Match Report

Match:  LEC Cup 2nd Leg
Venue:  Chichester Canal
Winner:  Keith Hughes
Runner Up:  Steve Simmonds
Third:  Mick Greenway


Seven anglers, including Mike Kitcheners son, Ollie turned up for the 2ndleg of the LEC Cup fished on the Chichester canal at the Selsey Tram. This is not a pub but the area where the old tram line crosses the canal and is between the Hunston car park and the Donnington bridge. It can be reached by walking from the Hunston carp park or parking in the housing estate and accessing the canal by the old route of the tram.
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A typical Selsey Tram swim – plenty of features to fish to

The day was warm and sunny and with high pressure which accounted for poor weights. Normally if you fish bread punch over liquidised bread you can get a bite almost immediately – several anglers fished this way for at least half an hour without a bite which indicates how difficult it was. The anglers were pegged out so that was a reasonable distance between each angler and so that each angler either had lillies or reeds on the far bank. There is a lack of distinct pegs in this area and resulted in some anglers having to do some gardening.

Unfortunately Steve Simmonds drew a peg that I thought would only take a minimal amount of vegetation trimming but had to spend fifteen minutes cutting back the reeds.In first place was Keith Hughes, fishing an end peg, who managed to find some skimmers and these coupled with roach and rudd weighed 2-5-8. Keith caught some fish on the whip and also some on the long pole fishing the far bank against some lillies.

Also fishing an end peg was Steve Simmonds who after all his gardening took second place using his trusty whip to catch a couple of skimmers along with small roach and rudd caught on the long pole against the far bank lillies. The fish weighed 1-14-12.

Mick Greenway was fishing next to Steve and caught one skimmer from the main track along with small rudd caught on the long pole in amongst the far bank lillies. All the fish were caught on maggot and weighed 0-14-4.

Ollie just beat his dad by 0-0-4.
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Keith Hughes with his winning weight from the Selsey Tram section of the canal