Maver Match This 2014 Qualifier Results

 

Saturday 5th July - Monk Lakes, Marden (Kent)

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Mike McMillan (Preston Delcac)

355-00-00

53 (Match Lake 2)

Bradley Gibbons (Daiwa Dorking)

203-02-00

161 (Match Lake 4)

Nick Locke (Garbolino / Appollo)

200-06-00

46 (Match Lake 2)

Bruce Welfare (Bowlers Tackle)

194-02-00

55 (Match Lake 2)

Myles Levy (Preston Delcac)

188-00-00

140 (Match Lake 4)

Sean Clifford (Preston Delcac)

180-12-00

51 (Match Lake 2)

Len Goodwin (Monk Lakes)

150-12-00

56 (Match Lake 2)

Richard Beeston

150-08-00

67 (Match Lake 2)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Mike McMillan, Bradley Gibbons, Nick Locke, Bruce Welfare & Myles Levy

Overcast but muggy conditions greeted the ninety anglers attending this year's qualifier event at Monk Lakes, Kent. Most anglers were wanting to draw on either Match Lake 2 or 3 as both lakes had been in fantastic form leading up to the qualifier. The resident carp were showing signs of spawning again on the back of the prolonged settled weather front, but that said, weights recorded were incredible!

Winner on the day, and booking his place in the big money final in style, was local rod, Mike McMillan (Preston Delcac). Mike drew peg 53 on Match Lake 2 and opted to start his match short. However, Mike struggled to find the fish and had just 50lbs in his net at the midway point. A switch to his inside line late on proved to be the turning point. Feeding groundbait over soft hook pellets in just twelve inches of water, Mike found feeding carp averaging around 6lbs with odd bigger fish to nearly double figures to enjoy a frantic last half of the match. Mike went on to fish the match of his life and weigh in an incredible 355-00-00 setting a new match weight record in the process!

Runner-up on the day was young Daiwa Dorking rod, Bradley Gibbons. Drawing peg 161 on Match Lake 4, Bradley fished 6mm banded pellet up in the water tight to the island feeding 4mm's over the top to end the match with an equally impressive 203-02-00.

Nick Locke (Garbolino / Appollo) finished in third place from peg 46 on Match Lake 2. Fishing in place of Geoff Vallance, Nick made the trip worthwhile booking his place in this year's Maver British Pole Championship final weighing in 200-06-00 of barbel, all caught on maggot short.

Fourth place on the day was taken by Bruce Welfare (Bowler's Tackle). Bruce drew corner peg 55 on Match Lake 2 and opted to fish long with pole and pellet to offer 194-02-00 to the scales.

Former Match This finalist, Myles Levy, finished in fifth place from peg 140 on Lake 4. Like Mike, Myles caught the majority of his fish from down the edge to weigh in 188lbs exactly.

 


Saturday 28th June - Partridge Lakes, Warrington

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Ben Fisk (Middy)

148-06-00

10 (Marsh)

Andy Bennett (Daiwa / Guru / Bait-Tech)

140-10-00

17 (Ribbon)

Michael Rogerson (Preston Innovations)

137-02-00

4 (Ribbon)

Andy Power (Preston Innovations)

123-06-00

16 (Spey)

Andy Geldart (Garbolino)

108-00-00

85 (Covey 4)

Matt Djukic (Maver Midlands)

102-13-00

12 (Holbar)

Marc Rodger (Middy)

101-04-00

87 (Covey 4)

Tom Atkinson

95-04-00

13 (Marsh)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Ben Fisk, Andy Bennett, Michael Rogerson, Matt Djukic & Marc Rodger

A near sell-out field attended this latest Mega Match This qualifier at Cheshire's popular Partridge Lakes fishery. After a month of tremendous weights being produced by the venue's Covery Lakes, this is where anglers wanted to draw. Andy Geldart was firm favourite upon the draw being completed pulling peg 85 on Covey 4 out of the bag. However, sport was slow to start on the in-form waters, opening up an opportunity for those anglers that had drawn elsewhere on the complex - particularly on Marsh, Spey and Ribbon lakes.

Topping the one hundred and eighteen strong field on the day, and making his way through to the Grand Final was Angling Times columnist, Ben Fisk (Middy). Drawing peg 10 on Marsh, Ben fished across to the far bank at 11m catching carp, F1's and the occasional ide. Later, Ben switched to caster fished up in the water 'down the track' to boost his weight to end the match with 148-06-00.

 

 

Former Mega Match This finalist, and local angler, Andy Bennett (Daiwa / Guru / Bait-Tech) had to settle for runner-up spot finishing just shy of Ben's weight offering 140-10-00 to the scales. Andy was one of the favourites going into the qualifier drawing peg 17 on Ribbon. Andy opted to go all out and fish shallow with maggot knowing he would need a big weight to beat Covey lakes - or so he thought. Catching ide from the off, Andy then found F1 hybrids later on in the match to finish strong.

