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Fish O Mania XXV 2018

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Peter is definitely in the 'Black' after thwarting Fish'O field

FOM champion 2018 Peter Black

Picture: Champion Peter Black

Peter Black has taken the angling world by storm, becoming the youngest ever winner of Fish’O’Mania and adding a cool £50,000 to his name.

The young buck from Brum, fished a match far beyond his years after drawing peg 7 (permanent peg 20). Pete fished an incredibly tidy match on the long pole, shallow for his match winning 51kg 350g. The Fosters of Birmingham employee had a slower start than some, as he built the cruising carp and Carassio’s confidence. However, he stormed into the lead after just 30 minutes and never really looked back from that point. A quick dabble on the pellet waggler meant he had time to rest his pole line and once Pete came back on the pole, he put fish in steadily for the rest of the match. Winning tactics were pinging 6mm pellets on regular basis, with a triple slapped light rig, set around 18 inches deep to fool the wary Hayfield carp.

Pete commented “It’s a dream to win Fish‘O’Mania, you have to keep your head and it’s a fishing match at the end of the day. Everybody here is good enough to win so you have to just enjoy the day. I will enjoy quite a bit of the money and probably look at buying a house.”

Peter Black 2018 champion FOM

The ever-present Andy Power took second place honours on the opposite bank peg 22, with hard earnt 39kg 225grams. Andy also kicked off on the pole, but as the crowds grew behind himself and Jamie Hughes, he had to follow his fish out onto the pellet waggler. Andy caught steadily across different sized wagglers from 15yds all the way out to 35, mainly on 8mm pellet.

Andy commented “Unfortunately as the match went on there were just fewer and fewer signs of fish. Still, I gave it everything and I have no regrets, I’ll be back”

This is the second year in a row ‘The Power’ has finished second and surely it's only a matter of time before he lifts the coveted trophy.

Rounding out the top three was Steve Ford, who drew next to Peter on peg 6 and narrowly missed out on the 10k second prize, carding an impressive 36kg 925grams. Steve covered a lot of tactics for his weight, fishing pole shallow, pellet waggler, and late on he had a few fish across to island on bomb and pellet.

Steve was disappointed but thoughtful after the match “I can now see why so many have for years, chased getting into Fish’O’Mania final, what a brilliant event at a lovely venue." Commenting on Peter's achievement “he's a lovely kid and that will start his young life off nicely for him, well done to him.”

A huge thanks first and foremost must go to Matchroom Sport and Sky Sports for their organisation and coverage of the match. Secondly to Robin, Noelie and the team at Hayfield for hosting an awesome final! Thanks, must also go to all the Angling Trust team at both the final and the qualifiers. Last and by no means least, an immeasurable thanks to all the anglers out there that fished the qualifiers, all the fisheries and staff that hosted them, and finally to all spectators on Saturday. It really was a Fish’O XXV to remember.

Results:

COMPETITORS PEG TOTAL KG

1. Peter Black 7 51.350

2. Andy Power 22 39.225

3. Steve Ford 6 36.925

4. Scott Gollings 10 31.150

5. Steve Openshaw 5 28.750

6. Dave Shires 24 24.100

7. Jason Brown 19 20.675

8. Oliver Scotthorne 8 17.725

9. Ryan Lidgard 23 16.825

10. Richie Hull 9 15.225

11. Jamie Hughes 21 14.400

12. Adam Major 14 13.925

13. Kristof de Busser 15 13.875

14. Shaun Cooke 4 13.300

15. Adam Richards 18 12.200

16. Markus Billen 2 10.800

17. Russell Berryman 17 10.400

18. Dave Romain 1 8.400

19. Andrew Dargue 11 8.050

20. Andrew Bailey 3 7.650

21. Dale Whelan 20 6.425

22. Nathan Watson 12 5.850

23. Dan Squire 16 2.975

24. Franek Staniuszko 13 1.025


Kayleigh is Queen of Fish'O again

Kayleigh Smith Ladies Championship 2018

The Ladies Fish’O’Mania event was once more fielded with the top six anglers from 2017’s Ladies national and a star-studded line up took on permanent pegs in the 60’s;

61. Abbi Kendall

63. Sam Sim

65. Emma Pickering

67. Sandra Scotthorne

69. Julie Abbott

71. Kayleigh Smith

Kayleigh Smith 2018 Ladies champ

Most of the ladies had a reasonable start with most catching the odd carp shallow on the pellet waggler. However, with the sun rising fast in the sky, most of the fish seemed intent on just cruising and paying very little attention to the anglers’ baits.

