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Post by waggler woman on Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:42 am

NEIL McKinnon has won the Fish'O'Mania XVII in the most dramatic style.

McKinnon had not been in front at any stage of the prestigious angling competiton but a sensational last hour saw him sweep the glory.

It was heartbreak for former World Champion Tom Pickering who had been well ahead up until the last few moments but a late surge won McKinnon the title and earned him a place in Sunday's Fish'O'Mania Champion of Champions.

"With an hour to go I just stuck to my plan and fished my heart out and it has worked for me," said McKinnon.

"I knew there was a lot of carp there and I had to be patient to find them. But I perservered and perservered and I caught five or six fish in the last half hour and it has made all the difference.

"What a day. I missed a few bites near the end and I thought that might've cost me but it didn't. I might buy a new car or go to Las Vegas. Viva Las Vegas!"

McKinnon was 6.15kg behind with only 30 minutes remaining but then caught 10.25kg compared to nothing from Pickering, who ended on 23.88kg, while McKinnon claimed the victory with a total of 27.98kg.

Despite the disappointment of not winning, Pickering paid tribute to the winner.

"Neil fished a great match in the last hour and I couldn't catch anything in the last half hour," said Pickering.

"He deserved to win it and I'm pleased for him. I will just have to try again.

"Finishing second you might as well chuck yourself in the water and drown yourself. I'll be smashing up everything in the house tonight but full credit to Neil."

It was a thrilling day of fishing at the Cudmore Fisheries in Staffordshire with the event broadcast live on Sky Sports 2.

Neil Machin, the 2006 champion, was the early front runner in the race for the £25,000 top prize. Pre-event betting favourite Tommy Pickering, a former World Champion, started badly as he was in last position after the second weigh-in but soon made his way up the positions.

In the weigh-in at 2.30pm he had moved up to second and with a big fish in the bag was on the verge of moving from last to first inside two hours.

Pickering became the fourth different angler to be in front after Andy North, Rob Wootton and Neil Machin had been leading the competition but McKinnon took control when it mattered the most.

There was an added incentive for all the anglers as the biggest fish of the day would net them £2,500.

Tim Bull, brother of 2008 winner Mick, led that competition with a fish of 3.42kg, slightly ahead of Pickering's ghost carp which weighed in at 3.26kg.

However, that effort was later beaten by Andy Benwell's 5.05kg monster that looked to have won him the money. But there was to be a twist in the tale as Andy North caught a huge 6.08kg carp in the last few moments to claim the £2,500.
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Post by ste hammy on Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:27 am

was class viv was there... and watched that champions of champions 2day... that was close nathan watson won it by just over 1kg was good
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Post by carpermark78 on Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:02 am

did anyone watch fishomania XVIII 2011 on saturday and sunday? i was just wondering about the results.i was working and only managed to catch a couple of hours early on on my mobile phone.i was just wondering who was the eventual winner and how did team england get on on the sunday as i was also working Crying or Very sad

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Post by john-evs on Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:36 am


1. Shane Atkin 20.53 kg

2. Simon Christian 15.18 kg

3. David George 13.24 kg

4. Chris Kendall 12.60 kg

5. Andy Favill 1.36 kg

6. Tim Nash 10.36 kg

7. Kieron Rich 10.12 kg

8. Richard A’Herne 9.76 kg

9. Andy Neal 7.65 kg

10. Andy May 5.89 kg

11. Robert Pelling 5.64 kg

12. Jon Arthur 5.54 kg

13. Nathan Watson 4.80 kg

14. Mark Wainwright 4.74 kg

15. Tony Curd 4.10 kg

16. Alan Bruce 2.96 kg


1.Samantha Sim – 12.05 kg

2. Julie Abbott – 10.75 kg

3. Emma Pickering – 9.27 kg

4. Sammie Perkins – 7.08 kg

5. Wendy Locker – 4.66 kg

6. Linda Cooke – 0.66 kg


1. England - 95.89 kg

(Scotthorne, Raison, Shipp, Hemingray)

2. Scotland – 88.09 kg

(Corcoran, Masson, Clark, Woodrow)

3. Wales – 79.58 kg

(Frost, Edwards, Roberts, Amos)

4. Ireland – 56.11 kg

(Wheeler, Burleigh, Tisdall, Walsh)

1. Lee Edwards (Wales) 39.57 kg

2. Will Raison (England) 33.35 kg

3. Willy Wheeler (Ireland) 13.27 kg

4. Davie Corcoran (Scotland) 19.15 kg

5. Darren Frost (Wales) 15.33 kg

6. Des Shipp (England) 23.29 kg

7. David Burleigh (Ireland) 13.64 kg

8. James Woodrow (Scotland) 22.46 kg

9. Ben Roberts (Wales) 11.27 kg

10. Steve Hemingray (England) 23.25 kg

11. Jack Tisdall (Ireland) 11.08 kg

12. Brian Clark (Scotland) 11.59 kg

13. Andy Amos (Wales) 13.41 kg

14. Alan Scotthorne MBE (England) 16.00 kg

15. Vincent Walsh (Ireland) 18.12 kg

16. Jamie Masson (Scotland) 34.89 kg

Fish ‘O’ Mania Junior – Results

1. Sam Hughes (Peg 5) 23.82 kg

2. Michael Corsini (Peg 2) 10.65 kg

3. Jack Caple (Peg 1) 9.22 kg

4. Daniel Deakin (Peg 3) 7.48 kg

5. James Thirkill (Peg 6) 6.63 kg

6. Dan Blackwell (Peg 1) 6.18 kg
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