Michael Rogerson had drawn arguably the only other peg that stood a chance of competing with anglers on Covey lakes - peg 4, also on Ribbon. Mick also found fish early on catching ide at 11m on maggot. Mick found he had to feed heavy to keep the fish coming to end the match with 137-02-00.

Preston's Andy Power finished in fourth place from peg 16 on Spey offering 123-06-00 to the scales to effectively qualify for the Maver British Pole Championship final for a fourth time - a tremendously consistent Mega Match This campaign so far again for the former Champion.

Former Match This finalist Andy Geldart (Garbolino) finished in fifth place. Despite having drawn on Covey 4 (peg 85), Andy's match got off to a slower than expected start on account of recent rainfall seemingly affecting the Covey lakes more so than any other on the complex. Andy ended the match weighing in 108lbs exactly.

 


Saturday 21st June – Viaduct Fishery, Somerset

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Simon Kiefer (Drennan Bordon)

172-14-00

135 (Campbell)

Scott Russell (Tackle UK)

159-08-00

73 (Lodge)

Roy Worth (Bait-Tech / Viaduct)

120-01-00

121 (Campbell)

Paul Terry (Ridgemere)

116-13-00

115 (Campbell)

Dan White (Bait-Tech / Viaduct)

110-10-00

99 (Cary)

Philip Canning (Solihull Angling)

107-09-00

111 (Campbell)

Nathan Watson (Louth)

105-08-00

89 (Cary)

Steven Daley (Ridgemere)

99-06-00

81 (Cary)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Simon Kiefer, Scott Russell, Roy Worth, Paul Terry & Daniel White

Extreme conditions greeted the one hundred and twenty anglers fishing this latest sell-out qualifier at Viaduct Fishery in Somerton, Somerset. Conditions on the day were extremely hot and still, making sport on the day exceptionally challenging.

 

 

Securing his place in the final was Drennan Bordon rod, Simon Kiefer. Simon drew peg 135 on the prolific Campbell lake and opted to fish pole and pellet targeting marginal features on both short and long lines. Simon took forty carp to weigh in 172-14-00 to finish top of a tight field. Simon also qualifies for the 2014 British Pole Championships on the back of his victory.

Scott Russell (Tackle UK) finished runner-up from peg number 73 on Lodge lake. Scott began his match mugging early fish off the surface before switching to a long marginal pole line fishing to depth with meat to end the day just a couple of carp shy of Simon's winning weight to offer 159-08-00 of carp to 12lbs to the scales.

Third place on the day was taken by local rod, Roy Worth (Bait-Tech / Viaduct). Roy drew peg 121 on Campbell and fished bomb and pellet in the margins to finish with 120-01-00 and a place in the Maver British Pole Championships.

Paul Terry (Ridgemere) finished in fourth place from peg 115 on Campbell. Opting to fish the majority of his match on the pole shallow, Paul ended the day with 116-13-00.

Local rod, Daniel White (Bait-Tech / Viaduct) secured a strong fifth place finish on the day from peg 99 on Cary. Like Paul, Dan fished pole and pellet up in the water to end the day with 110-10-00.

 


Saturday 14th June – Cudmore Fisheries, Newcatle-under-Lyme

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Simon Skelton (Maver)

115-10-00

17 (Arena)

Jon Arthur (Drennan)

114-10-00

3 (Suez)

Jeremy Goldthorpe (Matrix / Stapely AC / Bag 'Em Baits)

113-02-00

20 (Panama)

Steve Knowles (Ted Carters Southport)

98-14-00

25 (Suez)

Peter Richmond (Ted Carters Southport)

93-12-00

12 (Panama)

Mark Kearns (Maver Gold / Bag 'Em Baits)

85-10-00

48 (Suez)

Tom Dobson (Matrix)

80-10-00

14 (Milo)

David Brown (Maver Midlands)

80-10-00

44 (Suez)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Jeremy Goldthorpe, Steve Knowles, Peter Richmond, Mark Kearns, Tom Dobson & David Brown. (Please see note below)*

Seventy three anglers attended this year’s Mega Match This qualifier event at Cudmore Fisheries, Newcastle-under-Lyme. Fishing on the day was difficult with flat calm conditions and temperatures above 20°C resulting in many of the resident carp cruising in the upper layers. However, despite the fish enjoying the sun, they were also prepared to feed on angler's baits with very little separating the top three anglers.

Making his way through to the Grand Final for a second year running was new Maver man, Simon Skelton. Simon, who finished third during the 2013 Mega Match This Final, drew peg 17 on Arena catching carp upto 8lbs as well as tench and skimmer bream to weigh in 115-10-00. Simon caught long on the pole at 14.5m fishing pellet up in the water.

Finishing very close behind Simon was Drennan's Jon Arthur. Jon found himself stationed on peg 3 on Suez and found carp upto 6lbs amongst a number of ide to weigh in 114-10-00. Jon started his match fishing the pole at 13m before switching to his inside line late on with meat.

