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Fish ‘O’ Mania XXI Final

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Andrew Geldart with the FishO winners' trophy at Cudmore Fisheries. Andrew Geldart with the FishO winners' trophy at Cudmore Fisheries.

Record crowds turned out for Fish'O'Mania XXI final at Cudmore Fisheries last weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 




The Stoke Sentinel reports that:

 

It was double delight for South Yorkshire as Andrew Geldart and Emma Pickering were crowned respective champions on a muggy day in Staffordshire.


Twenty-nine-year-old Geldart celebrated his first success after coming third in 2011, but for Pickering, aged 28, the title made it a hat-trick of successes following up wins in 2008 and 2013.


Geldart, from Leeds, claimed the men's prize of £30,000 while Pickering, from Doncaster walked away with a £1,000 prize.


Geldart was always in the running and was never worse than third place in the opening two hours, but took the lead at the sixth weigh-in. He went on to stretch his lead with a catch of 3.94 kg in the eighth, which turned out to be his last, as he put distance between himself Pemb Wrighting and Ashley Price.


Geldart said:

"I cannot describe this feeling. I put so much time and effort into my fishing over the last few years trying to qualify for these finals. It has paid off and I have won today and I am absolutely over the moon. I got married about six weeks ago and then obviously this, so it is my year so far.

I never knew if I was going to win because it was so close, somebody could have gone and caught two fish and that could have wiped me out. The last half an hour was the worst half an hour of my life. I lost a fish in that last half hour, but lucky it didn't cost me."


Pickering's success was partly down to a strong last hour, netting over 3.5kg of fish to secure the win, having trailed behind Sophie Hill and Sam Perkins.


She said:

"It feels great to win and really good to do it two years in a row. I'm the only person to win it three times now as well so it is such a brilliant achievement for me."


The £1,000 prize for the biggest fish went to Daniel Brydon with a carp of 4.980kg.


In the international event, Team England, made up of Will Raison and Des Shipp, continued English dominance of the event as they collected top prize of £10,000 for a fourth year in a row. They led by almost four kilos at the first 30-minute weigh-in and by the two-hour mark that lead had increased to 11 kilos, before taking the overall title by 14.87kg from Holland in second place.


Shipp said:

"With an hour to go we weren't really sure because there were a few carp being caught and we were beginning the think it would go the opposite way. It is great to win, brilliant."


There was a tense finish to the junior match before 18 year-old Cameron Cross from Sutton-in-Ashfield, won by just 20grams. Cross, who will be entering the main event next year, claimed the £1,000 top prize and made up for his disappointment in finishing fifth last year.


He said:

"It feels good and I'm really glad I have done it this year after losing out last time. It was close, but I got there in the end."







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Comments (10 posted):

greenie62 on 16/07/2014 14:45:03
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Geldart, from Leeds, claimed the men's prize of £30,000 while Pickering, from Doncaster walked away with a £1,000 prize. I'm not trying to start a feminist rant here BUT - in these days of equality - how come the men's prize is £30K and the ladies is £1K? :confused:
cb on 17/07/2014 10:39:49
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I'm not trying to start a feminist rant here BUT - in these days of equality - how come the men's prize is £30K and the ladies is £1K? I don't understand either why they were not in the same competition - for the same prize? Why segregate?
sam vimes on 17/07/2014 10:58:09
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I'm not trying to start a feminist rant here BUT - in these days of equality - how come the men's prize is £30K and the ladies is £1K? :confused: Presumeably because the sponsors don't support it to the same extent. That must reflect the level of interest and return for them. Then you have to consider the amount of money generated by entry fees. How many blokes enter the qualifiers, thousands? How many women enter, tens, hundreds? I don't understand either why they were not in the same competition - for the same prize? Why segregate? Angling is certainly one of the few competative sports where women could easily compete with men on a level playing field. However, despite ever increasing calls for equality, it may be the case that they don't wish to lose their own competition. After all, the chances of qualifying for the Fisho final are slim, regardless of your gender. Many folks, regardless of gender, would prefer the better odds of gaining £1000 over much, much smaller odds of gaining £30000.
Peter Jacobs on 17/07/2014 10:59:32
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The ladies Fishomania is attended by invitation only I think you'll find. On the other hand either gender are allowed to qualify for the final by winning a regional qualifier. So, the only reason there were no ladies on the individual final was that none had qualified by that route. On the risk of being branded as sexist (which I am not) one might say that the ladies are actually at an advantage inasmuch as they have two possible routes of entry . . . . into the blooming competition you evil-minded lot! PS: didn't Wendy Locker once compete back in the early 2000's in the individual competition?
bennygesserit on 17/07/2014 11:04:01
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Also match anglers banter is blokes banter , women might not want to be in the middle of that and be outnumbered.
greenie62 on 17/07/2014 11:05:15
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Presumeably because the sponsors don't support it to the same extent. That must reflect the level of interest and return for them. It seems to be sponsored by the ATr - I thought they were trying stimulate the interest of angling overall - perhaps they don't have many female members? ;) Maybe an ATr member/spokesperson would like to join in this thread and put the reasons.
sam vimes on 17/07/2014 11:13:49
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It seems to be sponsored by the ATr - I thought they were trying stimulate the interest of angling overall - perhaps they don't have many female members? ;) Maybe an ATr member/spokesperson would like to join in this thread and put the reasons. I understand that it's an ATr competition, i.e. run to their rules and under their auspices. However, that's not the same as them being sponsors. Betway, Matchroom Sports, Skysports, Cudmore Fisheries and Get Hooked On Fishing are listed as sponsors. Event | FishOMania
greenie62 on 17/07/2014 11:29:27
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I understand that it's an ATr competition, i.e. run to their rules and under their auspices. However, that's not the same as them being sponsors. Betway, Matchroom Sports, Skysports, Cudmore Fisheries and Get Hooked On Fishing are listed as sponsors. Thanks Sam, That goes some way to explaining it - as does Peter's reply: The ladies Fishomania is attended by invitation only I think you'll find. On the other hand either gender are allowed to qualify for the final by winning a regional qualifier. 'Sfunny how similar arguements didn't work for the Wimbledon organisers all those years ago! ;):rolleyes:
Peter Jacobs on 17/07/2014 13:35:53
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I think that Fishomania is only run/organised under the auspices of the Angling Trust while the main partner is Matchroom Promotions. Here are the financial results (from the A.Tr's website) showing the income and dispersal of funds: Angling Trust Organisation for Anglers Fishomania is significantly different from all other Angling Trust organised events, in that it is run in conjunction with a third party and is the single largest competition run by our team. A significant part of the direct costs of Fishomania is a fee paid to Matchroom, although in return our agreement with Matchroom does lead to a significant recovery of the Competitions Team’s time in taking all those 4,000+ bookings and marketing the competition! Fishomania 2013 Income Actual Entry fees £60,100.00 Pools £0.00 Sponsorship £0.00 Other £4,050.00 Total Income £64,150.00 Expenditure Cash Prizes (paid by Angling Trust) £0.00 Trophies & medals £0.00 Pools £0.00 Peg Fees & HQ £11,553.72 Direct costs £28,445.01 AT staff time on administration and promotion £24,151.27 Total Expenditure £64,150.00 Interesting reading . . . . . . . . .
Ray Daywalker Clarke on 17/07/2014 18:02:01
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Mud puddle fishing


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