Essex rod, Glen Butler has pole fished his way to the Maver Match This Final. Glen drew end Peg 43 on the Match Lake Burr Bank and fished the pole short before switching to the margins late on with worm over groundbait to finish the match with 128-09-00. Glen is a popular finalist among fellow anglers, and will now fish against some of the sport's finest on Saturday, August 31st for his chance to win a minimum of £50,000.
Awful conditions greeted the competing anglers taking part in this second of three qualifiers at Maver Larford Lakes. Heavy, persistent showers coupled with a strong wind made things difficult on the day, yet despite the odds being stacked against the 76-strong field, it was a fiercely contested match with very little separating the top 10 anglers.
Finishing close behind on Arena Peg 20 was Daiwa / Guru rod, and 2011 British Pole Champion, Mark Griffiths (Ringer Baits). Mark fished pole shallow and down in the margins to take 125-11-00 of carp and F1s. Mark just misses out on the Grand Final, but now has a chance to win back his British Pole Championship title on Sunday, August 25th.
Third place on the day was taken by Maver's own Steve Mayo. Steve drew Peg 26 on the match grass bank and started off on the Method feeder tight to the island to catch carp early on. Then, switching to the pole short at approximately five metres, Steve caught skimmer bream and carp for a final weigh of 124-08-00.
Alan Williams finished in fourth place from Peg 18 on the match grass bank with 121-12-00, earning himself a place in the British Pole Championship final.
Taking the last of the automatic British Pole Chamionship places was Matrix / Bait-Tech rod, Grant Albutt. Grant drew Peg 26 on the Speci burr ending the match with 119-04-00 of carp, taken on Method-feeder tactics. Grant was disappointed to have missed out on a place in the Grand Final having lost a large carp at the net weighing an estimated 12-15lb, which would have rewarded him with the narrowest of victories and a place in fishing's most prestigious final.