Jeremy Goldthorpe (Matrix / Stapeley / Bag 'Em Baits) books his place in this year’s Maver British Pole Championship final after an excellent third place finish. Fishing meat down his inside, Jeremy caught carp and ide to weigh in 113-02-00.

Fourth place on the day went to Steve Knowles. The Ted Carter's Southport rod drew peg 25 on Suez and fished meat at 13m before switching to his margins to offer 98-14-00 to the scales at the end of the five hours. Steve also qualifies for the British Pole Championship final for his efforts.

Another Ted Carter's (Southport) rod in Peter Richmond secured a fifth place finish from peg 12 on Panama. Fishing meat down his inside, Pete found feeding carp as well as ide to end the match with 93-12-00.

* Six anglers qualify for the Maver British Pole Championship final from Cudmore Fisheries on account of both Simon Skelton and Jon Arthur having already qualified for the event from previous matches, and Tom Dobson & David Brown finishing in joint 7th place.

 


Saturday 7th June – Decoy Lakes, Peterborough, 120 pegs

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Tony Dawson (Bait-Tech)

186-15-00

7 (Beasties)

Warren Martin (Matrix / Bait-Tech)

170-11-00

15 (Yew)

Jon Arthur (Drennan)

165-13-00

1 (Cedar)

Simon Wheeler (Daiwa)

160-11-00

24 (Six Islands)

Simon Foster (Intake Angling)

141-11-00

15 (Beastie)

Steve Dorks (Decoy Lakes)

139-14-00

25 (Six Islands)

John Whincup (Frenzee / Bait-Tech)

130-09-00

24 (Beasties)

Mike McMillan

129-15-00

16 (Six Islands)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Tony Dawson, Warren Martin, Jon Arthur, Simon Wheeler & Simon Foster

Another sell-out qualifier at Peterborough's Decoy Lakes marked the halfway stage of the 2014 Mega Match This qualifier campaign. Conditions for this latest qualifier had been forecast to be awful with the promise of severe tropical storms blowing in from the continent. However, thankfully, conditions on the day were not as feared and the standard of fishing enjoyed by the one hundred and twenty (120) strong field was first class with all top eight anglers weighing in well over 100lbs!

Winner on the day and booking his place in the 2014 final was Tony Dawson (Bait-Tech). Tony drew peg 7 on Beastie lake and opted to fish corn and pellet up in the water to end the day with a superb 186-15-00. Tony also qualifies for the Maver British Pole Championships.

Finishing in second place was former Match This finalist, Warren Martin (Matrix / Bait-Tech). A lake win from peg 15 on Yew with 170-11-00 see's Warren qualify for the British Pole Championships. Starting his match fishing shallow on the pole, Warren then switched to his margins late on to boost his catch with quality edge fish.

Jon Arthur (Drennan) took third place from peg 1 on Cedars. Simon Wheeler (Daiwa) took fourth with Simon Foster (Intake Angling) taking fifth.

 


Saturday 31st May – Lindholme Lakes, Doncaster

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Gavin Butler (Maver Bait-Tech)

120-11-00

52 (Laurels)

Andy Power (Preston Innovations)

106-11-00

30 (Beeches)

John Allerton (Tri-Cast)

102-13-00

5 (Strip)

Lee Farmer (Chilton Baits)

86-13-00

61 (Oasis)

Craig Goldstraw (Middy)

82-07-00

10 (Beeches)

Lee Thornton (Middy)

78-03-00

63 (Laurels)

Sean Cameron (Lindholme Lakes)

77-06-00

27 (Beeches)

Steve Dyson (Lindholme Lakes)

75-02-00

5 (Oasis)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Gavin Butler, John Allerton, Craig Goldstraw, Lee Thornton & Sean Cameron

A near sell-out field attended this latest Mega Match This qualifier at Garbolino's Lindholme Lakes in Doncaster. Conditions on the day were unusual with most of the sun's heat being absorbed by plentiful cloud cover making for a very close and humid atmosphere.
Booking his place in the Mega Match This Grand Final was Maver Bait-Tech rod, Gavin Butler. Fishing meat and pellet up in the water on the pole from peg 52 on Laurels, Gavin enjoyed a frantic day's sport netting an impressive seventy nine (79) F1 hybrids to weigh in a match-winning 120-11-00.

 

 

Finishing runner-up on the day was Preston's Andy Power. Drawing peg 30 on Beeches lake, Andy fished meat down his edge line to weigh in 106-11-00 at the end of the five hours.

John Allerton (Tri-Cast) finished in third place from peg 5 on Strip lake. Fishing meat and pellet up in the water, John caught fifty eight (58) F1 carp to offer 102-13-00 to the scales, thus qualifying for the 2014 British Pole Championships.

