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.
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!
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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