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Jamie Hughes through to all 3 big finals 2018

Jamie Hughes makes it through to 3 major finals in 2018

In April Jamie again got through to another Fish ‘O’ Mania final. The boy is just totally unstoppable!

He qualified from Tunnel Barn Farm on Wednesday from peg 17 on club pool fishing hard pellet.

In May Jamie not only qualified for the Maver Match This final he then went and also qualified for the Golden Reel final at the Glebe Fishery May 23.

That’s puts Jamie into 3 major finals and fishing for a potential price pot of £170,000. That is just totally incredible. Well done Jamie from all the team at Bag ‘Em Matchbaits.

Bag’ems Trev Robinson Wins ACA Masters at The Glebe

Trev Robinson Wins ACA Masters at The Glebe

Match report from Trev Robinson at the Glebe Fishery in Leicestershire

Fishing a great team event like this is something in the match calendar I get really excited about as I love the fishery and it's a fantastic field of anglers to go up against.

My team Maver Midlands pegs were drawn and I was placed on peg 85 pool 5, an end peg but the wind was going the other way so I wasn't too sure if it was going to be a problem for a lake win which I know I needed to get maximum points.

I started the match short at 5 metres fishing 6mm Bagem hard pellets, feeding 6-10 by hand after each fish. I caught 10 carp on this in the first hour whilst priming my line up the bank to my right with these feed pellets where I was planning on doing the same but in less water depth as I'd got 3ft there. Went on this line after a couple of hours, it was solid with carp and I caught steady for the next two hours. At this point I had about 120lb with an hour to go so I started to feed my left edge with corn heavy over the top of bagem commercial carp groundbait to get some big fish. Looking down the lake a guy in the middle was catching really well so I knew it was close. The edge came up trumps and I managed to catch seven big carp which really boosted my final weight of 186lb.

I won the lake so the points I needed were in the bag. At the presentation I had no idea how our team or myself had finished up even though I knew the team had all come back with great points. As the fishery owner read out the results not only had I won the match individually but the the icing on the cake was my Maver Midlands team of six had won the day! So we are now Aca Masters Champs 2017, a great achievement as its a long running angling trust competition which as a team it’s one to be really proud of.

Craig Ian Giddins Wins Larford Lakes August Festival

Ian Giddins Wins Larford Lakes August 2017 FestivalAgain, a sell out for this popular annual festival at Larford Lakes. 60 anglers made their draw for sections on both the Specimen, Match and Arena Lakes.

Scored on a points system with weight coming into play in the event of a tie it was local angler Ian Giddins who finally took the honors.

Ian had a favorable draw on most days and made full advantage of 3 end pegs out of five.

That being said, he fished a superb festival scoring 7 points and a total weight of 290-220kilos (644lbs) averaging 129lbs per day.

The Bag’em sponsored angler collected £1000 plus lake and section wins totaling around £1500 in prize funds.

Read more about the event here >>>

Craig Goldstraw 3rd Golden Reel Final 2017

Craig Goldstraw Golden Reel 50k 3rd Place 2017Saturday I was in the Golden Reel 50k match final. At the gala evening on the Friday night before the draw everyone fancied up near the island. The draw put me in the middle of the lake on a big bed of lily's. I was disapointed and didn't sleep a lot wondering how I was going to do any good?

Kept the match itself really simple, 4 edge rigs all the same because was fishing into the snag pit, a short line and 2 method rods and a bomb, 1 of the method was for the edge of the lily's which me and Jamie had spoken about before, which if I was going to win this was going to have to be the method!

Started the match on the long method had 6 smaller Carp in the first 90mins and was ticking over! Then I had a dull hour, been priming the edge of the lily's first chuck was a 10lber and just caught odd big fish from here all day.

When the match finished i was hoping for a section win but managed to sneak 3rd and £3000 better off!

Just want to thank everyone for the messages and the good lucks and I will be trying my best to get to some more big finals next year!

