A few of us met in Rick’s smart new cafe for breakfast before the match and it was good to see Steve Jeffery turning out again. I’m not sure whether it was breakfast or the fishing that attracted him. The rumour is that Steve’s other half demands that he takes her to Rick’s whenever she is in this area and also likes going fishing with him, I think you’re on a winner there Steve!
We had decided to fish from the Grosvenor Road steps for this round of our winter series on the Chichester Canal but when we got to the water there were a massive number of leaves on the water downstream so we decided to peg upstream towards the city.
Mark Pantling was drawn pretty much where we met and the fact that we were milling around there for a while before the draw didn’t seem to put the fish off at all. Mark brought his trusty 5 metre whip out and caught steadily through the match to put together a very nice mixed bag of 10 – 13 – 0 which was easily enough for first place.
In second place off the next peg was Mick Greenway, Mick had to hunt around for his fish, finding some on the inside shelf, some down the track both these areas were fished on the pole. The rest of his fish were caught on the far side on the waggler. In total Mick had a respectable mixed bag of 6 – 1 – 0.
Just to prove that you can’t keep a good man down Steve Jeffery picked up third spot with a primarily waggler caught bag of mainly roach from the far side. Steve actually found that the boat going through helped his swim as it tended to push the fish out of the track where they were proving elusive up onto the far shelf. Steve weighed in 4 – 15 – 8.