This year’s event took place at Eastbourne and had a good entry of 25 anglers fished the two days of 28th and 29th April 2017.
It soon became apparent that the fishing was not as good as it was a couple of weeks ago. New comer to EFSA Jamie Morton landed a sizable 5 bearded rockling when retrieving the first cast of the day, but unfortunately for her that was the only sizable fish to her rod for the day. Other than a lot of undersize whiting there were a lot of species but just the odd one or two of each.
Local angler Paul Parsons showed us the way on day 1 with 5 fish for 136cm to convincingly win his Zone. The other zone winner was Barrie Senior with 2 fish for 49cm. One other person had 2 fish with the remaining anglers to hand in a scoring card having just the 1 fish.
Today the venue was Pevensey Bay beach, an easy walk from the car park close by. Today the sun shone and with the wind changed to more from the south and a bit of a chop on the coloured water thoughts were that maybe today would be better but it was to be a very scratchy day as yesterday with the 2 zone winners Kim Bowden and Dave Lovelock being the only two anglers to get 2 fish while seven other anglers had 1 fish each.
Of the top four anglers from yesterday only one caught on day 2 as well, so it was all change at the top positions with the top three and pin winners who were the only anglers three anglers to catch 1 fish on both days with all the rest of the competitors catching a sizable fish or two on only one of the days.
Presentation at Eastbourne Angling Association
Presentation of awards was carried out by Kim Bowden and Barrie Senior.
Kim Bowden presented the pins except to Peter Neal who asked that Jim Whippy present his silver pin in recognition of their 36 years since they first fished together.
Barrie Senior finished by saying that his thanks go to Eastbourne Angling Association for the use of their club premises for the registration and presentation; to Anglers Den at Pevensey Bay for supplying the good quality bait; to Jim Whippy, Stuart Jones and Jamie Morton for pegging the beaches and to Jerry Knight for collecting the bait each day.
Kim Bowden closed by thanking all for attending and hoped to see them on the beach later on this year at the EFSA European Shore in the Netherlands or at next years English Shore which we hope to have a venue soon, so look out on the web site
Top three individuals and pin winners
1st and gold pin to Jerry Knight 7 points for 72cm
2nd and silver pin to Peter Neal 7 points for 54cm
3rd and bronze pin to Alan Jones 8 points
Day 1 A zone Paul Parsons 206 points
Day 1 B zone Barrie Senior 89 points
Day 2 A zone Kim Bowden 85 points
Day 2 B zone Dave Lovelock 90 points
Day 1 Round fish Paul Parsons Bass 35cm
Nick Rush Smoothound 35cm
Day 1 Flat fish Jerry Knight Flounder 27cm
Day 2 Round fish Jerry Knight Dogfish 45cm
Day 2 Flat fish Dave Lovelock Flounder 22cm
3 Man Drawn Team
Barrie Senior, Chris Leonard and Nick Rush on 46 points
2 Man Drawn Team
Peter Neal and Reg Clough on 22 points