Barnsley rod Mark Stainsby has qualified for the Maver Match This Final, with a fantastic 126lb 12oz net from Maver Larford Lakes.
The near-sell-out qualifier was attended by 106 anglers. Conditions,
however, were disappointing and difficult to say the least. Strong
winds made for very difficult presentation on the pole, and a massive
fall in temperature also knocked the fishing backwards.
Republic-backed rod Mark drew Peg 23 on the Specimen Lake. Mark fished
the Method feeder to catch bream and carp early, but later caught at six metres and down the edge to land some huge carp. In the last hour, he landed
four carp that totalled 75lb to finish the day 7lb clear of the field.
Second-placed Stuart Ballard (Maver Midlands) drew Peg 39 on the Match Lake
and made the most of the sheltered conditions by weighing 119-00-00 of
F1s and carp to pole and pellet.
Third-placed Neil McKinnon
(Preston Innovations) drew fancied Peg 43 on the Match Lake. Neil had a
good match, catching carp and F1s on pellet at six metres, but kicked
himself when he found he could catch much quicker fishing longer and
shallow. An "opportunity missed to qualify for the final" were his words
at the end of the match, but his 114-15-0 net still landed him a place
in the British Pole Championship.
Fourth-placed Paul 'Tommy' Hiller (Daiwa Dorking) was unlucky not to make the big final, after recording an 89-14-0 net.
Wootton (Shimano / Dynamite Baits) secured his place in the British
Pole Championship thanks to a 85-05-00 effort from Peg 45 on the