Two local rods in the big TV battle hoping to land a £30,000 prize

Josh Pace is fishing for a prize of �30,000 this weekend.
Josh Pace is fishing for a prize of �30,000 this weekend.
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It’s the biggest weekend of the year for individual anglers right across the country as the Final of the 2015 Fish ‘O’ Mania event takes place at the Browning Cudmore Fishery in Staffordshire on Saturday.

There will be even more local interest this season as never before have two of our local rods made it through to the Grand Final.

Steve Freeman is also in the Fish 'O' Mania final.

Steve Freeman is also in the Fish 'O' Mania final.

First place in this year’s event, which is televised live, is worth a cool £30,000 so there is a great deal of pressure on our two stars, Steve Freeman and Josh Pace.

Both local anglers have been over to practice on the venue and I know they have gained some valuable information.

A huge contingent of local anglers will be making the trip to the Midlands to watch and support Josh and Steve on the biggest day of their fishing lives and I know they will give it their all.

There will be 16 competitors who have qualified from regional qualifiers fishing a five-hour match to determine the 22nd annual Fish ’O’ Mania Champion.


Yaxley, Farcet, Holme and District AC fished for the Stokes No1 Cup at Monks Lode in blustery conditions which made bait presentation extremely difficult.

Lionel Whaley managed to put a net of small fish together catching rudd, roach and silver bream for a winning weight of 3lb 2oz.

Whaley used a small waggler and pinkie fished tight against a bed of lilies to see off the challenge of Mike Mahon, who was pegged next to Whaley and also fished a small waggler but only managed 1lb 8½oz .

Third was John Furnell with 1lb 7¼oz.


The Cock Inn fished the low numbers of Six Islands at decoy on Sunday and Bob Mills made it two wins in a row for the club, topping the field from peg seven with 100lb 8oz.

He caught carp and a lot of barbel close in on pellet .

Kev Gilbert was second with 85lb 6oz followed by Steve Smith with 78lb 4oz.


Webb’s AC made the trip over to Rookery Waters to fish the Magpie Pool and Andy Perry took the honours with a net of carp taken on luncheon meat for 70lb 12oz.

Second with 61lb 14oz was Martin Parker, again carp taken on the pole with meat, followed by George Bates with 53lb 11oz.


It was tough going for the Whittlesey AA anglers fishing the high bank at Ferry Meadows on Saturday. There were plenty of small fish showing but no big bream.

Out in front with a 14lb 6oz weight of small skimmers taken on the feeder was Kevin Crompton, then came Paul Rayner with 13lb 8oz and Ted Rowe on 8lb 13oz.