Heavy rain overnight and pretty cold conditions all day helped to make this a hard match for most of the anglers at the tenth Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier held at Barford Lakes, Norwich on Saturday 18th May .
It was Andrew Leathers lucky day, the Hotrods angler was a reserve and got a ticket on the morning. Andrew then drew fancied peg 30, a corner peg on the Match lake, and to complete his lucky draw the peg on his left wasn’t drawn. Andrew fished worm and caster to the corner and worm and groundbait to the left to take fish virtually all day to win 154 lb 15 oz net of F1’s and carp to 10 lbs.
Runner up Marc Rodger from Ossett drew peg 3 on the Top lake where he fished pellet shallow down the edge to net carp and F1’s for his 91 lb net.
In third place was local angler Lee Carver with 78 lb 6 ozs from peg 29 on the Pleasure Lake. Lee fished pellet waggler to take carp to 14 lbs. Fourth place went to Matthew Bunting (Dersingham AC) with 78 lbs of carp from the margins on Pleasure 23, his biggest carp weighing in at 17 lbs 8 ozs.
Chris Knights (Harleston AC) finished fifth with 73 lbs 4 ozs, and had carp to 10 lbs on pellet waggler from Pleasure 13.It was disappointing to have 7 empty pegs on the day when anglers didn’t turn up, with not enough reserves to fill all the vacant pegs.
On Saturday 25th May Aston Park Lakes in Sheffield will be hosting the next Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier.