Josh shows hot Pace to reach Mania final at Moorlands Fishery

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Without doubt the Fish “O” Mania event has captured the angling world’s attention in a big way thanks to the massive media coverage and the £30,000 final being covered by a day long programme on Sky Sports, writes Ken Wade.

This year is no exception and although the qualifiers have only just got underway we have a local angler in the grand final after Sensas Mark One rod Josh Pace took the top spot at Moorlands Fishery on Saturday.

Josh had already failed a week earlier despite a good draw but was determined to make amends. A good draw on Moore 12, one of the hot pegs, saw him full of confidence thanks to a very good run down from local angler Dave Hill.

Josh set off at a cracking rate bagging 10 good F1’s in the first half hour, taking his fish at 13 metres up in the water on pellet. The noted corner peg continued to produce fish throughout the day, with a switch to meat in the second half of the match sealing his victory with 95-8-0. He was the first to be weighed in, and had an agonising wait before it was confirmed he had made it through. He just saw off Ben Emery on Bank 7, who caught on a pellet waggler putting 82-4-0 to the scales to take the runner-up spot.

If he is going to make his mark on the biggest stage in angling there is a lot of work to be done, but a good draw and with just 15 others lining up for the grand final, Josh has £30,000 in his sights.

In the latest Metal Box AC match fished at North View Fishery, Gedney, in the winner’s berth was Roger Archer with a weight of 117lb 3oz.Roger fished a method feeder to the island from peg 14 with ground bait on the feeder and dead red maggot hook. Runner-up Tony Campion had 111lb 5oz, fishing similar tactics, then Jim Allen 74lb 15oz.

In the weekend Townsend Lakes open on the Woodpecker Pool, Brendan Strowgler broke the lake record with a fine 167lb 12oz net of carp and skimmers taken on the long pole shallow and later with luncheon meat fished in the margins from peg 6. Second place went to Ricky Young on 137lb, he fished a short pole line for most of the day with pellet, followed by Colin Begbie on 93lb 14oz.

Fenland Rods were at Decoy Lakes on Sunday fishing the Damson Lake, up until this year called the Day Ticket Pool. It’s a lake full of small fish with the odd better sample. The car park end provided the leading weights with Dick Warrener drawn on peg one on the new section. He fished maggot and cat meat close in to record a credible 76lb. He also weighed in a grass carp of about 5 lb. Close by was runner-up Kev Lee 64lb 12oz, followed by John Garner on 48lb 12oz and John Smith with a level 43lb.

In the Thursday Rookery Waters £1,000 qualifier Ramsey rod Andrew Kilby took the honours. Drawing in the bowl nearest the car park he caught on a method feeder tight to the bare bank from peg 23, finishing with 124lb 14oz taken on sweetcorn. Runner up was Colin Begbie with 111lb, then Mathew Arnold 110lb 8oz.

The Wednesday Over 60’s match saw venue regular Kevin Peacock out in front, 131lb 4 oz from peg 22, all taken on sweetcorn. Runner-up 73lb 6oz Roger Abbott, Roy Whincup 63lb 12oz.

In the Saturday qualifier match winner and booking a place in the final was Mike Whittaker, fishing 4mm pellet shallow on the long pole weighing in 96lb 14oz. Rob Wright second on 94lb, John Millard 85lb 5oz.

This Saturday’s open and a bonus Bank Holiday Monday qualifier will both be fished on Magpie Lake, to book in contact Alex 07824878492

In the Spratts AC match fished on the Oak Pool at Decoy Lakes Trevor Cousins continued his fine run of form taking 144lb 5oz of carp from peg 15, most fish caught in the margins on pellet and cat meat. Second 120lb 4oz Peter Spriggs, Mick Raby 114lb.