Maver Match This Fi­nal Full story

Woot­ton wins Maver Match This with last-minute carp

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ALAST-gasp ghost carp won Rob Woot­ton £70,000 and the 2017 Maver Match This ti­tle af­ter a nail-bit­ing fin­ish to the fi­nal at Hay­field Lakes.

It took the Le­ices­ter man’s to­tal to 42kg 175g, which was just enough to beat for­mer cham­pion Chris Cameron’s 39kg 800g catch from the next peg.

Rob was in front for most of the match from his per­ma­nent peg 23 draw on Is­land Lake, but late runs of fish from his neigh­bours Chris on 25, and Andy Power on 21, meant the re­sult could have gone ei­ther way. That was un­til 90 sec­onds to go, when Rob’s tip

pulled round for the last time, and shortly af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle

he net­ted the carp that made all the dif­fer­ence.

“I knew that last fish was go­ing to be mas­sive so I took my time with it and made sure it counted. It was a huge re­lief when it went into the net,” said Rob.

“With­out it we all agreed that it would have been im­pos­si­bly close to call!

“It’s a fan­tas­tic ti­tle to now put on my CV, and the money makes it the one to win now!”

It was a good start to the match for sev­eral an­glers, with Jamie Hughes an early leader af­ter sev­eral mugged carp to 12lb on the pole from his peg 1 draw.

Rob him­self man­aged two carp

on a short pole and pel­lets, but it was when he ven­tured out on

to his bomb line at 25m-30m that his match re­ally kicked off and a great run of carp saw him open up a lead over the field.

But the sun and the calm con­di­tions made the go­ing dif­fi­cult for most dur­ing the hours in the mid­dle as the carp cruised around, not re­ally feed­ing. Slowly but surely, how­ever, a few an­glers started to eat away at Rob’s lead.

Chris Cameron, to the right, was fish­ing sim­i­lar bomb tac­tics to Rob and had started to catch much big­ger fish reg­u­larly. And Andy Power to the left, who had un­for­tu­nately lost a few big fish around the is­land, was work­ing hard putting smaller carp and caras­sio in the net.

“I knew I just had to keep tick­ing over and put a few more fish in the net. No­body was re­ally bag­ging, but peo­ple were catch­ing more than I was as my bomb line had dried up at this point. So I picked up my 12ft rod to cast a feeder to the is­land point 65m away, which I’d de­lib­er­ately left alone un­til

then,” Rob said. It proved a mas­ter­stroke, as

a 5lb ghost carp and a much smaller carp came in con­sec­u­tive casts to add vi­tal ex­tra weight.

As he was putting th­ese in the net, how­ever, the crowd gasped as Chris Cameron took two huge fish in five min­utes, adding around 22lb to his own to­tal.

By now Andy Power was also in bag­ging mode on the wag­gler and no­body knew quite where to look. Things qui­etened down in the last 20 min­utes, how­ever, with all three ner­vously look­ing at each other.

On the other side of the lake, Andy Ben­nett was catch­ing bet­ter than any­body. Rob was now back on the bomb but nei­ther his nor Chris’ tip moved

in a tense fi­nal show­down. Then, with barely a minute left,

a rod was bent round... and it was Rob’s. He kept his cool and 30 sec­onds af­ter the hooter, he scooped the 5lb ghostie up.

“I knew Chris was the main threat and he weighed just a cou­ple of ki­los less than I did. Then word came through that only Andy Ben­nett could push me, so I walked round to see his weigh-in and when he put 36kg on the scales I knew it was mine! I’d like to thank Maver and Hay­field Lakes for such a great event, and also my wife and fam­ily for putting up with all the time I’ve put into pre­par­ing for this match!” con­cluded Rob.

Chris Cameron’s 39kg 800g se­cured him se­cond place and

a £5,000 pay day, while Andy Power’s late ef­forts took him

to 37kg 50g and a third-placed cheque for £3,000.

Re­sult: 1 R Woot­ton, 42-175; 2 C Cameron, 39-800; 3 A Power, 37-050; 4 A Ben­nett, 36-675; 5 J Hughes, 31-500; 6 J Wilde, 28-375; 7 S Brown, 27-425; 8 M Williams, 25-375; 9 S Skel­ton, 24-175; 10 A Bai­ley, 22.425; 11 K Rich, 22.125; 12 M Dawes, 21-900; 13 S Roth­ery, 20.875; 14 Z Brown, 20.275; 15 D Roberts, 18.125; 16 L Hodgkin­son, 14-575; 17 J Aller­ton, 13-400; jt 18 A Hulme and D Bracken, both 11-900; 20 W Shar­man, 10-625; 21 C Horn, 9-550; 22 M McMil­lan, 3-875; jt23 M Higgins and M El­liot, did not weigh.

Part of Rob’s win­ning catch of 42-175.

Rob Woot­ton’s name will soon be on the tro­phy! Last year’s win­ner Jon Whin­cup presents Rob with his cheque.

A few late carp on the Method helped Rob to vic­tory.

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