Gary Hick, a gas engineer from Oswestry in Shropshire, has booked his place in the Fish 'O' Mania Final, after weighing in a 133lb 4oz net of carp.
is usual for this event all three lakes were in use – Specimen, Match
and Arena – but strangely the fishery staff could not predict where the
winner was likely to come from. Many of the competitors fancied
Specimen Lake being the favourite due to the high numbers of large carp
that the water held, and if these decided to have a go then a big weight
was on the cards. Unfortunately, the big carp never fed in numbers on
Specimen, and the expected winning weight never materialised from this
lake, but from Match Lake.
Drawn on Match Lake Peg 43, on the
burr bank side and end peg on the island, Gary ran out the eventual
winner, netting carp to 8lb.
Fishing meat down the edge for
most of the time and catching the odd fish on the long pole, he amassed a
total weight of 136lb 3oz to become the seventh qualifier for the Fish
‘O’ Mania final and make his long journey worthwhile.
place and just behind the winner with 133lb 4oz was Jamie Hughes, an angling coach from Wirral. Drawn on Match Lake Peg 37, Jamie fished
pellet shallow and groundbait and maggots down the edge. He caught a
mixed bag of carp to 10lb and F1s. Third place, again from Match Lake, was Preston Innovations rod Lee Kerry, from Leeds. Drawn on Peg 27 he
alternated Method feeder to the island and pole at 11 metres to weigh in
120lb 13oz made up of carp to 10lb.
In fourth place and this
time from the fancied Specimen Lake was James Hawkins, a business owner
from Kegworth, near Derby. He drew Peg 2 and finished the match with a
weight of 101lb of carp, with his biggest fish weighing 19lb 9oz. Fifth-placed angler, again from Specimen Lake, was Maver Bathhampton
rod, Kevin Dicks from Bristol. Drawn on Peg 72, he weighed in a total
of 84lb of carp and skimmers with his biggest carp weighing 17lb 13oz.