Source: Sussex Angling Media

The 2014 Bexhill Angling Festival kicks off on 06 On September – and it’s going to be the biggest and best to date.

It starts with a two day exhibition on Bexhill Sea front featuring fish preparation, seafood stalls and an angling village featuring, Svendson Tackle, Tronix , Artico, Sea Fishing Magazine, Sussex Angling Media, Angling Trust, and local tackle shops. The popular Fish Simulator will also be making a welcome return.

The highlight of this month long celebration of south coast angling are, however, the competitions, which are taking place at local angling venues and these are as follows:

•    06 September: Kayak competition

•    07 September: Young anglers beach pegged match

•    08-12 September: Rother shore species hunt

•    13 September: Pegged beach open match

•    13 September: Wylands Coarse Open Pegged match

•    14 September: Bass Specimen Cup

•    15 September: Charter Boat Species Challenge (see below).

•    18 – 27 September: Wylands coarse fishing species hunt

•    20 September: Wylands 24hr Carp competition

•    21 September: Private boat species hunt

•    28 September: Wylands parent and child pairs coarse competition

To find out more or to enter any of these competitions click HERE or call 01424 892287

Charter Boat Species Hunt

One of the most exciting competitions in the Bexhill Angling Festival is the Eastbourne Charter Boat Species Challenge featuring: Aladard, Misty Blue, Panther, Excalibur, Deep Blue and Katrina.

All thoughts are now focused on the Charter Boat Species Hunt for teams of four, which will take place on Monday 15 September out of Eastbourne. Have your club, pub or local tackle shop entered a team yet?

Entry forms are in the local tackle shops. It should be great fun with all team members on the same boat and just one fish of each species per team required, no size limits and catch and release – the winning team could end up with at least 15 different species, more will be caught,  but maybe not all by the same team.

Here are 20 obvious species to target: pout, poor cod, pollack, cod, whiting, bass, dogfish, smoothhound, mackerel, garfish, scad, plaice, dab, bream, tub and red gurnard, ballan wrasse, goldsinny wrasse, tompot blenny and goby.

Another 17 possible species are: bull huss, conger, tope, spurdog, thornback ray, spotted ray, small eyed ray, grey gurnard, herring, sole, corkwing wrasse, cuckoo wrasse, baillons wrasse, three bearded rockling, red mullet, flounder and trigger fish

But – with no size limits – all sorts could show up, it should be a great competition that could become an annual event.

If you want to enter a team, or become part of a team, then click HERE or call the Festival Organisers on 01424 892287 – but hurry as there are only a couple of team places left.