This was a particularly high tide and as we fished the first hour of the match on the incoming tide a number of us were caught out and found ourselves moving back as the river rose. Over the last couple of years we seem to have completely dispelled the old club myth that you have to match fish the Arun from the top down. We found that the fish were feeding as freely when the tide was coming in as when it was running out. Most found plenty of bits although a couple struggled and those that targeted the bream were not successful.
Steve Hanson was drawn in the favoured mint swim downstream from the culvert and fishing with caster caught roach, dace and chublets throughout the match and his mixed bag of 4 – 3 – 8 was enough for first place.
Steve Simmonds was at the top end of the stretch and opted for a waggler approach rather than the normal stick float. Steve caught throughout the match but had a couple of quiet spells when he lost the fish but 3 – 2 – 0 was sufficient for second place.
Close behind was Rab who was pegged just below the outlet and his 2 – 14 – 8 produced third place.