In line with current government guidance around spectators at sports events, this year’s FishOMania will be staged behind closed doors, with live coverage on Sky Sports, DAZN and Matchroom.Live on Saturday, August 29.
Matchroom Multi Sport and Angling Trust have remained in contact with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and were hopeful of being able to welcome spectators to this year’s FishOMania. However, following the recent announcement that pilot events for spectators at live sport would be paused, this will not be possible.
FishOMania will still go ahead at Hayfield Lakes on Saturday, August 29 with 24 anglers competing for the £50,000 first prize. FishOMania NXTGEN will also go ahead as planned, with eight young anglers competing for a £2,500 winner’s cheque.
Matchroom Multi Sport and Sky Sports are working together to add new innovations to the live broadcast of FishOMania, ensuring fans who would usually attend can still enjoy FishOMania in full, live on Sky Sports.
Improvements will include new aerial footage of the match and improved online live scoring so fans can follow the action as weights are recorded every 30 minutes. For the first time, FishOMania NXTGEN will also have live scoring, with weigh-ins every 60 minutes during the four-hour match.
FishOMania will begin at 11:30am on Saturday, August 29, live on Sky Sports and international broadcast partners including DAZN and Matchroom.Live.
In the build up to this year’s FishOMania, highlights from all 26 previous FishOMania finals will be available free to watch at Matchroom.Live and on the Matchroom Multi Sport YouTube channel.