This match was the second leg of the D H McCavish Shield for silverfish only. Again the week previously had seen heavy rain and frosts and there was a frost on the Saturday night, which had frozen Cart Pond. Fortunately Stemps was ice free. The bailiffs have done a good job at this fishery, with new platforms and also had spread wood chippings on the path to the fishery. This made it easier to push or pull trolleys to the ponds.
On match day it rained all the time from when I was loading my car, through the match, during the weigh in and the journey home. It did ease off during the match, giving hope that it was stopping but came back just as heavy. With these conditions it was felt that the match could be hard. However within the first half hour skimmers and some good sized roach were being caught. This continued slowly throughout the match.
In first place was Mike Kitchener, fishing the long pole on Peg 7 who fished maggot or pellet over groundbait to catch skimmers and roach weighing 6-14-4.
Vince Herringshaw was in second place and used the long pole and his trusty whip to catch 4-5-4 of skimmers and roach.
Mick Greenway fished pellets or pinkies over groundbait on the long pole to weigh in 3-11-0 of skimmers and roach.
After both legs of the D H McCavish Shield three anglers Mike Kitchener, Vince Herringshaw and Mick Greenway tied with 15 points with Mike Kitchener winning with the heavier weight (18-15-12) from Mick Greenway (17-8-0).