This match which should also have been a friendly against Portsmouth and District Angling Society was fished on a very high and coloured River Arun. The match did look as though it would have to be cancelled, but because a few hardy anglers turned out on what was a sunny afternoon to fish, we decided to go ahead. The decision was also influenced by the fact it would have been difficult to reschedule the match due to a full fixtures list.
First was Keith Hughes who drew the first tree below the inlet and fished the pole feeder in the slack water that the tree created. Keith caught almost straight away and continued to catch the odd small roach for about two hours. Once the water had dropped enough so the tree was no longer creating a slack anymore the swim dried up. A change to the feeder at this point only produced one more small roach.
Second was Rab Butler, who was fishing in the mint swim, after a slow start Rab managed to catch a few small roach on the pole.
Third was Vince Herringshaw who was fishing just above the inlet, he could not get a bite for about two hours. Then all of a sudden Vince had three small Roach in three casts, he thought he had found them, but this was not to be and he only had a small eel in the last half hour.
Although the weights were disappointing everyone agreed it was good to be out in the fresh air and surprising anything was caught considering the conditions.