Jamie Hughes won the 20th Fish 'O' Mania title

Last Updated: 31/07/13 5:59pm

Jamie Hughes celebrates his victory

Ladies winner Emma Pickering

Junior winner Daniel Blackwell

Junior winner Daniel Blackwell

Jamie Hughes made it third time lucky as he romped to the 20th annual Hotelplanner.com Fish'O'Mania title on a sweltering day at Cudmore Fisheries near Stoke

The 30 year-old from Higher Bebington on the Wirral, was head and shoulders above the rest of a high class field as he led from the first weigh-in to the last to record a total weight of 68.470kg, the second highest winning weight in the 20 year history of Britain's premier fishing match.

Watched by a huge bank side crowd in blistering 30 plus degree heat, Hughes, who came 9th in 2008 and 4th last year, never took his foot off the pedal as he bagged a huge quantity of barbel.

Hughes, who recently became a full-time angling coach has certainly added to his credentials and with his entire family sitting behind him for his marvellous victory, he was clearly emotional in the aftermath.

"It was awesome; the best day's fishing of my life. I was very lucky with all those barbel in front but me but I made the most of it.

"I had a good idea of the peg but it's a different lake to last year. I practiced in this area last Friday and caught barbel, and if it wasn't for that I wouldn't have had that plan but I stuck to it.

"This is absolutely amazing and it's raised my profile and it's going to cost me a few quid in beer tonight!"

The £1,000 prize for the biggest fish went to Andy Powers with a carp of 6.400kg.

In the ladies match, running alongside the main event, it was Emma Pickering, the 27 year-old from Doncaster who picked up her second Fish'O'Mania title in her seventh appearance in the event. Her winning weight of 9.375kg made up for her second placed finish last year.

In the Fish'O'Mania Junior match, it was 16 year-old Daniel Blackwell from near High Wycombe in Bucks who came home with a huge bag of 20.080kg comprised mainly of big carp to lift the title and take the £1,000 first prize.

He won by over 5kg from second placed Sam Prosser who came back in the closing stages. It more than made up for Blackwell's disappointment after coming nowhere two years ago in the same event.

"That was brilliant, especially after what happened two years ago. I was pretty surprised as the first hour was no good but then it all fell into place. I wasn't expecting that especially after ladies match fished so hard," said Dan.

Blackwell, who has his own fishing website as well as a You Tube channel that has accumulated nearly 2 million views to date, was cheered on by his family.

"I'm really proud of him. He has good days and bad days and this was definitely a good day," said his father Gary.


1. Jamie Hughes (Peg 7) - 68.470kg
2. Lee Barrett (14) - 38.100kg
3. Andy Leathers (8) - 36.430kg
4. James Dent (5) - 32.900kg
5. Neil McKinnon (9) - 29.020kg
6. Dale Shepherd (6) - 27.050kg
7. Les Thompson (11) - 24.550kg
8. Tom Pickering (13) - 23.860kg
9. Nathan Watson (12) - 22.780kg
10. Andy Power (15) - 22.080kg
11. Gary Hick (10) - 20.430kg12. Darren Cox (2) - 15.130kg
13. Craig Jones (3) - 11.710kg
14. Perry Stone (16) - 5.930kg
15. Nick Speed (1) - 4.850kg
16. Gavin Millis (4) - 2.400kg


1. Emma Pickering (Peg 4) - 9.375kg
2. Helen Dagnall (1) - 6.475kg
3. Julie Abbott (6) - 4.900kg
4. Sophie Hill (2) - 1.650kg
5. Wendy Locker (5) - 1.075kg
6. Samantha Sim (3) - 0.00


1. Daniel Blackwell - 20.080kg
2. Sam Prosser - 14.280
3. Kristian Jones - 10.150
4. Alex Dockerty - 8.830kg
5. Cameron Cross - 8.580kg
6. Sam Collett - 6.150kg