Match Report

Match:  River 1
Venue:  Shopham
Winner:  Richard Garnham
5 - 7 - 0
Runner Up:  Jon Arnold
4 - 15 - 12
Third:  Steve Simmonds
1 - 10 - 8


Having kept an eye on the information from the Rother gauging stations with regard to the water levels, it was apparent by Tuesday evening that the level was dropping nicely and the river should be in good condition for the first evening match of the season.

The match was a walk off and after drawing No.1 Richard Garnham elected to fish the Burton Mill peg. He caught on the float steadily throughout the whole of the match to put together a very respectable mixed bag weighing in at 5lb 7oz for first place.

Drawing No.2 and never one for a long walk, Jon Arnold went to the second peg below the bridge. A maggot feeder was Jon’s tactic here and this produced a decent Chub of around 4lb and a few bits and pieces for 4lb 15oz 12dm for second place.

In third place was Steve Simmonds who decided to fish the first bend upstream with a maggot feeder in the hope of a Chub or two. This is the swim that Steve Gray and his team have spent a lot of time on, removing debris and opening it up. No Chub but a few Dace and Chublets along with a Perch and a few Minnows totaled 1lb 10oz for third place.

Mick Greenway was umming and ahhing over where to fish and ended up three down from the bridge which is notorious for the number of snags, however Mick did manage to find a couple of small Grayling from the bottom end of the peg which were good to see.