Hats off to 'Hatman'

Chris steps in to take to honours in Leicestershire

Last Updated: 26/04/11 3:48pm

Kendall: win has now sunk in

There will be a new face in this year's Fish 'O' Mania final after Chris Kendall came off the reserve list to win at Lakeview Fishery.

"By the end of the match I was confident of having done a 'ton', but didn't realise that the second place angler was so close to overtaking me from just a couple of pegs away."

Chris Kendall

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Kendall - better known as 'Hatman' in the world of fishing forums - was fortunate enough to draw peg 18 in the middle of Reef bank after getting the call up for the third qualifier and he took full advantage.

Fishing red maggot as hook bait and varying his depth from three feet to 18 inches up and down the slope, he caught carp and F1's from 1lb to 3lb steadily throughout the match to land a total of 110lb 4oz and edge out Andy Moors (107lbs 1oz).

Reflecting on his triumph Kendall, of Yorkshire Anglers and Maggotdrowning.com, said: "Unfortunately - owing to having to wait for reserves to draw - I was a little short of time to set up my gear, but the match started well for me and it didn't take too long to fine tune my tactics and gear for the day.

"By the end of the match I was confident of having done a 'ton', but didn't realise that the second place angler was so close to overtaking me from just a couple of pegs away.

"I had no idea of how other lakes had fished, but once everyone on Reef had weighed in I was starting to hope that it was a win, since some of the other competitors were congratulating me well before most had weighed in."

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Kendall, a recruitment consultant from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, added: "It took a while to sink in that I had won the qualifier, even on the way home I was half-expecting someone to ring and tell me they'd added up the weights wrongly.

"I am very happy to have made it through to the final as all the heats include some high profile names in angling, so a relative nobody like me needs a lucky break and I got one. I've now got several weeks for the nerves to calm down before the Fish 'O' Mania final."

Fish 'O' Mania regular Moors (Maver Pickerings) was left kicking himself for losing so many fish during the match.

Drawn on Reef peg 15, three pegs away from the winner, Moors fished shallow, long and short using caster as both feed and hook bait and, like the winner caught carp and F1's with his biggest fish going 9lbs.

Third place with a weight of 100lbs 9ozs, drawn on peg 24 on Reef, went to John Hall a tackle shop owner from South Wigston, Leicester. Fourth place went to another Fish 'O' Mania regular Rob Wootton from Leicester, drawn on Lagoon peg 9 with a weight of 91lbs 11ozs.

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