3rd & 4th October
The Section Shore Championships were fished over 2 days on Pevensey Bay and Eastbourne (Langley Point ) beaches.
Only 15 Section members entered of whom one withdrew sick and one withdrew because of the low turnout! This left a disappointing 13 anglers but nethetheless a determined group to show their skills and local nouce!
The decision on which beach to fish was left to the final minute the night before the match to gather in local info and to try and descend upon an in form venue. The forecasted gale force winds had also been a factor as anglers would have been exposed on other venues. Sadly the local experts were undone with their choice of giving Pevensey Bay a try. Only 3 anglers managed to find a fish with Colin Sargent just coming out on top with a sole.
The decision to switch to Langley for the second day was a good one with almost everyone catching fish. Gerry did his bit for conservation and everyone else shared whiting, bass, soles, dab, eels and even a gurnard. The weather was good and everyone had a good day.
The prize giving ceremony was held in the Eastbourne Angling club and we all crammed into the balcony room to see Paul Parsons deservedly scoop up 1 st place and the gold pin for his 2 nd and 1 st place performance over the 2 days. Colin Sargent collected the silver pin and Dave Lovelock came 3 rd for the bronze pin.
Other results were:
1 st Paul Parsons
2 nd Colin Sargent
3 rd Dave Lovelock
4 th Martin Sherwin
5 th Ian Hopper and Reg Clough
7 th Paull Curtice
8 th John Ryder
9 th Tony Porrit
1 st Paull Curtice / Colin Sargent
2 nd Dave Lovelock / Martin Sherwin
3 rd Budge Booker / Paul Parsons
As usual there are thanks to be given. To Eastbourne Angling Club for welcoming us into their bar and letting us use their facilities. To Andy Selby for sorting out prizes and couriering over to Pevensey. To the lads mucking in with the pegging in the mornings.
My thanks to all.