The overuse of football commentators clichés seem to overspill into all walks of life, so here we go;
Sundays MSSC Anglings match was indeed a game of two half’s, a dry half with the fish biting and a wet half with the fish not biting! This was the last big match of 2013 for the members, this time we were invited onto Cambridge University home turf. We gratefully accepted the kind offer to join their Angling club members on their stretch of the upper River Cam near Grantchester. It was their annual charity match with all proceeds going to the Arthur Rank Hospice. We all gathered at the fishery alongside the University members with some decent sunshine but secretly praying the forecast rain would hold off. The river looked good with a nice tinge of colour after the recent rain and we were all fairly optimistic with our drawn pegs.
The first hours fishing was slow but bites were forthcoming for most competitors and small fish caught. That was to change along with the weather, as the clouds rolled in the bites dried up and it became a gruelling last couple of hours with most Anglers scratching around for bites. The river, although looking good was probably chilled with the flush of cool water from the weeks rain and the fishes appetites were suppressed.
The final whistle could not come fast enough, especially for me as the last two and a half hours went without a fish! The local knowledge prevailed in the end when the winner, Mark Leach, a University member, put together a nice net of Roach and Gudgeon for 3lb 14oz. Andy Doughty flew the MSSC Angling flag with his 3lb 8oz haul bringing him a well deserved second place. Third place was Uni member Colin Pegrum with me fluking fourth position with a few lobworm caught Perch and a small Jack Pike.
All in all a good day despite some rain showers, with all Anglers catching albeit not huge net full’s. With the top four places being shared equally between University and Marshall members it would seem ‘even Stevens’. In reality we outnumbered them and so it highlights that they out performed us on the day (or had better peg draws!).
Next year – rematch!
Mike Webster, MSSC Angling