WHAT A RE­SULT!

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

KEITH Arthur’s comment about the re­cent Fish O’ Ma­nia fi­nal be­ing per­haps the best ever (see page 10) isn’t far off the mark in my opinion.

I’ve been laid up with a bad back for the last cou­ple of weeks, so I was able to avoid the usual Satur­day su­per­mar­ket trip and watch the whole Sky Sports cov­er­age from the rel­a­tive com­fort of the sofa.

I had a vested in­ter­est in the event as my col­league, An­gling Times Se­nior Fea­ture Writer and top match an­gler Ben Fisk, was in the fi­nal and I’d put my money on him to do well in what was a strong field.

With Ben in last place af­ter the first halfhourly weigh-in I’d al­ready writ­ten off my fiver (he came good late on and fin­ished a very cred­itable sev­enth over­all), so my at­ten­tions switched to the bat­tle for first place, and I was gripped.

The lead changed hands sev­eral times, and with the new small-fish stock­ing pol­icy at Cud­more it was an in­cred­i­bly tight match.

In the end, though, it was Andy May’s fo­cused abil­ity to stick to his guns that saw our res­i­dent ‘Coach’ colum­nist take the ti­tle.

What struck me was how cool he was in the run-in to the fi­nal whis­tle! Even when the Sky Sports sound men clipped the mi­cro­phone on and had a cam­era un­der his chin he was still feed­ing his swim, land­ing fish, and shar­ing a bit of ban­ter with other com­peti­tors and the stu­dio ex­perts too.

I reckon those sci­en­tists from Ch­ester Univer­sity who had put a heart mon­i­tor on him for the du­ra­tion of the match must have been won­der­ing if it was work­ing prop­erly!

Well done to Andy and all in­volved in the event – roll on next year!

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