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Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Zac Brown (Preston Innovations / Sonu Baits)

194-00-00

4 (Copse)

Les Wetton (Mosella UK)

167-08-00

8C (Pathfield)

Craig Goldstraw (Middy / Bag 'Em Baits)

156-12-00

1 (Woods)

Ben Townsend (Matrix / Spotted Fin)

151-08-00

40 (Woods)

Reece Hearn (Matrix Image / Bag 'Em Baits)

150-12-00

28 (Pathfield)

Ross Harold

136-00-00

33 (Woods)

Richard Bond (Matrix Image)

126-08-00

20 (Woods)

Jon Whincup (Frenzee)

117-08-00

26 (Pathfield)

The final Southern qualifier of the 2017 Maver Mega Match This campaign marked a return to Coleman's Cottage in Essex where fifty four (54) anglers lined the banks of Copse, Pathfield and Woods lakes. Anglers were given plenty of room on the day with the standard of sport and weights recorded being very good. Competing anglers needed in excess of 150lbs in order to grab a British Pole Championship qualification place. Conditions on the day were ideal with plenty of cloud cover coupled with a good breeze producing fourteen weights over 100lbs.

Winner on the day, and qualifying for his second big money Mega Match This final, was Preston Innovations rod, Zac Brown (Sonu Baits). Zac, who was crowned Match This Champion in 2013, drew peg 4 on Copse and opted to fish a method feeder to the island for the full five hours. Offering 2mm pellets with a dark mix, Zac found carp in numbers patrolling the island to weigh in a superb 194-00-00 with fish to 14lbs to put a decent amount of room between himself and the remainder of the field. Zac also qualifies for August's British Pole Championship final as a result.

Taking second place on the day was Mosella UK's Les Wetton. Les drew peg 8C on Pathfield and ended proceedings with 167-08-00. Les opted to fish paste over soft paste feed down his edge for most of the match to find mainly carp up to 11lbs with odd F1's. Les also qualifies for next month's British Pole Championship final.

Middy's Craig Goldstraw finished in third place securing an overall lake win from peg 1 on Woods. Having not fished the venue before, Craig decided to keep things simple and offered hard pellet long to his right to enjoy a frantic start with over 100lbs in the net after the first two hours! Unfortunately for Craig, his bites then dried up with only odd fish gracing his net for the remainder of the match to end the day with 156-12-00. Craig secured the last of the automatic British Pole Championship qualification places for his efforts.

Finishing close behind in fourth place was Ben Townsend (Matrix / Spotted Fin). Ben drew peg 40 on Woods and fished the short pole offering pellets and corn to find 151-08-00 of carp and F1's.

Fifth place on the day was taken by Reece Hearn (Matrix Image / Bag 'Em Baits). Reece drew peg 28 on Pathfield and found the majority of his fish down his edge to maggot over groundbait to weigh in 150-12-00.

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Zac Brown, Les Wetton & Craig Goldstraw

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Steve Rothery

140-14-00

32 (Moat Island)

Ben Dales

114-01-00

29 (Moat Island)

Ben Fisk (Bauer Media)

109-02-00

1 (Bridge Island)

Ryan Laycock (Pontefract)

106-04-00

20 (Canal)

Adam Richards (Browning)

99-03-00

28 (Reed)

Adrian Higginbottom (Matrix)

97-04-00

61 (Moat Island)

Matt Godfrey (Guru)

90-01-00

35 (Moat Outer)

James Hall

81-00-00

17 (Moat Island)

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Steve Rothery, Ben Dales & Ben Fisk

One hundred and ten (110) anglers attended this latest qualifier at Retford's Hallcroft Fishery. Despite conditions appearing ideal with plenty of cloud cover and with a slight ripple on the water, most anglers found the going tough early on in the match with the heavy, muggy atmosphere hampering what would have otherwise been an ideal day. That said, as the day progressed, the conditions improved a little with the resident carp moving into the margins during the final ninety minutes.

