Hughes wins record-breaking third Fish’O title!

Jamie Hughes has now won a remarkable three Fish 'O Mania finals

Jamie Hughes has now won a remarkable three Fish ‘O Mania finals

Jamie Hughes won a record-breaking third Vanarama Fish O’Mania title after a dominating performance at Cudmore Fisheries.

The Wirral, Merseyside-based matchman clinched glory – and a cheque for £50,000 – with a total of 26.900kg, finishing comfortably ahead of Andy Power’s second-placed 21.875.

And it completes a remarkable hat-trick of titles for Jamie, who also tasted glory in 2013 and 2015.

“It is unbelievable, it is something I never thought was possible,” said Jamie, who won from peg 7 on the fishery. “I had been chasing Fish O’Mania titles for 10 years now – at first the dream was to get to the final, then to win in, but three titles – it isn’t meant to happen.

“I was made up with my peg. In that third of the lake you have a chance. I knew I was catching fish and I was there or thereabouts. I was feeling it slip a little when I was struggling to catch towards the end but everybody seemed to stop catching at the end and I had done enough.

“The plan was to fish for everything at first. I caught a couple of carp and some silver fish and it was going alright and then the silver fish seemed to stop feeding completely so I decided to fish for carp and I caught ten or 12 in the last couple of hours.

“The money is going towards the house, hopefully it will pay the house off,” added Jamie, whose winnings from three final wins now totals £110,000.

The battle for second place was an exciting tournament within a tournament as veteran Steve Jackson, multi-Fish O’Mania finalist Andy Power and last year’s third place finisher Ross Harold battled it out. In the end it was Power, making his sixth appearance who came through in the final half hour to nick the £10,000 prize.

Commented Power: “They turned up for me in the last hour. The wind changed direction and I had the ripple. I could see there wasn’t a lot being caught so I knew if I kept going I had a chance of second.

“Going from a bad day, catching nothing, to having a few fish in front of me, was all a mad rush,” he said.

Vanarama Fish‘O’Mania XXIV – Results

1 JAMIE HUGHES 26.900
2 ANDY POWER 21.875
3 ROSS HAROLD 21.250
4 STEVE JACKSON 20.050
5 STEVE COOKE 13.825
6 CHRIS WEEDER 13.760
7 BOB GILES 13.100
8 TONY CURD 12.350
9 JASON REDGRAVE 12.125
10 ADAM RICHARDS 12.025
11 LEE BENNETT 11.725
12 MARKUS BILLEN 11.575
13 STEPHEN OPENSHAW 10.650
14 BEN SHARP 7.725
15 JASON COLLINS 7.000
16 STEVEN HAMILTON 6.525
17 STEVE BARRACLOUGH 5.025
18 PAUL BLINKHORN 5.010
19 DAVE ROBERTS 4.700
20 COLIN SCOTT 4.550
21 RICHARD CHAPMAN 4.300
22 WILL RAISON 4.125
23 LEE KERRY 1.825
24 KEITH PENTLAND 1.525
25 ANDY ADAMS 0.925

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