Fourth placed Lee Farmer (Chilton Baits) drew peg 61 on Oasis and fished long to the far side with meat to end the match with 86-13-00.
Middy / Maver Midlands man, Craig Goldstraw, also qualifies for the British Pole Championship placings from peg 10 on Beeches. Again, fishing meat on the pole, Craig caught steadily for the duration of the match to end the day with 82-07-00.

 


Sunday 25th May – The Glebe, Leicestershire

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Perry Stone (Yorkshire Bait)

257-04-00

98 (Glebe 7)

John Whincup (Frenzee / Bait-Tech)

171-12-00

106 (Glebe 7)

Matt Marshall

166-00-00

86 (Glebe 6)

Steve Winter (Drennan)

152-08-00

6 (Glebe 1)

Zoli Lari (Ipswich)

151-00-00

44 (Glebe 3)

Mick Wilkinson (MW Floats)

142-12-00

87 (Glebe 6)

Jack Harness (Daiwa / Old Ghost)

141-04-00

88 (Glebe 6)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Perry Stone, Matt Marshall, Steve Winter, Zoli Lari & Mick Wilkinson

Another sell-out Mega Match This event at The Glebe marked the tenth qualifier of the campaign. After almost thirty hours of prolonged rain, it was always going to be tough for the competing anglers.

Winner on the day, and making his way through to his second major final this year, was Yorkshire Bait rod, Perry Stone. Perry drew peg 98 on Glebe pool 7 and fished long down his margin on pole and pellet to take a convincing win weighing in 257-04-00 - the best weight of the qualifying stages so far. Perry, who has also qualified for this year's Fish O Mania final, produced a top class performance netting carp up to 5lbs to win the match by over eighty five pounds!

 

 

John Whincup finished in second place from peg 106, also on Glebe pool 7. Starting his match on the feeder, John found a few carp early on before switching to pole and pellet shallow to end the match with 171-12-00.

Taking third place on the day was Matt Marshall, who drew peg 86 on Glebe pool 6. Concentrating on his edge lines, Matt took a lake win weighing in 166lbs exactly.

Drennan's Steve Winter finished the day in fourth place from peg 6 on Glebe pool 1. Fishing the majority of the match shallow with pellet, but feeding casters, Steve ended the day offering 152-08-00 to the scales.

Zoli Lari finished in fifth place taking a lake win from peg 44 on pool 3. Fishing corn long on the pole at 14.5m tight to the boards, Zoli finished the match with 151lbs exactly and a place in the British Pole Championship final.


Saturday 24th May – Gold Valley Lakes, Hampshire

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Brett Cooper (Shakespeare Hansford)

92-07-00

119 (Syndicate)

Paul Hiller (Daiwa Dorking)

90-04-00

117 (Syndicate)

Milen Petrov (13 Metres)

54-04-00

115 (Syndicate)

Stefan Gent (Gold Valley)

52-00-00

61 (Middle)

Jeremy Attwood (Gold Valley)

47-00-00

116 (Syndicate)

Lynas Neale (Gold Valley)

45-00-00

99 (Middle)

Przemek Solski (AEC London)

45-00-00

120 (Syndicate)

Paul Bell (Farnham)

41-04-00

9 (Back Lake)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Brett Cooper, Paul Hiller, Milen Petrov, Stefan Gent & Jeb Attwood

Eighty five anglers attended this year's Mega Match This qualifier at Gold Valley Lakes. Conditions on the day were not ideal with heavy rain hampering the best efforts of the field. Anglers were spread across Syndicate, Middle and Back lakes.

Making his way through to the 2014 Grand Final was Brett Cooper (Shakespeare Hansford), who drew on Syndicate lake. Opting to fish a method feeder tight alongside his own bank with 8mm pellet on the hook, Brett found eleven (11) good-sized carp to weigh in 92-07-00 from peg 119 - the very same peg that produced 2013 finalist, Mark Goddard. Bizarrely, it was the first match to be won from this area of the lake since last year's qualifier event!

Finishing close behind on the day, and making his way through to the Maver British Pole Championships, was Daiwa Dorking rod, Paul Hiller. Fishing from peg 117 on Syndicate lake, Paul alternated between a method feeder and splasher waggler tactics with pellet to net sixteen (16) carp for 90-04-00.

Milen Petrov (13 Metres) took third place from peg 115 on Syndicate. Fishing a method feeder with pellet on the hook, Milen ended the day with 54-04-00, thus qualifying for his second British Pole Championship final.

Local angler, Stefan Gent, finished in fourth place on the day. Taking a lake win on Middle lake from peg 61, Stefan opted to fish a method feeder tight alongside his own bank to offer 52lbs exactly to the scales.

Another local angler, Jeremy (Jeb) Attwood, finished in fifth place from peg 116 on Syndicate lake. Again, fishing the method feeder as well as the bomb for a brief period, Jeb ended the match weighing in 47-00-00.

