We had 8 people booked in and managed to get 8 pegs in the top section, then over the horizon came John Hanson who made us 9. We decided to put The Point in as the ninth peg and John offered to take it if the person who drew it didn’t fancy it. Now John has never fished let alone seen Watersfield but we all extolled the virtues of the peg to him when he did take it.
I had walked down to the peg and told John to follow the trail I pushed through, however from his description of the peg he might not have been in the right place. It being a last minute affair the only bait he had was worm and he soon realised that he really could do with some maggot and ended up cutting his worms into maggot lengths. John did catch a few fish and had the surprise of the day a flounder!
Meanwhile at the top end of the stretch John’s brother, Steve well prepared with maggots (you would of thought he would have given his own brother some!) was fishing the waggler. Starting on the inside and gradually moving out towards mid-stream during the match, Steve caught a variety of silver fish and his 4 – 2 – 0 was easily enough for first place.
Fishing in between the trees on the top straight Steve Simmonds decided on a bolo float approach on the long rod. To start with the fish came regularly but after a couple of hours the fish seemed to have gone. Going out a bit further didn’t seem to work and a couple of sessions on a feeder didn’t produce anything but 2 – 5 – 0 of silver fish was sufficient for second place.
Mick Greenway was just below the sluice and caught silver fish on and off all through the match and was just behind Steve with 2 – 1 – 0 for third place.