May 2015 will go down as one of the worst I can recall for windy weather and
very little warm sun. By this time of the year we have normally enjoyed some
really warm spells but we are still waiting and June is here already. It has
meant that some decent fish have been caught from the beaches, especially
after a rough period. The Anderida competition in mid May produced
bass, codling, eels and flounders for those anglers fishing at the Normans Bay
area. We rarely see codling hanging around inshore this late in the year. Pete
Fountain had a bass of 3.5lbs in the middle of the bay on the same night while
those fishing at White Horses struggled to find a sizable fish.
The following night with the winds a little lighter the Eastbourne Nomads
competition produced several dogfish but no bass or codling. It makes it
difficult to decide where to fish as the catches a mile apart can be so different
and the May rot has not helped. On some marks the pin whiting are still
making a nuisance of themselves while many of the flounders are just undersized. Smooth hounds have been caught from Eastbourne pier (see above for a the 9lb specimen) but very few have been caught from the beaches that come up to size. Most of them have been real young ones around 30 to 40cm. It needs a warm settled spell for the bigger ones to move inshore.
Eels should also appreciate warmer water and figure more in the catches. We are approaching the hardest time for match angling and looking at the records from last year there were more blanks during June and July than any other time of the year. This may not happen until a bit later this time because of the bad weather in May means there are a few more fish about still.