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Gasson nets lucky qualifying spot at Monk Lakes Fish 'O' Mania


Gasson Monk Lakes 2019

Wet and windy conditions greeted the 95 anglers at this latest Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier held at Monk Lakes, Kent on Saturday 8th June, with conditions on the day making fishing difficult for everyone taking part.

Drennan Bordon angler Luke Gasson, a Landscape Gardener from Surrey turned up early on the day to buy one of a few ‘on-spec’ tickets available and confirmed this was his first Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier he had fished. Luke went on to draw a highly fancied peg 123 on Lake 3. A steady flow of carp followed on meat in the margins with his biggest fish being 10lbs secured that all important win on the day and his Fish ‘O’ Mania final qualifying spot with 186-14-0.

Runner up Mark Griffiths, (Guru/Mainline Match) from Northampton fished pellets on the long pole to take carp to 14lb in his net of 161-8-0 from peg 67 on Lake 2. Third place fell to another newcomer fishing his first Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier, Jeffrey Driscoll on peg 115 fished pellet on the pole to take carp to 15lb on Lake 3 in his 159-0-0 net. In fourth place saw Tony Gilbert from peg 69 on Lake 2 landing 144-0-0.

The Angling Trust would like to thank Morgan and his fishery staff at Monk Lakes for being such good hosts and to Mark Morris for all his hard work on the day running the qualifier.

The next Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier takes place at Partridge Lakes, Warrington on Wednesday 12th June.

How to Book Tickets:

Tickets for the Fish'O’Mania XXVI qualifiers will again be sold via the Angling Trust events booking website HERE. Ticket prices have once more remained the same at £25 per qualifier.


1st Luke Gasson 186-14-0

2nd Mark Griffiths 161-8-0

3rd Jeffrey Driscoll 159-0-0

4th Tony Gilbert 144-0-0

5th Tony Curd 136-12-0

6th Pete Upperton 132-12-0

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