Weeder’s a win­ner

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CABBIE Chris Weeder Jnr (Maver NW) steered his way into the 2018 Maver Mega Match This Fi­nal with vic­tory in a 120-peg sell­out qual­i­fier at his lo­cal Par­tridge Lakes com­plex.

St. He­lens rod Chris, a

2017 Fish‘O’Ma­nia Fi­nal­ist, drew peg 149 on the Cheshire venue’s Covey Pool 6, where he ex­tracted 105 lb 11 oz of carp to 5 lb and F1s on 4.5 mm Spot­ted Fin ex­pander pel­lets, feed­ing mi­cros while ex­plor­ing depths be­tween 2.5 ft and 3 ft.

“I was happy to draw 149, an end peg, given the num­ber of an­glers in at­ten­dance. I hoped the fish would swim into the area. I caught from the off, but the stamp wasn’t great,” said Chris.

“Mid-match I changed tac­tics, go­ing deeper with a heav­ier rig. Af­ter a night­mare, los­ing a cou­ple of de­cent carp, I found the weight-builders, fin­ish­ing with 70 fish, in­clud­ing a 5 lb carp on my last drop,” he added.

Ling­mere Fish­ery owner Steve Open­shaw pushed Chris all the way, but fell just short with 104 lb 6 oz from peg 2 on Spey Lake.

Triple Fish’O’Ma­nia champ Jamie Hughes (MAP) slot­ted in third, weigh­ing in 96 lb

2 oz of pel­let-tempted F1s from Marsh Lake peg 9.

Mid-match I changed tac­tics, go­ing deeper with a heav­ier rig.

Lee Kerry ex­plains ground­baits in p.16.

■ Chris Weeder Jnr shows some of the small carp that gave him a big win at Par­tridge Lakes.

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