Results


Welcome to the Match This results page. Here you will find the latest results from the Mega 'Match This' qualifiers up and down the country as and when they happen. Be sure to check back on a regular basis to see who has qualified for the Grand Final.

Anglers highlighted in yellow have qualified for the Grand final on Saturday 2nd September, 2017 (with the exception of the British Pole Champion).

2017 Maver British Pole Championship Final, Sunday 20th August

Maver Hayfield lakes, Doncaster

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
James Roper (Nortk Yorkshire) 143-14-00 33 (Little Adams)
Martin Wood (Markham Main) 140-06-00 35 (Big Adams)
Mark Wynne (Colmic) 117-07-00 69 (Big Adams)
Michael Elliot (Matrix Dynamite Trentman) 115-02-00 67 (Big Adams)
Leigh Hodgkinson (Marukyu) 113-02-00 40 (Big Adams)
Kieron Marsden (Matrix LBT) 104-01-00 45 (Big Adams)
Jamie Hughes (MAP / Bag 'Em Baits) 102-09-00 73 (Big Adams)
Jon Whincup (Frenzee) 100-12-00 30 (Little Adams)

Sunday 20th August saw a brief return to Maver Hayfield Lakes for the annual Maver British Pole Championship final. Twenty four qualifier events starting on Saturday 1st April and concluding on Sunday 13th August produced an extremely talented field all competing for the accolade of UK British Pole Champion. Conditions on the day were ideal with warm sunshine, plenty of cloud cover and a decent ripple on the lakes. The match, as is part the course at Hayfield, got off to a flying start with anglers catching shallow from the off. As the day wore on, fish started to show on angler's short lines and down the edges to produce an extremely close finish.

Winner on the day, and NEW Maver British Pole Champion, was North Yorkshire based rod, James Roper. James drew peg 33 on Little Adams - the very same peg Guru's Matt Godfrey won the title from in 2016 - and fished most of the match offering pellet up in the water long at 16m to catch carp of all sizes to put himself out in front going into the final throws of the match. James opted to come short for the final ninety minutes of the match offering 6mm pellets fished to depth to final some better quality fish to end the match strong. Upon the scales making their way round, James confirmed a final weight of 143-14-00 to be crowned 2017 Maver British Pole Champion.

Finishing close behind was Markham Main's Martin Wood. Martin drew peg 35 on Big Adams - more or less directly behind James - and fished banded hard pellet at 12.5m feeding 6mm pellets over the top for the duration of the match. Martin caught steadily for much of the day to weigh in 140-06-00 and finish just shy of James' winning weight. Just one decent skimmer or small carp was all the difference between the two after five hours - a great finish to a great event!

Mark Wynne secured third place overall from peg 69 on Big Adams. Opting to fish the long pole shallow with 6mm pellet for the majority of the match, Mark found quality carp in numbers up to 10lb to end proceedings with 117-07-00.

2017 Mega Match This Finalist, Michael Elliott, confirmed a fourth place finish from neighbouring peg 67 on Big Adams offering 115-02-00 to the scales.

Rounding off the top five on the day was fellow 2017 Match This Finalist, Leigh Hodgkinson. Leigh drew peg 40 on Big Adams and fished pole and pellet long before coming short late on to end the day with 113-02-00.

Maver (UK) would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the two thousand plus Match This competitors that have entered this year's qualifier campaign and for making the British Pole Championship Final possible. A special thank you, also, to everyone at Maver Hayfield Lakes. The fishery has produced some truly exceptional fishing during the qualifier stages with this year's British Pole Championship Final being no exception.

Maver British Pole Champion: James Roper (North Yorkshire)


The Glebe / Mallory Park, Leicester, 13th August 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Mike Williams (Guru / Daiwa / Mainline) 194-09-00 3 (Lake 1)
Craig Jones (Colmic / Marukyu) 161-15-00 85 (Lake 5)
Chris Telling (Colmic / Marukyu) 147-07-00 79 (Lake 5)
Alan Barker (Garbolino Elton) 145-08-00 77 (Lake 5)
Jon Whincup (Frenzee / Bait-Tech) 138-01-00 5 (Lake 1)
Danny Myers (Frenzee) 125-04-00 2 (Lake 1)
Perry Stone (Cresta) 125-00-00 86 (Lake 6)
Craig Edmunds 124-07-00 98 (Lake 7)

This year's Mega Match This qualifier campaign ended on a high with a fourth sell out event at the prolific Leicestershire-based Glebe / Mallory Park complex. Conditions of the day would have been perfect but for a distinct lack of any breeze resulting in some of the lakes being very still and moody. Many of the one hundred and ten (110) field got off to a reasonable start with some anglers reporting upwards of 70-80lbs in the opening hour. However, as the day wore on, the fishing became more and more difficult as the sun climbed higher and temperatures gently continued to rise. That said, despite the conditions resulting in slower sport than many have become accustomed to at The Glebe, Lakes 1 and 5 seem to respond better to the warmer weather with six of the top eight weights recorded on the day being spread over these two waters.

The final man to make his way through to the 2017 Mega Match This Grand Final was Welsh rod, Mike Williams (Guru / Daiwa / Mainline). Mike drew peg 3 on Lake 1 and started his match on a cage feeder over to the far side, but after two hours in, had found just ten carp. Whilst fishing the feeder, Mike had been priming a shallow line with casters - something a little unusual on Lake 1 with very few fish being caught shallow since April! Despite the odds seemingly stacked against him and adopting an approach many venue regulars may have written off, Mike switched to caster up in the water and found carp in numbers up to 6lb to enjoy a very strong second half of the match. Mike continued to catch until the all out to confirm 194-09-00 and a place in next month's big money final and next week's British Pole Championship final.

Just missing out on a place in the final was a man that, during the build up to the weigh in everyone on the complex was convinced had done enough - Colmic / Marukyu rod, Craig Jones. Craig drew end peg 85 on Lake 5 and fished the full five hours on the feeder across to the far bank with micro pellets and maggot. Craig recorded a total of forty two carp for a final weight of 161-15-00 for a place in next week's British Pole Championship final.

Third place went to fellow Colmic / Marukyu rod, Chris Telling. Chris drew peg 79, also on Lake 5, and fished pellet long and paste short taking fish to 8lb. Chris had gone unnoticed for most of the match regarding having a potential match-winning weight and took the section win from fourth placed Alan Barker on end peg 77.

Alan (Garbolino Elton) offered 145-08-00 to the scales at the end of the five hours. Starting his match on the feeder over to the far bank with micros and maggots, Alan later switched to pinging pellets at at 13m to find carp up to 6lb to narrowly miss out on a place in this year's British Pole Championship final at Maver Hayfield Lakes.

