Richards takes final spot

Cleveland resident is the 16th finalist for 2012

Last Updated: 28/06/12 4:24pm

Adam Richards has bagged the last place in the Fish 'O' Mania Grand Final for 2012.

The Cleveland resident was one of 270 anglers under starters orders at Lindholme Lakes in Doncaster on Wednesday, but came through to claim a place at British fishing's showpiece event.

There was little to separate the top dozen anglers - many of whom had a quiet spell sometime in the match - but Richards, fishing on Bonsai peg 73 seemed to get it right for the whole match.

Fishing worm over caster long to the island he caught F1's, ide, tench and skimmers for a brilliant 63kilos, 350grams.

Runner up was Team England regular Darren Cox. The Garbolino star drew what many had thought to be a no hoper on the Strip pool. Fishing worm and caster shallow Darren caught F1's, carp to 3kilos and chub and then later some barbel in the margins to take 46kilos, 600 grams to the scales from peg 15.

On the opposite bank at peg 10 was Sheffield angler Stephen Forster, who also caught shallow but on pellet and then later on paste on the deck to take a mixture of F1's and proper carp to 4kilos. His weight of 46kilos, 450grams secured third spot.

Fourth was Peter Goodwin from Cheddleton who caught F1's and barbel shallow on maggot to weigh 43kilos, 700grams from Willows 53.

Confirming it was a good day to be on Strip Pool Kerry Kirkwood took fifth place with 37kilos, 300grams of F1's and carp to 3kilos fishing meat long on the deck at 14 metres at Peg 1.

All of the 16 winners from the qualifiers held this year will be competing to win one of the most prestigious titles in angling on Saturday July 14 at Cudmore Fisheries, Whitmore, North Staffordshire in the Fish 'O' Mania Grand Final.