PLAY­FORD POW­ERS TO THE MATCH THIS FI­NAL

Ders­ing­ham man tri­umphs at Decoy Lakes’ qual­i­fier

Angling Times (UK) - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE road to the 2016 Maver Match This fi­nal is rapidly reach­ing its con­clu­sion af­ter the penul­ti­mate two qual­i­fiers were de­cided.

Adam Play­ford, at Decoy Lakes, and Steve Open­shaw (page 64), at Tun­nel Barn Farm, were the lat­est an­glers to se­cure their spot for the huge money fi­nal at Maver Hay­field Lakes on Septem­ber 3.

Both an­glers recorded huge 200lb-plus catches of F1 carp on caster shal­low tac­tics, a tech­nique which has been dom­i­nat­ing many com­mer­cial fisheries this sum­mer.

A top class field turned out for the mid­week qual­i­fier at the pro­lific Decoy Lakes in Cam­bridgeshire, but the match wasn’t with­out its drama.

Ders­ing­ham AC man Adam won with 208-9-0 from peg 29 on Beastie, tak­ing full ad­van­tage of the pegs ei­ther side of him not be­ing drawn.

But it could have been so dif­fer­ent as third-placed Andy Bay­ley (Daiwa Dons) had enough weight in the four keep­nets he used to top­ple this from peg 23.

But he ex­ceeded the 50lb limit in three of them and was given an of­fi­cial record­ing of 164lb 2oz, in­stead of his ac­tual 219lb.

“Andy’s pole was in my line of sight and I knew he’d caught re­ally well,” said Adam.

“I’ve fished here quite a bit, so I used a clicker and tried not to go over 50lb in any of my nets.

“I started on the Method feeder to the is­land with pel­lets and had a 10lb carp first chuck. Then I caught a few smaller ones be­fore it died, so I went onto my 13m shal­low line where I’d been fir­ing cast­ers. I caught well here for an hour, but I’d been throw­ing cast­ers down to the tree to my left with a view to catch­ing shal­low there too as it’s deep and snaggy. I spent the rest of the match on this close line with heav­ier gear, catch­ing mainly F1s and bar­bel,” he said.

With the much fan­cied Strip Lakes fail­ing to pro­duce any catch in ex­cess of 150lb, it paved the way for Beastie Lake to take four of the top five places in the

match. Win­ner Adam fished 11 hollo elas­tic, a 0.11m hook­length and a size 18 hook with banded caster in open wa­ter and a 1216 Middy Shock­core, 0.15mm hook­length and size 16 hook in the snaggy mar­gins. He fed spar­ingly with just three pints of cast­ers over the match. Re­sult 1 A Play­ford (Ders­ing­ham AC) 208-9-0; 2 A Szczu­pak (Decoy Lakes) 170-11-0; 3 A Bai­ley (Daiwa Dons) 164-2-0; 4 A Gel­dart (Ma­trix/Dy­na­mite) 147-14-0; 5 R Lidgard (Stur­geon Baits) 145-6-0.

Adam caught well shal­low in the mar­gins. Part of his 208-9-0 win­ning to­tal net.

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