The main feature of the shore fishing through the last month has been the consistent plaice fishing and a few very good cod have been popping up, mainly at Langney Point. The hot spot for the plaice has been from splash Point to Cambridge road in the middle of Eastbourne.
Some days after a quiet spell the beaches will be packed as the plaice come on the feed when the water has settled down and cleared a little. Good bags have been taken with the best reported recently going an impressive 2lb 10ozs for Chris Latta. Peter Cornwell had one of 2lb 1oz on the same day and Martin Payne had one of 1lb 6oz in the latest Anderidia competition. Phil Taylor won the competition with a catch of 8 whiting and a dab but most members spent the evening putting back a string of undersized whiting that didn’t let up for the duration of the comp.
Plaice have been taken at other areas such as White horses and Normans Bay, along with flounders and dabs. At night the whiting are still prolific and during the roughest nights some big pout have moved in to feed on all the wide range of shellfish seen along the bottom of the beach.
The cod have been pretty impressive with fish of 9lb 5ozs for Bill Simms, 8lb 8ozs for Dave Burton and one of 4lb 15oz for Tim Harmer. This week Gavin Croft also had one of 8lb 8ozs at Langney Point. With the bass ban still in operation it’s lucky there are not too many around although Malcolm Payne unfortunately hooked three up to 46cm in the Pevensey Bay club competition last Sunday.