PRESIDENT  Mr Bob Bumstead

Hastings and St. Leonards Angling Association

  Probably the top sea angling club in East Sussex

Hastings 117th International Boat Fishing Festival

The 117th annual three day Hastings International Boat Festival sponsored by Hastings Angling Centre Ltd was fished 26th, 27th and 28th July. Unfortunately the weather was very poor on all three days and they only able to get afloat on the Saturday and even then there was a big swell and very fresh wind combined with drenching rain in the morning. The Friday and Sunday matches had to be fished on the beach. Entry was good given the conditions with 64 anglers taking part on over 20 boats. 
The Festival is based on points for the best five specimen fish weighed in by each angler each day, with each day being a separate match with prizes and the overall Festival being rewarded with cash and trophies
In the very difficult conditions specimen fish proved elusive with remarkably no 100% specimens being recorded.
The prize giving and fine buffet was held at the East Hastings Club with Mayor and Festival President Nigel Sinden presenting the trophies.

Best specimen of the Festival was a Plaice of 3lb 15oz (87.5 points) caught by Ed McBryan, fishing on Barry Coleman’s boat Pez Vela, winning him The Friendship Trophy and £500. Paul Murray won the South of England Trophy and £500 first prize with 325 points. Paul Murray had the highest aggregate points to win the ICSA Gold Cup. Heaviest fish was Charles Dickinson’s Smoothound of 10lb 9oz narrowly beat Cliff Winch’s Thornback ray of 10lb 6oz. The junior prizes were all taken for the second year running by Amy Dickinson. Top lady was Kay Goodwin and top veteran Charlie Ball. Team prize won by Paul Murray, Bill Ellis Alan Kent and Pete Wiseman. 

The Club team prize went to Hastings & St Leonards AA Ralph and Colin Crosby, Paul Murray and Bill Ellis.

A donation of £100 was raised from the raffle for the Firefighters Charity. The prize table for the day prizes was again excellent with sponsorship and prize donation being the best ever with 16 prizes each day in addition to trophies and main cash prizes. Many thanks to Shimano for donation of an excellent rod and reel. Everyone would also like to thank Hastings Angling Centre, ACW Brickwork Ltd, Carlsberg, C&G Commercial Services Ltd, Coleman Hire, 

Steve Erends Home Improvements, Greenweld (SE) Ltd, SJ Homewood, Seashore graphics, MDJ Services for generous support and to Hastings & St Leonards AA and East Hastings AA for hosting the event.

Main Trophy winners
South of England Trophy - Most points on one day – Paul Murray
Friendship Trophy – Best specimen in the Festival – ED McBryan 
ICSA Gold Cup – Most points in the Festival – Paul Murray 
Cinema Deluxe Cup – Greatest weight of fish – Alan Kent
Lewis Abbott Cup - Most points from flatfish – Bob Elliott
Borough of Hastings Cup – Biggest fish – Charles Dickinson
Hastilow Cup - Heaviest cod in the Festival – Tim McPherson
Herne Bay Cup - Best specimen Dogfish – Paul Murray
Palmer Cup - Most points from cod – Tim McPherson
Richardson Trophy – Heaviest ray- Cliff Winch Thornback 
Farnham Trophy – team of four – P Murray, B Ellis, A Kent, P Wiseman
Veterans Trophy – Charlie Ball 
Ladies Rose Bowl – Kay Goodwin
Bon Ami Cup - Most junior points – Amy Dickinson
Skinners Trophy – Best junior percentage - Amy Dickinson 
RNLI trophy – Most Junior points – Amy Dickinson 
TSB Shield – Most points from flatfish – Bob Elliott
Saffir Vissers Trophy – Most different species – Kay Goodwin
Pedro Cup – top local angler - Paul Murray
Whitbread Trophy – longest fish – Charles Dickinson
Coronation Cup – best club team of four – Bill Ellis, Paul Murray, Colin and Ralph Crosby
Nelson Cup – top score in Coronation Cup – Paul Murray 
Family Cup – Glyn and Steve Shoesmith
Pollack Cup – Mark Fairhurst 
Frank James Cup Best flatfish – Bob Elliott

Beach Friday
1st Colin Crosby 4lb 11oz
2nd Ralph Crosby 3lb 7oz
3rd Shane Salmon 1lb 10oz

Beach Sunday
1st Ralph Crosby 3lb 15oz
2nd Colin Crosby 2lb 2oz
3rd Alan Kent 1lb 8oz

in the 
Boat Angling mag

Richard Lavender
Member of this club for 50 years
His dad joined him up on his 9th birthday - 50 years ago today, 16th July


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The British Conger Club has recently laid down regulations regarding the weighing of Conger Eels caught at sea. 
The Club has adopted this regulation and it will appear in the Club Rule Book under General Angling Bye Laws.

For the purpose of weighing specimens Conger Eels only may be weighed at sea and then released.

A photo of the captor with the fish and a photo of the fish in a sling, on the scales, showing the weight must be shown to a club official upon coming ashore. They will then enter the fish in the specimen book.

For the purposes of competitions Congers should be brought ashore, alive if possible.

Should an angler wish to retain a conger for eating , they are free to do so.


Recreational fishing for bass

For recreational fishers from 1st January to 31st March 2019, and from 1st November to 31st December 2019 only catch-and-release fishing of bass is permitted. From 1st April to 31st October 2019 not more than one bass per person per day may be retained. Any additional bass should be returned immediately to the sea. In addition, the minimum conservation reference size of 42cm applies – any bass smaller than this must be immediately returned to the sea. These measures apply to fishing from vessels and from shore.

12th May 2019
Winner: Sue Wells


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The club has a keen beach and boat angling and social community. We can accommodate boats up to 23 feet in length in our secure compound provided they are fitted with beach keels, as boats are beach launched. We have workshops for boat maintenance and fitting of keels by yourself if required, and secure storage areas for outboard engines and fishing gear. The area around Hastings uniquely offers a very wide variety of fishing, see our club records and photo gallery. You will be in good company in this very friendly club.  Our members come from all walks of life and can offer help and advice if required. Our membership fees are very reasonable.