It was very wet and windy for the second leg of the Moss Cup at Shopham and again only four anglers turned up. At least the rain stopped for the last hour of the match so we were able to do the weigh in without everything getting wet.
The river was rising and had a fair amount of colour in it, due to the conditions we were not that optimistic, in the event we were pleasantly surprised.
Mike Kitchener drew 1 and went to the favoured Burton mill stream peg. You can often see chub and carp here just sitting on the end of the stream and ever so occasionally one might drift out to intercept your bait as it goes by. Nothing big for Mike this evening apart from a decent perch, with plenty small silver fish his weight was 4 – 9 – 8 which was good enough for first place.
Steve Simmonds went up to Tumble bay where the old canal section joins the loop. This peg is often avoided in matches as you can get ‘trouted’ out here, but they were not around in big numbers this time round and he only had 5 small ones, these of course don’t count in the matches. Steve had three grayling, one of which was of good size together with roach, dace and chublets for 4 – 0 – 4 and second place.
Vince fished the peg just under the bridge on the downstream side, hoping for a chub or two under the trees, no chub but he had a nice bag of dace weighing in at 3 – 12 – 8 for third place.
After two legs of the Moss Cup Mike Kitchener and Steve Simmonds are equal on points with Mike just shading it on weight. All to play for on the third and final leg!