In what has been one of the most unsettled summers I can remember the fishing from the beach has been as mixed as the weather. Last year in early July catches in club competitions were won with a couple of skinny eels or a lone flounder. This year there were quality fish every match with eels to 1lb 14ozs, bass to 2lbs, flounders over a pound and some decent smooth hound to 8lbs. When things started to drop off suddenly the whiting appeared again and some good fish to 34cm were caught in the last league match at Pevensey bay. Near the end of the month several tub gurnard were landed plus a few red mullet and a few small gilthead bream before things began to get harder into August.
Suddenly the fishing took a dip and on 12th August there were 10 blanks in the Anderida match and apart from a 2lb 3oz bass for Kevin Morgan the biggest other fish was a lone flounder of 7ozs for Colin Issacs, with tiny eels and a whiting making up the other bags. The mackerel have still not arrived in any number although a few fortunate people have had the odd fish. I watched around 30 anglers spread along Langney Point thrashing the water with a variety of feathers and silver shrimps and saw just one small mackerel caught. The Anglers Den reported an angler bringing in an undulate ray caught from White Horses which is a definite first. The soles are another species that have not shown up in any numbers so far this year so maybe by the end of the month both the mackerel and sole could have returned before those pesky whiting come back to taunt us.