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Jim Whippy on Sussex Angling Review of 2015

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Darren Chapple with a couple of fine Codling caught on whiting

Jim Whippy was start up editor of Sea Angling News, Total Sea Fishing and Boat Fishing Monthly.

He is also an accomplished match angler having won numerous competitions over the years and has represented England at international level.

He is currently based in Eastbourne where he keeps his boat. Jim is one of the UK’s most experienced sea anglers and has fished all over the world. he has published 2 books ‘Shore, Pier and Boat Fishing’ and ‘Sea Fishing’

Local competitions

In local competitions the cod have been few and far between. Tony Kirrage landed one of 4lbs in a Nomads comp and Dennis Puttick and Phil Taylor each found fish of 3lbs in an Anderida comp but were beaten for the biggest fish by Phil Metcalf who scored with a late bass of 4lbs. Dennis Puttick had a surprise sole of 1lb 7ozs and Joe Plumstead caught one during Tonys Tackle Open earlier in the month. Top weight in the last two Anderida comps has fallen to myself, with 60 whiting weighing 22lbs on 11th November then on 24th I had 50 whiting plus four dogfish for just under 21lbs. This was a close call as current leader in the club championship Darren Mitchell was less than an ounce behind. An amazing total of over 30 dogfish were landed during this match with Darren landing six in his total. He had never previously caught one from the shore!

National League Final

The National league final was held at Pevensey Bay over the weekend of 28th/29th November in what can only be described as difficult conditions. Saturday proved a little better than the forecast but by the end of the 5 hour match a force six wind has sprung up. Fishing in White horses and Timberlaine road was amazing with Kevin Morgan winning the day with 75 fish worth 1170 points from C zone at Timberlaine rd. Things were tougher at Langney Point where local angler Kim McGreevy used all his experience to winkle out a total of over 400pts to take E zone. Best fish on the day was a 4lbs 8ozs for Declan Moulding worth 190 pts

Gale force
On Sunday the weather forecast was so bad E zone had to be moved to the Kiosk area of the bay at Beachlands as Langney Point would have been in the teeth of the gale. In winds that reached over 50 miles an hour both A zone and the new E zone saw many anglers swamped and packing up early. Some saw all their bait and other items washed away while others, Malcolm Payne for one, had their igloos or bivvies completely wrecked by rogue waves. For those that battled to the end the catches were well down as expected but a couple of cod were caught, the best being one cod of 8lbs for Nick May that netted him 390pts. Rest of the catches were mostly whiting with a smattering of dabs, pout, small bass and even a few eels.
Thirty teams took part and the Top 5 teams were;
1st Breakaway Tackle (Ipswich), 2nd, Zipplex, 3rd, Prime Angling, 4th, Hastings AC, 5th Anglers Den

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