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Fish 'O' Mania To every match angler the Fish 'O' Mania event is one of the biggest in match fishing. Every year it gives anglers the chance to compete in the 16 qualifiers with the winner from each one invited to take part in the Fish ‘O’ Mania grand final with a chance to win a prize fund of £30,000, and the most coveted title 'Fish 'O' Mania Champion'.

Fish O Mania XXI 2014

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2014 Betway Fish’O’Mania XXI Grand Final

Cudmore Fisheries, Staffs

12th July

Geldart FOM Champion 2014

ANDREW GELDART became Betway Fish’O’Mania XXI champion after coming on strong in the second half of the match to take the £30,000 top prize and the most prestigious title in angling.

The 29 year-old from Whitkirk, Leeds had come third at Cudmore three years ago and drew on that experience to hold his nerve in the tense closing stages. Geldart was always in the running and was never worse than third place in the opening two hours on a hot, muggy day at Cudmore.

Roach and skimmers kept him in the frame in the first two hours before six or seven decent carp proved to be match winners.

A delighted Geldart said, “I cannot describe this feeling. I put so much time and effort into my fishing over the last few years trying to qualify for these finals. It has paid off and I have won today and I am absolutely over the moon.”

In front of a record crowd at Cudmore, the Yorkshireman took the lead at the sixth weigh-in following a productive thirty minutes with Hampshire angler Pemb Wrighting close on his tail.

The next period saw Geldart increase his lead slightly and a catch of 3.94 kg in the eighth put some distance between himself and Wrighting and Ashley Price.

Geldarts catch 2014

That catch was to be Geldart’s final contribution to his net as he drew a blank in the final hour. It was enough though to carry off the title as none of his rivals could bridge the gap. Daniel Brydon made a heroic effort in the last part of the match and it was enough to secure second spot and £5,000.

Geldart lost a carp in the final minutes – it was foul-hooked – but it made no difference as he took the 21st annual Betway Fish’O’Mania title.

“I got married about six weeks ago and then obviously this, so it is my year so far! I never knew if I was going to win because it was so close, somebody could have gone and caught two fish and that could have wiped me out.

Geldart wins Championship FOM title 2014

“The last half an hour was the worst half an hour of my life. I lost a fish in that last half hour but lucky it didn’t cost me. When I lost the fish I was praying that Daniel didn’t get another fish and luckily for me he didn’t.

“I haven’t even thought about how to spend that money yet, but I will certain put a few quid behind the bar tonight.”

2014 Betway Fish’O’Mania XXI – Full Results

Final Result

1. Andrew Geldart (3) 19.57kg

2. Daniel Brydon (4) 16.32kg

3. Andy Power (5) 14.58kg

4. Pemb Wrighting (7) 13.27kg

5. Ashley Price (6) 13.23kg

6. Raymond King (9) 9.28kg

7. Alan Bruce (1) 9.09kg

8. Kieron Rich (8) 8.16kg

9. Shaun Cooke (11) 5.99kg

10. David Burley (2) 5.19kg

11. Kevin Dicks (13) 4.54kg

12. Jamie Hughes (16) 4.36kg

13. Perry Stone (15) 2.96kg

14. Adam Rumble (12) 2.64kg

15. Gary Bull (10) 1.60kg

16. Steve Cooke (14) 0.0kg

2014 Betway Fish’O’Mania XXI - Ladies  

Emma Pickering successfully defended her Betway Fish’O’Mania Ladies title as she came from behind in the closing stages to claim the £1,000 first prize. She will be celebrating the win by travelling to Ireland next week to watch her father Tom compete in the Seniors World Championship.

The 28 year-old from Doncaster made it a hat-trick of Fish ’O’ Mania titles having opened her account in 2008, and a final hour in which she netted over 3.5 kilos of fish was enough to seal the win.

Pickering was trailing in third place from Sophie Hill and Sam Perkins with an hour to go. Fishing on the pole though, she took sufficient carp in the final hour to win by 2.44kg.

“It feels great to win and really good to do it two years in a row. I’m the only person to win it three times now as well so it is a brilliant achievement.

