The first singles event of this year’s British Carp Cups saw 45 fish banked at Todber Manor in Dorset despite stormy conditions calling an early end to proceedings.
The 48-hour qualifier on Little Hayes saw eventual winner Matt Wyld come out first in the draw and head straight to peg one.
Within an hour Robert Lapham in peg seven landed the first fish of the event in the shape of a 24lb 10oz mirror, shortly before Matt caught the biggest of weekend at 25lb 2oz.
The wind grew stronger as the event progressed and at first light on Sunday, after a number of competitors suffered damaged bivvies, a decision was taken to reduce the match by three hours.
Matt Wyld won with 12 fish for 209lb 3oz, with Jason Adams in second from peg 10 with nine fish for 141lb 5oz. The third and final qualifier going through to the final at Albans Lakes in October was Darren Smith who caught six fish for 89lb 3oz from peg 10.
In all, 714lb 13oz of carp were caught at an average weigh of 16lb per fish.