Defending Champion, Jon Whincup, was unable to worry the front runners despite fishing a great match from peg 5 on Lake 1. Jon started his match on the feeder over to the far side, but soon switched to the pellet waggler to pick off cruising fish. As the day wore on, Jon then offered pellet up in the water on the long pole pushing winner Mike Williams hard going into the final hour. Despite a strong finish on the pole, Jon could not match Mike's catch rate next peg along and, in the end, conceded more than 50lb to finish in fifth place, vacating the iconic Match This trophy in the process.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Mike Williams (Guru / Daiwa / Mainline)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Mike Williams (Guru / Daiwa / Mainline), Craig Jones (Colmic / Marukyu) & Chris Telling (Colmic / Marukyu)


Tunnel Barn Farm, Shrewley, 12th August 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Matthew Dawes (Angling Bait Club) 198-15-00 17 (Jenny's)
Matthew Bingham (Mosella UK) 179-10-00 8 (Jenny's)
Paul Wright (Dynamite Baits / Halkon Hunt) 179-10-00 17 (Club)
Graham Ramsdale (Wigan) 165-02-00 13 (Canal)
Les Marshall (Dynamite Baits) 161-06-00 3 (Canal)
Ben Townsend (Matrix / Spotted Fin) 160-12-00 15 (Club)
Tom Arnott 160-04-00 17 (Canal)
Kevin Gallagher 141-05-00 9 (Club)

Eighty six (86) anglers attended this penultimate qualifier of the 2017 Mega Match This campaign. Anglers on the day were greeted with near perfect conditions with temperatures being much warmer than in recent weeks coupled with plenty of cloud cover. However, the match got off to a slow start following a relatively cold night the night before with just odd fish being caught during the initial stages. That said, as the match progressed, the day became warmer with the fish coming shallow in most areas and responded well to caster and / or maggot shallow.

Next to make his way through to next month's big money final was Matthew Dawes (Angling Bait Club). Matthew drew peg 17 on Jenny's lake and opted to fish caster shallow for the duration of the match to find all F1's with some larger fish tipping the scales to 5lb. Matt enjoyed a frantic days sport to top an extremely competitive field with over twenty five (25) weights breaking the 100lb mark.

Second place on the day was taken by Mosella UK rod, Matthew Bingham. Matt drew peg 8, also on Jenny's, and opted to fish white maggot shallow at 7m to find F1s and carp to 8lb. Matt attacked his swim and fished positive feeding ten pints of bait to keep fish coming to the net and end the day with 179-10-00. Matt will now compete in this year's Maver British Pole Championship final taking place in a week's time.

Third place was secured by Paul Wright (Dynamite Baits / Halkon Hunt), who confirmed a lake win from peg 17 on Club lake. Fishing caster shallow at just 4m for most of the match, Paul found F1s in numbers to 3lb for a final 179-10-00.

Wigan-based rod, Graham Ramsdale, finished in fourth place with 165-02-00. Graham secured an overall lake win from peg 13 on Canal feeding four pints of caster and fishing caster on the hook up in the water at 4m. Graham also books his place in next week's British Pole Championship final as a result.

Finally, rounding off what was an extremely close top five finish on the day, was Les Marshall (Dynamite Baits). Les drew peg 3 on Canal and caught on caster up in the water both short and long to offer 161-06-00 to the scales to take the third and final automatic British Pole Championship final qualification place.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Matthew Dawes (Angling Bait Club)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Matthew Bingham (Mosella UK), Graham Ramsdale (Wigan) & Les Marshall (Dynamite Baits)


Decoy Lakes, Peterborough, 9th August 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Matthew Higgins (Bag 'Em Baits / Neptune AC) 234-06-00 21 (Cedar)
Josh Pace (Huntingdon) 154-06-00 17 (Cedar)
Jason Mackey (Reels AC) 129-12-00 8 (Six Islands)
Richard Bond (Matrix Image) 129-02-00 17 (Beastie)
Jon Whincup (Frenzee / Bait-Tech) 111-00-00 20 (Yew)
Rob Goodson (Peterborough) 109-10-00 4 (Cedar)
Gary Watts 108-09-00 19 (Cedar)
Kieron Payne 107-13-00 6 (Cedar)

Seventy nine (79) anglers attended this last mid week qualifier of the 2017 Mega Match This qualifier campaign. Conditions on the day were not as forecast with the heavy rain that had been forecast failing to materialise. That said, the forecast regarding the wind was correct with a bitterly cold North wind coupled with squally showers doing their best to make the qualifier feel like a winter league match!

Winner on the day, and making his way through to his second Mega Match This Grand Final, was Liverpool-based Bag 'Em Baits rod, Matthew Higgins. Matt drew peg 21 on Cedar and fished the majority of the match short with pellet at top two plus one before looking down his edge late on finding bonus fish to around 7lbs. Matt fished a great match to beat the anglers either side of him by a significant margin finishing proceedings with a massive 234-06-00 of carp, F1's and quality barbel to record one of the largest weights of the qualifier campaign to date. Matt also qualifies for this year's Maver British Pole Championship final.

Finishing in second place from peg 17, also on Cedar, was Josh Pace. Setting the 'pace' early on, Josh was quick out the traps and, at one point, was looking likely to go through to the final. However, it wasn't to be with Matt's peg getting stronger and stronger as the match progressed with Josh unable to keep up. Despite a good run of fish on worm over micro pellet, Josh offered 154-06-00 to the scales at the end of the five hours to book his place in the British Pole Championships.

Jason Mackey (Reels AC) finished in third place confirming a lake win from peg 8 on Six Islands with a weight of 129-12-00. Jason started his match fishing bomb and pellet over to one of the islands before switching to his margins late on offering catmeat and corn. Jason took the final automatic qualification place for this year's Pole Championship final taking place later this month.

Fourth placed Richard Bond (Matrix Image) ended proceedings with 129-02-00 from peg 17 on Beastie. Richard opted to fish pellet both long at 13m and short at 5m to find F1's and carp to 8lbs.

Local rod, and defending Mega Match This Champion, Jon Whincup (Frenzee / Bait-Tech) finished in fifth place from peg 20 on Yew. Jon, who is yet to qualify for this year's final, started his match fishing shallow to find four early fish before switching to the feeder to find two more. The remainder of his catch was taken pinging pellets at 9m to earn him a final 111-00-00.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Matthew Higgins (Bag 'Em Baits)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Matthew Higgins (Bag 'Em Baits), Josh Pace (Huntingdon) & Jason Mackey (Reels AC)


Barston Lakes, Solihull, 6th August 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Wayne Sharman (Matrix / Lanes Bait) 202-03-00 28
Matt Culpin (Weston AA / FTW) 150-03-00 124
Ray King (Cresta / Gamakatsu) 101-07-00 123
Andrew Crocker (Neath) 98-08-00 19
Dan Hull (Dynamite Baits) 89-06-00 5
Michael Williams (Guru / Daiwa / Mainline) 87-12-00 18
Jaroslaw Slusarz 86-14-00 122
Steve Openshaw (Lingmere Fisheries) 84-08-00 13

One hundred and sixteen (116) anglers attended this Sunday qualifier event held at Barston Lakes. Conditions on the day were ideal with a stiff breeze blowing towards the river bank coupled with plenty of cloud cover lasting for the duration of the match. That said, sport was a little slow for some with three anglers breaking the 100lb barrier with the resident carp appearing to have been affected by the impromptu thunderstorm the day before.

