Birmingham-based John Mills (Ridgemere) has won the Maver Match This qualifier at Viaduct Fishery to book his place in the final.
A total of 83 anglers attended, and conditions on the day were not ideal for the competitors – the sunshine and warm temperatures triggering the resident carp into spawning mode.
The lakes used were Lodge, Spring, Cary and Campbell, with the latter producing the qualifier event's top weights.
Fishing pole and pellet shallow at distance, then switching to meat fished to depth short at five metres late on, John enjoyed a great day's fishing and maintained a steady catch rate for the duration of the match. John caught carp up to 8lb for a winning 150-12-00 from unfancied Peg 111.
In second place was Mosella's Vince Brown. Vince drew Peg 56 on Lodge and opted to fish similar tactics, starting on pole and pellet shallow before coming short late on to present 131-01-00 to the scales. Vince will take part in the 2013 Maver British Pole Championship on the back of his second-place finish.
Martin Rogers (Haines AC) finished close behind in third place from Peg 110 on Campbell. Martin opted to fish pole and meat tight in the margins to take lots of small carp for a final weight of 127-14-00.
Garbolino RAF rod Steve Hutter finished in fourth place from Peg 117 on Campbell weighing in 124-03-00, and fifth place was taken by Gary O'Shea, finishing the match with 123-14-00 from Peg 135 on Campbell.
All in all the match was a very fiercely contested qualifier with little separating the top eight anglers.
Qualifier for Grand Final: John Mills (Ridgemere)
Qualifiers for Maver British Pole Championships: John Mills (Ridgemere), Vince Brown (Mosella), Martin Rogers (Haines AC), Steve Hutter (Garbolino RAF) and Gary O’ Shea (Preston Thatchers)
1 John Mills (Ridgemere) 150-12-00 (Campbell 111)
2 Vince Brown (Mosella) 131-01-00 (Lodge 56)
3 Martin Rogers (Haines AC) 127-14-00 (Campbell 110)
4 Steve Hutter (Garbolino RAF) 124-03-00 (Campbell 117)
5 Gary O'Shea (Preston Thatchers) 123-14-0 (Campbell 135)
6 Alex Murray (Mosella) 117-15-00 19 (Spring)
7 Pemb Wrighting (Maver / Bag 'Em Baits) 111-09-00 (Peg 59 Lodge)
8 Tony Gilbert (Preston Thatchers) 109-02-00 (Peg 114 Campbell)