East Sussex Diary March 2021 by Kevin Morgan
The last club match that was able to be held prior to lockdown was fished on Tuesday 15th December, with 17 anglers fishing in Pevensey Bay. The winner on the night was Jim Whippy with 3lb 31/4 oz. Second was Les Glazzard with 2lb 7oz and third James Blackmar with 2lb 5 ½ oz. The biggest fish was a dogfish of 1lb 2 ½ oz for Colin Everest.
Due to the current restrictions no more competitions have been currently held and so the final championship results for 2020 finished with the 2020 champion Colin Isaacs with 303 points. 2nd Les Glazzard 284 pts. 3rd Jim Whippy 266 pts. 4th Damion Chant 212 pts. 5th James Blackmar 188 pts. The top Junior was Ollie Franks with 102 points.
With the lockdown set to continue, fishing has slowed down in the region, especially with the poor weather which hasn’t helped.When anglers have managed to brave the conditions some nice fish have been caught. Unfortunately still seeing plenty of small whiting ! but there are some nice fish caught when conditions are good. Les Glazzard and Gary Banfield have caught some nice dabs and plaice along Eastbourne seafront, as has Peter Cornwall recently. Some nice thornbacks are beginning to show Lorcan caught a thornback during the day at Langney Point on lug/squid and Chris Kirrage caught a nice 6lb 3oz fish on bluey at the end of January. Not to be outdone his dad Tony Kirrage caught one of similar size on February 2nd also on bluey in Eastbourne.
The ray and plaice fishing is really starting to pick up from the shore at the moment with some lovely catches being reported. Scott Brown and his son Oliver caught some really nice plaice at Langney Point recently, with Oliver managing the biggest at 50cm and Scott catching 12 to 49cm!!Kim Mcgreevy caught some good plaice to 43cm and Gary Banfield also caught plaice to 43cm. Luke Ripley has managed a couple of sessions catching Thornbacks from Eastbourne with his biggest so far at 8lb 2oz. Peter Cornwall has caught Rays to 7lb as has Les Glazzard who managed 5 in a session to 7lb 1oz. Kevin Morgan also has caught a few Thornbacks with his largest at 8lb. Some lovely pics of youngsters with plaice at Langney Point not just Oliver Browncatching a bigger one than his dad but young Darcy Gifford pictured with 2 plaice while fishing with dad Mathew !
During the calm conditions the plaice fishing during the day should remain good and other venues such as Seaford will produce some quality fish!! The ray fishing has also picked up and again should continue to fish well during March.