Meet The Anglers – Part 4

Ahead of this Saturday’s Fish‘O’Mania at Hayfield Lakes in Doncaster we profile the 24 anglers taking part, concluding with the final six who qualified for this year’s Grand Final.

Daniel Bennet (Wakefield)
Qualified From: Lindholme Lakes (104.72kg)
Previous FishOMania Finals: Debut

Yorkshire angler Danny won Lindholme Autumn Festival last year before bagging his FishO debut this year. He’ll be a familiar face to many of this weekend’s anglers from his job as Brand Manager for Leeda & MAP. His favourite angler is Bob Nudd, who he says has been an inspiration since he was little.

 

Mark Griffiths (Northampton)
Qualified From: Larford Lakes (61.97kg)
Previous FishOMania Finals: Debut
Former British Pole Champion Griffiths is a roofer from Northampton who bagged 278lb in qualifying for the Golden Reel Final last year, and 12months later is making his FishOMania debut. The 38-year-old has been fishing since he was six and describes himself as ‘annoying but love a bit of banter’.

 

John Light (Hampshire)
Qualified From: Monk Lakes (114.82kg)
Previous FishOMania Finals: Debut

John Light competes in FishOMania this weekend while his son, John Light Jnr, takes part in the NXTGEN match. ‘Lighty’ has been fishing for 30years and enjoys the competitive side of the sport.

Rob Swan (Carlisle)
Qualified From: Weston Pools (80.04kg)
Previous FishOMania Finals: Debut

Cumbrian Rob Swan was due to peg it up in the NXTGEN match this weekend, before winning at Weston Pools earlier this month to earn a spot in FishOMania itself. The 19-year-old studies Design at Northumbria University and fished the World U-20 Championship last year.

 

Adam Southgate (Hertfordshire)
Qualified From: Monk Lakes (95.20kg)
Previous FishOMania Finals: 2016 Semi-Finalist

Adam Southgate last featured at the FishO Grand Final in 2016, when a Friday semi-final took place. He didn’t make it to the big day on that occasion but will be at Hayfield Lakes this weekend after qualifying from Monk Lakes. The 32-year-old fished for England at youth level and as well as angling he enjoys mountain biking.

 

Steve Openshaw (Wirral)
Qualified From: Heronbrook Fisheries
Previous FishOMania Finals: 2017 (13th), 2018 (5th)

Openshaw is a fisheries owner and lists fellow Wirralian Jamie Hughes as his favourite angler. He enjoys the challenge of angling and completes a hat-trick of FishO appearances this weekend. The father-of-two has been fishing for 50 years and once caught a 350lb sturgeon in Canada.

 

In line with government guidelines, FishOMania 2020 will be staged behind-closed-doors with no public admittance. The event will be shown live on Sky Sports Action  from 11.30am on Saturday, August 29. International broadcast details can be found here.

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