The latest angler in the hot seat is none other than the recently crowned Fish 'O' Mania champion, Andy May.
Against Men and Fish - Hi Andy, firstly, massive congratulations on your richly deserved Fish ‘O’ Mania win and thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview as I know this must be a very hectic time for you!
Can you tell us a little bit about the final, what preparation you did for it and the key tactics/decisions that helped you win the title?
And what plans have you got for the prize money?
Ha ha, my wife has taken care of all that! No, I'm going to get a new van, we have already had carpets fitted, new sofa is on its way, but, we have put most of it away for our two children, Oliver, 6 and Leah, 3, for when they are older. Oh, not forgetting the holiday to Florida that my little lad requested live on TV as well!
|Andy with a rather large cheque!|
Without any doubt the stick float. It just takes me right back to when I was a kid fishing the rivers with my Dad, in particular the rivers Dane and Weaver, it's just an awesome sight seeing that float go under before whacking into a dirty great big chub! In fact I've just had a couple of hours tonight after a coaching session and had 10lb of big dace, chub, roach, brown trout and some baby barbel. Awesome!
And your favourite species of fish?
I think most people will know its the chub, you cant beat them. I caught two in the fisho final, only around 8oz a piece, in the last 15 minutes and both of them got a kiss!
Definitely natural venues, its how I was brought into this fantastic sport by my Dad, fishing on rock hard venues and appreciating everything I caught. Obviously I love fishing commercials too as everything is so handy and you don’t have to walk over 17 fields through mud and long grass and get chased by bulls and horses to get to your swim......but, I still do all that now when I go pleasure fishing. Personally I don’t like pleasure fishing commercials but I could go on a natural venue for hours and hours pleasure fishing.
If you could give the readers one tip to improve their catches, what would it be?
As a fishing coach I see lots of common mistakes, but the single most important aspects of fishing are the feeding and presentation. Making sure you're not fishing too heavy, keeping that bait going in little and often and having multiple swims on the go.
|Another great net of fish for Andy|
Another Fisho would be nice, oh and a Maver Match This, maybe a Whiteacres festival. Im not greedy! I'd love to get over to Ireland soon to do the festivals and I think its something im going to do when the kids are a little older.
I have a fantastic wife (Louise) and an awesome family. I couldn’t do what I do without them, they have given me so much support over the years. Also my sponsors MAP and Bait-Tech, without their awesome products I couldn’t be doing the coaching and competing in the events like I do. To be fair I don’t have much free time. A day consists of getting up early then coaching until 4pm, back home for 5pm, then its a couple hours of play time etc with the kids, bedtime for the kids and then its usually around 8.30 to 9pm. Then its tea time and then bed time....and repeat the next day. I do love my office though, it really is the best office in the world!
Before I let you go, here are some quick fire questions for you,
What’s your biggest fish?
And your biggest match weight?
427lb from Cobhouse fisheries
What’s your favourite drink?
Definitely not Desperado, which was what I was drinking on the Kent Night! It will have to be cider in the summer and Jack Daniels Honey in the winter, oh, I love Vimto too!
Indian, lamb Rogan josh or chicken tikka masala, with cheese and garlic naan bread, onion bhajis and some pompadoms and the chutney tray....wowsers.....you can bollocks to the lime pickle though..errrr!
Gladiator or 300....hmmm!
Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom!
Errrr, I tend to just look at the pictures...haha!
Without doubt, Oasis. Although, I do like a bit of angry rap, Eminem, Dr Dre and 50 Cent
And finally, what’s your idea of a perfect day?
Wake up, big breakfast, fish a match, win, pub, beers, ciders, whiskeys, bed!
The above is great but I love spending time with my wife and kids