Chris Cameron wins Match This!
2 SEPTEMBER 2014
Exclusive report from the 2014 Match This Champion...
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Middy angler Chris Cameron has fulfilled one of his angling ambitions by becoming the 2014 Match This Champion and earning the top prize of £60,000! His victory was the result of a 43 kilo (94.6lbs) haul from peg 8 (permanent peg 20) at Larford Lakes on Saturday 30th August. We have Chris' exclusive match report:

"Once I qualified for the final, that's where I put all my efforts. I've only really been able to fish at weekends and there are not many chances to fish on the match lake at Larford, so I mainly prepared elsewhere, practicing methods I thought would be needed on the day. These were fishing shallow for F1s, short and long pole on banded pellet and then either bomb and pellet or method feeder.

"When the big day finally arrived I was pretty happy with my plans and all I needed was a good draw where I could put them into use. We all drew our pegs in order of how we qualified, so I was pretty early. My hand went in the bag and out came peg 8 (permanent peg 20) - an area I was very happy with and it has plenty of water to go at. I'd actually drawn peg 19 the week before in the Maver Pairs and came third in the match with only the two pegs on the burr bank beating me, so I was fairly confident from the start.

"My pole set up for the day consisted of a short pole line (Middy XK55 series 1 float 4x14 to 0.18 Lo-Viz mainline, 0.16 Lo-Viz hooklength, size 16 KM-3 hook and a pellet band), 13 metre pole line (same as the short but with a Carp Grey series 1 4x16 float instead), and margin lines (Middy Styrex series 3 4x12 float straight through on 0.20 Lo-Viz line to a T83-13 size 14 hook).

"As for rods, I used my 10' and 11'7 Middy X-Flex 4G's for the method and the bomb with a hooklength of 0.18 Lo-Viz line and a size 16 KM-2 hook, again with a pellet band 18" long.

"At the all in I went in at 6 metres, toss potting 6mm pellets with a banded 8mm on the hook to deter the skimmers, as they can be a pain on this lake. After about 10 minutes I landed my first fish - a carp of about 8 pounds, then after a couple of missed bites this line dried up. Out to 13 metres on the pole, again toss potting 6mm pellets with a 8mm on the hook, but this time also catapulting 8mm pellets at about 30 metres to prep my bomb line, the next 30-40 minutes came up with another carp and two F1's on pole. At this point I decided to switch to the bomb but this too produced few fish, bagging just one F1. Looking around I noticed everybody else had also slowed up.

"I switched to the method feeder fishing with micro pellets and old ghost carp match groundbait and a dumbbell on the hook. This was cast on the same line as the bomb, but seemed to work better and over the next two hours I managed to keep putting fish in the net with a mix of F1s and carp, the latter of a decent stamp each time, between 4 and 8 pounds. Whilst fishing the method I also fed a line at 16 metres with 6mm pellets, planning on dropping the bomb on them mainly to rest the method line but with the plan of keeping the fish coming. This line instantly produced two F1s but then nothing, so I went back out on the method and by doing this kept myself in the running.

"With an hour and half to go fish started to show on my margin lines which I had fed with casters and old ghost krill groundbait, but they were proving difficult to catch. So I went on to my back up plan of dropping the method short at about 8 metres and fed three pouch-fulls of pellets over the top. Shortly after I had three good carp between 5 and 8 lbs.

"Now there were only 20 minutes to go I went back to my margin swim, eventually catching an F1 and two carp before the all out hooter went. At the end of the match, my clicker said 89 lbs and I thought I may have a little more as I don't think I put the last two fish on, instead concentrating on catching them. A few people believed that I had won with only three others having any chance of beating me. I just stayed calm and waited for the weigh-in to confirm this. After 3 weighs it added up to 43 kilos (94.6lbs) - so I wasn't far out on my estimate. With the victory confirmed, I just had one more thing to do - take off my boots and bib'n'brace ready for the customary jump into the lake."

Everyone at Middy would like to congratulate Chris on this incredible win - an excellent achievement. To see Chris' angler profile, click here.

(Image and video courtesy of Angling Times)

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"Once I qualified for the final, that's where I put all my efforts. I've only really been able to fish at weekends and there are not many chances to fish on the match lake at Larford, so I mainly prepared elsewhere, practicing methods I thought would be needed on the day. These were fishing shallow for F1s, short and long pole on banded pellet and then either bomb and pellet or method feeder.

"When the big day finally arrived I was pretty happy with my plans and all I needed was a good draw where I could put them into use. We all drew our pegs in order of how we qualified, so I was pretty early. My hand went in the bag and out came peg 8 (permanent peg 20) - an area I was very happy with and it has plenty of water to go at. I'd actually drawn peg 19 the week before in the Maver Pairs and came third in the match with only the two pegs on the burr bank beating me, so I was fairly confident from the start.

"My pole set up for the day consisted of a short pole line (Middy XK55 series 1 float 4x14 to 0.18 Lo-Viz mainline, 0.16 Lo-Viz hooklength, size 16 KM-3 hook and a pellet band), 13 metre pole line (same as the short but with a Carp Grey series 1 4x16 float instead), and margin lines (Middy Styrex series 3 4x12 float straight through on 0.20 Lo-Viz line to a T83-13 size 14 hook).

"As for rods, I used my 10' and 11'7 Middy X-Flex 4G's for the method and the bomb with a hooklength of 0.18 Lo-Viz line and a size 16 KM-2 hook, again with a pellet band 18" long.

"At the all in I went in at 6 metres, toss potting 6mm pellets with a banded 8mm on the hook to deter the skimmers, as they can be a pain on this lake. After about 10 minutes I landed my first fish - a carp of about 8 pounds, then after a couple of missed bites this line dried up. Out to 13 metres on the pole, again toss potting 6mm pellets with a 8mm on the hook, but this time also catapulting 8mm pellets at about 30 metres to prep my bomb line, the next 30-40 minutes came up with another carp and two F1's on pole. At this point I decided to switch to the bomb but this too produced few fish, bagging just one F1. Looking around I noticed everybody else had also slowed up.

"I switched to the method feeder fishing with micro pellets and old ghost carp match groundbait and a dumbbell on the hook. This was cast on the same line as the bomb, but seemed to work better and over the next two hours I managed to keep putting fish in the net with a mix of F1s and carp, the latter of a decent stamp each time, between 4 and 8 pounds. Whilst fishing the method I also fed a line at 16 metres with 6mm pellets, planning on dropping the bomb on them mainly to rest the method line but with the plan of keeping the fish coming. This line instantly produced two F1s but then nothing, so I went back out on the method and by doing this kept myself in the running.

"With an hour and half to go fish started to show on my margin lines which I had fed with casters and old ghost krill groundbait, but they were proving difficult to catch. So I went on to my back up plan of dropping the method short at about 8 metres and fed three pouch-fulls of pellets over the top. Shortly after I had three good carp between 5 and 8 lbs.

"Now there were only 20 minutes to go I went back to my margin swim, eventually catching an F1 and two carp before the all out hooter went. At the end of the match, my clicker said 89 lbs and I thought I may have a little more as I don't think I put the last two fish on, instead concentrating on catching them. A few people believed that I had won with only three others having any chance of beating me. I just stayed calm and waited for the weigh-in to confirm this. After 3 weighs it added up to 43 kilos (94.6lbs) - so I wasn't far out on my estimate. With the victory confirmed, I just had one more thing to do - take off my boots and bib'n'brace ready for the customary jump into the lake."

Everyone at Middy would like to congratulate Chris on this incredible win - an excellent achievement. To see Chris' angler profile, click here.

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