Jon Whincup through to Match This Final 2015
Sunday 16th August 2015 marked the final Mega Match This qualifier event of the 2015 campaign. Twenty three gruelling qualifiers held up and down the country had brought one hundred and twenty anglers to Larford for their last chance to qualify for the richest final in UK match angling - 23 year-old Les Marshall having clinched his place the day before from Tunnel Barn Farm. With just a single place remaining in the final, the pressure was really on for some. Amongst the anglers taking part were the likes of Jon Arthur (Drennan), who had previously missed out on a place in the final by just 8oz off the back of a dramatic fish-off (the first in the competition's history) and Nathan Watson, who had missed out at Monk Lakes earlier in the year by just 4lbs.
Occupying the last Mega Match This Grand final place was Frenzee / Bait-Tech's Jon Whincup. Jon drew peg 80 on Specimen lake and endured a particularly slow start to his match having caught next to nothing during the opening two hours. However, as the day wore on, Jon found quality carp in the upper layers willing to feed, managing carp up to 14lbs on the pellet waggler. His final three fish of the day went over 30lbs between them to give him a final weight of 150-15-00. Jon's winning weight came as a complete shock with anglers on the Match lake appearing to be the much busier throughout the day. However, having narrowly missed out on a place in the final the week before at Hallcroft, Jon was very happy to have made the final this time around.
"I felt certain I'd missed my chance at Hallcroft. I'd drawn a great peg that I felt I should have won the qualifier from, but wasn't happy with my performance on the day. I'm over the moon to have won at Larford on the final qualifier".
Second place was taken by Middlesex-based rod, John Bassett. John drew peg 42 on the Match burr bank and fished meat and pellet down his edge to finish proceedings with 104-13-00. John qualifies for the Maver British Pole Championship final taking place towards the end of the month.
Finishing close behind in third place was Colmic's Daniel Tresigne. Dan drew peg 28 on the Specimen burr bank catching most of his fish up in the water on pole and pellet to offer 103-01-00 to the scales. Dan also qualifies for this year's British Pole Championship final.