Next to qualify for next month’s big money final was Wayne Sharman (Matrix / Lanes Baits). Wayne drew peg 28 and fished a method feeder with micro pellets and a mini boilie on the hook at approximately sixty metres to find all carp up to 15lbs. At the end of the five hours, Wayne offered a superb 202-03-00 to the scales to confirm his place in this year's final in style beating the remainder of the field by over 50lbs.

Matt Culpin took runner-up spot from peg 124 with a weight of 150-03-00. Matt opted to fish bomb and pellet 'conker-style' with paste wrapped around an orange wafter presented at thirty metres to find bream, F1s and carp to 18lbs. Despite missing out on his place in the final, Matt automatically qualifies for the Maver British Pole Championship final later this month.

Third place on the day was Ray King from neighbouring peg 123. Ray fished a method feeder with micros whilst offering 8mm hard pellet on the hook at long range to find F1's and carp to 12lbs. Upon the scales making their way round, Ray confirmed 101-07-00 to book his place in this year's British Pole Championship final.

Andrew Crocker finished in fourth place from peg 19 with 98-08-00. Again, like many, Andrew fished a method feeder at range with micros and a wafter on the hook.

Rounding off the top five finish on the day was Dynamite Baits rod, Dan Hull. Dan drew peg 5 and fished a method feeder with 2mm meaty pellets offering an orange mini boilie on the hook at approximately eighty metres over to the bridge at the 18th hole. Dan found carp up to 10lbs to end the match with 89-06-00.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Wayne Sharman (Matrix / Lanes Bait)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Wayne Sharman (Matrix / Lanes Bait), Matt Cuplin (Weston AA / FTW) & Ray King (Cresta / Gamakatsu)


Lindholme Lakes, Doncaster, 29th July 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Andy Power (Preston Innovations / Sonu Baits) 221-00-00 84 (Bonsai)
James Roper (North Yorkshire) 203-10-00 6 (Bonsai)
Grant Albutt (Drennan / Daiwa Dorking / Dynamite Baits) 158-13-00 74 (Bonsai)
Dave Shires (West Yorkshire) 144-09-00 11 (Bonsai)
Ryan Bennett (AJ Tackle) 134-02-00 19 (Bonsai)
Mark Stainsby (Barnsley Bait Co.) 131-01-00 48 (Bonsai)
Paul Wright 130-01-00 44 (Laurels)
Kevin Wadge 129-01-00 38 (Bonsai)

Seventy eight (78) anglers attended this second and final Lindholme Lakes qualifier event. With the Omar Homes five day festival having just recently finished the week before and with three consecutive days of heavy rain, one could be forgiven for thinking that fishing on the day was going to be difficult. However, nothing could have been further from the truth with the venue, once again, producing some great weights considering how hard it had been fished in the days leading up to the qualifier.

Next man to book his place in this year's big money final was none other than Preston's Andy Power. Andy, who has now qualified for all major finals this year, will now compete in a record-breaking fifth final on September 2nd and has to be considered one of the firm favourites. He could also be the first man to put his name on the iconic Match This trophy for a second time - a feat no other man has been able to match to date. Joining him in that elusive quest is fellow Preston man, Zac Brown alongside Middy's Chris Cameron.

Andy drew peg 84 on Bonsai lake and started his match offering casters shallow at just 7m, before following the fish down on to the deck to keep fish coming to the net. Later, Andy switched to his margins offering maggot over Sonu Margin Carp groundbait to find six bonus fish up to 8lbs to boost his overall weight to 221-00-00. An unbelievable performance from arguably the best commercial angler in the country right now.

Finishing close behind in second place was James Roper. The North Yorkshire based rod drew peg 6 on Bonsai and fished caster long at 16m for the duration of the match alternating between shallow tactics and fishing to depth to find F1's and carp up to 7lbs. Come the end of five hours, James offered 203-10-00 to the scales to narrowly miss out on this year's final beaten only by the last man to weigh in on the complex. James qualifies for the Maver British Pole Championship final on the back of a superb performance.

Grant Albutt (Drennan / Dynamite Baits) finished in third place from peg 74 on Bonsai. Grant also caught up in the water and on the deck fishing caster long at 16m to weigh in 158-13-00. Grant also qualifies for this year's British Pole Championship final for his efforts.

Fourth place on the day was secured by Dave Shires. The 2016 Match This finalist drew peg 11 on Bonsai and fished most of the match offering casters shallow at just 7m to end proceedings with 144-09-00.

Ryan Bennett (AJ Tackle) took fifth place from peg 19 on Bonsai with 134-02-00. Ryan started his match offering caster shallow before moving down his edge on hard pellet.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Andy Power (Preston Innovations / Sonu Baits)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: James Roper, Grant Albutt (Drennan / Daiwa Dorking / Dynamite Baits) & Dave Shires


The Glebe / Mallory Park, Leicester, 26th July 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Jamie Wilde (Colmic / Marukyu) 122-11-00 89 (Lake 6)
Andy Power (Preston Innovations / Sonu Baits) 119-10-00 48 (Lake 3)
Duane Gosling (Kens Tackle Shack) 107-04-00 11 (Lake 1)
Liam Miller (Barnsley Bait & Tackle) 107-03-00 78 (Lake 5)
Gary Bell (Lakeland Fisheries) 104-12-00 12 (Foundation)
Dan White (Garbolino / Spotted Fin) 100-08-00 80 (Lake 5)
Philip Canning 99-08-00 91 (Lake 6)
Luke Bamford 98-04-00 98 (Lake 7)

One hundred and ten (110) anglers attended this latest mid week qualifier at the ever-consistent Glebe complex in Leicestershire. Conditions on the day were, unfortunately, a continuation of the previous few days with heavy rain doing its upmost to hamper best efforts. It was a relatively low weight match for the Glebe, mainly due to the amount of rain fall over the last seventy two hours resulting in at least an extra six inches on all the lakes, which appeared to have an effect on the resident carp. Despite a very wet start to the day, conditions improved from mid afternoon onwards which sparked a little more action, but the fish seemed to be shoaled up in pockets, which is a little unusual for the time of year.

Making his way through to September's big money final was Jamie Wilde (Colmic / Marukyu). Jamie drew peg 89 on Lake 6 and fished a feeder over to the far bank for the full five hours with dead red maggots and micro pellets. Jamie found small carp in numbers up to 5lbs to end proceedings with 122-11-00 to see off the challenge from Preston's Andy Power and qualify for the 2017 British Pole Championship final in the process.

Andy Power came agonisingly close to booking his place in another Mega Match This final weighing in 119-10-00 from peg 48 on Lake 3. Andy caught carp up to 12lbs pinging pellets long at 16m to depth.

Third place on the day was awarded to Duane Gosling (Kev's Tackle Shack), who drew peg 11 on Lake 1. Duane started his match fishing bomb and pellet before switching to the pellet waggler late on to offer a final 107-04-00 to the scales. Duane will now fish the Maver British Pole Championship final on Sunday 20th August at Maver Hayfield Lakes.

Barnsley Bait & Tackle shop owner Liam Miller secured fourth place overall from peg 78 on Lake 5. Offering pellet on both the short pole and the bomb, Liam weighed in 107-03-00.