Sandra Scotthorne could be seen to be plundering the big shoals of silvers, which with very few carp showing, looked like it might pay dividends at the halfway stage.

It was really only in the last few hours that the action started to hot up, with both Emma Pickering and Kayleigh Smith catching some decent carp.

Kayleigh Smith 2018 FOM

Emma had patiently fed on her long pole line shallow and had got a few fish interested, fishing a jigga rig and pinging large pellets over the top. Kayleigh, on the other hand, had drawn end peg 71 and had baited a long margin line down to her right side on the next pallet.

Both ladies could be seen playing large fish in the last hour and is often the case it was just one fish that ended up separating the pair. Fishing big baits Kayleigh managed 4 big carp in the last 90 minutes, one of which topped the scales at 13lb! This was just enough to pip Emma and regain her Ladies Fish’O’Mania Champion title.

Kayleigh commented ‘Feel a bit sorry for Emma as she’s lost one about the same time I had one on’. On winning Fish’O Kayleigh’s sights were firmly set on the future ‘yeah I’ve had a good year and with the Ladies National next week hopefully I’ll be in it again’.

Results-

1. Kayleigh Smith 21kg 210grams

2. Emma Pickering 17kg 050grams

3. Sandra Scotthorne 16kg 600grams

4. Abbi Kendall 11kg 250grams

5. Sam Sim 10kg 800grams

6. Julie Abbott 5kg 325grams

A huge thanks first and foremost must go to Matchroom Sport and Sky Sports for their organisation and coverage of the match. Secondly to Robin, Noelie and the team at Hayfield for hosting an awesome final! Thanks, must also go to all the Angling Trust team at both the final and the Ladies national. Last and by no means least, an immeasurable thanks to all the spectators on Saturday, it really was a Fish’O XXV to remember.


FLETCHER FLOURISHES IN FIRST TIME FISH'O SUCCESS

Myles Fletcher 2018 FOM Junior Champion

Myles Fletcher romped to victory in the weekends Junior Fish’O’Mania, the 18-year-old from Totley, in Sheffield took apart the competition, finishing nearly 6kg ahead of the chasing pack. The Junior field were on permanent pegs 1-6 and comprised of the six section winners from the Angling Trust Youth National who were;

1. Will Evans

2. Myles Flecther

3. Daniel Slack

4. Kieran Charnock

5. Josh Paling

6. Zak Worby

Myles Fletcher FOM 2018

In a similar vein to the other matches, there were a few fish to be had shallow in the early part of the match and Zak Worby was one of the first out of the gate, taking a decent carp on the pellet waggler at around 2ft in depth and pinging 8mm pellets.

It was also noticeable that the top three pegs were catching a few fish namely Daniel Slack, Myles Fletcher and Will Evans. Danny persevering on the pole, fishing shallow and attempting to mug the odd fish, whilst Myles and Will were on the pellet waggler.

Akin to the ladies match the Juniors also had a quiet spell in the middle of the match, Zak had taken four carp on the pellet waggler and was probably leading the field after 90 minutes, however it was noticeable that Myles had also had a few decent carp on the waggler and probably edged into the lead at the 2-hour mark.

2018 FOM Junior Champion

Later into the match, the carp started to have another munch, and both Daniel and Myles could be seen bent into both carassio and carp on the pellet waggler. This final flourish helped bolster Myles already considerable total and saw him lift the Junior Fish’O’Mania title by nearly 6kg with 17.625kg, taking away a cool £1,000 in the process.

Myles commented “It’s amazing! It was the first time I tried qualifying through the Junior Nationals, and it was great to take it away from some good anglers".

“I caught carp and carassio on the pellet waggler and I stuck at that most of the day, catching steadily. The first half of the match I had three fish of about six pounds each and it went from there. Myles showed real maturity adding that “I’m splitting the money with Danny Slack and the rest is going towards a car.”

Results:

1. Myles Fletcher 17kg 625grams

2. Zak Worby 11kg 700grams

3. Will Evans 10kg 325grams

4. Daniel Slack 9kg 000grams

5. Josh Paling 5kg 750grams

6. Kieran Charnock 3kg 850grams

A huge thanks first and foremost must go to Matchroom Sport and Sky Sports for their organisation and coverage of the match. Secondly to Robin, Noelie and the team at Hayfield for hosting an awesome final! Thanks, must also go to all the Angling Trust team at both the final and the Youth national. Last and by no means least, an immeasurable thanks to all the competitors and spectators on Saturday, it really was a Fish’O XXV to remember.


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