SIX OF THE BEST...

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

...Fish O’ fi­nals

Andy May scooped the 2016 Fish O’Ma­nia ti­tle. Here we look back at six other great fi­nals of the event.

1 First out­ing

In 1994, Fish O’Ma­nia was cre­ated and it was Ian Turner who got his name on the tro­phy. Le­ices­ter­shire’s Mal­lory Park was the host venue, with the Work­sop man need­ing a mea­gre 13.150kg to top the pile.

2 Sil­ver suc­cess

Ex­perts claimed that carp would be needed to win the 1997 fi­nal at Hayfield Lakes, but with the mir­rors and com­mons not play­ing ball, Kevin Rowles fished for roach and orfe for his win­ning 17.590kg catch.

3 Mega weight match

Neil Machin was hot favourite when he drew the flyer peg at Hayfield in 2006 and ended the day with a stag­ger­ing 98. 690kg – the big­gest ever weight in a Fish O’Ma­nia fi­nal.

4 Hall at the dou­ble

Hav­ing taken the glory 2003, Matt Hall re­turned to the fi­nal in 2009 to try and be­come the first ever man to win Fish O’Ma­nia twice. He suc­ceeded in style, putting 34.770kg in his nets in front of a bumper crowd.

5 Last minute magic

With time run­ning out in the 2010 fi­nal, Tommy Pick­er­ing’s dreams were shat­tered in the dy­ing sec­onds as Neil McKinnon banked his fi­nal big carp of the match to weigh 27.980kg and snatch the glory at the death.

6 Out­sider vic­tory

Ar­guably the big­gest shock in the tour­na­ment’s his­tory was sprung in 2011 as out­sider Shane Atkin took the tro­phy with a 20.530kg win­ning catch.

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