Un­stop­pable Jamie Hughes

Angling Times (UK) - - NETBUSTERS -

JAMIE Hughes has walked away with his third Fish O’Ma­nia ti­tle, a truly amaz­ing achieve­ment.

I feel for those who drew the high num­bers, which were dread­ful. When an­glers of the cal­i­bre of Will Rai­son, Dave Roberts and Lee Kerry can’t get a bite on a sin­gle mag­got on light gear, some­thing’s up.

And why did Arena Lake sim­ply switch off? I chat­ted with Jamie post-match and he pointed out the colour of the wa­ter. Arena is usu­ally a thick red-brown, but it was very clear, with a yel­low tinge and what looked like sus­pended al­gae.

The re­cently stocked carp could be ‘mugged’, which to my mind repli­cates one of the games we have at our Get Hooked on Fish­ing cen­tre for toddlers, with mag­netic fish and a mini-rod. Yet mug­ging is a skill, for sure, and in a match sit­u­a­tion it’s ‘fish to win’!

Some big-carp an­glers don’t count sur­face-caught fish, re­gard­ing them as too easy. I feel the same.

All credit to Jamie, though. On Satur­day he owned Arena Lake.

Jamie Hughes, a real class act.

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