While Andy May was win­ning the £50,000 Fish O’Ma­nia prize, else­where at Cud­more the Ladies, Ju­niors and In­ter­na­tional were be­ing de­cided ....

Angling Times (UK) - - NORTH -

Chopped worm, caster and peat bring vic­tory for Dutch­man Jur­gen Spier­ings


SAND­WICHED in be­tween the Fish O’ fi­nal­ists on the Arena Pool were six of the con­ti­nent’s finest.

They were all fish­ing for the £3,000 cheque and it was Dutch an­gler Jur­gen Spier­ings who cel­e­brated with 27-400. He beat Ital­ian mas­ter Milo Colombo on 20-950.

Jur­gen had fished the lake in pre­vi­ous in­ter­na­tional chal­lenges for Hol­land. This time he went down the chopped worm, caster and peat line of at­tack, pick­ing off lots of ide early on. Then the fish­ing slowed down and he was left fish­ing for any­thing that swam, some chunky F1s help­ing to boost his fi­nal weight. Re­sult: 1 Jur­gen Spier­ings, Hol­land, 27-400; 2 Milo Colombo, Italy, 20-950; 3 Mathieu Vi­lain, France, 14-075; 4 Adam Niemiec, Poland, 14-350; 5 Mario Ne­bauer, Ger­many, 12-300; 6 Eric Di Venti, Bel­gium, 11-800.


DO­ING bat­tle on the Suez Canal were the six ju­niors fish­ing for £1,000.

And it was Ip­swich an­gler Jack Da­mant who was crowned cham­pion.

The 16-year-old bagged 17-200 off peg 1 to nar­rowly win by a lit­tle over 700g.

He was ahead of for­mer cham­pion Sam Col­lett, with the two lads battling it out from ad­ja­cent pegs.

In­deed, the match was tight as Adam Swain in third and Tom Ed­wards in fourth were just grams away from Sam.

The windy con­di­tions made fish­ing long to the far bank dif­fi­cult at times.

This was some­thing that Jack ac­knowl­edged and which forced him to fish a lit­tle shorter than he had planned.

He used chopped worm and caster,to pick off F1s, bar­bel and ide.

Then a change to the edge late on nicked a cou­ple of bream plus big skim­mers and F1s to see him home.

1 Jack Da­mant, 17-200; 2 Sam Col­lett, 16-475; 3 Adam Swain, 16-400; 4 Tom Ed­wards, 16-125; 5 Wil­liam McCra­nor, 12-400; 6 Yestyn Seph­ton, 7-850.


THE Scot­thorne tro­phy cabi­net is al­ready over­crowded with the medals and cups won by Alan and his wife, San­dra.

Now they’ll need to find more room af­ter San­dra claimed her fourth Ladies Fish O’Ma­nia ti­tle on the Suez Canal to pocket the £1,000 prize.

Draw­ing peg 6, Hakon Hunt cloth­ing boss San­dra, a for­mer Ladies World Cham­pion, weighed in 20-200 to win by over 2kg.

She beat Gemma Matthews on peg 1, who to­talled 17-850.

Both ladies en­joyed plenty of ac­tion from small F1s, carp, tench and ide.

The two found them­selves neck and neck un­til the fi­nal few hours.

Then San­dra de­cided to switch to fish­ing shal­low with chopped worm and caster to get in front.

This was a po­si­tion she wasn’t to re­lin­quish and kept it go­ing un­til the end of the tus­sle.

1 San­dra Scot­thorne, 20-200; 2 Gemma Matthews, 17-850; 3 Char­lotte Gore, 12-225; 4 Emma Drys­dale, 8-650; 5 Alison Jones, 8-125; 6 Lisa Ford, 7-850.

Win­ner Dutch­man Jur­gen Spier­ings.

Jack Da­mant is crowned champ.

An­other tro­phy for San­dra Scot­thorne.

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