On yet another fine dry night 7 anglers turned up to fish the second leg of the Moss Cup at Shopham. Although it had rained earlier in the week the water level was still low and as it proved the fishing was difficult. The match was a walk off as usual with everyone hoping to get the first draw out of the bag and hence be able to fish where the Burton Mill stream joins the river. Unusually there were very few trout caught and the small bags were mainly made up of small dace and chublets.
In first place again continuing his incredible run of success was Mike Kitchener who fished just downstream of the bridge. This swim has a limited trotting area as a willow tree has fallen into the water. However Mike managed to extract an eel, dace, gudgeon and a small skimmer to weigh in 2 – 13 – 4.
Second place went to Steve Simmonds who was fishing where the Burton Mill stream joins the river and caught dace and chublets trotting a stick float. His bag caught on maggot weighed 2 – 8 – 4 and would have been larger if he had managed to land the two chub he lost.
Ray Huskisson was in third place and had a mixed bag weighing 1 – 4 – 12 fishing the feeder opposite the fish refuge, upstream of the bridge.Overall Mike Kitchener is easily leading the Moss Cup series with two wins and the maximum 20 points.
After 10 matches Kitch is leading in the Clubman (89 points), Matchman (474 points) and Weight (100-15-8) competitions from Keith with 78 points, 363 points and 76-5-8 respectively.