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Bailey Bags Spot in Fish 'O Final


Bailey 2018 FOM

Fish’O’Mania XXV made its way to Heronbrook Fisheries for the eighth qualifier of the year. After a week of strong winds, periodic heavy rain and frosts, there was some apprehension at the draw about the effect this quite unseasonal weather would have on the fishing. The word at the draw was that Meadow and Match pools were the favoured areas and this showed come the all-out.

Sport was decidedly patchy with many of the 107 starters struggling to put runs of fish together. However, the match still produced the tightest of finishes with just 15 ounces between first and second!

Both weights had recounts just to be sure, but it was clear that winner on the day and qualifying for the final in July, was Doncaster angler Andrew Bailey. Andrew turned up on spec, on the morning and it just goes to show that places generally come available. Andrew fished Meadow peg 18 where he caught carp to 7lbs and F1s on pellets, fished tight over on the pole for a 122lbs 4oz.

Runner up was Robert Bestwick with 121lbs 5ozs from peg 4 on the Match Lake. Robert, from just down the road in Leek, caught some ‘proper’ carp to 15lbs fishing method feeder loaded with micros tight to the island. Next door on peg 3 was Jack Walker, who put 99lbs 11ozs on the scales. Jack caught some decent F1s on the pole, before switching to the feeder across where he caught mirror carp to 11lbs.

The Angling Trust would like to thank Neil at Heronbrook for hosting another cracking qualifier. In addition, thanks must also go to David Kent for running the qualifier and finally to Sky Sports for filming on the day, The next episode of ‘The Qualifiers’ will air Friday May 11thon Sky Sports Arena.

The next qualifier is at Partridge Lakes which is Sellout! Tickets can still be booked HERE for Larford Lakes on 9th May or the second qualifier at Partridge Lakes on the 13thJune.


1. Andrew Bailey 122lb 4oz

2. Robert Bestwick 121lb 5oz

3. Jack Walker 99lb 11oz

4. Ryan Lidgard 90lb 10oz

5. Barry Bush 88lb 8oz

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