Matchroom Sport and the Angling Trust has announced a further change to Fish ‘O’ Mania XXIII and in the process clarified how the draw will be conducted for the new look two day final and removed any uncertainty.

The finalists will take part in a random draw on Thursday evening to determine their peg for day one of the two day final, drawing chronologically in the order from which they qualified. The draw for day two will take place on Friday evening with anglers drawing randomly in the order in which they finished on day one, the angler finishing in 1st place on day one will draw first down to the angler in 16th place drawing last.

The move follows feedback from anglers who voiced their concerns over the proposed change to the draw system that would have allowed anglers to hand pick their peg for Saturdays all important second day.

Ben Thompson, Angling Trust said “the recent announcement detailing the changes to format and structure have been well received on the whole, more opportunities to enter and increased prize money, however feedback highlighted some unease in regards to the draw process and we have acted with our colleagues at Matchroom Sport to address those concerns. With over 2,000 extra tickets available than in previous years, £50,000 to the winner and £10,000 to the runner up, we expect Fish ‘O’ Mania XXIII to be the biggest and most exciting to date.”

Details of Fish ‘O’ Mania XXIII including dates and venues will be available at towards the end of 2015. The competition is open to Angling Trust members only and entry will remain at £25 per qualifier. To join the Angling Trust from just £2.50 a month visit 

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