 


Saturday 17th May – Boldings Pools, Bridgnorth

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Jamie Hughes (Maver / Bag 'Em Baits)

119-10-00

24 (Oak)

Howard Kelly (Bait-Tech)

113-09-00

16 (Larch)

Jack O' Sullivan (OAC)

106-07-00

50 (Sycamore)

Wayne Kearney (Tri-Cast)

106-02-00

14 (Larch)

Shane Rogers (OAC)

99-00-00

8 (Willows)

Tony Gilbert (Preston Thatchers)

92-12-00

27 (Sycamore)

Les Thompson (Matrix / Bait-Tech)

92-08-00

17 (Willows)

Antony Grigorjevs (Middy)

90-15-00

1 (Oak)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Jamie Hughes, Howard Kelly, Jack O’ Sullivan, Wayne Kearney & Shane Rogers

One of the hottest days of the year greeted anglers for this year's Mega Match This qualifier at Boldings Pools, Bridgnorth. With temperatures approaching 25°C, anglers were aware before the match that the resident carp had started to spawn, but no one could be sure how this would impact on the fishing. Thankfully, there were still plenty of carp willing to feed with the top four anglers all achieving 100lb plus catches.

Winner on the day, and making his way to another Mega Match This Final, was Maver's Jamie Hughes. Jamie drew peg 24 on Oak. Opting to fish pellet and corn on the pole tight to the far bank, Jamie caught carp up to 8lbs to end the match with 119-10-00. Jamie will now compete in his third Match This Final.

Former Match This finalist and Bait-Tech sponsored, Howard Kelly, finishing close behind in second place. Drawing peg 16 on Larch lake, Howard started his match fishing maggot shallow before switching to his inside line late on with corn to take bonus carp to 7lbs for a final weigh of 113-09-00. Howard qualifies for the 2014 British Pole Championships for his efforts.

Third place on the day went to young Jack O' Sullivan (OAC), who drew peg 50 on Sycamore. Fishing pole and pellet / maggot shallow, Jack ended the match with 106-07-00

Wayne Kearney (Tri-Cast) finished in fourth place from peg 14 on Larch. Wayne started his match fishing up in the water before switching to his edge late on with corn to offer 106-02-00 to the scales.

Taking the last of the British Pole Championships places was Shane Rogers (OAC). Shane drew peg 8 on Willows ending the day with 99lbs exactly. Shane began his match fishing paste, but left feeding fish to try an alternate line after seeing a number of carp show by the outlet. Unfortunately for Shane, this move potentially cost him a match win and a place in the final!

 


Saturday 10th May – Stafford Moor, Devon

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Neil Stones (Barnsley Bait Company)

96-12-00

36 (Tanners)

Peter Thomas (Cornwall)

87-00-00

1 (Woodpecker)

Mark Stainsby (Fishing Republic)

85-02-00

36 (Woodpecker)

Dean Cherrington (Sensas)

83-12-00

3 (Tanners)

John Lloyd (London)

76-07-00

34 (Woodpecker)

Zac Brown (Preston Innovations)

74-10-00

11 (Tanners)

Andy Eagle (Haynes Angling)

66-15-00

6 (Tanners)

Clive Barrow

58-09-00

4 (Tanners)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Neil Stones, Peter Thomas, Mark Stainsby, Dean Cherrington & John Lloyd

Awful conditions greeted competing anglers on this latest Mega Match This qualifier held at Stafford Moor, Devon. Near gale force winds and driving rain made for an extremely difficult days fishing with many opting to fish the tip.

Making his way through to the August Grand Final was Neil Stones (Barnsley Bait Company). Neil, who has fished countless Mega Match This qualifiers in a bid to qualify for the big money final, made the long trip from Yorkshire worthwhile after drawing fancied peg 36 on Tanners. Starting his match on bomb and pellet, Neil caught eight carp before switching to the pellet waggler. Fishing with 8mm pellet approx. two feet below the surface, Neil found a shoal of feeding carp to bag another twenty three fish for a final weight of 96-12-00. After the match, venue owner Andy Seerey commented: "I'm thrilled for Neil! He is a lovely guy that fishes our big festivals here every year and always donates a tackle prize. He's travelled an awful long way to fish today and he deserves his place in the final".

Finishing in second place, and qualifying for the Maver British Pole Championships, was local rod, Peter Thomas (Cornwall). Peter draw peg 1 on Woodpecker and made the most of a sheltered peg fishing the pole. Pete landed twenty two carp to weigh 87lbs exactly, but arguable should have won the match admitting to losing eleven very big fish.

Mark Stainsby (Fishing Republic) secured a third place finish on the day from peg 36 on Woodpecker. With the brunt of the 60mph wind hampering Mark's best efforts, he opted to fish the bomb to end the match with 85-02-00.

Fourth place on the day was Dean Cherrington. The Sensas-backed rod drew peg 3 on Tanners and opted to fish the bomb long to end the match with 83-12-00 and a place in the British Pole Championships.

Rounding off the top five was John Lloyd (London). John offered 76-07-00 to the scales from peg 34 on Woodpecker fishing the bomb.

