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
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