Match Report

Match:  River 3
Venue:  Watersfield
Winner:  Steve Simmonds
6 - 1 - 0
Runner Up:  Duncan Elms
5 - 15 - 0
Third:  Mick Greenway
1 - 9 - 0


After a lot of rain we were not sure about the water levels and the state of the tide. The water came up further than expected to the degree that the Mint swim became completely flooded at its height. It was also significant that the tide turned earlier than expected due to the pressure of flood water in the river. This also interestingly gave a calmer than expected period before the tide actually turned and most fish were caught during this period. Once the water was properly running out it was very fast and quite difficult to fish.
Steve was drawn in the peg just above the upstream copse and caught most of his fish on the pole feeder, these included a proper Bream which was good to see, this together with Roach, Chublets and a couple of Gudgeon gave a total of 6lb 1oz just enough to beat Duncan into second place. Duncan was just below the culvert and mainly fished the tip, he had a proper Bream as well as bit and pieces and was just 2oz behind with 5lb 15oz. Mick was in between the trees just downstream from Steve. This is a snaggy swim but there are normally some good fish here, Mick left quite a bit of tackle behind but did have an excellent Roach of well over 1lb and his other fish gave him a total of 1lb 9oz for third place.