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Jim Whippy on Sussex Angling Review of 2015

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Plaice run

By March the fishing improved with a super run of plaice from most marks to 3lbs, Cambridge road in Eastbourne being the hot spot. This carried on through April and had many occasional anglers getting their rods out to try their luck. Pin whiting were still around unfortunately. The Fish4Kids fished in April was a full house and a great success. Well done to Steve Frost and his many helpers from the local angling clubs who gave the kids such a good day. Hopefully we will see some of them becoming regulars in the years to come.

May was a windy month but this meant it brought in bass, codling, flounders and eels. This is very late for codling to be caught off our beaches. Fred Wassell beached a 5lb 10oz bass during an over 50’s match at White Horses. The first of the smooth hounds arrived but were very small as the tiny whiting that continued to hang around.

Not so hard

June and July are usually the hardest month for match fishing off the shore but 2015 was exception as we had a run of flounders that carried through to August. Then during august the whiting appeared followed closely by some codling. Several fish to 3lb were caught giving the beach anglers something to go for. A surprising run of red mullet were caught during the month with around 30 recorded in one match at Pevensey Bay. The mackerel had still not made an appearance but a few small scad were landed but the legions of anglers looking for the mackerel.

September proved to be one of the best months for weather and while the whiting became well established in East Sussex in the west of the county they enjoyed some good catches of plaice, codling and dogfish. Although a 6lb cod was taken at Langney Point, it was whiting wall to wall from Eastbourne to Hastings. The mackerel had still not arrived.