Completing an extremely close top five finish was former Mega Match This finalist, Gary Bell. The Lakeland Fisheries owner drew peg 12 on Foundation lake and caught the majority of his fish down his edge on corn fished over hemp to weigh in 104-12-00. Gary also books his place in this year's Maver British Pole Championship final.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Jamie Wilde (Colmic / Marukyu)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Jamie Wilde (Colmic / Marukyu), Duane Gosling (Kev's Tackle Shack) & Gary Bell (Lakeland Fisheries)


Coleman's Cottage, Essex, 22nd July 2017

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.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Zac Brown (Preston Innovations / Sonu Baits)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Zac Brown (Preston Innovations / Sonu Baits), Les Wetton (Mosella UK) & Craig Goldstraw (Middy / Bag 'Em Baits)


Hallcroft Fishery, Nottingham, 15th July 2017

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)

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.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Steve Rothery

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Steve Rothery, Ben Dales & Ben Fisk (Bauer Media)


Monk Lakes, Kent, 8th July 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Mike McMillan (Garbolino / Bait-Tech) 198-06-00 65 (Lake 2)
Adam Southgate (Oakwood) 196-04-00 55 (Lake 2)
James Taylor (Harlow Angling) 189-13-00 66 (Lake 2)
Mark Tullett (Cresta Tackle / Bag 'Em Baits) 183-10-00 113 (Lake 3)
Robbie Taylor (Guru / Dynamite Baits) 173-02-00 91 (Lake 3)
Mark Goddard (Bag 'Em Baits) 150-02-00 135 (Lake 3)
Mark Brown (Browning Wickford) 141-02-00 56 (Lake 2)
Chris Vendervleit (Drennan / Bait-Tech) 136-14-00 58 (Lake 2)

Garbolino's Mike McMillan booked his place in another Mega Match This final after topping the fifty-nine (59) strong field at Kent's Monk Lakes. Conditions on the day were hot and sticky with very little wind offering any sort of comfort. Anglers were given plenty of room, which made for a superb qualifier with very little separating the top two on the day and numerous one hundred pound plus catches being recorded from all three of the lakes used.

Mike drew peg 67 on Lake 2 and endured a bit of an unsettled start losing fish early on before getting into his rhythm offering pellet long at 16m. Mike enjoyed a good run of fish before switching to his edge line late on in the match offering pellet over groundbait to end the day with forty (40) carp up to 6lbs. Upon the scales reaching him, Mike confirmed a weight of 198-06-00 to, once again, earn his place in September's minimum £50,000 Grand Final at Maver Hayfield.

Finishing close behind in second place only just missing out on this year's final was Oakwood Angling's Adam Southgate. Adam drew peg 55 also on Lake 2 and starting his match mugging odd fish with 6mm pellets before looking down his margins during the final ninety minutes to weigh in a superb 196-04-00. Adam qualifies for the British Pole Championship final in August instead.

James Taylor (Harlow Angling) took third place from peg 66 on Lake 2. James caught pinging pellets down the adjacent bank to weigh in 189-13-00 at the end of the five hours booking his place in August's British Pole Championship final for his efforts.

Fourth place on the day was taken by Mark Tullett. Mark secured an overall lake win from peg 113 on Lake 3 with 183-10-00 of carp caught on the long pole and 8mm pellet at 13m and down his edge late on to take the last of the British Pole Championship qualification places available on the day.

Rounding off the top five on the day was Guru's Robbie Taylor (Dynamite Baits). Robbie drew peg 91 on Lake 3 and decided to keep things simple offering pellet at 14m to catch 173-02-00 of carp averaging between 4-9lbs.

Mike McMillan is a retuning Match This finalist for 2017

Qualifier for Grand Final: Mike McMillan (Garbolino / Bait-Tech)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Adam Southgate (Oakwood), James Taylor (Harlow Angling) & Mark Tullett (Cresta Tackle / Bag 'Em Baits)


Partridge Lakes, Warrington, 1st July 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Michael Elliott (Matrix Dynamite Trentman) 169-13-00 128 (Covey 5)
Stephen Openshaw (Mosella UK) 158-02-00 87 (Covey 4)
Matthew Dawes (Drennan North West) 150-10-00 137 (Covey 6)
Ben Harrison (Team Daiwa Adlington Team Centre) 147-00-00 115 (Covey 5)
Ben Fisk (Bauer Media) 137-13-00 4 (Spey)
Chris Weeder Jnr (Maver North West) 137-11-00 100 (Covey 4)
Matt Godfrey (Guru) 131-14-00 2 (Spey)
Kevin Bennett 128-01-00 113 (Covey 5)

One hundred and five (105) anglers attended this third and final Match This qualifier of 2017 at the beautiful Partridge Lakes fishery. Conditions on the day dictated a shallow approach for most with many of the competing anglers opting to fish caster up in the water for the full five hours. However, as the match progressed, the slight ripple many anglers were benefitting from disappeared and the cloud cover made way for bright sunshine, which made for a difficult second half of the match. That said, the standard of sport overall was, as usual, very high with numerous one hundred pound plus nets being recorded all over the complex.

Another angler making his Mega Match This debut in September is Michael Elliott (Matrix Dynamite Trentman). Michael drew peg 128 on Covey 5 and fished caster shallow at just 6m feeding aggressively to keep fish coming to the net. Come the end of the five hours, Michael had fed around four pints of casters to catch one hundred and eighteen (118) F1s to 4lb for a final 169-13-00. Michael also qualifies for this year's British Pole Championship final in August.

Occupying second place was Stephen Openshaw (Mosella UK). The Wirral-based Lingmere Fishery owner drew peg 87 on Covey 4 and also opted to fish caster shallow alternating between two lines at 6m and 8m. Steve found carp and F1's to end proceedings with 158-02-00 and a place in the 2017 British Pole Championship final for his efforts.

Third place on the day was taken by Drennan North West rod, Matthew Dawes. Matt drew peg 137 on Covey 6 and caught shallow on casters at 6m to offer 150-10-00 to the scales, also securing his place in this year's British Pole Championship final.

Ben Harrison finished in fourth place from peg 115 on Covey 5. Ben bucked the trend and offered maggot shallow whilst feeding maggot aggressively over the top to catch 147lb of F1s to finish narrowly ahead of Bauer Media's Ben Fisk.

Ben Fisk ended the day with 137-13-00 of F1's fishing caster shallow from peg 4 on Spey lake.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Michael Elliott (Matrix Dynamite Trentman)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Michael Elliott (Matrix Dynamite Trentman), Stephen Openshaw (Mosella UK) & Matthew Dawes (Drennan North West)


Viaduct Fishery, Somerset, 17th June 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Colin Horn (Isle of Wight) 180-15-00 119 (Campbell)
Mark Wynne (Colmic) 177-14-00 118 (Campbell)
George Organ (Fosters of Birmingham) 173-13-00 96 (Cary)
John Mills (Ridgemere) 165-08-00 85 (Cary)
Dan White (Garbolino) 116-00-00 109 (Cary)
Jordan Holloway (Browning) 102-13-00 115 (Campbell)
Andy Power (Preston Innovations / Sonu Baits) 102-07-00 126 (Campbell)
Phil Hardwick (Bait-Tech Viaduct) 95-04-00 53 (Lodge)

Bright sunshine and very little wind saw temperatures climb to a sticky 25°C plus on this latest Mega Match This qualifier at Somerset's Viaduct Fishery. Sixty nine (69) anglers were spread across Campbell, Cary, Lodge and Match lakes giving anglers plenty of room with the standard of fishing on the day, as a result, being excellent despite less than ideal conditions.

