a Festival cookbook with suggestions for cooking local, sustainable fish.

    The Fishwives Choir will open the entertainment on the De La Warr Pavilion terrace at noon on Saturday 6th Sept. The choir of 40, including 8 from Hastings, raises funds for The Fishermen’s Mission. A programme of live music will continue on the terrace through the afternoon and there will be fun and games will be on the lawns all day Saturday and Sunday. The outdoor film screening at the De La Warr Pavilion is now a popular feature of the Festival, so prepare to be scared by The Fog on Saturday evening.

    Hillary Randall, Chair of Bexhill Town Team and member of the Festival Committee said: “The Festival is important to businesses in Bexhill and Rother, it introduces new visitors to our town and promotes Sussex, Sussex produce and producers; the visitor’s spend is a welcome boost to the local economy.”

    With more sponsorship, the Festival could be even bigger with more events. Anyone interested becoming a sponsor please contact Carole Green (Committee Secretary) email:



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