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Steve on Song at Prolific Partridge


Steve Partridge FOM 2018

The Bank Holiday weekend brought with it majestic weather, scorching sunny conditions met the 168 anglers that had made their way to Partridge Lakes. At the draw there was some concern the big change in the weather might make the venues F1s and Carp a little reluctant to feed, but they needn’t have worried with the prolific fishery throwing up 15 ton plus weights!

Drawing peg 17 on Willow lake, Steve Openshaw went about extracting the most weight from his peg, building up his swim with casters and taking most of his fish shallow to the island. His catch consisted of mainly F1s with a few Carp to 5lb, and at the scales he’d managed 174lb 15oz. This was just enough to secure his place at the Fish’O’Mania Final in July at Hayfield Lakes. Congratulations Steve!

Second on the day was Steven Kay who ran Mr. Openshaw very close with a very respectable 162lb 1oz. Steven was drawn on peg 123 on Covey 5 and also fished casters shallow to take almost exclusively F1s. It was this noticeable and unfortunate lack of bonus fish that may have cost him his place in the final.

Rounding out the top three on the day was Andy Welding. Andy drew on favoured peg 133 on Covey 6 and amassed the third 150lb weight of the day with 153lb 9oz. Andy also caught on caster shallow taking F1s and Carp to 5lb.

The Angling Trust would like to thank Barbara and her excellent team at Partridge for all their input to the qualifier and to Andre for running another very well received match. The next Fish’O’Mania qualifier is at Larford Lakes for which there will be tickets available on spec on the day. Further tickets can be purchased for all qualifiers at our booking site HERE.


1. Steve Openshaw 174lb 15oz

2. Steven Kay 162lb 1oz

3. Andy Welding 153lb 9oz

4. Darren Gould 141lb 15oz

5. Steven Hamilton 131lb 14oz

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