Making his way through to his first Mega Match This Grand Final in September was Colin Horn. Colin, who travelled all the way from the Isle of Wight in order compete, drew peg 119 on Campbell and opted to fish down his edge on meat for most of the match to find carp in numbers, the biggest of which tipped the scales at 12lbs, to weigh in a final 180-15-00. Colin secured the win by the narrowest of margins to also book his place in this year's Maver British Pole Championship final at Hayfield Lakes in August.

Finishing close behind in second place was Colmic's Mark Wynne. Mark drew neighbouring peg 119 and opted to fish 6mm pellet up in the water on the long pole at 14.5m for most of the match to push Colin all the way to the wire. However, despite being the more active of the two anglers, Mark's fish were of a smaller stamp, which arguably cost him victory on the day. Mark offered 177-14-00 to the scales at the end of the five hours to narrowly miss out on a place in this year's final, but went away having booked his place in this year's Pole Championship final.

Third place on the day was taken by George Organ (Fosters of Birmingham). George secured an overall lake victory from Cary lake with a weight of 173-13-00 from peg 96 fishing bomb and 8mm pellet for the duration of the match to find carp up to 14lbs. George also qualifies for the British Pole Championship final in August.

John Mills (Ridgemere AC) finished in fourth place from peg 85, also on Cary. Starting his match fishing 8mm pellet up in the water on the long pole, John then switched to his edge late on, again with 8mm pellet, to weigh in 165-08-00.

Completing the top five finish on the day was Garbolino's Dan White. Dan drew peg 109 on Cary and fished pole and pellet at various depths to end proceedings with 116-00-00 exactly.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Colin Horn (Isle of White)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Colin Horn (Isle of White), Mark Wynne (Colmic) & George Organ (Fosters of Birmingham)


Solhampton Fishery, Stourport-on-Severn, 10th June 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Jamie Hughes (MAP / Bag 'Em Baits) 173-02-00 37 (Dragonfly)
Peter Alan Rice (Mosella) 159-12-00 9 (Valley)
Jon Arthur (Drennan) 130-04-00 8 (Kingfisher)
Kevin Dales 126-06-00 29 (Valley)
Andy Welding (Strike Angling) 124-12-00 5 (Kingfisher)
Zac Brown (Preston Innovations / Sonu Baits) 123-07-00 2 (Valley)
Michael McMillan (Garbolino / Bait-Tech) 110-02-00 15 (Buzzard)
Lee Thornton (Middy) 110-00-00 12 (Dragonfly)

Qualifier number thirteen of the 2017 Mega Match This qualifier campaign saw the introduction of a brand new venue in Worcestershire's Solhampton Fishery. Conditions on the day were ideal with plenty of cloud cover coupled with a moderate breeze creating a nice ripple on the five lakes used. Pegging on the day gave anglers plenty of room and the match itself was a closely contested affair with a number of weights over the 100lb mark.

Winner on the day was 2016 runner-up, Jamie Hughes (MAP / Bag 'Em Baits). Jamie drew peg 37 on Dragonfly and opted to fish pellet shallow on the pole at 4m and 6m before looking down his edge late on to find bonus fish up to 8lbs to weigh in a final 173-02-00. Jamie will now have the opportunity to compete for the iconic Mega Match This trophy once again having come agonisingly close during last year's unforgettable finale.

Taking second place was Peter Alan Rice (Mosella), who secured a lake win from peg 9 on Valley. Peter caught well for most of the match fishing caster short at two plus one before switching to his margin to finish strong offering 159-12-00 to the scales booking his place in this year's Maver British Pole Championship final in the process at Maver Hayfield Lakes.

Drennan's Jon Arthur finished in third place with 130-04-00 from peg 8 on Kingfisher. Opting to fishing pellet and casters short and down his edge, Jon found fish to 8lbs to finish inside the top three and qualify for this year's Pole Championship final.

Kevin Dales secured fourth place from peg 29 on Valley. Starting his match fishing 6mm expanders short at 6m, Kevin found carp in numbers before switching to his inside line to see out the final ninety minutes of the match to offer 126-06-00 to the scales at the end of the five hours.

Fifth place on the day went to Andy Welding (Strike Angling). Andy drew peg 5 on Kingfisher and fished casters short for the duration of the match to weigh in 124-12-00.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Jamie Hughes (MAP / Bag 'Em Baits)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Peter Alan Rice (Mosella), Jon Arthur (Drennan) & Kevin Dales


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 on 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.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Sam Brown (Maver)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Sam Brown (Maver), Ben Townsend (Matrix / Spotted Fin) & Jon Pollard (Leicester Gas AC)


Maver Hayfield Lakes, Doncaster, 4th June 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Kieron Rich (Middy) 171-14-00 19 (Island)
Neil Wiecek (Dalton Prog AC) 110-04-00 21 (Island)
Paul Wright (Halkon Hunt / Dynamite Baits) 97-12-00 46 (Island)
Tom Potter (Matrix Dynamite Trentman) 97-06-00 82 (Adams)
David Burley 83-04-00 22 (Adams)
Steve Cooke (Garbolino) 79-02-00 45 (Island)
Dale Heywood 67-12-00 42 (Island)
David Shires 60-00-00 17 (Adams)

This Sunday qualifier marked the second and final Mega Match This qualifier event of 2017 at Maver Hayfield Lakes ahead of this year's Grand Final, which will see twenty four (24) anglers return, once again, to the North's Premier venue on September 2nd. Conditions on the day were ideal prolonged periods of cloud cover coupled with a nice ripple and cooler temperatures than in previous weeks. The resident carp had also finished spawning, so anglers were hopeful of a good days sport.

Winner on the day, and the eleventh man through to the 2017 Grand Final was Middy's Kieron Rich. Kieron drew peg 19 on Island lake and fished the full duration of the match shallow catching quality fish in the upper layers on 8mm pellet. Kieron fished two thirds of the match on the pole at 13m before having to follow the fish out on the pellet waggler as the match drew to a close to weigh in a superb 171-14-00 of mainly carp up to double figures.

Taking second place was Neil Wiecek from neighbouring peg 21. Again, Neil caught all of his fish on pellet offered up in the water, and for most the match, was matching Kieron fish for fish. However, as the match progressed, Neil was unable to match Kieron's catch rate but still fished a great match to finish strong offering 110-04-00 to the scales at the end of the five hours. Neil qualifies for this year's Maver British Pole Championship final for his efforts.

