John is 'The Bomb' at Viaduct

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John Viaduct 2020

A fantastic show of ninety-five anglers made their way down to the picturesque Viaduct Fisheries, which had been fishing well in the lead up to the second Fish ‘O’ Mania 2020 qualifier. They were greeted with a new draw process in order to minimise the risk of Coronavirus spread and all upheld the measures in a very professional manner.

At the draw a lot of anglers had tipped one of the pegs nearest the tackle shop on Campbell Lake from 110-114, and when peg 112 wasn’t drawn, the pressure mounted on John Hannam on peg 113. However, he needn’t have worried as he finished a clear 14lb ahead of his nearest rival, Richard Chapman on peg 114.
Over the five hours John set his stall out on two main lines, bomb and pellet and the long pole, both with the aim to catch Campbell’s crazy commons. The plan proved to be spot on as he landed multiple carp to 12lbs on both lines and carded an impressive 161lb 12oz. John commented ‘It’s a dream come true and I’m over the moon’!

Rich also employed similar tactics on the next peg for his 147lb 9ozs and may have been just one big fish short. Although the Spotted Fin angler was gracious in defeat, highlighting he’d still had a ‘great days fishing’.

Rounding out the top three was Guru backed Ben Hagg with 131lb 2oz. Ben drew the unfancied Lodge Lake peg 66, but put together an impressive net of carp by tapping in pellets to the willow tree at 16 metres.

With the postponements in place for the next five qualifiers, the next qualifier is at Moorlands Farm on Wednesday 29th April. Both the Angling Trust and Matchroom Multi Sport will be regularly assessing the situation in the coming weeks and we ask for your patience and support in these unprecedented times.

RESULTS:

John Hannam - 161lb 12oz
Richard Chapman (Spotted Fin) - 147lb 9oz
Ben Hagg (Guru/Mainline Match) - 131lb 2oz
Matt Rowe - 130lb 3oz
Kevin Harvey - 120lb 4oz
 

Fartacus

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I can't help but think that amount of fish in a bag, will not do the fish any good especially the poor buggers on the bottom......
 

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I can't help but think that amount of fish in a bag, will not do the fish any good especially the poor buggers on the bottom......
The fish care during the weigh in Viaduct is second to none, net limit 70lb, not rolling down nets, nets at floor level when tipping into weigh sling, there wouldn't be small fish under those that you see in that weigh sling.
 

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The fish care during the weigh in Viaduct is second to none, net limit 70lb, not rolling down nets, nets at floor level when tipping into weigh sling, there wouldn't be small fish under those that you see in that weigh sling.
I'm sure you're right buddy, its just us anglers that don't use nets of any kind, find it difficult to get our heads around it at times. I'd guess the vast majority of match anglers are 100% into fish care, but you do see some throwing the fish into nets, and poor fish care in general. Can I ask you a question (not trying to catch you out either) Have you seen anyone in charge take angers in matches to task for poor fish care in any way?
 

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but that is the same as classing all pleasure anglers with the same brush, ive seen more poor fish care from pleasure and carp angling than i ever have in matches and i have seen drunken and loutish behaviour in carping and pleasure so should i tar all pleasure and carp anglers the same? there are the few in all disciplines of sport that ruin it for the rest!

I have seen match anglers (and others) bollocked and even banned for poor fish care or breaking rules
 

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I'm sure you're right buddy, its just us anglers that don't use nets of any kind, find it difficult to get our heads around it at times. I'd guess the vast majority of match anglers are 100% into fish care, but you do see some throwing the fish into nets, and poor fish care in general. Can I ask you a question (not trying to catch you out either) Have you seen anyone in charge take angers in matches to task for poor fish care in any way?
Definitely seen lake owners educate anglers and in one case ban them for poor fish care. I fish one lake that is exclusively match fished, pleasure fishing not allowed, the fish only ever get retained in nets when they are caught and they are in excellent condition. It’s come a long way from the days of huge weights in Ireland, Denmark and occasionally the UK in knotted nets.
 

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There is more than a few fisheries insist that you dont drop fish into keep nets but place the landing net head in the keep net and release the fish into the keepnet. I know i do this everywhere i am fishing whether its a rule or not. The majority of anglers i see also do the same .
 

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