Once again overnight frosts had left the Chichester Canal gin clear so this fourth and final leg of the Lec Cup was fished like the previous leg on the south bank of the basin.
First was Vince Herringshaw who was drawn on the winning peg from the previous round which was by the second bench towards the entrance to the basin. Vince fished the waggler for most of the day with single red maggot as hookbait, catching roach and small skimmers. He also spent about half an hour on the whip, but this line did not produce many fish. Vince also lost 3 pike that attacked his roach and skimmers as he was trying to land them.
Second once again was Steve Simmonds who drew almost the same peg as in the previous round. Steve knew how to tackle the swim and immediately set up a waggler to fish for the skimmers. He started really well, catching small skimmers and roach over groundbait, but then for some reason, possibly Pike again, his swim just died for about an hour. Steve then decided to set up a whip and fish close in for the roach. This line did not yield many fish so Steve eventually went back on the waggler looking for the odd skimmer once more.
Third was Steve Jeffery who was looking for a repeat winning performance fromm the previous match , but the even clearer water put pay to that. Fishing the waggler with red maggot or double fluoro pinkie as bait Steve caught mainly roach with the odd skimmer thrown in.
As for the Lec Cup, Steve Jeffery led Steve Simmonds by one point going into this final round. After today’s match, both anglers were tied on 37 points, but Steve Jeffery had a higher aggregate weight over the four rounds and therefore wins the Lec Cup.