A massive thank you to Jamie Hughes for keeping me calm especially when my reel decided to have a little melt down. I think he was ready to throw me in! Jamie thinks like a fish and 100 percent helped me on Sat! Massive well done to Stuart Fotheringham on winning it awesome, and Andy Bennett on second!

Golden Reel Qualifiers 2017

Jamie-hughes-Match-This-FinalistJamie Hughes just misses out getting into three major finals:

Partridge Lakes Qualifier Saturday 23rd June 2017

68 anglers turned out for this latest qualifier. Conditions were breezy but overcast and the temperature had dropped from highs of 32C to just below 18C.

Most of the field opted to fish shallow with casters as the water temperatures were still high.

Winner on the day was Mitch Rawlinson who drew peg 156 on covey 6.

Mitch fished a brilliant match, fishing casters shallow and pellet short landing a fine bag of carp and F1’s, finishing the day with 187-05-00 and a place in the August Grand Final.

2nd placed Jamie Hughes (MAP, Bag’em baits) was again very close to making three major finals, weighing 136-00-00 from peg 100 on covey 4.

Jamie fished hard 6mm pellet at 13m and later down his edges again using banded pellet.


Maver Match This Qualifiers

Jamie hughes Match This Finalist



Qualifier for Grand Final: Jamie Hughes (MAP, Bag’em baits)





Solhampton Fishery, Stourport-on-Severn, 10th June 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Jamie Hughes (MAP / Bag 'Em Baits) 173-02-00 37 (Dragonfly)
Peter Alan Rice (Mosella) 159-12-00 9 (Valley)
Jon Arthur (Drennan) 130-04-00 8 (Kingfisher)
Kevin Dales 126-06-00 29 (Valley)
Andy Welding (Strike Angling) 124-12-00 5 (Kingfisher)
Zac Brown (Preston Innovations / Sonu Baits) 123-07-00 2 (Valley)
Michael McMillan (Garbolino / Bait-Tech) 110-02-00 15 (Buzzard)
Lee Thornton (Middy) Bag’em baits 110-00-00 12 (Dragonfly)


Qualifier number thirteen of the 2017 Mega Match This qualifier campaign saw the introduction of a brand new venue in Worcestershire's Solhampton Fishery. Conditions on the day were ideal with plenty of cloud cover coupled with a moderate breeze creating a nice ripple on the five lakes used. Pegging on the day gave anglers plenty of room and the match itself was a closely contested affair with a number of weights over the 100lb mark.

Winner on the day was 2016 runner-up, Jamie Hughes (MAP / Bag 'Em Baits). Jamie drew peg 37 on Dragonfly and opted to fish pellet shallow on the pole at 4m and 6m before looking down his edge late on to find bonus fish up to 8lbs to weigh in a final 173-02-00. Jamie will now have the opportunity to compete for the iconic Mega Match This trophy once again having come agonisingly close during last year's unforgettable finale.

Jamie Hughes through to 2017 Fishomania final

Jamie Hughes through to FishO final 2017

With this seasons qualifying campaign under full swing, it was on to lake view fishery in Leicestershire for a midweek fishomania, talk before the draw was an end peg or pegs 9-15 on the canal pool were the favoured places to be.

I was lucky enough to find myself on peg 13 on the canal which most certainly gave me a good chance of qualifying!

Having not fished at lakeview before I chose to keep things as simple as possible and just feel my way into the match. Talk before the match suggested that 80-90lb would be enough to win so a nice steady match was all that was required.

My peg was typical of the snake lakes that I am familiar with, with around 5ft down the middle and nice gradual slopes on either side. Because of this I assembled rigs to cover 5ft, 3.5ft and 18inches of water, with the intention of fishing just hard 4mm fishery pellets on every line.

The match itself went nice and smoothly with regular bites throughout, it was extremely important to rest each line after 2-3 fish and feed could only be fed by a cup as catapulting seemed to really upset the peg.

5 hours later I finished with 40 odd carp and f1s for a weight of 118lb and a place in my 7th fishomania final.

2nd went to Paul Wright with 93lb and my mate Craig Goldstraw was 3rd with 86lb.