Local angler, Paul Wright finished in third place from peg 46 on the opposite side of the lake. Opting to fish the short pole offering pellet to depth, Paul found mainly carp lifting and dropping 8mms to weigh in 97-12-00. Paul also qualifies for this year's Maver British Pole Championship final in August and will be one to watch given his knowledge of the venue!

Tom Potter (Matrix Dynamite Trentman) finished close behind in fourth place offering 97-06-00 to the scales to win Adams lake from peg 82. Starting his match fishing pellet shallow on the pole, Tom later switched to his margins late on offering maggot over groundbait to take another seven good quality fish to end the day strong.

Fifth place on the day was another local angler, and former Mega Match This finalist, Dave Burley. Dave drew peg 22 and fished 8mm pellet up in the water for the full five hours alternating depths between 2ft-6ft to keep fish coming to the net. After the first thirty minutes of the match, Dave was the clear leader, and looking likely to book his place in his second consecutive final with three carp in the first ten minutes. However, despite a great start, Dave endured a slow middle part of the match before finding the fish again late on taking carp to 8lbs to weigh in 83-04-00.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Kieron Rich (Middy)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Neil Wiecek (Dalton Prog AC), Paul Wright (Halkon Hunt / Dynamite Baits) & Tom Potter (Matrix Dynamite Trentman)


The Glebe / Mallory Park, Leicester, 28th May 2017

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)

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.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Simon Skelton (Maver / Dynamite Baits)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Darren Cox (Garbolino), Kieron Rich (Middy / Burt Baits) & Andy Power (Preston Innovations)


Gold Valley Lakes, Boston, 27th May 2017

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)

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.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Chris Cameron (Middy / Old Ghost)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Chris Cameron (Middy / Old Ghost), Mark Tester (Pulborough AS) & Lynas Neale (Gold Valley Lakes)


Westwood Lakes, Boston, 21st May 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Andy Bennett (Guru / ABC) 235-12-00 30 (Skylark)
Tom Edwards (Frenzee / Dynamite Baits) 210-02-00 14 (Skylark)
Matt Wiles (Dynamite Baits) 189-00-00 2 (Falcion)
Aidan Mansfield (MAP / Bait-Tech) 181-10-00 12 (Skylark)
Reece Hearn (Matrix / Bag 'Em Baits) 180-02-00 28 (Skylark)
James Howarth (Tri-Cast) 178-08-00 22 (Falcon)
Luke Morley 166-03-00 1 (Falcon)
Lee Thornton (Middy / Bag 'Em Baits) 160-02-00 26 (Skylark)

Sunday 21st May marked the second Mega Match This qualifier in as many days with the competition fast approaching the midway stages. This latest qualifier at Boston's Westwood Lakes marked arguably the best qualifier to date in terms of the standard of fishing enjoyed by participating anglers with a massive two hundred pound plus catch winning the day! Despite torrential rain overnight, conditions on the day of the match were warm and sunny and the standard of fishing second to none with any one of at least a dozen anglers competing for a place in the minimum £50,000 final going into the final hour.

Winner on the day was Guru's Andy Bennett (ABC). Andy drew peg 30 on Skylark and opted to fish pellet down his edge for most of the match to find fish up to 8lbs for a final weight of 235-12-00 - the largest weight of the 2017 qualifier campaign to date. Andy also qualifies for the Maver British Pole Championship final in August.

Finishing runner-up with an equally impressive weight tipping the scales over two hundred pounds was Tom Edwards (Frenzee / Dynamite Baits). Tom drew peg 14 on Skylark and caught the majority of his fish on maggot over groundbait short at 4m and down his edge. Tom found quality fish to 10lbs to offer a final 210-02-00 to book his place in the British Pole Championship final.

Third place was taken by Matt Wiles (Dynamite Baits), who secured a lake win from peg 2 on Falcon. Again, pellets in the margins did the damage with Matt finding fish in numbers on this line to finish the match with a level 189-00-00. Matt joins Andy and Tom in qualifying for this year's British Pole Champs at Maver Hayfield Lakes later in the year.

MAP's Aidan Mansfield (Bait-Tech) finished in fourth place from peg 12 on Skylark. Not one to buck the trend, Aidan found fish happy to feed down his edge for most of the match. Offering pellet over groundbait, Aidan found carp up to 6lbs for a final weight of 181-10-00.

Fifth place was taken by Reece Hearn (Matrix / Bag 'Em Baits), who drew peg 28 on Skylark. Reece started his match fishing caster shallow at 6m before switching to his edge with pellets to finish the day with 180-02-00.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Andy Bennett (Guru / ABC)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Andy Bennett (Guru / ABC), Tom Edwards (Frenzee / Dynamite Baits) & Matt Wiles (Dynamite Baits)


Partridge Lakes, Warrington, 20th May 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Alex Hulme (Maver Gold) 137-09-00 2 (Spey)
Lee Thornton (Middy / Bag 'Em Baits) 127-10-00 127 (Covey 5)
Kerry Kirkwood (Matrix Trafford Tackle) 110-06-00 111 (Covey 5)
Joe Cartwright (Tri-Cast Highfield) 96-15-00 97 (Covey 4)
Alan Bruce (Rays Tackle) 89-11-00 117 (Covey 5)
Stephen Rodgers 87-05-00 121 (Covey 5)
Barry Bush 87-03-00 87 (Covey 4)
Jon Arthur (Drennan) 87-03-00 149 (Covey 6)

Eighty nine (89) anglers attended this second Mega Match This qualifier hosted by Partridge Lakes Fishery, Warrington. Conditions on the day were very wet making for uncomfortable fishing. That said, despite the conditions, weights on the day were reasonable with the top three anglers on the day all weighing in over one hundred pounds each.

Next to make his way through to September's big money final was Maver Gold man, Alex Hulme. Alex drew peg 2 on Spey and opted to fish caster shallow alternating between 6m and 13m line to catch mainly F1's with odd carp amongst them. Alex caught steady for the duration of the match to end proceedings with sixty eight fish up to 5lbs to offer a final 137-09-00 to the scales. As well as qualifying for the Match This Grand Final, Alex also secures himself a place in this year's Maver British Pole Championship final.

Finishing close behind in second place just off the pace was Middy's Lee Thornton. Starting his match short on caster, Lee put together a good run of F1's before his bites slowed up. Then, coming short on paste, Lee found some bonus carp to 4lbs to weigh in 127-10-00.

Third place on the day was Kerry Kirkwood (Matrix Trafford Tackle). Kerry drew peg 111, also on Covey 5, and caught the majority of his fish on caster up in the water to weigh in 110-06-00 and secure his place in August's British Pole Championships.

Joe Cartwright (Tri-Cast Highfield) finished in fourth place securing a lake win from peg 97 on Covey 4. Joe opted to fish maggot on the pole over groundbait to find mainly carp up to 5lbs for a weight of 96-15-00 at the end of the five hours. Joe's efforts were rewarded with a place in the 2017 British Pole Championship final alongside Alex and Kerry with Lee Thornton having already qualified from a previous event.

