The predicted weather looked promising with a light West/South West wind and “showers” which turned out to be a bit of an understatement!! However, it didn’t appear to affect the fishing.
I was paired with John Richmond (Grizzle Cats) and we quickly agreed a plan of action (we had both been practising the previous day) which saw us initially, head for the Heronry where we were pushed up a bit further than intended by the number of boats that obviously had the same idea!
It wasn’t very long before I had my 1st fish, probably about half way down the Heronry, closely followed by No. 2 and that was it for me, although my boat partner took his first just as we got close to the shore in Sandy Bay.
It was at this point that we agreed that the Heronry was not fishing as well as the previous day and a move to the Malling Shore was called for. Two drifts later I was beginning to wonder if it was the right move as I found myself 4 fish to 2 down – it didn’t help of course that I had 4 of the worst tangles, in quick succession, that I have EVER experienced and I’m reliably informed that I had 4 casts in about an hour!
Anyway, a hard kick……, I managed to get a line out and every thing went alright from there, it must have, because I also started to catch fish and progressively passed my boat partner to finish 9 fish to his 8.
The flies that did the damage were all crunchers, both black and olive fished on Ghost Tip and Midge Tip lines.
The result: 9 Rainbows for 17lbs 7oz with the cut off @ 12lbs 5 oz with my boat partner also going through to the semi-finals stage – not a bad day’s work!