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Curd's way wins day at Makins

Last Updated: 21/04/11 12:38pm

Curd: big fan of Makins Fishery

London painter Tony Curd brushed aside all-comers to become the second angler to qualify for the Fish 'O' Mania Grand Final.

"I was made up to be fishing at Makins and it has been a big ambition of mine since qualifying to make it through to the final again."

Tony Curd

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Guru/Bait Tech matchman Curd, 21, produced an amazing weight of 153lb 11oz from peg A9 on Lake 2 at Makins Fishery, Warwickshire, to earn a second shot at the prestigious title.

Working mainly on the method feeder, Curd - who also took some big fish to 9lbs on the pellet waggler - caught from the off and caught steadily in 3's and 4's throughout the day.

Reflecting on his win, Curd said: "I was made up to be fishing at Makins and it has been a big ambition of mine since qualifying to make it through to the final again.

"When I drew my peg at Makins I thought I had a good chance. I have fished the venue four times now and think it is a great venue and been kind to me".

Pushed

At the draw most anglers, if pushed to say where they wanted to draw, would have said anywhere on Lake 2 but it only turned up eight weights over 50lbs.

Curd beat second-placed Tim Dabrowa by just one of those 'lumps'.

Dabrowa, from Ely, caught steadily throughout the day on the pellet waggler from peg 26 on Lizard Pool.

Third spot went to Jarrad Smith who produced a great performance to take 132 lbs 3ozs from peg 16 on Reptile. Coalville-based Smith caught around 30 carp on the pellet method feeder.

Dave Reeve from Suffolk, who was third reserve on the day, captured fourth place with a net of carp to 12lbs totalling 129lbs 2ozs from corner peg A3 on Lake 2 again on the method feeder.

Quality

Local angler Lee Farmer, from just up the road in Nuneaton, finished fifth in what was his first ever Fish 'O' Mania qualifier thanks to a haul of 110 lbs 12ozs of carp to 6lbs from Lizard 11, fishing shallow on the long pole.

Despite being fished in bright sunshine with temperatures into the 20's, this qualifier turned out to be a quality event with the top five anglers all scoring a 'ton' and with the top 10 anglers all posting weights in excess of 80lbs.

A total of 70lbs was needed to win all but four of the 13 ten-peg sections. That said some lakes which had been on top form in recent weeks and were expected to produce the goods for this match in the end proved to be very disappointing.

Many anglers finished the day frustrated at seeing so many cruising fish, few of which were interested in feeding.

This Saturday the Fish 'O' Mania action moves to Lakeview Fisheries at Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, with another angler looking to book their place into the grand final.

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