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Oliver on top at Woodland Lakes Qualifier


Oliver Woodland Lakes

A cracking turnout of 135 anglers made their way to the fantastic, Thirsk, fishery, which is Woodland Lakes. The Eighteenth round of Fish'O'Mania XXV saw overcast, muggy conditions meet the hopefuls at the draw, where all the talk was that Wagtail or Partridge Lake would be the best. However, the fish hadn’t read the script and it was the unfancied Kestrel Lake, that produced the winning weight.

Halkon Hunt manager, Barnsley Black ace, Oliver Scotthorne broke clear of the chasing pack to take a very tight qualifier with 114lb 11ozs. Peg 35 on Kestrel Lake was Olivers' home for the day and he started short on pellet, before following the fickle carp out to 16m to keep catching them.

The very unlucky runner-up on the day was Browning backed James Hall. The firefighter from Hull drew on Wagtail Lake, peg 11 and finished an agonising 4lbs short of Oli, with 111lb 10zs. A short chuck with a method feeder was Jim’s favoured tactic, taking carp to the 8lb mark.

Rounding out the top three was Stuart Gray from Worksop. Stuart drew on Wagtail Lake, next to James on peg 10. His tactics however varied significantly, with most of his carp, to 7lb, falling to pole fished pellet. At the scales, Stuart weighed a very respectable 83lb 4oz.

Our thanks must go to Robin Flecther and the team at Woodland Lakes for another cracking qualifier and to Mike Story for hosting a very well-run match. Anglers are reminded that opportunities are running out to get into the final and that tickets can be purchased HERE.


1. Oliver Scotthorne 114lbs 11ozs

2. James Hall 111lbs 10ozs

3. Stuart Gray 83lbs 4ozs

4. Macauley Pearson 81lb 3ozs

5. Ashley Clements 79lb 9ozs

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