Former champ Jamie Hughes wins year’s first Fish O’ qualifier

This year’s Fish O’Mania kicked off at Tunnel Barn and already there’s one big name heading to Cudmore in July for the semi-final eliminator as Jamie Hughes took a strong field apart to win.
The MAP/Bag’em Baits rod had already won the event twice and will be eyeing up a hat-trick after weighing in
141-5-0 to win by almost 60lb! Drawing peg 1 on the Canal Pool, Jamie landed carp to 8lb plus F1s dobbing bread on the long pole to the end of the island and fishing maggot short at 6m.
The same approach on nearby peg 6 saw Welsh rod Andrew Mann into second as the Frenzee angler landed carp to 3lb plus F1s for 83-14-0.
Result: 1 J Hughes, MAP/Bag’em Baits, 141-5-0; 2 A Mann, Frenzee, 83-14-0; 3 A Neal, Milo/Bait-Tech, 65-8-0; 4 A Geldart, Matrix/Dynamite Baits, 58-4-0; 5 S Collett, Guru/Dynamite Baits 57-7-0; 6 J Thirkhill, Middy, 57-6-0.