 


Saturday 3rd May – Maver Larford Lakes, Stourport-on-Severn

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

James Wilson (Alan's Tackle)

203-08-00

24 (Arena)

Martyn Leck (Maver Midlands)

141-08-00

39 (Match)

Matt Godfrey (Pole Fishing Magazine)

128-13-00

80 (Speci)

Mark Goddard (Daiwa / Old Ghost)

127-03-00

42 (Match)

Andy Power (Preston Innovations)

124-08-00

14 (Speci)

Dave White

122-06-00

87 (Speci)

Andrew Geldart (Garbolino)

121-14-00

31 (Arena)

Mark Harrington

118-14-00

2 (Speci)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: James Wilson, Martyn Leck, Mark Goddard, Dave White & Andrew Geldart

The second Mega Match This qualifier event at Larford Lakes marked the competition's third sell-out. Conditions on the day were very pleasant with plenty of sun and a slight breeze. Fishing on the day was superb with over 120lbs needed in order to qualify for the Maver British Pole Championships.

Winner on the day was James Wilson (Alan's Tackle). James drew end peg 24 on the Arena and started his match fishing meat shallow before switching to his inside line late on to find plenty of carp in the final hour of the match. James went on to end the match with a superb 203-08-00 and secure his place in the 2014 Grand Final in style beating runner-up on the day by over 60lbs.

Maver Midlands rod, Martyn Leck, finished runner-up from peg 39 on the Match lake. Fishing short at 5m before switching to his edge lines late on in the match, Martyn offered 141-08-00 to the scales, booking his place in this year's British Pole Championship final.

It was another top five finish for Pole Fishing Magazine's Matt Godfrey. Matt drew peg 80 on the Specimen lake and enjoyed a fantastic start to the match. However, bites dried up a little for Matt during the middle part of the match, but he was able to find the fish late on to finish strong weighing in 128-13-00 to win the lake. Matt has already qualified for the Maver British Pole Championships, meaning the qualification place is offered to the next highest ranked angler.

Mark Goddard (Daiwa / Old Ghost) drew the peg everyone wanted before the match - end peg 42 on the Match burr bank. Opting to fish pole and pellet long over to the island before switching to his margins during the final throws of the match, Mark ended the day with 127-03-00 and a place in the British Pole Championships.

Fifth place on the day was taken by Preston's Andy Power. Andy drew peg 14 on the Speci burr and finished the match with 124-08-00 of carp caught on both the pellet waggler and meat fished shallow on the pole. Andy has also previously qualified for the British Pole Championships resulting in the place being offered to sixth placed Dave White, who ended the day with 122-06-00 from peg 87 on the Speci.

 


Saturday 26th April – Woodland View, Droitwich

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Chris Cameron (Middy)

144-02-00

22 (Arles)

Les Thompson (Matrix / Bait-Tech)

138-15-00

36 (Arles)

Phil Bishop (ABC)

124-06-00

49 (Deans)

David Brown (Maver / Middy)

110-07-00

25 (High)

Matt Godfrey (Pole Fishing Magazine)

106-00-00

24 (Arles)

Philip Taylor (Bilston)

105-12-00

18 (Deans)

Adam Dowd (Leeds)

88-02-00

12 (Deans)

Simon Skelton (Maver)

86-04-00

15 (Hay)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Chris Cameron, Philip Bishop, David Brown, Matt Godfrey & Philip Taylor

Seventy One tickets were sold for this Mega Match This qualifier at popular Midlands venue, Woodland View. Conditions on the day were far from ideal with a strong cold wind making presentation difficult for some. Add to that a freak hail storm around mid-afternoon and conditions really were very cold for the time of year. That said, the standard of fishing was excellent with very little separating the top two anglers on the day.

Securing his place in the 2014 Match This final was Middy's Chris Cameron. Chris drew peg 22 on Arles - a lake that none of the anglers fancied drawing before the match - and opted to fish the pole alternating between pellet and corn short at 6m and 3m. Later on, Chris switched to his edge line feeding 4mm pellets offering 6mm pellet on the hook to end the day with 144-02-00.

Finishing very close behind in second place was that man again, Les Thompson (Matrix / Bait-Tech). Drawing neighbouring peg 36 on Arles, Les fished long down his edge line with pellets and a feeder over to the island to weigh in 138-15-00. Les' peg was a little more exposed to the wind and afternoon hail storm and made presentation difficult leaving the former Match This Champion feeling hard done to by the conditions.

Venue regular Phil Bishop (ABC) fished a superb match taking a lake win from peg 49 on Deans, securing a very well deserved third place overall against a difficult field. Fishing a pellet feeder to the aerator, Phil offered 124-06-00 to the scales to qualify for the Maver British Pole Championships in August.

Maver / Middy man, David Brown took fourth place weighing in 110-07-00 from peg 25 on High pool to win the lake and qualify for the British Pole Champs.

