Fish O’ or­gan­is­ers de­fend for­mat

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

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.”

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