This match was the first leg of the D H McCavish Shield which is for silverfish only (i.e. no carp). It was fished on the bunker straight of Passies Match Lake. Unusually for matches at Passies it did not rain and the wind was blowing from the North which meant that the anglers were sheltered by the hedge that separates the Match Lake from the Main Lake.
The weather had been cold and wet in the previous week but the fishery provided 6 double figure weights of bream, skimmers, roach and the odd perch and a very close match with the second and sixth angler only being separated by 2-1-0.
Kitch was dressed appropriately for our last match before Christmas and only just missed out on a place.
In first place was Paul Ward who was fishing the first peg by the bridge, which was the end western end peg. He was using pellet over groundbait, on the long pole, to catch skimmers but found that switching over to meat produced better sized fish. He weighed in 18-4-12.
On the far end of the Bunker straight, on the Eastern end peg was Keith Hughes who used caster and pellet over groundbait, on the long pole to catch 14-2-8 of skimmers and roach.
Phil Tubb was fishing next to Keith and used similar tactics to catch 13-15-0 of skimmers and roach.
A lot of work has been carried out on the Match lake with a lot of the platforms being replaced. These do not stick out into the water so far so in some pegs it will be impossible to reach the far bank with a pole.