CARP and barbel fed like crazy for the Fish’O’Mania’s 20th final, but there was one very clear winner with a dazzling red-hot display of match fishing – and that was Jamie Hughes.
The popular Wirral-based angling coach, backed by Maver and Bag ’em Matchbaits, caught a stunning 68.470 kg in the sunshine at Cudmore’s Arena Pool in north Staffordshire.
It’s the second best weight ever recorded in the long-running televised final, and it came against what many pundits said was the best-ever final field featuring some highly experienced bagging anglers.
Well backed by punters at the bookies onsite and offsite, pole tactics saw Jamie mainly plunder barbel at peg 7 (where he drew last year and came fourth) on a line where he could loose feed by hand.
And watched by a big crowd in sizzling weather, including his mum and dad and girfriend sat behind him, there was no stopping the former Angler’s Mail Matchman of the Year on the way to a £30,000 payday plus the coveted title, this year sponsored by hotelplanner.com
Lee Barrett was well behind despite a strong finish, with 38.100, ahead of Andy Leather 36.430, in a Fisho fish fest.
Others: James Dent 32.900; Neil McKinnon 29.020; Dale Shepherd 27.050; Les Thompson 24.550; Tom Pickering 23.860; Nathan Watson 22.780; Andy Power 22.080; Gary Hick 20.430; Darren Cox 15.130; Craig Jones 11.710; Perry Stone 5.930; Nick Speed 4.850; Gavin Millis 2.400.
- Best fish worth £1,000 went to former Match This champion Andy Power for a near 13 lb carp caught late on, as many went after that prize. And England ace Emma Pickering took the ladies’ crown.
PREVIOUS FISH’O’MANIA CHAMPIONS
Jamie Hughes’ name is now added to this illustrious list as the event celebrates its 20th year.
2012 Warren Martin 30.67 kg Cudmore
2011 Shane Atkin 20.53 kg Cudmore
2010 Neil McKinnon 27.98 kg Cudmore
2009 Matt Hall (Awsworth) 34.77 kg Cudmore
2008 Mick Bull (Warwick) 29.64 kg Cudmore
2007 Clive Wright (Wolverhampton) 51.92 kg Hayfield
2006 Neil Machin (Stoke) 98.69 kg Hayfield
2005 Marc Jones (Wakefield) 17.55 kg Hayfield
2004 Rob Hitchens (Rotherham) 25.07 kg Hayfield
2003 Matt Hall (Awsworth) 22.00 kg Hayfield
2002 Nathan Watson (Louth) 39.60 kg Hayfield
2001 Steve Jackson (Bridgwater) 37.61 kg Hayfield
2000 Geoff Ringer (Ravensthorpe) 19.70 kg Hayfield
1999 Steve Cooke (Retford) 31.610 kg Hayfield
1998 Steve Ringer (Ravensthorpe) 32.54 kg Hayfield
1997 Kevin Rowles (Devizes) 17.59 kg Hayfield
1996 Dave Pimlott (Manchester) 6.60 kg Hallcroft
1995 Andy Jennings (Wakefield) 19.56 kg Hallcroft
1994 Ian Turner (Worksop) 13.15 kg Mallory Park
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