Chris Cameron through to Match This Final!
1 MAY 2014
144lbs sees Chris through to the final...
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MATCH THIS QUALIFIER - WOODLAND VIEW, DROITWICH

This was my second qualifier this year and, being on one of my favourite venues, I was hopeful of a good draw where I could make the most of it. After checking out which lakes were being used, I had a few pegs that I fancied being on. At the draw I got 22 - my second choice peg - which I was very happy with. It's an end peg with a corner and an aerator in the next peg to my right, this being a good fish holding spot.

I had been to the venue for a few practice matches running up to this match, so I knew how the lakes were fishing and found that the fish didn't want loads of bait going in, but you still had to feed some to keep them in your swim.

My set up for the day comprised of four pole lines and one feeder rod. The pole lines were at three metres, six metres, eleven metres and thirteen metres down to the next pallet to my right. I used various rig setups for each line, including, for the 13m, a 4x16 Middy Styrex series 3 on 0.16 Lo-Viz mainline, a size 14 T93-13 hook to 0.16 hook length. On the margin line I used a 4x12 Styrex series 1 float straight through to 0.18 Lo-Viz line and a size 14 T93-13 Middy hook. Then finally I set up my 10ft X-Flex 4G Micro Muscle bomb rod with a pellet feeder just in case it got too windy.

Bait for the match comprised of two bags of 4mm woodland view feed pellet, one bag of micros for feeder, three tins of corn soaked in old ghost liquid krill concentrate and 2 pints of dead red maggot again soaked in liquid krill. For the hook I had 6mm and 8mm expanders pumped in old ghost liquid krill and some 6mm hard pellets again for the feeder. The corn and the dead reds were for feeding down the margin the rest of the pellets I feed by a toss pot keeping bait going in little and often all the time building the swims up throughout the match.

At the all-in I fed my 6 mtr line with just two toss pots full of pellets and one full pole cup of corn and maggot (half 'n' half) down my margin. I then dropped straight on my 6 mtr line, waiting to see if the fish were up my end of the lake or not. I didn't have to wait long, about 5 mins the float buried and carp number one was on. After a quick fight on my Middy Hi-Viz 12-16 hollow it was in the net, followed quickly by a 4 pound common and then another carp about 2lb. This made me relax a bit as there were a few fish in the area.

As the match progressed I kept changing baits from corn to expander pellet and steadily put fish in the net, also constantly feeding my short line with a few pellets and a pot every half an hour down the margin, keeping an eye out for signs of fish.

By about 2pm there were signs of feeding fish in the margin, so I gave this line a go and first drop in a 10 pound carp was soon tamed on the Hi-Viz blue 18-22 hollow and in the net. The next put in I had a barbel of 6 pounds which fought like hell but was eventually landed.

It then went quiet. So I re-fed and decided to try my short 3 mtr line. This was a good decision as it was solid and a good hour saw me put another 40lb in the net, catching carp to 6 pounds and a few F1s mixed in.

The last hour, I switched between my short line and the margin adding more carp between a pound and 5 pound to my catch.

I had kept really busy throughout the match, switching between all the lines, which on the day I think helped me catch more fish.

At the weigh in I was one of the last to weigh and I knew I had over the 100lb mark, but didn't know any more than that as I had been concentrating more on catching fish that counting them! Les on peg 36 weighed in 138 12 so I knew it would be close...

Mine added up to 144lb for the all important win. A good result on a very windy day.

To top the weekend off, I went back to the same venue the next day and won the open with 83lb - almost double that of the runner-up - so all in all a great weekend of fishing.

Next up, the final!

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This was my second qualifier this year and, being on one of my favourite venues, I was hopeful of a good draw where I could make the most of it. After checking out which lakes were being used, I had a few pegs that I fancied being on. At the draw I got 22 - my second choice peg - which I was very happy with. It's an end peg with a corner and an aerator in the next peg to my right, this being a good fish holding spot.

I had been to the venue for a few practice matches running up to this match, so I knew how the lakes were fishing and found that the fish didn't want loads of bait going in, but you still had to feed some to keep them in your swim.

My set up for the day comprised of four pole lines and one feeder rod. The pole lines were at three metres, six metres, eleven metres and thirteen metres down to the next pallet to my right. I used various rig setups for each line, including, for the 13m, a 4x16 Middy Styrex series 3 on 0.16 Lo-Viz mainline, a size 14 T93-13 hook to 0.16 hook length. On the margin line I used a 4x12 Styrex series 1 float straight through to 0.18 Lo-Viz line and a size 14 T93-13 Middy hook. Then finally I set up my 10ft X-Flex 4G Micro Muscle bomb rod with a pellet feeder just in case it got too windy.

Bait for the match comprised of two bags of 4mm woodland view feed pellet, one bag of micros for feeder, three tins of corn soaked in old ghost liquid krill concentrate and 2 pints of dead red maggot again soaked in liquid krill. For the hook I had 6mm and 8mm expanders pumped in old ghost liquid krill and some 6mm hard pellets again for the feeder. The corn and the dead reds were for feeding down the margin the rest of the pellets I feed by a toss pot keeping bait going in little and often all the time building the swims up throughout the match.

At the all-in I fed my 6 mtr line with just two toss pots full of pellets and one full pole cup of corn and maggot (half 'n' half) down my margin. I then dropped straight on my 6 mtr line, waiting to see if the fish were up my end of the lake or not. I didn't have to wait long, about 5 mins the float buried and carp number one was on. After a quick fight on my Middy Hi-Viz 12-16 hollow it was in the net, followed quickly by a 4 pound common and then another carp about 2lb. This made me relax a bit as there were a few fish in the area.

As the match progressed I kept changing baits from corn to expander pellet and steadily put fish in the net, also constantly feeding my short line with a few pellets and a pot every half an hour down the margin, keeping an eye out for signs of fish.

By about 2pm there were signs of feeding fish in the margin, so I gave this line a go and first drop in a 10 pound carp was soon tamed on the Hi-Viz blue 18-22 hollow and in the net. The next put in I had a barbel of 6 pounds which fought like hell but was eventually landed.

It then went quiet. So I re-fed and decided to try my short 3 mtr line. This was a good decision as it was solid and a good hour saw me put another 40lb in the net, catching carp to 6 pounds and a few F1s mixed in.

The last hour, I switched between my short line and the margin adding more carp between a pound and 5 pound to my catch.

I had kept really busy throughout the match, switching between all the lines, which on the day I think helped me catch more fish.

At the weigh in I was one of the last to weigh and I knew I had over the 100lb mark, but didn't know any more than that as I had been concentrating more on catching fish that counting them! Les on peg 36 weighed in 138 12 so I knew it would be close...

Mine added up to 144lb for the all important win. A good result on a very windy day.

To top the weekend off, I went back to the same venue the next day and won the open with 83lb - almost double that of the runner-up - so all in all a great weekend of fishing.

Next up, the final! [8] => [9] => [10] => [11] => ) )

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