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Sea Angler Magazine: Shimano Mission Accomplished winners

Issue 505: 8 May - 4 June 2014, pages 121 & 122

Deal Pier (1920s ?)

Goodwins Bar

Image supplied by Dean Curry

Sandwich Bay Looking South: Thursday, 15th May 2014

Photo supplied by Dean Curry

Deal Pier: Sunday, 4th May 2014

Photo submitted by Stuart Bush

Fishing the lower deck on Sunday, Stuart Bush caught this lovely 12½lb (5.67kg) thornback ray using herring fillet on a pulley Pennell rig with a size 4/0 hook. This ray is now fish of the month for May …

Sandwich Bay: Saturday, 3rd May 2014

Photo submitted by Dan Townsend

Dan Townsend caught this 8lb 13oz (4kg) thornback ray, one of seven rays he caught during the Saturday night session, all coming on herring bait fished on a pulley rig with a 4/0 Kamasan hook

Deal Pier: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

Report by Dean Curry, Pleasure Angling

Ivan Rubins caught this 8½lb thornback ray from the Pier on Tuesday using herring bait presented on a pulley rig with a size 4/0 hook.

Deal Pier: Friday, 25th April 2014

42cm bass caught by Joe Smith during Deal & Dover Junior Competition

Charlie Cross & Thornback Ray: Monday, 21st April 2014

Photo by Mark Cross

Saturday, 19th April 2014

Report by Dean Curry, Pleasure Angling

Ivan Rubins caught two thornback rays on Saturday, both just shy of 9lb.

Deal Pier: Saturday, 19th April 2014

Photos of a 6lb pier-caught lobster submitted by Simon Yardwood

Sunday, 6th April 2014

Report by Dean Curry, Pleasure Angling

4am Sunday morning, fishing in Sandwich Bay, Damian Card lands his personal best - a 14lb 3oz (6.44kg) thornback ray caught on a bluey-herring cocktail bait. Other fish caught included codling and whiting.

Deal Pier: Saturday, 29th March 2014

Will Humphrey with his pier-caught 12lb thornback ray caught on a pulley Pennell rig baited with herring from only about 20 to 30 yards out from the DWAA cabin on the pier's lower deck.

Deal Pier: Saturday, 22nd March 2014

Stuart Bush with his pier-caught 10lb ¾oz (4.55kg) thornback ray.

Ryan Lee fishing Deal Pier (upper deck): Saturday, 15th March 2014

Oscar Rae's first ever catch: 2nd March 2014

Dave Mullaney: January 2014

Dave Mullaney: Storm High Tide on 6th December 2013 at 13:14 (6.3m or 20ft 8in)

Charlie Cross & Codling: Friday, 29th November

Photos by Mark Cross

Deal Pier Sea-Bed Dragging: Wednesday, 27th November

Photos by Dean Curry

Deal Pier Sea-Bed Dragging: Wednesday, 27th November

Photo by Andy Jelley

Dave Mullaney: November 2013

Dave Mullaney: September 2013

Daniel Knapp: Sunday, 9th June 2013

8lb thornback ray caught by Daniel Knapp (Gravesend) on Sunday morning at about 2.30am fishing from the pier just after the third shelter on the north side.

Tim Jarett: 23rd March 2013

Shane: 12th March 2013 Storm Damage to Lower Deck

Nigel Chandler: 12th March 2013 Storm Damage to Lower Deck and Beach

Dean Curry: 12th March 2013 Storm Damage to Lower Deck

Dean Curry: 12th March 2013 Storm Damage to Beach

Les Ramsey - 18 January 2013

Dean Curry

Vic Day

Pier cafe under construction Stumpy

Dave Chamberlain

Dave Chamberlain

Nick Mitchell

Tony Friend

Dave Chamberlain (ruddy turnstone)

"What kind of bird is that" is a frequently asked question on Deal Pier. In recent years the "Ruddy Turnstone" (Arenaria interpres) has been a regular visitor to Deal Pier and the local beaches. Although the bird is a winter migrant there seems to be a few that are permanent fixtures and also spend the summer here. The ruddy turnstone belongs to the plover family and is an opportunistic feeder with a liking for shellfish and crustaceans which often feature as angler's bait. That is why ruddy turnstones are so common on the Pier where they can be seen cleaning up bits of crab, prawn, lugworm, squid, mackerel etc left by anglers. The birds are popular with the anglers and each year they await the return of "Stumpy", a one-legged ruddy turnstone that, for many years, would arrive at the start of winter. Recently "Stumpy" has been discovered to be a fraud as the missing leg has switched from left to right ... obviously acting as a stand-in for the original bird.

Update: Cyril, who has fed Stumpy for many years, claims that Stumpy now has a toe missing on his other foot and that another ruddy turnstone, called "Hoppy", also has a leg missing (recognisable by a slimmer stump than Stumpy's stump). Cyril has also spotted a bird hopping on one foot imitating Stumpy and Hoppy until he is fed, whereupon he picks up the food and runs off - cheeky. This evolutionary adaptation to life on the pier could result in a new species being recognised - Sandwich has its tern and now Deal has its own turnstone ... Arenaria dolapila... alternatively, Arenaria interpres sub-species "cheekychappy".

Dean Heatlie (8lb 10oz (3.9kg) thornback ray)

Dave Langley (3lb (1.4kg) trigger fish)

James Flashman (his sister's first fish)

Dave Chamberlain

Keith Lambkin