Match Report

Match:  River 1
Venue:  Fittleworth
Winner:  Steve Simmonds
3 - 8 - 0
Runner Up:  Jon Arnold
2 - 1 - 12
Third:  Graham White
1 - 11 - 12


On one of the hottest days of the year a very low river greeted us, Rother regulars could not remember seeing it lower, however there was a reasonable flow and the colour looked good. We were fishing the south bank and Mick Greenway drew one and with a smug look hurried off to the head of the big bend which has previously produced very good catches of Roach and Dace, but unfortunately they just weren’t there this particular evening and Mick struggled ending up with the lowest weight at the weigh in. It was good to see a new man and although a bit late Alan Murphy did quite well in his first Bognor match.

Steve decided to try a new spot along the first straight and in around 5 foot of water fished maggot over loose fed hemp and maggots introduced via bait dropper and caught a mixture of small Roach, Dace, Chublets, Gudgeon and Perch for a total weight of 3lb 8oz to win the match.

Jon Arnold was in Gudgeon alley just after the throat, he decided on a species hunt and had generally better quality fish but only one of each species, he also managed to add an Eel to the species count and his 2lb 1oz 12dm was good for second place.

GrahamĀ  White fished just downstream of the gauging station and along with some Dace and Roach he had a reasonable Perch for a total of 1lb 11oz 12dm and third place.