£70,000 cham­pion! Rob Woot­ton’s rigs which won the Maver Match This Fi­nal

Maver Match This champ Rob Woot­ton re­veals his three win­ning set-ups

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

MATCH­MAN Rob Woot­ton has scooped £70,000 thanks to a last-gasp carp he landed in the Maver Match This Fi­nal at York­shire’s Hay­field Lakes.

The Le­ices­ter an­gler claimed com­pe­ti­tion fish­ing’s big­gest prize in the most dra­matic fash­ion, net­ting the valu­able fish sec­onds af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle, af­ter cru­cially hook­ing into it just be­fore the all-out.

The fish helped him to a to­tal weight of 42.175 ki­los, just two ki­los ahead of run­ner-up Chris Cameron.

But for Dy­na­mite Baits man Rob, there were no fancy rigs and se­cret baits in­volved. In­stead he re­lied on sim­ple bomb and pel­let tac­tics for his bumper pay­day, af­ter catch­ing a few early carp on the pole and later on a Method feeder.

“I wanted to se­lect the carp and avoid the skim­mers and small fish in the venue, so large hard pel­lets were the au­to­matic choice for me,” he said. “I started the match on the 6m pole line, and al­though I caught a cou­ple of de­cent fish early us­ing an 8mm pel­let on a band and feed­ing 6mms, the fish soon backed off.”

With an­glers nearby fish­ing the long pole and strug­gling, Rob de­cided to go straight out to a line at about 25m where he’d been

loose feed­ing 8mm pel­lets.

It was here that he caught most of his fish, with a few also fall­ing to a Method feeder fished to the is­land 65m away. He said:

“Feed­ing is re­ally im­por­tant on the bomb and it seemed the best tac­tic on the day was to cast out and im­me­di­ately cat­a­pult about eight 8mm pel­lets over the top of the rig, three times in suc­ces­sion. This kept the fish on the bot­tom.”

Here ex­clu­sively are the three rigs that won Rob Woot­ton that £70,000 prize pot...

“I wanted to se­lect the carp and avoid the skim­mers so I used hard pel­lets”

HOOKBAIT This was an 8mm light-coloured Skret­tings pel­let. HOOK Not risk­ing hook pulls in such a big match, Rob’s was a size 12 QM1. The pel­let on the band was al­most touch­ing the bend of the hook. HOOKLENGTH A 12ins hooklength of 0.18mm Guru N-Gauge was Rob’s choice. It’s long enough to keep the bait away from the lead and short enough to give a bolt ef­fect.

Rob Woot­ton nets his match­win­ning ghostie.

Rob with part of his win­ning catch.

THE FEEDER This was a Pre­ston In­no­va­tions flatbed model, with mi­cro-pel­lets. QUICK CHANGE BEAD The sim­plest and eas­i­est way to con­nect both lines. The 6lb main­line is tied to the back of the Stonfo part of the bead, with the hook­link clip­ping into the front. BOMB A 20g Guru Cube was per­fect for a short 25m chuck. A lighter lead may have strug­gled to achieve a bolt ef­fect in the deep, tow­ing wa­ter of Hay­field. THE FLOAT An MW Di­a­mond was shot­ted with just a small bulk.

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