On the previous day my wife and I walked the dogs from the Chichester Basin down past Hunston to the road by the Chichester marina. It was noticeable that the canal was very clear on the stretch close to the Basin. However it was more coloured in the centre track of the canal down towards Hunston and beyond although the edge was clear. The weather was fine and sunny with a light wind – ideal angling conditions. What a change on the Sunday with heavy rain and strong winds throughout the match – so bad that only 4 out of the 8 anglers starting the match stayed to the end. We held the draw at the site of the old Selsey Tram to try a different area particularly as the far bank cover had not been butchered as heavily as other parts of the canal.
Keith and John pegged the match and the swims looked good although some gardening was required to get access to the water, as the bankside vegetation had grown over the summer. We were hoping for catches of skimmer bream but only Keith Hughes and Steve Speller managed to find these with the rest of the weights made up of roach and the odd gudgeon. The presence of gudgeon is good as they are an indicator of good water quality and it would be good to see their return in numbers to the canal.
Keith Hughes continued his winning streak on the canal with a catch of 3-12-8 of mainly skimmer bream caught on the far shelf to win the match.
In second place was Mick Greenway who fished bread punch, on the nearside shelf, to catch 2-8-8 of roach.
In third place was Steve Speller with 2-7-4 of skimmers.
After 2 legs of the Lec Cup Keith Hughes is in the lead with 2 wins.