Fish O’ Ma­nia

Hughes lifts third ti­tle

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

HIS­TORY was made at last week’s Va­narama Fish O’Ma­nia fi­nal as Jamie Hughes be­came the most suc­cess­ful an­gler in the his­tory of the event – tak­ing his third ti­tle in front of the packed crowds and live Sky TV cam­eras.

The Wir­ral-based match ace fol­lowed up wins in 2013 and 2015 with this year’s crown, worth a cool £50,000 in the process, af­ter weigh­ing in 26-900 of carp and ide from fan­cied peg 7 on the Arena Pool at Stafford­shire’s Cud­more Fish­eries. This means he’s the first – and will prob­a­bly be the only – an­gler to win this blue riband event three times.

A red-hot favourite with the book­ies as soon as he qual­i­fied for the match af­ter win­ning at Lake­view Fish­ery, MAP/Bag ‘Em Baits-backed Jamie held off a strong fight­back from Andy Power a few pegs away to win by a lit­tle over five kilos.

“It’s re­mark­able to have won Fish O’ three times – once would be enough, to be frank, but when you make the fi­nal it be­comes a straight ‘win­ner takes all’ match, al­beit a bit dif­fer­ent to the norm with the crowds and cam­eras plus the thought of win­ning £50,000,” Jamie said.

“I’d like to say there’s a great se­cret to win­ning Fish O’ but I have the same ap­proach as in any other match. I can’t in­flu­ence what’s go­ing on around me so I con­cen­trate on my own match and fo­cus on mak­ing the right de­ci­sions and mak­ing changes when I have to.”

Caster fished on the deck and then shal­low at 6m and 13m was Jamie’s win­ning at­tack, catch­ing ide be­fore the carp took over ap­proach­ing the half­way point. At this stage he went into the lead, never let­ting it go to end up a pop­u­lar cham­pion.

“To win Fish O’ you need to draw the right peg and then not mess it up – to some­one fish­ing the match for the first time it can be very daunt­ing with your ev­ery move be­ing watched by the crowd and the cam­eras,” he con­tin­ued.

“Win­ning these big events is my goal each sum­mer and I go all-out to do it. I fish more qual­i­fiers than any­one else and travel wher­ever I have to go, so my chances of qual­i­fy­ing are greatly in­creased. Once I make it, the rest is down to me – and a bit of luck at the draw!”.

Jamie on his way to a third Fish O’ ti­tle.

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