Absolutely horrendous conditions greeted the fourteen anglers who signed in for day 1 of the Heron's two day Beach Festival on Saturday 21st November. The wind was gusting upwards of 45mph from the NW so casting was made incredibly difficult and as the tide came up, the swell meant leads were getting washed up the beach almost as soon as they were put out.
Conditions were so poor, virtually everyone packed up early although eight did manage to weigh in a catch. Aside from R. Gower's rockling, all bags were made up with whiting with D. Smith taking the lead. Dave caught 11 sizeable whiting by hiding from the elements down the side of Hampton jetty whilst T. Morris had 10 from Lane End.
Sunday's weather was more favourable although still taxing as the wind from the NW persisted. Catches were notably better however with T. Morris returning to Lane End for an additional 30 fish whilst junior member L. Perry-French worked his way into 2nd place with 17 whiting of his own including the competitions heaviest fish of 12.6oz. Full individual day results and class winners (by elimination) as follows; Saturday 21st; 1st- D. Smith, 11 fish, 4lbs 4.0oz 2nd- T. Morris, 10 fish, 3lbs 6.2oz 3rd- B. Morris, 6 fish, 2lbs 2.4oz 4th- M. Morris, 4 fish, 1lbs 7.4oz 5th- L. Perry-French, 3 fish, 1lbs 2.2oz 6th- B. Perry-French, 1 fish, 5.4oz 7th- S. Stephenson, 1 fish, 5.0oz 8th- R. Gower, 1 fish, 1.8oz Sunday 22nd 1st- T. Morris, 30 fish, 11lbs 0.4oz 2nd- L. Perry-French, 17 fish, 6lbs 10.4oz 3rd- G. Mummery, 14 fish, 5lbs 10.2oz 4th- D. Smith, 15 fish, 5lbs 5oz 5th- B. Perry-French, 14 fish, 4lbs 15.2oz 6th- B. Morris, 13 fish, 4lbs 14.0oz 7th- J. Marshall, 9 fish, 3lbs 6.4oz 8th- K. Morris, 8 fish, 3lbs 5.2oz 9th- S. Stephenson, 9 fish, 3lbs 1.6oz 10th- R. Gower, 9 fish, 3lbs 1.0oz 11th- M. Morris, 8 fish, 2lbs 14.8oz 12th- P. Gower, 3 fish, 1lbs 2.2oz Class 1: Aggregate 1st- T. Morris, 14lbs 6.6oz 2nd- D. Smith, 9lbs 9.0oz 3rd- L. Perry-French, 7lbs 12.6oz 4th- B. Morris, 7lbs 0.4oz 5th- G. Mummery, 5lbs 10.2oz 6th- B. Perry-French, 5lbs 4.6oz 7th- M. Morris, 4lbs 7.2oz 8th- S. Stephenson, 3lbs 6.6oz 9th- J. Marshall, 3lbs 6.4oz 10th- K. Morris, 3lbs 5.2oz 11th- R. Gower, 3lbs 2.8oz 12th- P. Gower, 1lbs 2.2oz Class 2: Heaviest 1-day catch T. Morris, 11lbs 0.4oz Class 3: Heaviest Fish L. Perry-French, 12.6oz Class 4: Greatest No. 1-day D. Smith, 15 fish Class 5: Greatest No. Flatfish 1-day Not Won Class 6: Greatest No. On Sunday G. Mummery, 14 fish Class 7: Heaviest Catch by a Lady R. Gower 3lbs 1.0oz Class 8: Heaviest Catch by a Junior B. Perry-French, 4lbs 15.2oz Class 9: Heaviest Catch by a Senior M. Morris, 2lbs 14.8oz