What a good man! Peter scoops £1,000
PUBLISHED: 10:48 28 July 2006 | UPDATED: 22:00 28 May 2010
HE MAY not have won the biggest cash prize in match fishing, but Chatteris angler Peter Goodman still walked away from Fish O Mania with a cool £1,000. Peter, 26, of Tithe Road, Chatteris, joined 15 other anglers in the thirteenth Totesport Text Betting F
HE MAY not have won the biggest cash prize in match fishing, but Chatteris angler Peter Goodman still walked away from Fish'O'Mania with a cool £1,000.
Peter, 26, of Tithe Road, Chatteris, joined 15 other anglers in the thirteenth Totesport Text Betting Fish'O'Mania final on Saturday and the five-hour event, fished at Hayfield Lakes, Doncaster, was shown live on Sky Sports 1.
After winning May's qualifier in Staffordshire, Goodman was confident of his chances in the £25,000 winner-takes-all final but the draw did not favour him.
The bookmakers made Peter the 33/1 outsider after he picked peg six but he made the most of his poor position to land a total weight of 39.15kg and a good seventh place finish.
Peter said: "I was drawn on the worst peg at the venue and I knew straight away that it would be very difficult to win the competition.
"I was disappointed not to win it but I fished quite well and my total would have won last year's tournament."
Indeed it turned out to be a record-breaking final, with winner Neil Machin landing 98.69kg, almost double the previous best of 39.6kg set by Nathan Watson in 2002.
Machin, from Stoke-on-Trent, briefly lost the lead once during the final but he powered ahead to finish 6.71kg ahead of second-placed Watson and take the massive prize.
However, Machin's victory was also good news for Peter, as he explains: "I spent a week practising in Doncaster before the event and I met up with Neil.
"I knew that he had a really good chance and he was also impressed with my preparations so we made a deal that if either of us won the competition, we would give £1,000 to the other."
He added: "I was happy with the tactics I was using but as the final went on I knew that I was out of it. After that I was certainly shouting for Neil."
Despite missing out on the big prize, Peter has vowed to try again next year.
He said: "The experience was amazing and I am proud that I got so far in a very tough competition."
He added: "I will be attending every qualifier next year to make sure I get to the final and then hopefully I will get a better draw and challenge for the top spot.