There were still a few cod about at the start of the new year with Steve Hunt beaching one of 6lb 5ozs from Langney Point but it was a good catch of whiting that won Dan Wood the nomads open.
The most impressive catch at the start of the year was the 5lb 7oz whiting that Stew Curtis caught from his own boat on one of those rare days when boats could get out. The fish broke the long standing EAA club record by 2lbs.
As the colder weather took hold so catches from the shore tailed off and Glyn Morgan only needed 2lb 2ozs to win the first Anderida comp of the year, while Trevor Rooney had just over 4lbs to take the first Nomads comp.
By mid month dabs were making a good showing as the whiting thinned out and latest reports indicate the flounders are back at last.
Deep Blue was at it again - one Steve's crew, John Povoas, boated a massive 40lb Cod on one of the few occassions he was able to get out . The weather has been so bad I dont think there have been more than two or three days when it has been possible to get out of the marinas or off the beaches.
I'm spending some time in Florida where the weather has been affected by the El Niño giving the unsettled conditions found all round the world at the moment. Have still had a Google number of species already despite the first fish being a whiting, would you believe!
From the shore so far I've caught, catfish, pompano, bonnet shark, sand shark, flatheads, black drum, spotted trout, flounder, eel and a red drum. From the boats have had grey snapper, Spanish mackerel, red grouper and a 20lb gag grouper.