Winner on the day, and next to book his place on this year's big money final, was Steve Rothery. Steve, who competed in the very first Mega Match This Grand Final back in 2011, drew peg 32 on Moat Island and started his match fishing 6mm pellet short at 5m before looking down his inside late on finding some better quality fish to dead red maggot over groundbait. At the end of the five hours, Steve offered 140-14-00 to the scales to top the field and book his place in this year's British Pole Championship final in the process.

Finishing in second place was Ben Dales from peg 29 on Moat Island. Ben also fished pellet short at 5m before coming down his edge late on to find fish up to 10lbs to weigh in 114-01-00. Ben also qualifies for this year's British Pole Championship final as a result.

Third place on the day was occupied by Angling Times columnist, Ben Fisk. Ben secured a lake win from peg 1 on Bridge Island with 109-02-00 of carp caught on meat fished shallow to take the last of the automatic British Pole Championship qualification places.

Pontefract-based rod, Ryan Laycock, finished in fourth place from peg 20 on Canal. Ryan caught the majority of his fish from down his edge on meat to offer 106-04-00 to the scales at the end of the five hours.

Finishing in fifth place was Browning's Adam Richards. Adam drew peg 28 on Reed and opted to fish pellet long and down his margins to weigh in a final 99-03-00.

 

 

 

Following the first mid-week qualifier of the 2017 Maver Mega Match This qualifier campaign, please see below the full and final result from Decoy Lakes, Peterborough:

 

Decoy Lakes, Peterborough, 7th June 2017

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Sam Brown (Maver)

128-06-00

22 (Oak)

Ben Townsend (Matrix / Spotted Fin)

126-14-00

5 (Beastie)

Jon Pollard (Leicester Gas AC)

123-04-00

26 (Cedar)

Simon Fry (Garbolino)

114-11-00

23 (Beastie)

Dale Jackson (Marukyu)

112-04-00

21 (Beastie)

Ben Lawrence (Bottisham AC)

106-13-00

15 (Yew)

Marc Rodger

103-14-00

22 (Willows)

Richard Bond

100-06-00

14 (Yew)

The first mid-week qualifier event of 2017 saw ninety-four (94) anglers in attendance at Peterborough's Decoy Lakes. Conditions on the day were pretty extreme with gale force winds making usual methods impossible. Many were forced to improvise and fish short and down their edge in an effort to find the fish. Despite the conditions being more than a little tricky, the standard of fishing on the day was superb with just one fish dividing the top three highlighting just how close and fair a qualifier it was with competing anglers battling the wind making for an even playing field.

Making his way through to September's big money final is Maver's, Sam Brown. Sam drew peg 22 on Oak and endured a slow start to the match fishing 6mm pellet short with just four fish in the first three hours gracing his net. A switch to his margin late proved to be the turning point of his match with Sam managing to find quality carp in numbers to 10lb fishing corn over micro pellet to end with 128-06-00. Sam will now compete in his second Mega Match This final after his debut appearance back in 2015.

Finishing close behind in second place was Ben Townsend (Matrix / Spotted Fin). Ben secured an overall lake win from peg 5 on Beastie lake fishing meat short at top four and down his edge as well as casters and worm on a line at top five to weigh in 126-14-00 of carp up to 15lbs. Ben qualifies for the Maver British Pole Championship for his efforts.

Third place on the day was Jon Pollard from peg 26 on Cedar. Alternating between corn and dead red maggots down his edge for most of the match, Jon found barbel, F1's, skimmers and carp to 7lb to offer a final 123-04-00 to the scales and claim his place in the British Pole Championship final alongside Sam and Ben.

Garbolino's Simon Fry finished in fourth place from peg 23 on Beastie. Struggling with strong cross winds, Simon was able to find twelve (12) F1's on pole and pellet shallow before conditions became too prohibitive. Simon then switched to the method feeder and fished over to the island finding carp to 8lbs to boost his final weight and end proceedings with 114-11-00.

Concluding an extremely close top five finish was Dale Jackson from neighbouring peg 21 on Beastie. Dale opted to fish bomb and 8mm pellet for the duration of the match to find specimen carp to 20lbs to weigh in 112-04-00 at the end of the five hours.

