With the unsettled weather still affecting sport the outcome of the Fish 'O' Mania qualifier at Peatling Lakes, Leicester on Wednesday 2nd May 2012 was always going to be uncertain.
Many of the competitors fancied the larger lakes looking to catch big carp shallow, or in the margins. However, the sport was very patchy with anglers seeing fish out of reach in the centres of the lakes. In the end it was the smaller lakes which ultimately dominated proceedings.
Incredibly only 250 grams separated the top two anglers. Leicester angler, Peter Marlow who fished Peg 12 on lake C placed an excellent 43 kilos 750 grams on the scales. His catch all the more remarkable as it comprised of silver fish with chub and barbel up to 2 kilos taken mainly on a small cage feeder to the island. His main baits were casters, meat and pellets.
Agonisingly second was Barry Mason from March, Cambridgeshire. Barry drew Peg 24 on Plough Pool and took carp to 4 kilos plus F1's for a total of 43 kilos 500 grams fishing corn over pellet at 16 metres.
Third spot went to another Leicestershire angler John Hall. Fishing Peg 5 on Magna pool John caught steadily through the day to record 38 kilos and 50 grams on the method feeder. He had some proper carp with his biggest going to 6 kilos.
John used pellets with meat throughout. In fourth place, and opposite John was previous Fish 'O' Mania Champion Marc Jones on Peg 15. Marc weighed 29 kilos 250 grams with his best fish nudging 7 kilos. He caught mainly shallow on meat. Also on Magna was Hereford angler Dave Roberts who caught 28 kilos 600 grams on the pellet waggler.