The last match on the canal which was fished from Hunston down towards Chichester harbour was abandoned after two hours as no one had caught a fish. This leg was fished from Hunston up towards the Chichester basin. Normally we walk up towards Chichester and fish from where the gate is in the water on the far side of the canal.
However this time we decided to fish from the first platform to just past the big tree on the west bank as this is the area where most of the feed goes in and hopefully this would be where the fish were. However just like our fishery at Hurston the canal is suffering a weed problem and a couple of anglers had to clear the weed on the inside – some anglers were fortunate and were fishing from platforms.
The fishing was hard but the weights were very close. No skimmers were caught and none of the recently introduced tench have been caught as yet. Unlike winter matches the passage of boats, and there were a lot of them, put down the fish and most fish were caught before the boats started up. Again we were lucky with the weather as it was dry with occasional sunshine but there was a strong wind, which fortunately was off our backs.
In first place fishing a swim just past the big tree was Steve Simmonds who weighed in 2-11-0 of rudd and roach. These were caught on the short whip using bread punch or pinkies.
Keith Hughes was fishing on the other side of the big tree and had drawn the Golden Peg, so just missed out on his third win for this sweep. He fished the waggler with red maggot on the far side of the canal to catch 2-5-12 of roach and rudd.
Mick Greenway was fishing on the third platform from Hunston and fished bread punch or pinkies over liquidised bread to catch 2-0-4 of mainly roach.
Overall Keith is leading the Clubman with 135 points from Vince Herringshaw with 102 points. He is also leading the Matchman (1060 points) and Weight (249-4-0) competitions from Mike Kitchener with 576 points and 132-4-8 respectively.