A top commercial fishery boss is so concerned that modern anglers are becoming obsessed with ‘pole-itus’ that he has created a new complex of lakes specifically designed for rod and line fishing.
White Acres fishery manager Clint Elliot is the man behind Trewaters, in Trispen near Newquay, Cornwall, which opens on October 7. It consists of three oval-shaped lakes, each featuring an island 19m–20m away from the fishing bank and just beyond the reach of a pole. Clint will impose a maximum pole limit of 13m, so in order to fish the far bank, anglers will have to employ waggler, feeder and bomb techniques.
After spending the last 10 years running the fishing at the country’s most popular angling destination, during a long match career with the Starlets and Thatchers teams, Clint believes rod and line fishing has become a dying art.
“Here at White Acres two very prolific methods are the pellet waggler and straight lead. Anglers are always telling me that they enjoy it so much here because they don’t do any of this kind of fishing back home, the majority of which is done with a carbon pole.
“It’s a sad state of affairs, as 20 years ago most anglers in the country were busy casting stick floats and swimfeeders on the rivers,” said Clint.
White Acres festival regular and England international Des Shipp – a renowned waggler and feeder expert – is relishing the prospect of fishing the new water, but thinks there is one flaw.
“If the fish do hang around the island, anglers will be limited some days because weather conditions will prevent them from presenting a waggler float properly. We abide by a 13m pole limit in World Championships and it makes things very fair. It comes down to angling skill, rather than who has the longest pole,” said Des.
The new fishery has been created by Clint and Mike O’Gorman, owner of the nearby Bolingey Lake, and contains a good stock of common mirror carp to 4lb, F1 carp to 4lb, tench to 3lb, skimmers, crucians and various silverfish. Clint believes this type of water is the future of angling.
“In 20 years’ time I can see lakes with all-carp populations becoming battered by disease – just look at the recent KHV revelations in Angling Times. F1s aren’t affected by viruses such as this, so I think mixed fisheries will come to the fore,” said Clint.