|Posted by Ant wells on August 4, 2015 at 6:10 AM|
The 113th three day international Hastings Sea Angling Boat Festival sponsored by Hastings Angling Centre ltd was fished on the 10th, 11th and 12th of July. The friday was a beautiful summers day with bright warm sunshine and light winds, saturday started fine but rapidly deteriorated as the wind strenghed considerably with most boats returning by lunchtime. Sunday boat fishing was cancelled due to high winds and was fished on the beach for the day prizes.
Entry was up last year with 85 anglers in over 30 boats competing. The festival is based on points for the best five specimen fish weighed in by each angler each day, with each day being seperate match with prizes and the overall festival being rewarded with cash and trophies.
Despite the tricky conditions on the saturday some good fish were boated with some very fine plaice caught, the best a magnificent 5lb 2ozs plaice for Heidi Claridge, which proved the best specimen of the festival by a very narrow margin from an excellent thornback ray of 13lb by Mick Chapman on the friday and won her several trophies and £500. Other excellent plaice of 4lb+ were weighed in. With neither big conger eels (the best a decent 46lbs for Geb Locke), or smoothounds featuring much this year plaice dabs wrasse and rays were the main target species. Paul Murray won festival for the second year on the trot lifting the south of England trophy and £500 first prize with 366 points on the saturday with a fine mized bag of plaice (4lb 12oz), wrasse (4lbs 14ozs) and dogfish.
The junior prizes were all taken by Charlie Wells. Top lady was Heidi Claridge and top veteran Alan Smith. The team prizes went to Ralph and Colin Crosby, Dave Checksfield and Tim Relf. The club team prize went to Ralph and Colin Crosby, Bill Ellis and Paul Murray.
Sunday's beach match was emphatically won by Ralph Crosby with 9lb 14oz which included a fine bass of 6lbs 1ozs. Brother Colin was second with 6lb 7oz and Mark Hinxman third with 3lb 9ozs.
The Prize giving and excellent buffet was held at the East Hastings Club with Mayor Bruce Dowling presenting the prizes. The excellent prize table a tribute to the presenting skills of Barry Coleman. A hearty thanks from the organising committee and all the anglers goes to all the sponsors of the festival, Hastings Angling Centre ltd, Fusion Interiors, Paul's Tackle, Steve Erends, Coleman Construction and Utilities Ltd,
Allscaff Scaffolding Ltd, News approach Contractors Ltd, Woods Concrete Pumps Southern Ltd, Berfords Ltd, CB Electrical Ltd, Carey & Edwards Ltd, Mermaid Hotel Rye, Porters Wine bar, MDJ Services Ltd, DMK Precision Engineering UK Ltd, Jamison Plumbing & Heating Ltd, Paul Tiltman Refreshments and Shimano and Tronix for donating prizes. Thanks also to the host clubs East Hastings Sea Angling Association and Hastings & St Leonards Angling Association.
Main Trophy winners
South of England Trophy - Most points on one day - Paul Murray (366) Friendship Trophy - Best specimen in the Festival - Heidi Claidge 5lb 2ozs Plaice (114.93) ICSA Gold Cup - Most points in the festival - Paul Murray (662) Cinema Deluxe Cup - Greatest weight of fish on one day - Geb Locke 52lb 5oz - Dreadnought Cup - Most points from whiting on one day - John Thompson (126) - Lewis Abbott Cup - Most points from flatfish in one day - Dave Checksfield (323) - Amsterdam Trophy - Biggest conger in the festival - Geb Locke 46lb 8oz Southend Cup - Most points from congers in one day - Geb Locke (86) - Borough of Hastings Cup - Biggest fish in the festival - Geb Locke 46lbs 8 ozs - Hastilow Cup - Heaviest cod in the festival - Geb Locke 10lb 9ozs - Herne Bay Cup - Best specimen bullhuss - Richard Dickinson 5lb 6ozs - Palmer Cup - Most points from cod in one day - Geb Locke (163) - Richardson Trophy - Heaviest ray - Mick Chapman 13lb Thornback - Farnham Trophy - team of four - C Crosby Dave Checksfield, Tim Relf (1232) - Veteran's Trophy - Alan Smith (285) - Ladies Rose Bowl - Heidi Claridge (250) - Bon Ami Cup - Most junior points in one day - Charlie Wells (171) - Skinners Trophy - Best junior precentage on one day - Charlie Wells 66% - RNLI Trophy - most junior points in Festival - Charlie Wells (336) - TSB Sheild - Most points from flatfish - Pete Galloway (575) - Saffir Vissers trophy - Most different species - Steve Clarke (5) - Observer Boat Trophy - top local angler - Pete Galloway (575) - Coxswain Cup - most specimens - Paul Murray (2) 0 Whitbead Trophy - longest fish - Geb Locke (2.1m) - Coronation Cup - best team of four on one day - Bill Ellis, Paul Murray, Colin and Ralph Crosby (1252) - Nelson Cup - top score in Coronation Cup - Paul Murray (366) - Family Cup - Ralph and Colin Crosby (656) - Pollock Cup - Chris Payne 7lb 10oz - Frank James Cup - Bob Elliot (80) - Les Watson Kayak Cup - Michael Maher 67%
Sunday Beach Match
1st Ralph Crosby 9lb 14ozs
2nd Colin Crosby 6lb 7oz
3rd Mark Hinxman 3lb 9ozs
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