The second leg of the Kirkby Bott was held on the Arun at Watersfield on yet another warm sunny day but with a strong wind that made tackle control difficult. This match had a later start than usual to take account of the tide and other fixtures in the calendar. We fished more of the up tide and this eased the problems we have with keepnets when the tide goes out. The match turned out to be very close with the top three weights between 7 and 8 pounds. Catches were mainly roach and dace with a few skimmers and odd gudgeon and perch. Several bream were hooked but lost.
In first place was Glen Riley who was fishing the same peg as the last match which is downstream of the old peg 1just before the bush and again used a variety of tactics (waggler, feeder and bolo) to catch dace and roach weighing 7-11-0.
Very close behind in second place was Vince Herringshaw who was fishing the old peg1, as he had in the previous match here and used the bolo float on the pole to catch dace, roach and a couple of skimmers to weigh in 7-10-8.
Mick Greenway was fishing the peg upstream of the Mint Swim, which we had used in previous years but was considered too overgrown for use in the last match. However Steve had attacked it with his weed cutter and Mick had carried out some additional gardening to make it fish able and to safely put a keepnet in place. Mick used an Avon float on rod and line along with bolo and flat floats on the pole to catch roach and dace and a perch of about a pound to weigh in 7-3-0.
After two legs of the Kirkby Bott series Vince and Glen are both on 19 points