Steve Ringer has booked his place in the Fish ‘O’ Mania Grand Final by catching a huge weight of 229lbs 11ozs as the fish went on a feeding frenzy. The 10th Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier took place at Decoy Lakes with boiling temperatures not putting off the fish. 

 

The 130 pegs were spread over 9 lakes giving all anglers plenty of room resulting in a superb match where no less than 35 anglers topped the 100lb barrier. Two of these went over the 200lb mark with another 10 anglers weighing in the 90’s as this superb venue’s Carp & Tench got their heads down on the feed.

 

It was former Fish ’O’ Mania Champion Steve Ringer who fought a peg to peg battle with Luke Sears on Oak lake where he fished meat and hemp in the margins to land 229lbs 11ozs of Carp. His biggest Carp was 4lb which helped him see off the competition from Luke Sears from Retford who weighed in an equally impressive 225lbs 6ozs of Carp, fishing meat and pellet up in the water. Steve Ringer stated upon a record 7th qualification for the final, “Although I am in the final for the 7th time, the qualifying never gets any easier and its always a fantastic feeling to go through. I feel privileged to qualify as I have been fishing with 130 of the best anglers in the country.”

 

Cedar Lake provided third place in the form of Steve Gregory from Sheffield who fished pellet up the water to take a great carp net, weighing in 190lbs 12ozs. This weight would have been more than enough to qualify at most venues, which shows the superb fishing that took place at Decoy.

 

Fourth placed Rob Hitchens was drawn on Six Islands Lake where he weighed in a superb 183lb of Carp, with the largest being an exceptional 13lbs. The method he used to catch this one was fishing with cat meat and pellet. 

 

Former World Champion Tom Pickering claimed fifth spot with 179lbs 2ozs from Oak Lake almost opposite the winner.

 

NFA match organizer Mick Turner stated “the match provided some fantastic catches and it was great to see all 130 pegs filled”.

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