A LATE RUN of fish enabled Neil McKinnon to win the 17th Fish’O’Mania Final.

Televised live on Sky Sports 2, Gloucester-based engineer Neil scooped the £25,000 jackpot ahead of 4-1 starting favourite Tom Pickering at Cudmore in north Staffordshire.

In a great TV boost for the sport, Shakespeare Superteam angler Neil, who is backed by Dynamite Baits, told Sky Sports News viewers in their result bulletins how he “persevered and persevered” in search of carp on pellet over chopped worm and caster.

He finally added five or six fish in the final 30 minutes…and that made the difference.

The Champion of Champions match is on today, Sunday, also on Sky Sports 2 and Angler’s Mail will have Fish’O’Mania special coverage of the entire weekend coming soon.

FINAL RESULT
1st – Neil McKinnon 27.98kg

2nd – Tom Pickering 23.88kg

3rd – Andy Benwell 20.27kg

4th – Ray Hayward 16.71kg

5th – Rob Wootton 16.37kg

6th – Andy North 14.87kg

7th – Neil Machin 14.75kg

8th – Tim Bull 13.87kg

9th – Kieron Rich 12.62kg

10th – Stuart Ballard 2.07kg

11th – Steven Seaborn 10.99kg

12th – Sean Huggins 9.85kg

13th – Luke Bamford 9.25kg

14th – Richard Hoskins 8.07kg

15th – Ben Emery 5.99kg

16th Steven Bamford 5.36kg.

 Watson wins Champions of Champions 

There was a similar story on Sunday, as a strong late finish saw Nathan Watson win the Champions of Champions match at Cudmore. His Method feeder brought steady action at a fancied peg to overhaul Matt Hall by 2 kg at the finish, to win £10,000. It wasn’t such a memorable day for Neil McKinnon – he finished last!

FINAL RESULT
1. Nathan Watson (Louth) 35.18kg  
2. Matt Hall (Awsworth) 33.69kg  
3. Dave Pimlott (Manchester) 28.73kg  
4. Steve Ringer (Ravensthorpe) 27.41kg  
5. Mick Bull (Warwick) 24.44kg   
6. Steve Jackson (Bridgwater) 24.41kg
7. Steve Cooke (Retford) 23.05kg 
8. Neil Machin (Stoke) 22.33kg   
9. Clive Wright (Wolverhampton) 19.38kg  
10 Rob Hitchens (Rotherham) 18.46kg  
11. Kevin Rowles (Devizes) 17.96kg  
12. Marc Jones (Wakefield) 15.92kg   
13. Geoff Ringer (Ravensthorpe) 14.94kg  
14. Andy Jennings (Wakefield) 11.08kg  
15. Ian Turner (Worksop) 9.10kg 

16. Neil McKinnon (Gloucester) 3.37kg

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  • scott

    No he’s not Andy. He’s in his 40’s

  • Nathan Watson

    No Andy!

  • Andy Robson

    Did I hear right on Skys coverage that Neil Mckinnon is only 36 years old ?