The weather on the previous day was warm and very pleasant. On match day a cold wind had come up and the anglers were pleased that they had coats with them. For a change I was early and expected to see the normal turn out of anglers. However it was some time before Keith and Vince appeared and that was it, 3 anglers to fish the first match on the canal this season. The three of us walked down from Hunston and picked 3 suitable swims which we then drew for.
Keith Hughes was struggling to catch small fish but noticed a bream roll on the far side of his swim. He tackled up with a small bomb on his waggler rod and caught a bream of approximately 2 pound. This with several smaller fish gave him a weight of 3-1-0 to easily win the match.
In second place was Vince Herringshaw who caught 4 skimmers and some smaller roach weighing 1-12-4.
Fishing between Vince and Keith was Mick Greenway who caught 0-11-4 of roach.
We had high expectations until we saw a cormorant working in the area. Although the fishing was slow we had an entertaining match with the normal barges and canoes disturbing the swims along with dogs in the water and cows trying to fall into Keith’s swim.