The field for the 2015 Match This Final is already looking strong, as last two more big names qualified last weekend in the way of last years champion, Chris Cameron, and Drennan Barnsley ace, Frankie Gianoncelli.
Seventy three anglers attended the 2015 Match This qualifier at Packington Fisheries, Meriden. The venue had been in great form during the build up to the qualifier event with expectations for a big winning weight, particularly from Little Geary's. However, a cold Easterly wind made conditions on the day feel very cool indeed.
Making his way through to the 2015 big money final was Preston Innovations and Sonubaits sponsored Frankie Gianoncelli. The young match ace drew peg 11 on Little Geary's and opted to fish the first half of his match on caster shallow to take both carp and skimmer bream. Later, Frankie switched to his margins with worm to take bonus edge fish up to 10lbs in weight to boost his overall catch to a match-winning 117-07-00. Frankie also books his place in the 2015 Maver British Pole Championship final.
Second place was shared between Preston Innovations Adam Wakelin and Lee Edwards (Garbolino / ABC Baits). Both anglers drew on Little Geary's with Adam stationed on peg 13 and Lee Edwards on peg 17. Adam caught the majority of his fish down the edge on pellets taking both carp and F1s. Lee also found carp and F1s down his edge to end the day with 99-11-00. Both go through to this year's British Pole Championship final in August.
Alex Bones (Match Fishing Magazine) finished in third place on the day from peg eight on Little Geary's. Opting to fish the method feeder for most of the match, Alex ended the day offering 78-09-00 to the scales, also booking his place in the British Pole Championship final at Maver Larford Lakes.
Fifth place was taken by Maver's Sam Brown from peg 13 on Geary's. Sam endured a slow start and middle of the match, but a sudden change in wind direction corralled a large shoal of cruising carp in front of him, which fell victim to mugging tactics. Sam later had a quick look down his edge with meat over groundbait, which produced a couple of late bonus fish to give him a final weigh of 78-08-00.
Lingmere Fisheries man, Stephen Openshaw, finished in sixth place and qualifies for the British Pole Championships on account of second place being tied, with a lake win from peg eight on Willow with 64-08-00
A strong and talented field attended this first of three Mega Match This qualifiers at Maver Larford Lakes. Conditions on the day were difficult with a strong and cold Easterly wind making things feel freezing cold for most of the day. Temperatures were considerably lower than in the last couple of weeks, which appeared to impact on the fishing with Larford's renowned late margin fish, which are nearly almost guaranteed to show during the final hour and sometimes double an angler's weight, failing to make an appearance in any numbers.
Booking his place in the 2015 final, and earning the right to defend his title, was current Mega Match This Champion and Middy / Old Ghost backed ace, Chris Cameron. Chris drew peg 49 on the burr bank of the Match Lake and opted to fish the method feeder at twenty-five yards whilst feeding 8mm pellets over the top. He took carp up to 15lb on this. Chris also tried a short line and his inside lines, but with little success, managing just two carp in the opening stages of the match on the short pole. Chris will now fish his second major final in as many years come September 5th and will be eager to hold on to his title!
Frenzee South West rod, Glyn Reynolds, finished in second place from peg 68 on the Specimen Lake chalet bank. Glyn fished paste and the bomb to record a superb 96lb exactly from a difficult area to qualify for the Maver British Pole Championships.
Steve Ford finished third from peg 16 on the Match Lake. Catching on the method feeder for most of the match, before switching to his margins late on, Steve ended proceedings with 91-08-00.
Fourth place on the day was taken by Oakengates Angling Centre's Shane Rogers, who drew end peg 1 on the Arena. Shane caught well on the short pole and looked a likely candidate going into the final hour. However, as most anglers will testify, the Arena lake all of a sudden switched off during the final throws of the match meaning those that were catching and looking likely of leading a late charge on the front runners on the Match lake simply ran out of options. Shane ended the day with 85-09-00.
Carl Williams, from Colmic and GOT Baits, drew peg eight also on Arena. Fishing paste in the margins, Carl offered 80lbs exactly to the scales to qualify for the Maver British Pole Championship final.