The 2013 Mega 'Match This' campaigns second sell-out qualifier event saw one hundred and twenty anglers line the banks for this Sunday qualifier at Mallory Park Fisheries. Conditions on the day were even warmer than Saturday with plenty of sunshine making things feel very warm indeed. With a total of nine lakes in the draw, fishery owner Roy Marlow could not predict where the next 'Match This' finalist would come from.
After three hours into the match, there were dozens of anglers in the running for a place in the Final, meaning the final hour would be critical and a very close top three finish was on the cards.
Ex 'Match This' finalist and Maver / Marukyu-backed Andy Kinder held his nerve and managed to secure victory in this latest qualifier with a superb 215-00-00 from Glebe (lake 1). Andy fished a cage feeder with maggot on the hook for the duration of the match taking carp to 6lbs to earn his place in Grand Final and win the lake by a huge margin. Andy will now have a second opportunity to win angling's richest prize after missing out in 2011.
Sam Brown finished runner-up on the day from Glebe 5 with an equally impressive catch of 195-00-00. Sam caught the majority of his fish down the inside and on pellet fished up in the water to book his place in the Maver British Pole Championships at Larford Lakes.
Rounding off a close top three was Marukyu rod Kevin Russell. Kevin drew Glebe 7 and fished pole and pellet shallow at 14.5m to return 187-10-00. Kevin also books his place in the British Pole Championships.
Paul Robinson finished in fourth place on Glebe 1 weighing in 172-00-00. Paul alternated between both the feeder and shallow pellet to put together a fine bag of carp.
Completing the top five was Chris Needham from Glebe 7. Like most, Chris opted to fish shallow returning 146-08-00, fending off a strong challenge from Mel Hodgson, who just misses out on a Pole Championship placing.