Lee Edwards has been crowned this year’s Maver Classic champion following a windswept two days at Maver Larford Lakes that saw the Welsh ace record a perfect two points section-winning score to lift the title and the £2,000 winner’s cheque.
Second in last month’s Dynamite Baits Festival at White Acres, the 2007 World Champs bronze medallist made a string of shrewd tactical decisions to overcome the wild conditions across the Bank Holiday weekend, winning sections on the Specimen and Match Lakes to finish a point in front of runner-up Andy Kinder and third-man, fellow Welsh rod Sean McCarthy.
Day 1 put Preston Innovations-backed Lee on the Specimen Lake where a combination of straight lead and pellet and worm down the edge gave him 48-160, a late run of big fish down the side bumping up his weight. Day 2 on a gale-lashed Match Lake saw him fish the pole at 6m close in with pellet, a switch from feeding hemp to pellet and meat mid-match transforming the peg and giving him a great last few hours for a section-winning 33-760.
That was tough on second-placed Andy, who won Day 1 at a canter with a mammoth 110-660 from the Match Lake. A second in section on the Specimen Lake 24 hours later saw him pipped by Adam Wakelin and having to make do with the runner-up cheque, that big opening day score giving him the advantage on aggregate weight from Sean.
“After four hours on Day 2 I was dead and buried because feeding hemp and meat just wasn’t working so I swapped to pellet to try and get some skimmers in the peg, which I hoped in turn would pull in the carp,” Lee said.
“The fish were very finicky as there’d been a match on the fishery for five days in a row and I think they’d had enough. You had to fish at dead depth with light floats, which in the wind was impossible. It’s a case of concentrating on getting every fish you can out of your peg and not worrying about what’s going on elsewhere.”