Maver Match This Qualifiers

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Qualifier for Grand Final: Sam Brown (Maver, Bag’em baits)

Qualifiers for British Pole Championships: Sam Brown (Maver, Bag’em), Ben Townsend (Matrix / Spotted Fin) & Jon Pollard (Leicester Gas AC)




Decoy Lakes, Peterborough, 7th June 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Sam Brown (Maver/ Bag’em baits) 128-06-00 22 (Oak)
Ben Townsend (Matrix / Spotted Fin) 126-14-00 5 (Beastie)
Jon Pollard (Leicester Gas AC) 123-04-00 26 (Cedar)
Simon Fry (Garbolino) 114-11-00 23 (Beastie)
Dale Jackson (Marukyu) 112-04-00 21 (Beastie)
Ben Lawrence (Bottisham AC) 106-13-00 15 (Yew)
Marc Rodger (Bag’em Baits) 103-14-00 22 (Willows)
Richard Bond 100-06-00 14 (Yew)


The first mid-week qualifier event of 2017 saw ninety four (94) anglers in attendance at Peterborough's Decoy Lakes. Conditions on the day were pretty extreme with gale force winds making usual methods impossible. Many were forced to improvise and fish short and down their edge in an effort to find the fish. Despite the conditions being more than a little tricky, the standard of fishing on the day was superb with just one fish dividing the top three highlighting just how close and fair a qualifier it was with competing anglers battling the wind making for an even playing field.

Making his way through to September's big money final is Bag’ems Sam Brown. Sam drew peg 22 on Oak and endured a slow start to the match fishing 6mm pellet short with just four fish in the first three hours gracing his net. A switch to his margin late on proved to be the turning point of his match with Sam managing to find quality carp in numbers to 10lb fishing corn over micro pellet to end with 128-06-00. Sam will now compete in his second Mega Match This final after his debut appearance

Golden Reel £50k Finalists 2017

Fran O'Rielly Golden Reel 50k Finalist 2017The 50k grand final takes place at Bag’em Larford lakes on 19th Aug 2017

Barston Lakes Qualifier Sat 27th May

A field of 63 anglers turned out for this latest qualifier. Conditions were not so good with a strong breeze and a mix of sunshine with some heavy showers.

The fish on the lake had just finished spawning so weights were looking to be difficult.

Winner on the day was Fran O’Rielly (Frenzee /Bag’em baits) who drew peg 58.

Fran started his match fishing the pellet waggler and finding 5 or 6 early fish. Later switching to the method and casting just beyond the pellet waggler line, fish kept coming and Fran went through to the final with 111-12-00

Difficult conditions on the day but still a great match.

Maver Match This Qualifiers

Partridge Lakes, Warrington, 20th May 2017

Angler's Name Weight (lbs/oz) Peg # / Lake
Alex Hulme (Maver Gold) 137-09-00 2 (Spey)
Lee Thornton (Middy / Bag 'Em Baits) 127-10-00 127 (Covey 5)


Lee-ThorntonEighty nine (89) anglers attended this second Mega Match This qualifier hosted by Partridge Lakes Fishery, Warrington. Conditions on the day were very wet making for uncomfortable fishing. That said, despite the conditions, weights on the day were reasonable with the top three anglers on the day all weighing in over one hundred pounds each.

Next to make his way through to September's big money final was Maver Gold man, Alex Hulme. Alex drew peg 2 on Spey and opted to fish caster shallow alternating between 6m and 13m line to catch mainly F1's with odd carp amongst them. Alex caught steady for the duration of the match to end proceedings with sixty eight fish up to 5lbs to offer a final 137-09-00 to the scales. As well as qualifying for the Match This Grand Final, Alex also secures himself a place in this year's Maver British Pole Championship final.

Finishing close behind in second place just off the pace was Bag’ems Lee Thornton.

Starting his match short on caster, Lee put together a good run of F1's before his bites slowed up. Then, coming short on paste, Lee found some bonus carp to 4lbs to weigh in 127-10-00.