On what was a very miserable and wet day weatherwise, thirteen anglers attended the inaugural match of the recently formed Petworth and Bognor Angling Club.
Kevin Leighfield drew peg four, which was two pegs past the lillies on the road bank. Fishing the feeder, Kevin could not get a bite for the first hour and a half but then the Bream moved in on his feed and he landed some very some nice fish to 5lb which was enough to give him first place.
Second was Roger Wheatman who was pegged next to Kevin and they had a fish to fish battle throughout the match. Roger had a lot of line bites during the day and found it difficult to connect properly with the bream. Roger used a variety of baits such as worm ,caster, maggot and corn, to try and tempt the bream into taking the bait more confidently. He finally ended the match just one fish behind Kevin and must be cursing all those missed bites.
Third was Steve Jeffery, who drew one of his favoured swims between the two islands on the south bank. After feeding a pole line at about 8 metres in the ditch that runs past the islands, the first two put ins produced a nice roach of about a pound and a bream of about three pounds. Catching steadily for the first two hours, Steve caught most of his fish in this time but struggled for the last two hours, only catching a few roach.
A small thunder storm and torrential rain about 12:30 pm put paid to anybody fishing the pole and made conditions difficult for all, a switch to the feeder seemed the only option for most of the anglers. Although the Lake did not produce to it’s true potential all things considered it was a very successful first match and it is hoped the second Leg on the 29th of May will be considerably drier.