A whole host of the planet’s greatest sports stars are set to make an appearance at this year’s Go Fishing Show.
Fifteen-times darts world champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and England cricket ace Ravi Bopara are just two of the big names who will compete in the thrilling Celebrity Fish O’Mania at Cudmore Fisheries.
Worshipped stars from athletics, cricket, boxing and darts will leave behind their usual disciplines for the day and concentrate on bagging-up on the fish-filled Milo Pool.
The Power, 2010 World Championship finalist Simon Whitlock and up-and-coming Premier League star Adrian Lewis will switch darts for rods for the day, while the cricket squad will be made up of England internationals Owais Shah and Ravi Bopara and Kent all-rounder Neil Dexter. Finishing the line-up is the hard-hitting boxing team, which will include former Heavyweight Champion of the World Tim Witherspoon, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Richie Woodhall. Former Olympian Dean Macey will spearhead the effort for the athletes.
To cap off the event, several top-class anglers will be on hand to pass on tips and tactics to the celebrities in a bid to help them secure the prestigious title in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
“The Celebrity Fish O’Mania is a fantastic event and it’s always been a hit with the crowds. The qualifiers of the actual Fish O’Mania may be fishing for £25,000, but we will all want to win this match just as much as them and I can see it being just as competitive, if not more so!” said Dean Macey.
Fish 'O' Mania finalists have now been decided
After hours of action, countless tense moments and several surprises, the Fish O’Mania qualifying campaign is over and the countdown to the final is well and truly on.
Thousands of anglers have battled it out up and down the country and only a handful have managed to secure their place in what is expected to be the best final ever staged.
Although a number of superstars such as former world champion Tommy Pickering have booked their place, several lesser-known rods will be determined to stamp their mark on the angling scene.
“The Arena Pool has been in great form this year and I can see this being the most memorable final ever. Plenty of fish are certain to be caught and the winner could come from literally anywhere. It’s going to be an exciting day all round,” said Cudmore Fisheries chief Cyril Brewster.
1. Ray Hayward, Viaduct Fishery, 136lb 3oz
2. Steve Seaborn, Tunnel Barn Farm, 114lb 7oz
3. Sean Huggins, Makins Fishery, 95lb 15oz
4. Andy North, Lakeview Fishery, 68lb 1oz
5. Neil McKinnon, Woodland View, 131lb 9oz
6. Ben Emery, Larford Lakes, 139lb 15oz
7. Kieron Rich, Monk Lakes, 87lb 14oz
8. Tim Bull, Stafford Moor, 138lb 8oz
9. Andy Benwell, Moorlands Farm, 98lb 1oz
10. Richie Hoskins, Octoplus Boldings, 143lb 3oz
11. Steve Bamford, Partridge Lakes, 126lb 9oz
12. Rob Wootton, Heronbrook Fisheries 78lb 12oz
13. Neil Machin, The Oaks, 87lb 3oz,
14. Stuart Ballard Willinghurst Fisheries, 68lb 4oz
15. Tommy Pickering, Woodland Lakes, 149lb 6oz
16. Luke Bamford, Lindholme Lakes, 167lb 12oz