This was the first leg of the D H McCavish Trophy and was for silverfish only. As with all matches this year at Passies it was fished on the Bunker straight and was pegged so that each angler had an empty peg to their left or right. Fortunately again we were lucky with the weather at Passies as the day was dry but cold and the anglers were protected from the North West wind by the hedge on the far bank. The weather had been cold in the previous week with heavy rain on the previous day and it is to Passies credit that there were good catches of silverfish and also F1s and carp, which did not count.
In first place fishing a peg one back from the far end of the bunker straight was Paul Ward who caught 17-7-0 of roach and skimmers. He used the long pole fishing pinkies over groundbait but found that the better fish were caught on worm.
Mick Greenway was in second place, fishing a peg two down from the bridge at the car park end, with 11-8-0 of mainly skimmers with a few roach. He used the long pole and fished expander pellet over groundbait.
In third place was Keith Hughes, fishing next to Mick, who caught 8-4-8 of silverfish on the long pole. However he had problems with F1s and carp which quickly came on to his groundbait, slowing down his rate of catching skimmers.