Neil McKinnon in Fish 'O' Mania final after win in Warwick

Last Updated: 30/04/13 12:48pm

Former Fish 'O' Mania champion Neil McKinnon booked his place in this year's final with victory in Saturday's qualifier in Warwick.

The Preston Innovations angler overcame tough conditions caused by a hail storm on Friday to amass a total weight of 121lbs 1oz made up of carp to 4lb, F1s and barbel.

With no fewer than eight previous final qualifiers fishing in the match competition was tough, but McKinnon prevailed from Club Pool peg 15, fishing long and short pole using chopped worm, caster and method mix groundbait.

Howard Kelly from Thameside Matrix narrowly missed out, finishing just under 2lbs behind McKinnon. His weight of 119 lbs 4 ozs was made up entirely of F1's caught shallow on maggot at 6 metres catching steadily throughout the match from Extension Pool peg 25.

Third place went to Steve Seaborn who hauled in 118lbs 2ozs of F1s and the odd barbell using chopped worm and caster, long and down the edge.

Fourth place went to Ben Fisk (Middy) from Leeds with a weight of 116 lbs 3 ozs, made up of carp and F1's fishing shallow and down the edge from New Pool peg 13.

Fifth place went to Kerry Kirkwood from Manchester who drew House Pool peg 29, and finished with a weight of 113 lbs 1 oz using worm and caster.

The next Fish 'O' Mania qualifier for 2013 takes place in Maver Larford Lakes, Worcestershire on Saturday May 4.