The first leg of the LEC trophy was fished on the Chichester Canal from Hunston up towards Chichester using the first four platforms. Three of the platforms were before the tree with the fourth one a little way past the tree, which meant the anglers had a reasonable amount of water to themselves. It was raining on the way from Worthing to McDonalds for our pre-match breakfast but this cleared up by the time the draw was made and the rest of the day was dry and warm.
We welcomed a new member, Graham White, to the matches – he has match fished before but has just returned to it so has to learn how to do it again. Last year the match weights on the canal were very poor- however this match showed a return to the fishing of old with reasonable catches of roach and skimmers. There was a full programme of canal boats going past and as per usual the fish took a bit of time to start feeding again. There were also a lot of paddle boarders the majority of which did not put off the fish as they kept to the far bank. This was not the case with one of them who fell in in Vince’s swim.
In first place fishing the peg past the tree was Vince Herringshaw who used bread punch or red maggot on his usual whip or pole to catch 6-12-8 of roach and skimmers.
Second place was taken by Steve Simmonds who was fishing the first platform and used a variety of tactics to catch 5-10-0 of roach and skimmers. He fished bread punch, pinkies over groundbait on the whip and also used a light feeder.
Mick Greenway, on the third platform, fished bread punch and occasionally pinkie over liquidised bread to catch 4-1-8 of roach and skimmers.