Match Report

Match:  Kirby Bott 1st Leg
Venue:  Watersfield
Winner:  John Williams
Runner Up:  Ray Huskisson
Third:  John Sheppard


The Estate has made a fine job of sorting out the road leading to car park and all the anglers were appreciative of this, rather than having to suffer the potholes that were there previously. This match was fished with an hour of the tide coming in coupled with the high water slack and the rest of the match fishing the tide down.There are only a limited number of pegs in the area we normally fish so anglers are asked to booked in. We had 8 anglers booked in and again were fortunate that the weather was good although there was a strong wind blowing over our shoulders. The amount of weed rafts in the water was less than in previous years but we did have a dead calf floating up and then down the river. We did not see any signs of the seal that has been observed at Watersfield.

The catches consisted of small silver fish with no signs of the big bream that inhabit this stretch of the Arun.

In first place, fishing the first fishable swim closest to the upstream fence, was John Williams who caught 9-8-4 of dace, roach and rudd. He fished a whip to hand using maggots and fished over groundbait and loose fed maggots.
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John Williams had a lot of fish in his winning bag

Ray Huskisson was in second place with 3-4-0 of roach, rudd and dace using both the feeder and trotting a float in the Mint Swim.
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Ray Huskisson shows the stamp of fish that earned him second place

John Sheppard trotted a float to catch roach and dace weighing 2-4-12 to finish third