A head-to-head battle between two commercial fishery experts ended with up and coming star Andy Power taking victory during the latest Maver Match This qualifier at Viaduct Fishery.
After drawing peg 105 on the prolific Cary Lake, the Preston Innovations Thatchers ace decided to use meat and pellet short and down the edge on the pole line and was rewarded with 17 carp to double figures and eventually landed a table-topping 158-0-0.
Despite executing his attack almost perfectly, Andy was far from ensured the victory thanks to a number of other memorable performances, and it was venue regular Ray Hayward that gave him his biggest scare.
The local rod was the last of the 46-man field to weigh in from corner peg 132 on Campbell Lake and came agonisingly close to causing an upset with his 155-15-0 of pole-caught carp.
The victory means Andy will now line up against a star-studded field at Larford Lakes on August 20 and be in with a chance of winning a cash prize of at least £50,000.
“It’s fantastic to be in with a shot of winning such a large prize and although I know it’s going to be a tough event to win, I’m looking forward to giving it my best shot,” explained an elated Andy.
1 A Power, Preston Innovation’s Thatcher’s, 158-0-0
2 R Hayward, Viaduct, 155-15-0
3 M Illingworth, Southampton, 148-0-0
4 P Wrighting, Maver Bag ’Em, 142-1-0
5 G O’Shea, Preston Innovations Thatcher’s, 100-13-0
6 A Palmer, Maver Royal Navy, 98-13-0