Nick Speed has completed the line-up for the 2013 Fish 'O' Mania Final, which takes place at Cudmore Fishery on Saturday, July 13th.
Many are hailing the line-up, which includes nine fully sponsored anglers, three former and current England internationals, and six former winners of big-money events, as the strongest ever.
Bright sunshine and a warm breeze greeted the competitors for the last Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier of the year at Lindholme Lakes, Epworth.
The fish responded to these good conditions, and this was clearly illustrated when the top five anglers all broke the ton, and the backing weights were equally impressive with another 26 anglers recording over 60lb.
Only one of the 30 10-peg sections was won with less than 30lb. Venue expert and angling consultant Nick Speed from Sheffield put a tremendous 116lb 1oz on the scales to take victory, comprising carp to 5lb plus lots of smaller F1s. Nick drew Peg 45 on Bonsai Pool and caught the bulk of his fish on the Method feeder tight to an island, with pellet being the winning hook bait.
Very close in runner-up spot was Adam Richards from Billingham in Teesside, who, next door to the winner, weighed 111lb 11oz on Bonsai Peg 44. Adam had carp to 6lb also on the feeder fishing tight across with pellet. In third place was Matt Arnold from Spalding who weighed 111lb 4oz at Bonsai Peg 71. Matt caught carp to 6lb on the pole fishing long to the island mainly on dead maggot.
Fourth spot went to David Wilson from Thirsk with 102lb on Bonsai at Peg 69. Fifth place was a former Fish ‘O’ Mania Champion Shane Atkin with 101lb 7oz from Split Peg 23.
The full line-up is:
Andy Power, Viaduct Fishery – 179lb 14oz
Darren Cox, Preston Innovations Boldings – 82lb 7oz
Craig Jones, Makins Fishery – 99lb 8oz
Les Thompson, Colemans Cottage Fishery – 167lb 0oz
Gavin Millis, Gold Valley Lakes – 144lb 6oz
Neil McKinnon, Tunnel Barn Farm – 121lb 1oz
Gary Hicks, Maver Larford Lakes – 136lb 3oz
Perry Stone, Monk Lakes Fishery – 207lb 14oz
James Dent, The Oaks – 37kg 500g
Andrew Leathers, Barford Lakes – 154lb 15oz
Dale Shepherd, Aston Park Fisheries – 67lb 0oz
Tom Pickering, Messingham Sands Fishery – 144lb 10oz
Jamie Hughes, Partridge Lakes Fishery – 148lb 14oz
Nathan Watson, Woodland View Fishery – 152lb 3oz
Lee Barrett, Woodland Lakes Fishery – 123lb 7oz
Nick Speed, Lindholme Lakes Fishery – 116lb 1oz