National win results in youngest Fish O’Mania finalist ever


by Aidan Bordiuk |
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Fifteen-year-old Ted Stewart had a weekend to remember when he not only won the Junior Commercial National Championship but also recorded the highest weight of the weekend, which qualified him for the 2024 Fish 'O' Mania final at Westwood Lakes on July 27th.

The event was held at the prolific Partridge Lakes near Warrington, with Ted fishing as part of Team Rammy in the junior category.

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Ted Stewart (left) and cadet winner Harry Thwaites (Right)
Ted Stewart (left) and cadet winner Harry Thwaites (Right)

"At the draw i’ve drawn peg 162 on covey 6 which I felt was the right lake but possibly not the best peg as I thought the usual flyers would probably dominate," Ted told us.

"However, on arriving at my peg for the day, I noticed I had lots of room which gave me some hope and left me slightly more optimistic."

Unseasonably cold weather saw a fairly slow start to the match which caught a few of the competitors unaware, but Ted plugged away with his plan and began to catch a few fish.

"As the day has turned out, I have had a fairly slow start catching a couple of f1s in the edge with micros and expanders before deciding to switch this to groundbait."

"Throughout the middle of the match, I have ticked over catching some decent carp and f1s on the mudline with groundbait and maggots with an odd f1 shallow on casters to cover."

"Then, in the last two hours or so, I had a lovely finish, catching really well down the edge using groundbait and worms until the end of the match.

"My weight of 54kg 950g was also enough to beat the Youth Nationals' highest weight, which means that I have qualified for my first-ever Fishomania final."

"Fisho is the competition I have watched and dreamed of fishing in for a few years, and to have qualified is unbelievable. I'm absolutely buzzing and can’t wait," Ted said.

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Ted Stewart with his National trophy
Ted Stewart with his National trophy
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