Connor Barlow set for Fish 'O' Mania final!

The big-money Fish ‘O’ Mania final is live on Sky Sports this weekend and Guru’s Connor Barlow is one of the 16 anglers tackling the Arena Pool at Cudmore Fisheries for the £30k winner’s purse.

The 22nd running of the event on Saturday 18th July sees anglers competing under the glare of the Sky Sports cameras for the massive jackpot, having qualified from a series of regional matches.

After a successful few days practicing at the Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire venue, Connor revealed how his week had gone and how he’s looking forward to the final.

“My week has gone well, to be honest,” said Connor. “Myself and Andy Bennett fished the good pegs and caught OK and on Wednesday we sat on the worse pegs and didn’t catch that much, so a lot of it will be down to the draw.

“There’s probably five or six pegs that I’d chose – if someone draws on those pegs who knows what they’re doing, then they will do well. I think Jamie Hughes is the favourite - it’s his fourth final in the last few years and he’s won it before so he’s a strong contender, along with Dale Shepherd.

“I think Matt Hall is also going to do well and he’s won it twice before. All the anglers are capable of winning, though. The main thing will be to keep putting fish in the net, there’s just not that many bonus fish to target but the winner will probably have a few bonus tench and bream.

“It’s mostly stocky mirrors and F1s – chopped worm has played a part, and I think it will be won on the pole. It also depends on how it fishes on the day after two days rest - they could come short or be pushed out under the pressure.

“With all the bankside disturbance, nobody knows how the stockies will react under the pressure.

“I’m not too bothered about the cameras – I think for a few minutes I’ll be nervous but I’ll get on with the job and keep my head down,” added Connor, who is currently between 9/1 and 16/1 to win the big-money event.

Check out the five-hour long match live on Sky Sports 4 from midday on Saturday to see how Connor and the other competitors get on.