“I stuck to my plan and saw one of the girls catching carp – that was in my game plan anyway. Definitely sticking to your plan is key.

“It was really difficult today – it got tougher as the match went on. The catch rate got slower and slower and it was a bit nerve wracking towards the end.

The £1,000 prize for the biggest fish went to Daniel Brydon on Peg 4 with a carp of 4.980kg.

2014 Betway Fish’O’Mania XXI – Full Results

Final Results for Ladies

1. Emma Pickering (Peg 1) 7.05kg

2. Sophie Hill (4) 4.61kg

2. Samantha Perkins (6) 4.27kg

4. Abi Brewster (5) 2.30kg

5. Jessica Knights (2) 0.61kg

6. Liz Larkin (3) 0.57kg


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Betway Fish’O’Mania International

Sunday 13th July

Team England, comprised of Will Raison and Des Shipp, continued English dominance of the Betway Fish 'O’ Mania International event as they lead from wire-to-wire to pick up the title for the fourth consecutive year and claim the £10,000 first prize.

Drennan Team England Champions 2014

(Drennan Team England - Winning Team)
(from left to Right: Mark Downes, Will Raison, Des Shipp and Mark Addy)

It became apparent around the halfway stage that it would be a race to see who could claim second prize as Shipp and Raison proved why they are unstoppable on commercial waters. They lead by nearly four kilos at the first 30 minute weigh-in and by the two hour mark that lead had increased to 11 kilos.

They maintained that gap for the middle part of the match before turning up the heat in the closing stages to win by 14.870kg from Holland. Consistency was the name of the game for England as they caught throughout, backed by their astute management team of Mark Addy and Mark Downes.

Shipp, who was making his debut in the pair’s event, was thrilled with the win, “Me and Will stayed in the same room last night and we couldn’t sleep, the pressure of it all, being England and being champions.

“With an hour to go we weren’t really sure because there were a few carp being caught and we were beginning the think it would go the opposite way. It is great to win, brilliant.”

Raison was keen to emphasise the team aspect of their success; “As a team we all sat down last night and had a really good meeting. Things were still up in the air but we knew what we wanted to do.

Will Raison

(Will Raison, Drennan Team England)

“At Cudmore you never really know how it is going to be until half an hour into the match, and that suits anglers like Des and myself who are experienced at this style of fishing. You have to plan but you do need to suck it and see what happens in the match.

“Having Mark Addy behind me has really helped today, not only does he have a fantastic angling brain but he has been there and done it, fished World Championships.”

The England pair started on the slightly shorter pole and caught a mixture of tench, barbell, one decent carp, some skimmers and roach. Shipp caught three carp early on and then a couple in the last half hour but consistency was the key.

In the race for second place and the £5,000 prize, it was the Dutch who came through the field to pip Poland by 1.710kg. With the event broadcast live on Dutch TV, it was a terrific performance from Dieter Friederichs and Jurgen Spierings who caught nearly 5 kilos in the last half hour to pip the Poles.

Will Raison Biggest Fish trophy

(Will Raison Drennan Team England - Biggest Fish)

  The Teams

ENGLAND – Will Raison & Des Shipp; Mark Addy (Team Manager)

FRANCE – Gilles Caudin & Jean Desque; Alexandre Caudin (Team Manager)

HOLLAND – Dieter Friederichs & Jurgen Spierings; Jan Van Schendel & Stefan Verhoeven (Team Managers)

HUNGARY - Robert Erdelyi & Zsolt Brichter; Jozsef Brichter (Team Manager)

IRELAND – Vincent Walsh & Nick Howell; Mark Theedom (Team Manager)

POLAND – Adam Niemiec & Wojiech Kaminski; Krzysztof Turek (Team Manager)

SCOTLAND - David Corcoran & Jamie Masson; Gus Brindle (Team Manager)

WALES – Darren Frost & Lee Edwards; Andy Johnstone (Team Manager)

Previous Champions

2013 – England (Alan Scotthorne, Will Raison) – 67.63 kg

2012 – England (Alan Scotthorne, Will Raison, Des Shipp, Steve Hemingray) – 101.96 kg

2011 – England (Alan Scotthorne, Will Raison, Des Shipp, Steve Hemingray) – 95.89 kg 

