£5,000 top prize for Maver Pairs

Entries for the 2010 Angling Times/Maver Pairs Challenge are now open as the  quest to pocket the £5,000 first prize begins.

Open to any pair of anglers, the competition takes the form of 25 qualifiers around the UK starting in April, ending at Maver Larford Lakes in mid-August when the 50 successful pairs from the rounds go head-to-head over five hours to pick up the hefty prize and title of 2010 champions.

The 100-peg qualifiers are running on top commercial waters across the country, from which the top two pairs on section points will go through to the final.

Aside from the money the winners will also get top-of-the-range Maver tackle and trophies, and those prizes extend all the way down to fourth place, where there's a grand up for grabs.

Lake winners, runners-up and third places will also get cash, along with section firsts and seconds, and as an additional bonus all finalists will get an invite to fish the Sunday after the match at Larford in the Maver British Pole Pairs Championships ­ a pole-only event run along exactly the same lines as the Pairs Final.

"The Pairs is now a fixture in many anglers' diaries and sees all levels of angler from England international to club angler making the final," said AT's Richard Grange.

"The final always produces lots of fish to a number of methods, and because you're only fishing to win your section, you don't need to go for broke to keep your end of the bargain ­ as long as your mate matches you, you've got a great chance."


Here are answers to some of your frequently asked questions:

How many qualifiers can I enter?
Pairs can enter as many of the 25 qualifiers as they wish, but will have to pay to enter each separate match.
How many pairs qualify from each match?
There will be two pairs from each match qualifying for the final. These will be the top two pairs from that qualifier, decided on section points, and in the event of a tie, section countback then overall weight.
What about the final?
Held at Maver Larford Lakes on Saturday, August 14, the Specimen, Arena and Match Lakes at the Stourport complex will be used, with pairs having one man on the Match or Arena Lake, and the other on the Specimen Lake. There will be 50 anglers on each lake, fishing in sections.

Overall section points will be used to decide the winners, with the lowest score winning, and this lucky pair will receive the £5,000 top prize, trophies, plus state-of-the-art Maver Tackle, with cash, tackle and trophies for the second and third pairs, and cash for the fourth pair. There will also be section money paid out 100 per cent from the pools on the day, as well as hefty amounts for the top three anglers overall on each lake.

Additionally, for all finalists there will be the option to stay on to fish a special match on the following day at Larford. Maver is putting up cash plus tackle in its Maver British Pole Pairs Championships. Running on exactly the same lines as the Saturday final, this match will be pole only and is optional ­ you don't have to fish if you don't want to!
How do I enter?
Entering the Maver Pairs couldn't be easier. Simply print out and complete the form with is available HERE, with your contact details, and put a tick next to the match or matches you'd like to fish.

Send the completed form to the address on the form, or listed below, along with your payment and we'll send you a letter to confirm your place in that match, as well as all the relevant times and dates for the match, plus fishery contact numbers. This letter will in effect be your match ticket, so don't lose it!

Entry is £40 per pair per match plus optional pools on the day, at the discretion of the fishery organising the match. So if you wish to enter three qualifiers, it will cost £120 in total, £200 for five matches. Payment can be via cheque or Postal Order made payable to Angling Times.
Where do I send my entry?
When all the details are complete, post  your entry form to: Angling Times/Maver Pairs Challenge 2010, Angling Times, Media House, Lynchwood, Peterborough, Cambs PE2 6EA.