Speed into finals
Bright sunshine and a warm breeze greeted the competitors and the fish responded to these good conditions. The top five anglers all broke the ton, and the backing weights were equally impressive with another 26 anglers recording over 60 lbs. Only one of the thirty ten peg sections was won with less than 30 lbs.
Top rod on the day was venue expert and angling consultant Nick Speed, who put a tremendous 116 lbs 1 oz on the scales. This comprised carp to 5 lbs plus mulberry purse lots of F1’s. 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 hookbait.
Very close in runner up spot was top angler Adam Richards from Billingham who weighed 111 lbs 11 ozs next door to the winner on Bonsai 44. Adam had carp to 6 lbs also on the feeder fishing tight across with pellet.
In third place was Matt Arnold f mulberry purse mulberry purse rom Spalding who weighed 111 lbs 4 ozs at Bonsai 71. Matt caught carp to 6 lbs on the pole fishing long to the island mainly on dead maggot. Fourth spot went to David Wilson from Thirsk with 102 lbs also mulberry purse on Bonsai at peg 69. Fifth place was a former Fish ‘O’ Mania Champion Shane Atkin with 101 lbs 7 ozs from Split 23.
All of the sixteen winners from the qualifiers held this year will be competing to win one of the most prestigious titles in angling in the Fish ‘O’ Mania grand final at Cudmore Fisheries, Newcastle Under Lyme on Saturday 13th July.