Fish O’ re­turn?

Don­caster wa­ter favourite as Fish O’ fi­nal set to move

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New home for big fi­nal?

COULD the Fish O’Ma­nia fi­nal be head­ing back to Hayfield Lakes?

This week we can re­veal that or­gan­is­ers The An­gling Trust and Match­room Sport are con­sid­er­ing a change of venue for the meg­a­money match next sum­mer... with the York­shire venue among the front run­ners for the show­piece fi­nal.

With a proven track record of host­ing the fi­nal, the Don­caster com­plex would be favourite, af­ter a num­ber of fi­nals at Stafford­shire’s Cud­more Fish­eries that have been dogged by poor catches.

No deal has yet been struck, but Hayfield al­ready hosts the Maver Mega Match This fi­nal and ticks ev­ery box.

Match­room’s Luke Riches has ad­mit­ted Hayfield is ideal for the match.

“Hayfield is a strong pos­si­bil­ity for a change, but noth­ing is con­firmed as yet,” he said. How­ever, An­gling Times can re­veal that of­fi­cials from the An­gling Trust and Sky TV have vis­ited the fish­ery.

“We’d love to host this match but it’s all down to the or­gan­is­ers,” said Hayfield’s Noelie Go­forth. “We have been ap­proached with a view to hold­ing the fi­nal here but no timescale has been put in place to say yes or no.”

“We do view Hayfield as the Wem­b­ley of match­fish­ing and I think an­glers see us as the home of Fish O’Ma­nia. Of course, we wouldn’t say no if we were asked to host the fi­nal.”

Three-times Fish O’ cham­pion Jamie Hughes is a fan of the Maver-spon­sored fish­ery.

“From a spec­ta­tors’ point of view, Hayfield would be a great venue as the carp are big­ger and the weights will be good,” he said. “Cud­more has been good to me, but I don’t think 24 an­glers on the Arena Lake works in the cur­rent for­mat. “How­ever, that num­ber on the Is­land Lake at Hayfield would be per­fect wher­ever you go as no-one can make the fish move to where they don’t want to be,” he added.

“Hayfield’s lakes are big­ger and aren’t as af­fected by pres­sure, plus a lot of meth­ods work there so it would make a good spec­ta­tor event.

“Speak­ing as an an­gler, as long as I could go into the draw know­ing that what­ever peg I get gives me a chance, I’d be happy. As it stands, Cud­more doesn’t do that.”

The carp in Hayfield are big­ger than those in Cud­more’s Arena..

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