Phil Ringer got his 2010 White Acres campaign off to the best possible start with a maximum five section wins out of five to take the Bait-Tech Festival and the £3,000 first prize with a perfect 36-point score.
Emulating brother Steve’s five-day maximum in last year’s Dynamite event and taking his second White Acres full house, Phil saw his worst dropped score, a section win, put him ahead of Lincolnshire angler Richard Kinning who also scored four section wins but had a third in section as his worst score to leave him having to be content with second.
And despite the event being fished a week earlier than normal the cooler weather seemed to have little effect on the fishing, especially for the top two who amassed over 750lb of fish between them as the top 10 read like a roll call of the who’s who in modern matchfishing.
“Very few people win five sections out of five so to do it twice is a bit special I suppose,” said Phil, who ended the week with a total of £3,600 when adding lake and section wins to his main prize.
“I’ve always thought that to do it you need the right pegs that allow the right angler to fish a method they’re good on and I guess that’s roughly what I got this week.”
Even with four section wins in the bag though, Phil couldn’t let up. Going into the final day at Porth Reservoir the title could still have been wrenched from his grasp unless he turned in a tidy performance.
“The anglers behind me had decent scores to drop and were on good pegs for the last day so I had to really win my section to seal it,” Phil said.
“An eighth or seventh wouldn’t have seen me win so the pressure is never off. I’ve won the festival though and that takes the pressure off no end for this week’s Dynamite event.”