Pole Fishing's Matt Godfrey finished in fifth place from peg 24 on Arles weighing in 106lbs exactly to also qualify for the Maver British Pole Championships at Larford Lakes. Matt fished pole and pellet short to catch carp and F1 hybrids.


Saturday 19th April – Decoy Lakes, Peterborough

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Lee Kerry (Preston Innovations)

134-06-00

26 (Beastie)

Lee Farmer (Guru)

131-01-00

22 (Oak)

Simon Dow (Decoy Lakes)

116-14-00

22 (Beatie)

John Whincup (Frenzee)

108-04-00

4 (Beastie)

Simon Godfrey (Decoy Lakes)

108-04-00

20 (Yew)

Carl Williams (Got Baits)

103-15-00

30 (Yew)

Myles Levy (Guru)

100-00-00

24 (Six Islands)

Martin Freeman (Marukyu)

96-06-00

25 (Cedar)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Lee Kerry, Lee Farmer, Simon Dow, John Whincup & Simon Godfrey

Glorious conditions greeted the one hundred and twenty anglers that attended this sell out Match This qualifier at Decoy Lakes. Sport on the day was superb with the top seven placed anglers all weighing in over 100lbs from different lakes with very little between them.

 

 

Booking his place in the Grand Final was Preston’s Lee Kerry, who drew peg 26 on Beastie lake. Starting his match fishing pole and pellet to depth, Lee found fish early on. As the match progressed, however, the fish came up in the water. Changing his approach to suit, Lee was able to maintain a steady catch rate to end the match with 134-06-00.

Finishing close behind and taking runner-up spot on the day was Gurus Lee Farmer. Lee drew peg 22 on Oak lake and, like Lee, started his match fishing pole and pellet to depth before coming shallow to weigh in 131-01-00 at the end of the five hours. Having just missed out on a place in the final, Lee qualifies for the British Pole Championships instead.

Local rod Simon Dow (Decoy Lakes) finished in third place. Drawing peg 22 on Beastie, Simon fished a superb match to finish the day with 116-14-00 and a place in the British Pole Championships.

Fourth place on the day was shared between John Whincup (Frenzee) and another local rod, Simon Godfrey (Decoy Lakes). Both offered 108-04-00 to the scales at the end of the match. John drew peg 4 on Beastie and fished pole and pellet up in the water, as did Simon Godfrey, who secured a lake win from peg 20 on Yew.

 


Saturday 12th April – Packington Fisheries, Meriden

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Andrew Fulleylove (Kobra Feeders)

111-02-00

11 (Gearys)

Stephen Openshaw (Lingmere Fishery)

80-00-00

10 (Gearys)

Patrick Cooper

79-10-00

5 (Willow)

Les Thompson (Matrix / Bait-Tech)

77-00-00

10 (Little Gearys)

Adam Wakelin (Preston Innovations)

63-08-00

30 (Little Gearys)

Mark Griffiths (Ringer Baits / Daiwa / Guru)

62-06-00

11 (Willow)

Peter Upperton

61-07-00

13 (Gearys)

Philip Canning

60-08-00

24 (Little Gearys)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Andrew Fulleylove, Stephen Openshaw, Patrick Cooper, Les Thompson & Adam Wakelin

Eighty nine anglers attended this latest Mega 'Match This' qualifier at Packington Fisheries, Meriden. Conditions on the day were a little more difficult than they otherwise would have been courtesy of a fairly strong and cold wind. That said, over one hundred pounds was still needed in order to qualify for the big money final.

Making his way through to the August final was local angler and Kobra Feeders-backed rod, Andrew Fulleylove. Andy drew peg 11 on the high bank of Geary's and made the most of a good draw weighing in 111-02-00 of carp. Andy fished a small method feeder to the middle of the stumps at approx. seventy (70) yards to catch eighteen (18) carp up to 12lbs alternating between dead red maggot and boilie hook offerings.

Just missing out on a place in this year's final on this occasion, but booking his place in the Maver British Pole Championships, was Lingmere Fisheries boss, Stephen Openshaw. Having qualified for the 2013 final, Steve is keen to qualify again this year, but was second on the day from peg 10 on Geary's. Fishing very similar tactics to that of Andy, Steve offered 80lbs exactly to the scales at the end of the day.
Patrick Cooper finished in third place from peg 5 on Willow lake. Fishing a small method feeder tight to the island, Pat caught 79-10-00 of small carp and F1's, also confirming his place in this year's British Pole Championships.

Former 'Match This' Champion, Les Thompson (Matrix / Bait-Tech) finished in fourth place on the day. Fishing from peg 10 on Little Geary's, Les caught the majority of his 77lb bag up in the water on pole and pellet.

Preston's Adam Wakelin finished in fifth place and also earns himself a place in the British Pole Championships weighing in 63-08-00 from peg 30 on Little Geary's.

