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Matches are fished to the Mega Match This competition rules below and are to be applied in conjunction with local fishery rules. The following rules are subject to the byelaws of the Environment Agency and any written local rules applicable to the fishery. Please check each fishery's rule set before attending each qualifier event to avoid any possible disqualification.

  1. All participating anglers must register their attendance and pay pool monies (if entering) immediately on arrival at the venue and produce their entry ticket.
  2. The qualifying match must be a pegged down competition. All pegs used in the match must be of a state to give competitors practical and reasonable opportunity to fish their swim.
  3. All competitors must ensure that they are familiar with fishery rules. Ignorance is no excuse.
  4. Where fisheries have a requirement for anglers to dip their nets, this must be done before registration. All nets must be dipped where required (including landing nets and stink bags).
  5. All anglers must lay their nets out behind them on arrival at their drawn peg and not put them into the water until fifteen (15) minutes before the start of the match. This also applies where fisheries provide their own nets.
  6. The draw time for all qualifying matches shall be 09:00, unless circumstances on the day dictate otherwise.
  7. All anglers must ensure that their peg draw is recorded next to their name at the draw.
  8. All qualifying matches will be five (5) hours in duration. Start time will be 11:00 and finishing time will be 16:00. Please note, the start time of a qualifier can vary if the draw is delayed, or other circumstances on the day prevent anglers having sufficient time to get to their pegs and set up.
  9. Every competitor must fish from within one (1) metre either side of his / her drawn peg.
  10. No competitor may move his / her peg or exchange his / her peg or draw card with another without the organiser's Official consent.
  11. Anglers may only fish as far as half the distance between his / her peg and the pegs on either side. If there are empty pegs on either side, anglers may only fish as far as the empty platform edge nearest to them on either side.
  12. Where competitors are drawn on opposite banks, the limit of their swim is a theoretical line midway between each bank.
  13. Competitors may not create any artificial bankside cover.
  14. A competitor must not cause annoyance to, or seek to interfere with, another competitor and must act in a sporting manner at all times.
  15. No competitor may leave his / her peg during the match other than to answer the call of nature or an emergency and / or severe weather conditions. If severe weather occurs the organiser, in the interest of health and safety, may temporarily suspend the match until it is deemed safe to resume. Lost time as a result of this action will NOT be added.
  16. Competitors shall have in use, one rod or pole, one line and single hook at one time, but may have other poles or rods and tackle assembled behind them where possible, providing that tackle is not baited.
  17. The use of electronic fish finders is not allowed.
  18. All fish caught are eligible for weighing except game fish, pike, zander and crustaceans.
  19. Competitors must retain all fish in keepnets which comply with the relevant EA byelaws. Competitors must take every practicable step to keep their fish alive and, after weighing them, must ensure their careful return to the water.
  20. Competitors must land all fish over 4oz using a landing net. Fish are not to be dropped into the keepnet, but transferred to the keepnet using a landing net.
  21. Before the beginning of any qualifier event, no competitor must introduce groundbait or loose feed into his / her swim, but is allowed to wet a line, plumb the depth and test equipment, mix and wet groundbait, clear his / her swim of weed or obstructions and position his / her equipment. A ledger weight may be cast to find depth and distance (feeders cannot be used for this purpose).
  22. Groundbait and loose feed may be thrown in by hand (subject to fishery rules) or by the use of one or two handed catapults, throwing sticks, swim feeders, bait droppers and bait cups. No other mechanical means of projecting groundbait is allowed. No bait shall be introduced with a pole cup or bait dropper attached to an extra rod / pole whilst continuing to fish.
  23. Any bait, subject to local fishery rules, may be used, except live or dead fish, spinning baits and other artificial lures.
  24. The maximum length of poles permitted is sixteen (16) metres.
  25. Floating poles are not allowed.
  26. Floating baits, either hook or feed, are not allowed.
  27. Spodding is not allowed.
  28. Competitors shall not present their baited hooks into their swim by another means other than the pole or rod to which the line is attahced.
  29. Competitors must strike, play and land their own fish from the confines of their designated peg.
  30. Hand lining fish is not permitted. This includes elastic and line.
  31. Should a competitor still be playing a fish hooked before the end of the match, they will be allowed fifteen (15) minutes after the 'all out' to land the fish.
  32. Competitors are responsible for ensuring their pegs are clear of litter.
  33. No bait, equipment or information can be given to any competitor during the course of the match. Competitors withdrawing from the match are not allowed to give their groundbait or hook bait to or approach another competitor during the remainder of the match.
  34. Each competitor will be responsible for ensuring the correct weight of their catch is called and recorded and sign the weight sheet to that effect.
  35. In the event of a tie for first place in qualifying matches, there will be a 'fish off' to decide the winner lasting no more than one (1) hour. The anglers concerned will be re-allocated pegs located close to the venue headquarters in order for the fish-off to be properly adjudicated. Pegs will be allocated within the same vacinity on the same lake. The pegs used will be determined by way of a re-draw. The first angler to draw will be decided by the flip of a coin. At the end of this period, the angler with the highest weight will be declared the winner.
  36. Objections / complaints must be made in writing to the organiser no later than one hour after the end of the match.
  37. The organiser's decision on ALL matters is final.
  38. Breach of any of these conditions or any unacceptable behaviour likely to cause damage, nuisance or injury shall enable the venue or event organisers to eject you from the event.
  39. Maver (UK) Ltd will offer a guaranteed minimum of £50,000 winner's prize. £100,000 will be paid out as a maximum sum should all tickets sell out.
  40. Only one peg can be drawn per person, per match


Neither Maver (UK) Ltd nor the fisheries involved are liable in the event of personal injury or loss. Safety is at the discretion of each and every competitor and failure to comply to any safety regulations in place at the venues, or lack of common sense from competitor will result in the disqualification of said competitor or any involved competitors.

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