Fish O’ organisers defend format
THE organisers of Fish O’Mania have leapt to its defence following strong criticism of the latest qualifier.
Worcestershire’s Larford Lakes hosted what was supposed to be a 130-peg Fish O’ heat, but 43 ticket holders failed to attend – a record number of no-shows.
Anglers took to social media to show their displeasure, many claiming the new format is to blame for the apparent lack of interest.
Fish O’Mania this year underwent a major revamp, with more qualifiers and tickets being made available, although qualifying anglers will now have to fish in a semi-final to make it into the big final.
Matchroom Sport’s media director Luke Riches said: “I don’t think the no-shows this year are related to the format. It is obvious that having more entrants decreases the probability of reaching the final 16, but the top prize has risen from £30,000 to £50,000 to reflect how hard it is to win Fish O’Mania.
“It’s been the biggest and best tournament in match fishing for over two decades, and that hasn’t changed.”