 


Sunday 6th April – Mallory Park Fisheries (The Glebe)

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Darren Cox (Garbolino)

169-14-00

3 (Glebe 1)

Mark Fox

126-00-00

1 (Glebe 1)

Simon Skelton (Maver)

125-02-00

31 (Glebe 2)

Martin Churchill (Maver)

113-10-00

86 (Glebe 6)

Jarrad Smith

108-12-00

7 (Foundation)

Steve Freeman

102-00-00

2 (Glebe 1)

Les Thompson (Matrix / Bait-Tech)

98-10-00

38 (Glebe 2)

Matthew Higgins

97-02-00

2 (Foundation)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Darren Cox, Mark Fox, Simon Skelton, Martin Churchill & Jarrad Smith

This sell out Mega Match This qualifier was fished in less than ideal conditions with strong winds making fishing in general extremely difficult for the competing anglers. Again, however, despite the weather making presentation difficult, the standard of angler taking part coupled with the stamp of fishing we have all come to expect from Mallory Park, meant some great weights were still recorded on the day.
Making his way through to the 2014 Match This Grand Final was Garbolino backed England International, Darren Cox. Darren drew peg 3 on Glebe pool 1 and gave a master class feeder performance to end the day with a superb 169-14-00 winning the match comfortably against some extremely tough competition. Darren also qualifies for the Maver British Pole Championships.

Second on the day was Mark Fox on peg 1, also on Glebe pool 1. Despite the blustery conditions, Mark opted to fish the long pole before switching to the tip later on in the match to end the day with 126lbs exactly and a place in the British Pole Championships.

Third place went to newly sponsored Maver man, Simon Skelton. Simon drew peg 31 on Glebe pool 2 and battled all day with a strong cross wind on the pole for a weight 126lbs.

Maver's Martin Churchill finished in fourth place from peg 86 on Glebe pool 6. Martin had a slow start but eventually found feeding fish at range down his inside line on the long pole to end the day with 113-10-00 and a place in the Maver British Pole Championships.
Jarrad Smith secured fifth place from peg 7 on Foundation lake. Fishing the feeder, Jarrad offered 108-12-00 to the scales.


Saturday 5th April – Maver Larford Lakes

 

Angler's Name

Weight (lbs/oz)

Peg # / Lake

Andy Oldham (Frenzee)

149-00-00

37 (Match lake)

Glen Butler (Maver)

107-02-00

39 (Match lake)

Andy Kinder (Maver / Marukyu)

106-13-00

31 (Match lake)

Andy Power (Preston Innovations)

103-10-00

8 (Speci lake)

Andy Bailey (Daiwa Dons)

100-01-00

74 (Speci lake)

Jimmy Brooks

96-01-00

63 (Speci lake)

Matt Higgins

95-15-00

10 (Speci lake)

James Wilson

87-02-00

69 (Speci lake)

 

British Pole Championship Qualifiers: Andy Oldham, Glen Butler, Andy Kinder, Andy Power & Andy Bailey

A good turnout saw one hundred and one (101) anglers attend this opening qualifier of the 2014 Mega Match This campaign - each one hopeful of a place in the richest final in UK match fishing. Conditions on the day were not ideal with a strong breeze making things feel much cooler than in the weeks leading up to the event. Water levels has also been up significantly on account of the wettest winter ever recorded and had been reduced substantially especially for this opening qualifier event. Despite the less than favourable conditions, however, big weights were recorded and in excess of one hundred pounds was needed in order to qualify for the Maver British Pole Championships.

Winner on the day, and the first angler through to the minimum £50,000 final, was Frenzee-backed Andy Oldham. Andy makes it two years on the trot having qualified for last year's final and won by a comfortable margin from peg 37 on the burr bank of the Match lake. Andy started his match fishing pole and pellet short at top two plus two, before switching to his margins late with maggot over groundbait to end the match with 149lbs exactly and a place in the Mega Match This Grand Final.

Finishing in second place from neighbouring peg 39 was former 2013 Match This finalist, Glen Butler. The new Maver rod also fished pole and pellet short before switching to his inside line with dead maggot fished over groundbait to end his first Match This qualifier with 107-02-00 and a place in the British Pole Championship final.

Third place went to two times former Match This finalist Andy Kinder (Maver / Marukyu), who drew end peg 31 on the Match grass bank. Fishing pole and pellet before switching to his margins, Andy by his own admission, could have won the match but lost a number of fish to an underwater weed bed pulling his weight back to 106-13-00. Andy still claims his place in this year's Maver British Pole Championships.
Fourth on the day was Match This danger man, Andy Power (Preston Innovations). Andy, who drew peg 8 on the burr bank of the Specimen lake, opted to fish the pellet waggler before coming down in the margins late on to end the day with 103-10-00.

Claiming the last of the automatic British Pole Championship qualification places was Daiwa Dons man, Andy Bailey. Andy drew peg 74 on the chalet bank of the Speci lake weighing in 100-01-00 of carp and skimmer bream.

 


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