Full Results

1. England – 42.770kg

2. Holland – 27.900kg

3. Poland – 26.190kg

4. Ireland – 25.250kg

5. Scotland – 23.800kg

6. Wales – 21.820kg

7. Hungary – 12.460kg

8. France – 10.420kg

Biggest Fish (£1,000)

Will Raison 4.200kg

Individual weights

Will Raison (ENG) – 22.750kg

Des Shipp (ENG) – 20.020kg

Jurgen Spierings (HOL) – 17.000kg

Jamie Masson (SCO) – 15.680kg

Adam Niemiec (POL) – 14.980kg

Nick Howell (IRE) – 13.890kg

Lee Edwards (WAL) – 11.760kg

Vincent Walsh (IRE) – 11.360kg

Wojciech Kaminski (POL) – 11.210kg

Dieter Friederichs (HOL) – 10.900kg

Darren Frost (WAL) – 10.060kg

Robert Erdelyi (HUN) – 9.960kg

David Corcoran (SCO) – 8.120kg

Jean Desque (FRA) – 7.110kg

Gilles Caudin (FRA) – 3.310kg

Zsolt Brichter (HUN) – 2.500kg

2014 Betway Fish’O’Mania XXI Juniors


The 2014 Fish’O’Mania Junior match was won by 18 year-old Cameron Cross from Sutton-in- Ashfield, Notts in an enthralling finish at Cudmore. Cross, who came fifth out of six in the same event last year, won by just 20 grams from a disappointed Liam Miller.

Cross, who will be entering the main event next year, claimed the £1,000 top prize with a bag of 6.390 kg to snatch it at the death after Miller caught a big fish in the closing stages to make the final weigh-in a tense one.

“It feels good and I’m really glad I have done it this year after last year. It was close but I got there in the end,” said a delighted Cross.

“After last year I thought I would have a bit of an advantage this year because I had the experience of knowing how nerve-wracking it is at first. I tried not to let the occasion bother me too much this year.

“You never get to fish like this anywhere other than here, you wouldn’t think it would make that big a difference but it is strange what it does for you really. If you were to ask anyone which event they most wanted to win it would be this one.

“It was tense at the end, I thought it would be close and I didn’t think I had won. There was only 20 grams in it, nothing in it.

“I just fished 30 meter all day with worm and caster. I caught roach and skimmers and a tench. Everybody fished for carp and I knew if they caught them they would beat me but with it being so hard I took that tactic.

“Coming into the last hour I thought I was winning but when Liam caught that fish in the last five minutes I thought he had beaten me. It was very close.

The trainee electrician has already decided what he will spend his prize on; “I will put the money towards a new car because I passed my driving test on Friday. It will have to be a van to put all the fishing gear in!”

Juniors Full Results

1. Cameron Cross – 6.39kg

2. Liam Miller – 6.37kg

3. Jordan Holloway – 5.31kg

4. Harry Munro – 4.24kg

5. Dalton Mullinger – 3.73kg

6. Zak Summerscales - 1.61kg


  A look back at Fish 'O' Mania XXI Qualifiers 2014

  Saturday 5th April 2014 Viaduct Fishery
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Saturday 12th April 2014
Preston Innovation Boldings
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Wednesday 16th April 2014
Makins Fishery
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Saturday 19th April 2014
Hayfield Lakes
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Wednesday 23rd April 2014
Gold Valley Lakes
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Saturday 26th April 2014
Maver Larford Lakes
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Saturday 3rd May 2014
Tunnel Barn Farm
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Wednesday 7th May 2014
Monk Lakes Fishery
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Saturday 10th May 2014
The Oaks
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Saturday 17th May 2014
Barford Lakes
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Saturday 24th May 2014
Colemans Cottage Fishery
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Wednesday 28th May 2014
Hallcroft Fishery
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Saturday 31st May 2014
Partridge Lakes Fishery
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Wednesday 11th June 2014
Woodlands View Fishery
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Saturday 14th June 2014
Woodlands Lakes Fishery
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Wednesday 25th June 2014
Garbolino Lindholme Lake Fishery
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