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Shepherd Leads The Herd

Hemsworth rod in Fish 'O' Mania Final
Former England Youth International, Dale Shepherd has won the debut Fish 'O' Mania qualifier at Aston Ponds in Sheffield.

The 23-year-old ace managed to net 67lb of ide, fishing up in the water with casters. Drawn on Peg 6 on the venue's Split Pond, Dale netted over 150 fish for his weight - which put him 5lb clear of second place.

Runner up on the day was local rod Leon Hardwick, who caught a 62lb 12oz net of ide from Lantra Pool. The Mosborough Tackle-backed rod fished across to the island with casters, but unfortunately finished just off the pace.

Given the awkward weather conditions, venue owner Alex Mitchell was pleased with how his venue fished: "Being the first time that I have hosted an event of this size and prestige, I was a bit nervous as to how the venue would perform, especially given the horrendous weather conditions that we experienced the day before!

"In the end, it was a close match, though, and I was pleased that the top six individuals were spread across three different lakes."  
 

Result:

1 Dale Shepherd (Hemsworth Angling Centre) 67lb (Peg 6, Split Pond)
2 Leon Hardwick (Mosborough Tackle Box) 62lb 12oz (Peg 5, Lantra)
3 Steve Openshaw (Lingmere) 60lb 6oz (Peg 19, Lantra)
4 Keith Pentham 53lb 6oz (Peg 22, Lantra)
5 Simon Mead 46lb 4oz (Peg 4, Lily)

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