Completing the top five on the day was Alan Bruce of Ray's Tackle. Alan drew peg 117 on Covey 5 and finished the match with 89-11-00 of paste-caught carp with fish up to 4lbs.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Alex Hulme (Maver Gold)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Alex Hulme (Maver Gold), Kerry Kirkwood (Matrix Trafford Tackle) & Joe Cartwright (Tri-Cast Highfield)


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)

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.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Damian Bracken (Garbolino)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Damian Bracken (Garbolino), Jamie Hughes (MAP / Bag 'Em Baits) & Andy Christie


Lindholme Lakes, Doncaster, 30th April 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
John Allerton (Tri-Cast / Bag 'Em Baits) 137-03-00 48 (Bonsai)
Lee Kerry (Preston Innovations) 115-11-00 38 (Bonsai)
Lee Thornton (Middy) 107-10-00 11 (Bonsai)
Jonathan Firth 91-00-00 13 (Bonsai)
Liam Miller (Barnsley Bait & Tackle / Frenzee) 79-07-00 72 (Bonsai)
James Hall (Browning) 78-10-00 79 (Bonsai)
Les Marshall 78-08-00 69 (Bonsai)
Jamie Hughes (MAP / Bag 'Em Baits) 77-11-00 55 (Bonsai)

One hundred and three (103) anglers attended this latest Mega Match This qualifier hosted by Garbolino Lindholme Lakes. The venue hosted this year's Angling Trust Commercial Masters the day before with many anglers staying on to take part in the fifth Match This qualifier of 2017. Conditions on the day were far from ideal with a very strong cold wind hampering anglers best efforts, particularly on Loco, Strip and Bennies.

The next angler making his way through to the 2017 Mega Match This final was local rod, and venue expert, John Allerton (Tri-Cast / Bag 'Em Baits). John, who is the second Tri-Cast rod through to this year's final in as many qualifiers, drew peg 48 on Bonsai and, sheltered from the wind, decided to fish most of the match down his edge at 8 metres with maggot and pellet where he found carp and small barbel. John weighed in 137-03-00 at the end of the five hours to top the field and book his place in this year's British Pole Championship final.

Finishing close behind taking runner-up spot was Preston's Lee Kerry. Lee drew peg 38, also on Bonsai, and opted to fish maggot to the far bank at 16m before looking down his edge late on in the match finding bonus fish to 10lbs to weigh in 115-11-00. Lee also books his place in the 2017 British Pole Championship final for his efforts.

Rounding off the top three was Middy's Lee Thornton. Lee drew peg 11 on Bonsai and fished maggot over to far side cover to find carp, F1s, barbel, ide, roach and perch to offer 107-10-00 to the scales seeing him through to the British Pole Championships in August.

Jonathan Firth finished in fourth place on the day from neighbouring peg 13 on Bonsai. Johnathan fished pellet up in the water for most of the match to catch mainly F1s for a final weight of 91lbs exactly.

Fifth place was taken by Barnsley Bait and Tackle owner, Liam Miller (Frenzee) from peg 72 on Bonsai. Liam fished long and short pole with casters and meat respectively to catch F1's, chub and carp up to 5lbs to offer a final 79-07-00 to the scales.

Qualifier for Grand Final: John Allerton (Tri-Cast / Bag 'Em Baits)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: John Allerton (Tri-Cast / Bag 'Em Baits), Lee Kerry (Preston Innovations) & Lee Thornton (Middy)


Woodland View, Droitwich, 15th April 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Dave Roberts (Tri-Cast / Bait-Tech) 197-14-00 18 (Hay)
Simon Skelton (Maver / Dynamite Baits) 185-14-00 38 (Back Deans)
Michael McMillan (Garbolino / Bait-Tech) 152-10-00 38 (Arles)
Jamie Wilde (Colmic) 146-10-00 5 (Front Deans)
Mark Jones (Tredegar AC) 140-04-00 17 (Barley)
Neil McKinnon (Preston Innovations / Sonu Baits) 139-02-00 14 (Hay)
Sam Slockett 137-06-00 36 (Back Deans)
Andy Power (Preston Innovations / Sonu Baits) 130-00-00 63 (Back Deans)

Mega Match This qualifier number four took place at Woodland View, Droitwich. Attendance was a little lower than in previous years on account of the qualifier event falling on Easter Bank Holiday weekend with seventy one (71) anglers all looking to book their place in the September final. Anglers on the day, therefore, had plenty of room and weights, as a result, were fantastic!

Winner on the day, and next through to the big money final, was Tri-cast / Bait-Tech rod, Dave Roberts. Dave drew peg 18 on Hay and opted to fish the majority of the match short on pellet to find carp and F1s in numbers to weigh in a superb 197-14-00 and record the largest weight of the 2017 qualifier campaign to date in the process. As well as qualifying for the Grand Final, Dave also books his place in the August British Pole Championship final.

Maver's Simon Skelton also fished a great match pushing Dave all the way until the all out recording an equally impressive 185-14-00. Simon drew peg 38 on Back Deans and fished the first half of the match alternating between short and long pole with pellet fished to depth. Simon then switched to his margins late on for the final two hours of the match fishing pellet over micros to find bonus fish up to 10lbs.

Taking third place on the day was former Mega Match This finalist, Michael McMillan (Garbolino / Bait-Tech). Mike secured a lake win from peg 38 on Arles with a weight of 152-10-00 fishing pole and pellet short and long before looking down his inside with maggot late on. Mike books his place in this year's British Pole Championship final alongside Dave and Simon.

Fourth place on the day was Colmic's Jamie Wilde. Jamie drew peg 5 on Front Deans and fished the first half of the match offering pellet up in the water at 14.5m, before turning to his edge line late on with dead red maggot to offer 146-10-00 to the scales.

Rounding off the top five was 2016 Match This Finalist Mark Jones (Tredegar Angling Centre) from peg 17 on Barley. Mark fished maggot on the pole for most of the match to find mainly carp for a final weight of 140-02-00.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Dave Roberts (Tri-Cast / Bait-Tech)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Dave Roberts (Tri-Cast / Bait-Tech), Simon Skelton (Maver / Dynamite Baits) & Michael McMillan (Garbolino / Bait-Tech)


Partridge Lakes, Warrington, 8th April 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Andrew Bailey (Daiwa Dons) 155-05-00 121 (Covey 5)
Kieron Marsden (Matrix LBT) 152-13-00 54 (Covey 3)
Gavin Vernon (Matrix LBT) 135-15-00 46 (Covey 2)
David Pimlott (Fox International) 131-06-00 101 (Covey 5)
Mark Lucas (Mosella) 127-13-00 25 (Covey 2)
Terry Kenny 122-12-00 123 (Covey 5)
Stephen Openshaw (Lingmere Fishery) 121-07-00 107 (Covey 5)
Dave Meadows 120-07-00 105 (Covey 5)

The first of three Mega Match This qualifiers at Warrington's Partridge Lakes took place on Saturday 8th April with another one hundred and twenty anglers going head to head in a bid to book their place in this year's big money final. Conditions on the day meant a slow start for most of the field on account of an overnight frost. Coupled with bright sunshine and next to no breeze at all, the match got off to a slow start. However, as the day progressed, and as temperatures continued to rise, anglers began to catch shallow with a noticeable change in the wind bringing the fish on.

