The matches on the canal have not proved popular this year, mainly due to the problems of cyclists and walkers, with only four turning up for the third leg of the LEC cup. Again the weather was fine with no need for umbrellas and this time there were not as mainly cyclist as usual. The match was pegged from where the fence enters the canal on the far side down towards Chichester. In winter we are thankful for the canal boats as they cloud the water but in this match they were the kiss of death, as anglers’ swims died for some time after the boats passed through.
There was also the problem with a number of canoes which wrecked the far bank swims.In first place was Vince Herringshaw with a weight of 7-6-12 comprised of skimmers and roach. Vince seemed to have a shoal of skimmers in front of him right from the whistle and caught these on the whip fishing bread punch over liquidised bread. He caught odd fish on maggots and also caught some fish down the main track.
Mick Greenway was in second place with 4-11-0 of skimmers, roach and rudd. The roach were caught on the short whip fishing pinkies over liquidised bread. The skimmers were caught in the main track fishing pinkies or maggots over groundbait. Mick also caught a number of small rudd and roach on the far side on the long pole.
In third place was Keith Hughes who caught skimmers and roach, on the whip and long pole using pellet and maggot, weighing 3-13-4
After three legs of the LEC cup, with only two legs being fished, Keith Hughes leads with 18 points followed by Mick Greenway with 17 points.