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.