JAMIE HUGHES is the 2015 Coral Fish'O'Mania champion, netting the £30,000 jackpot at Cudmore Fisheries, Staffordshire for an magnificent second time.
North West ace Jamie matched the two Fish’O’Mania wins of Matt Hall, who was also in this year’s final, after he took the lead from the early stages in what was a tight but relatively low weight final.
Jamie, 32, from Bebbington on the Wirral, and recently recruited by the MAP tackle brand, emerged victorious with 16.600kg.
Former Angler’s Mail Matchman of the Year Jamie’s feat follows up his Fish’O’Mania win two years ago.
This time he was 4.050 ahead of nearest rival Connor Barlow, the rising Guru-sponsored angler who won the Angler’s Mail-Preston Innovations British Open a few weeks ago.
Match was tougher than expected
Arena Lake at Cudmore was re-stocked since last year’s final, and – despite worries a few weeks ago – weights for the showcase final were expected to be at at least double what actually happened.
But amid strong winds in the early part of the match, plus sun and a big crowd, it proved to be a testing contest for all the talented qualifiers for this year’s big money match.
At peg 4, which was fancied – especially with such a proven angler on it – Jamie had a clear lead by the halfway stage and kept going with F1s, two tench and plenty of small carp and skimmers.
“It is an unbelievable feeling! I always said I would love to win it twice but I didn’t think it would happen,” said a thrilled Hughes.
“The match went a lot different than all of us planned I think. We all thought we would be catching a lot more fish. Perhaps the disturbance around the lake scared some of the little fish and it has fished completely differently.”
Rotating his lines to keep fish coming made a difference for Jamie, but even then he feared Connor might catch him if he netted a bigger fish late-on.
Connor, from Droylsden, Manchester banks a £5,000 cheque while Wayne Taylor bagged the trophy and £1,000 for the biggest fish – a 2.100kg carp.
Coral Fish’O’Mania 2015 Final Result
1. Jamie Hughes (peg 4) 16.600kg
2. Connor Barlow (peg 2) 12.550kg
3. Wayne Taylor (peg 10) 10.525kg
4. Kerry Kirkwood (peg 11) 10.075kg
5. Josh Pace (peg 6) 9.875kg
6. Eddie Green (peg 12) 9.250kg
7. Matt Hall (peg 9) 8.625kg
8. Steve Freeman (peg 8) 8.500kg
9. Simon Colclough (peg 3) 8.100kg
10. John Harvey (peg 16) 8.050kg
11. Dale Shepherd (peg 15) 7.475kg
12. Roland Lucas (peg 7) 6.425kg
13. Frank Donachie (peg 5) 5.550kg
14. Dave Roberts (peg 1) 4.625kg
15. Perry Stone (peg 14) 2.575kg
16. Steve Mazza (peg 13) 2.200kg
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