Conditions looked good as most of the fresh water had ran off and hopes were high for a good match. After concluding the peg draw the match started and within 15 minutes of the start Dave Grieve landed the first fish of the match, a double shot of a Whiting and a Flounder. Those fish were followed by a single Flounder on each of his next 2 casts which put him firmly in pole position. Elsewhere the fishing was slow but Rob Wilson on Peg 8 landed a double shot of Flounders to move into 2 place.
Alan O’Neill then landed good sized Flounders of consecutive casts to move into contention. Unusually, the hot spots of Pegs 1,2 and 3 were not producing any fish early in the match and Dave Grieve landed consecutive double shots to move into what seemed like an unassailable position with so few fish around. Alan O’Neill plugged away and managed to land another 2 good sized Flounders to move into 2nd place. Meanwhile elsewhere, anglers were starting to pick the odd fish places were switching with each fish landed.
As the tide slowed in the last half of the match so did the numbers of fish being landed and Dave Grieve who started so well only landed 1 fish in the last 2 hours having landed 9 in the first half. Ray Edmonds on Peg 1 had a good second half of the match and landed 4 fish in the last couple of hours to claim 3rd spot. Overall it was an enjoyable day but the fish didn’t show up in great numbers and we move forward to Leg 2 of the qualifying competition with it all still to play for.