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Sam Brown, Ben Townsend & Jon Pollard

 

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Simon Skelton (Maver / Dynamite Baits) 294-09-00 23 (Lake 1)
Darren Cox (Garbolino) 230-01-00 100 (Lake 7)
Kieron Rich (Middy / Burt Baits) 193-14-00 12 (Lake 1)
Andy Power (Preston Innovations) 190-00-00 80 (Lake 5)
Chris Barley 180-12-00 19 (Lake 1)
Perry Stone (Cresta) 180-05-00 109 (Lake 7)
Wayne Ibbotson 176-01-00 85 (Lake 1)
Greg Cooper 173-03-00 97 (Lake 6)

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Darren Cox, Kieron Rich & Andy Power

Another superb Match This qualifier event at The Glebe / Mallory park with some truly outstanding weights recorded! Once again, the venue attracted the maximum number of anglers, with some truly phenomenal sport being enjoyed from all over the complex with a total of thirty three (33) weights over one hundred pounds being offered to the scales. Conditions on the day were pleasant with plenty of sunshine seeing a continuation of a great spell of weather. Anglers targeted the resident carp mainly with pellet waggler or shallow on the pole with some big edge fish being caught late on.

Making his way through to his fourth Mega Match This final was Maver's own, Simon Skelton. Simon, who finished third in last September's record-breaking final at Maver Hayfield Lakes, drew peg 23 on Lake 1 and opted to single out and 'mug' individual fish for most of the match before switching to his margins late on, where he found ten more big fish up to 10lbs to add to his already impressive tally. At the end of the five hours, Simon weighed in a superb 294-09-00 to topple the previous biggest weight of the 2017 campaign recorded only the week before at Westwood Lakes. Simon will surely be one to watch in this year's final given his superb run of form in big money finals having already finished on the podium twice in previous finals.

Finishing in second place with an equally impressive two hundred pound plus weight was Garbolino's Darren Cox. Darren secured an overall lake win from peg 100 on Lake 7 with 230-01-00 of carp up to 10lbs fishing the feeder for the first three and a half hours of the match, before switching to his edge for the final ninety minutes. Darren will now also compete in this year's Maver British Pole Championship final at Maver Hayfield Lakes in August.

Middy's Kieron Rich finished in third place from peg 12 on Lake 1. Fishing pole and pellet shallow for most of the match, Kieron found carp up to 9lbs to end the day with 193-14-00, also booking his place in August's British Pole Championships.

Fourth place on the day was taken by Preston Innovations man, Andy Power. The former Mega Match This Champion drew peg 80 on Lake 5 and secured a lake win with 190-00-00 of carp up to 6lbs fishing the pellet waggler.

Rounding off an extremely competitive top five was Chris Barley. Chris drew peg 19 on Lake 1 and fished most of the match offering pellet shallow on the pole to weigh in 180-12-00 with fish up to 12lbs.

 

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Chris Cameron (Middy / Old Ghost) 59-06-00 43 (Gold)
Mark Tester (Pulborough AS) 57-00-00 1 (Gold)
Lynas Neale (Gold Valley) 46-08-00 14 (Gold)
Geoff Vallance (Preston Innovations / Sonu Baits) 39-06-00 11 (Gold)
Stefan Gent (Drennan Borden) 36-00-00 20 (Gold)
Craig Meadows (Five Bells Fishing Club) 32-12-00 45 (Gold)
Grant Thorne 22-00-00 5 (Gold)
Glen Butler 20-00-00 48 (Gold)
     

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Chris Cameron, Mark Tester & Lynas Neale

This year's qualifier at Hampshire's Gold Valley Lakes, Aldershot, was a difficult day out for competing anglers. With temperatures leading up to the match during the week before sky rocketing to over 30°C, the resident carp were uninterested in anglers baits and were, instead, making the most of the weather fully focused on spawning. Unfortunately, sport on the day as a result, was very hard with weights recorded on the day only going to emphasise this. Most anglers resorted to pellet waggler tactics to catch odd fish with a relatively low weight winning the day.

