With neither big conger eels (the best a decent 46lb for Geb Locke), or smoothounds featuring much this year plaice dabs wrasse and rays were the main target species.
Paul Murray won the Festival for the second year on the trot lifting the South of England Trophy and £500 first prize with 366 points on the Saturday with a fine mixed bag of plaice (4lb 12oz), wrasse (4lb 14oz) and dogfish. Paul also collected the ICSA Gold Cup for most point in the festival. The junior prizes were all taken by Charlie Wells.
Top lady was Heidi Claridge and top veteran Alan Smith. The team prize went to Ralph and Colin Crosby, Dave Checksfield and Tim Relf. The club team prize went to Ralph and Colin Crosby, Bill Ellis and Paul Murray.
Sunday’s beach match was emphatically won by Ralph Crosby with 9lb 14oz which included a fine bass of 6lb 1oz. Brother Colin was second with 6lb 7oz and Mark Hinxman third with 3lb 9oz.
The prize giving and excellent buffet was held at the East Hastings Club with Mayor Bruce Dowling presenting the prizes. The excellent prize table a tribute to the persuasive skills of Barry Coleman.