Makins Fishery at Bramcote, Nuneaton hosted the third qualifier of the 2014 Fish O Mania campaign on Wednesday 16th April. All the Phase 1 lakes plus Lagoon and Lizard on Phase 2 were in the draw bag and hopes for a good match were high.

However, whilst the sun shone all day this qualifier followed two sharp overnight frosts. A keen south easterly wind also kept water temperatures down. This clearly impacted on catches in places.

That said the fishery again delivered the goods with impressive weights coming from all the lakes except the usually reliable Lake 2 which was only a shadow of its normal self with only 44 lbs topping the whole lake.  On Lake 2 over 50 lbs was required to win the other 10-peg sections.

Following the dominance of the middle pegs on Lake 1 in 2013, anglers drawing there were very optimistic and generally, as it turned out, with good reason. 

Adam Rumble, Maver Midlands, drew peg 11 and caught carp from the off on the pellet waggler. His biggest fish went close to 15 lbs in a total catch of 125 lbs 14 ozs. He fed around 2 pints of 8 mm pellets to keep the fish interested.    

Runner –up with 97 lbs was Darren Hall from Selby fishing for Sensas North.  Like Adam he caught carp to 15 lbs from peg 20 on Lake,  but all on the method feeder with dead reds on the hook.

Local rod Darren Wayte who fishes for Team Army captured third place with a magnificent 93 lbs 2 ozs from peg 36 on Lake 5. Darren took carp to 8 lbs plus one 8 ozs roach on the pellet waggler.  Fourth and fifth saw two excellent weights from Lizard pool . 

Fourth was Derby angler Ady Lindsay who put 91 lbs 8 ozs on the scales from peg 9 and fifth was Liam o’Donaghue from peg 40. Both caught some big fish down the edge 

All eyes will be upon Hayfield Lakes, Doncaster this Saturday 19th April for the next Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier.