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Jim Whippy on Sussex Angling June 2015

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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’

Belinda showed up the men

Plaice fishing has not been as good as during the past couple of years but some decent fish to 4lbs have been taken but not in any numbers. On a recent trip on ‘Deep Blue’ Belinda Cornwell (pictured right) landed the only five plaice on board, much to the embarrassment of the male anglers on board that included myself and Paul Maris, winner of such titles as the World Marlin Cup. We did go on to boat 70 cod in an hour once we had finished trying for plaice. The big wait is now on for the arrival of the mackerel when the summer fishing should kick off with turbot, brill, blonde ray, tope and bream all following the mackerel shoals up the channel from the west. This year it looks like we could be waiting another month for this to happen as the mackerel are very water temperature sensitive and a mere one degree of water temperature can mean them staying a hundred miles away until it comes right for them.