This was the first Sunday match of the season and as usual we started at Petworth Park. The weather was dry but a strong left to right cross wind made holding a pole difficult and the majority of anglers ended up using a feeder. The lake looked really good with high water levels and a good colour. Nine anglers were fishing with eight of these pegged on the main stretch with one behind the island. Very few small fish were caught and catches were mainly of bream and skimmers with only two tench caught, although one was close to five pounds in weight.
The increasing numbers of skimmers is a good sign for future and these have increased in size compared to those caught last year. It was noticeable that few small fish were caught, normally when fishing maggot on the feeder you keep getting little taps and knocks but this was not the case this week.In first place was John Williams who lasted till the end of a match for a change. He did not catch anything for the first couple of hours and then went on his customary walk about, coming back to concentrate on the groundbait feeder using dead maggot as hook bait to catch nine bream weighing 31-0-0. John was fishing to the right of the concert slab.
Fishing to the left of John on the concrete was Kevin Leighfield who used the same method and bait to catch seven bream weighing 25-0-0.
Dave Herbert, who had the golden peg, was in third place and fished to the right of John and used the same method to catch seven bream weighing 22-1-0.