Fishing his third Match This qualifier in two weeks was Daiwa Don-backed Andy Bailey. Having already finished inside the main frame on both the opening qualifiers at Mallory Park and Hayfield Lakes, Andy made it third time lucky with an overall match win from peg 121 on Covey 5. Andy caught F1s up to 3lbs on caster shallow at just 6m to end proceedings with 155-05-00 to book his place in September's Grand Final.

Finishing close behind in second place was Kieron Marsdon (Matrix LBT). Kieron secured an overall lake win from peg 54 on Covey 3 offering 152-13-00 of mainly F1s to the scales at the end of the five hours. Having narrowly missed out on a place in the Grand Final Kieran will now fish the Maver British Pole Championship final in August.

Taking third place on the day was fellow Matrix LBT rod, Gavin Vernon. Gavin also secured a lake win from peg 46 on Covey 2 with 135-15-00 of carp, ide and F1s. Gavin found fish shallow on casters, then swithed to his margins late on with worm finding carp up to 6lbs, also booking a place in the British Pole Championship final.

David Pimlott (Fox International) secured fourth place with 131-06-00 from peg 101 on Covey 5. David found most of his fish down his edge on worm, including a real specimen that registered 23lbs on the scales, helping him take the final British Pole Championship qualification place.

Fifth place was taken by Mark Lucas (Mosella) from peg 25 on Covey 2. Mark offered 127-13-00 to the scales at the end of the five hours.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Andy Bailey (Daiwa Dons)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Kieron Marsden (Matrix LBT), Gavin Vernon (Matrix LBT) & David Pimlott (Fox International)


Maver Hayfield Lakes, Doncaster, 2nd April 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Leigh Hodgkinson (Marukyu) 64-12-00 68 (Adams)
Andrew Bailey (Daiwa Dons) 58-11-00 42 (Island)
Martin Wood (Markham Main) 56-02-00 80 (Adams)
Liam Miller (Barnsley Bait & Tackle / Frenzee) 49-09-00 47 (Adams)
Luke Hawksworth (Colmic Woodlands) 46-11-00 36 (Adams)
Andrew Fulleylove 45-10-00 69 (Adams)
David Burley (Hayfield Lakes) 44-05-00 12 (Island)
Kevin Smith 43-14-00 81 (Adams)

The second Mega Match This qualifier in as many days marked another sell out event at Maver Hayfield Lakes. Conditions on the day were mixed with temperatures overnight dropping as low as 3°C coupled with period of bright warm sunshine later in the afternoon. Fishing on the day was extremely difficult with many anglers catching just odd fish. That said, however, despite the weights being relatively low, it was an incredibly close match which, going into the final hour, anyone could have won.

Next to book his place in September's final was Marukyu-backed Leigh Hodgkinson. Leigh drew peg 68 on Adams and caught the majority of his weight fishing the pellet waggler landing carp to 10lbs to end proceedings with a modest 64-12-00. Like many on the day, Leigh struggled to find the fish in any numbers, but managed to do enough on the day to secure his place in British Pole Championship final also.

Finishing in second place on the day was Andy Bailey (Daiwa Dons). Following his third place finish from the Glebe on Saturday, Andy Bailey rounded off a successful weekend securing an overall lake win on Island from peg 42. Andy weighed in 58-11-00 of carp caught on pellet shallow.

Third place on the day was taken by Martin Wood (Markham Main) from peg 80 on Adams. Martin's match got off to a slow start with both men either side of him catching well early on. However, Martin managed to find the fish late on fishing the pellet waggler and pellet to depth on the pole to offer 56-02-00 to the scales thus securing his place in this year's British Pole Championship final.

Barnsley Bait & Tackle shop owner Liam Miller (Frenzee) finished in fourth place on the day from peg 47 on Adams. Alternating between pellet on the long pole, bomb and pellet and the pellet waggler, Liam was able to keep fish coming to the net throughout the day to weigh in hard earned 49-09-00.

Fifth place was taken by Luke Hawksworth (Colmic Woodlands), who drew peg 36 on Adams. Like many, Luke found odd carp on the pellet waggler to weigh in 46-11-00 at the end of the five hours.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Leigh Hodgkinson (Marukyu)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Leigh Hodgkinson (Marukyu), Martin Wood (Markham Main) & Liam Miller (Barnsley Bait & Tackle / Frenzee)


The Glebe / Mallory Park, Leicester, 1st April 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Rob Wootton (Dynamite Baits) 146-09-00 2 (Lake 1)
Jon Whincup (Frenzee / Bait-Tech) 145-08-00 17 (Lake 1)
Andrew Bailey (Daiwa Dons) 141-07-00 109 (Lake 7)
Keiron Rich (Middy) 127-14-00 1 (Lake 1)
Bryan Travis 119-11-00 105 (Lake 7)
Barry Mason (Guru / Bag 'Em Baits) 116-11-00 98 (Lake 7)
Stephen Rothery 108-13-00 38 (Lake 2)
Simon Fry (Garbolino) 108-09-00 100 (Lake 7)

The 2017 Mega Match This qualifier campaign began on a high with a sell-out event at The Glebe. Conditions on the day were very cold for the first couple of hours with quite a blustery Westerly wind, which eased off during the latter stages of the match. Temperatures, as a result, warmed up a couple of degrees, which saw respectable weights recorded given the time of year.

First to secure his place in the minimum £50,000 Match This Grand Final on Saturday September 2nd was Dynamite Baits rod, Rob Wootton. Rob drew peg 2 on Lake 1 and opted to fish a feeder for the full five hours to find quality carp on both pellet and maggot. Rob offered 146-09-00 to the scales to see off the challenge from reigning Match This Champion, Jon Whincup, to confirm his place in UK match angling's richest final.

Taking up runner up spot, and missing out on his third consecutive Match This final by an agonisingly small margin was Frenzee man, and current Champion, Jon Whincup. Jon drew peg 17 on Lake 1 and, like Rob, fished a feeder for the duration of the match. Offering dumbbells on the hook with wetted micros moulded around the feeder, Jon found carp up to 8lbs to weigh in 145-08-00. Despite narrowly missing out on his chance to defend his title, Jon has booked his place in the 2017 British Pole Championship final taking place on Sunday 20th August.

Finishing in third place on the day was Andy Bailey (Daiwa Dons). Andy secured an overall lake win from peg 109 on Lake 7 weighing in 141-07-00. Alternating between short and the long pole with pellet, Andy found good sized fish up to 7lbs to put some distance between himself and fourth placed man on the day, Keiron Rich. Andy also books his place in this year's British Pole Championship final.

Keiron Rich (Middy) occupied fourth place with a weight of 127-14-00 from peg 1 on Lake 1. Keiron caught the majority of his weight from down his edge on pellet with carp up to 6lbs.

Rounding off the top five was Bryan Travis from peg 105 on Lake 7.

Qualifier for Grand Final: Rob Wootton (Dynamite Baits)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Rob Woottoon (Dynamite Baits), Jon Whincup (Frenzee / Bait-Tech) & Andy Bailey (Daiwa Dons)