Next to make his way through to the 2017 Mega Match This final was Middy's Chris Cameron (Old Ghost). The former Match This Champion drew peg 43 on Gold lake and opted to fish the pellet waggler to net ten carp up to 10lbs to offer a conservative 59-06-00 to the scales at the end of the five hours. Chris also books his place in this year's British Pole Championship final.

Taking runner-up spot on the day was Mark Tester (Pulborough AS), who drew peg 1 on Gold. Mark bucked the trend and, instead of fishing the pellet waggler, opted to fish long down his edge at 14.5m to find eight quality carp up to 15lbs for a final 57-00-00. Mark now joins Chris in this year's British Pole Championship final at Maver Hayfield Lakes on 20th August.

Local rod Lynas Neale secured third place from peg 14 on Gold offering 46-08-00 to the scales. Lynas started his match on the feeder, but after an uneventful start to the match, switched to pellet waggler tactics to find six carp to 8lbs and confirmed his place on the day as the third man through to the Pole Champs.

Preston's Geoff Vallance took fourth place from peg 11 with 39-06-00, again all his fish coming to the pellet waggler, to finish just ahead of fifth placed Stefan Gent.

Stefan took a level 36lbs of carp from peg 20, also fishing the pellet waggler.

Heronbrook Fisheries, Slindon, 13th May 2017

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Damian Bracken (Garbolino)

166-14-00

27 (Meadow)

Jamie Hughes (MAP / Bag 'Em Baits)

153-13-00

23 (Meadow)

Andy Christie

138-04-00

39 (Canal)

Matt Arnold

129-10-00

21 (Match Lake)

Mark Fox (Maver Midlands)

111-02-00

2 (Meadow)

Gerald Lees

103-00-00

19 (Match Lake)

Steve Openshaw (Lingmere Fisheries)

100-00-00

14 (Island)

Simon Symcox

97-04-00

31 (Meadow)

Qualifiers for Maver British Pole Championship: Damian Bracken, Jamie Hughes & Andy Christie.

Eighty-seven (87) anglers lined the banks of New Canal, Canal, Meadow, Bridge, Island and Match lake for this latest Saturday qualifier event. Conditions on the day were cool to begin with due to plenty of cloud cover and a stiff breeze making things feel a lot colder than during the week leading up to the match. By mid-afternoon, however, there was plenty of sunshine, which brought the resident carp and F1s up in the water where they obliged on pellet and casters.

Winner on the day, and making his way through to compete in his first Match This Grand Final, was Garbolino's Damian Bracken. Damian drew peg 27 on Meadow and caught carp and F1s pinging pellets and fishing caster shallow taking fish to 6lbs for a final 166-14-00. Damian also qualifies for this year's Maver British Pole Championship final taking place at Maver Hayfield Lakes in August. Damian fished a superb match to see off the challenge of MAP's Jamie Hughes just a few pegs away.

Jamie (MAP) drew peg 23 on Meadow and caught carp and F1s fishing pellet over to far side cover and meat short. Jamie found better quality fish to 8lb, but fell just short of Damian's match-winning weight offering 153-13-00 to the scales at the end of the five hours to just miss out on making his fourth Match This final. He does, however, qualify for the British Pole Champs.

Completing the main frame finish was Andy Chrisite. Andy drew peg 39 on Canal and confirmed a lake win with 138-04-00 of F1s caught shallow on caster. Andy will now compete in this year's British Pole Championship final for his efforts.

Former Match This finalist, Matt Arnold, finished in fourth place from peg 21 on Match Lake. Matt started his match fishing a hybrid feeder to take around 40lb before switching to his short line at just 5m on corn to take better quality fish to over 14lbs to end proceedings with a final 129-10-00.

Fifth place was taken by Maver Midlands man, Mark Fox, who drew peg 2 on Meadow. Mark fished most of the match short at 5m offering meat and worm over groundbait and micro pellets before switching to his inside line late on incorporating similar tactics to weigh in 111-02-00.

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