Defending Fish O'Mania champion back in the final

The 2011 Fish O’ Mania champion Shane Atkin will defend his title again after triumphing in the penultimate qualifier at Woodland Lakes, Thirsk.

Billingham angler Shane recorded a 78lb 12oz bag from peg 23 on Skylark Lake, fishing the Method feeder and pellet. It was enough to see off second-placed Greg Norris with 74lb 15oz of paste caught carp from Curlew and third placed John Pease, unluckiest angler on the day after missing his keepnet with a carp and coming up short with 74lb 14oz.

There is just one place left in Fish O’ Mania 2012, with a bumper 300 pegger at Lindholme Lakes next week deciding who gets that.