In-form 79-year-old Dave Butler (Quarry Pool) won by one fish on peg 22 having fished both the bomb and waggler
with pellet for 212-6-0 of carp to over 10lb.
There's plenty of frustration when you strike into stones or come back with a scale but there really is something captivating about building up a swim around a waggler
in the shallows or sending an indicator trundling downstream along a seam before seeing it bury.
Lexi Freeman used pellet waggler
to good effect to take second with 33lb 10oz and Ben Hunter switched between waggler
and bomb to take third place with 32lb 5ozs.
On a windy day, he'd rig up something resembling his namesake balsa Thill TG Bodied Waggler
and proceed to put on a clinic.
Nottingham angler Rob Perkins won with a super dace net of 28lb 12oz caught on waggler
with maggot from Haggs Bank, Wylam.
Both are on top form; but it was Branson who got the verdict with 17lb 11oz on waggler
and maggots while next peg neighbour Roberts had 17lb 4oz in his net.
With the match pegged on the boards, Paul Houghton took the best weight with a very creditable 156.15 with decent size carp on the pellet waggler
and 8mm pellet.
Young Matthew Watson fished red maggot and waggler
on peg 44 for 16lb of roach and skimmers for third.
While many persevered with long-range Method feeder tactics, Eamonn stuck with the pellet waggler
on peg 100 to bag 18 carp to around 12lb.
High-profile Maver anglers will be on hand to demonstrate the art of feeder and lead fishing, big waggler
, pellet waggler
, pole with pellet and paste plus more.
But it wasn't quite heavy enough to beat Richie Tomala's 14lb weight from the next peg however, which also included a double figure barbel along with a few waggler
Phil (pictured) used a stillwater waggler
rig, baiting a tiny 18s hook with luncheon meat cut into squares no bigger than one-eighth of an inch, plus hempseed as groundbait.