Current Fish 'O' Mania champion Shane Atkin has secured his place in the 2012 Fish 'O' Mania Grand Final.
The weather played its part once again in the penultimate round of the 2012 Fish 'O' Mania qualifying matches at Woodlands Lakes, Thirsk on Saturday, with heavy rain and thunder storms in the days prior to the match, but Atkin stayed in control and took the spoils.
The 31-year-old from Billingham, Cleveland drew peg 23 towards the far end of Skylark Lake to put 78lb 12oz of common and mirror carp in his winning net.
Fishing method feeder with a banded 6mm pellet on the hook, Atkin caught steadily throughout the day to secure his place in the Fish 'O' Mania Grand Final for the second year running, and will now be looking to duplicate last term's result.
Second place went to Fish 'O' Mania regular Greg Norris (Garbolino/Bagem baits) who drew peg 16 on Curlew Lake; Norris from Birkenshaw, Bradford fished paste at six and 13 metres to land carp and skimmers to make up his 74lb 15oz weight with his biggest carp going to 15lb.
The most unfortunate angler on the day was John Pease from Doncaster, pegged 15 on Skylark. John fished method feeder to put together a weight of 74lb 14oz of carp, but missed his net with one carp of around 4lb mark that might have put him in main contention for a place in the Fish 'O' Mania Grand Final.
In fourth place was Paul Burton (Anglers World Holidays) from York. Fishing method feeder from peg 6 on Kestrel, Paul finished the match with 69 lb 4 oz. Fifth place was taken by Rob Minikin (Sonu Baits) with 61lb 9oz from Partridge 27 fishing pellet shallow at 14 metres.
Garbolino Lindholme Lakes, Epworth, Doncaster will be hosting the 300 peg final qualifier of the year on Wednesday June 27.
This will be the last chance for anglers to compete for the remaining place into the Grand Final at Cudmore Fisheries on Saturday July 14 to win one of the most prestigious titles in angling.