Festival season at White Acres kicked off with a Bait-Tech Festival that finished in typically close style as former England star Paul Yates clinched the £4,000 winner’s cheque after recording a perfect five section maximums, a feat matched only by Callum Dicks over the week’s action.
That saw weight deciding the title, and Doncaster tackle shop boss Paul had the edge, taking an aggregate 543-9-0 against Maver man Callum's 313-15-0. Four anglers also scored 36 points, but missed out by virtue of having a worse dropped result.
“This was my third festival win, having picked up the Preston Innovations and Dynamite Baits events a decade ago,” Paul said. “It’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve been going back to Cornwall.”
He’s obviously lost none of his touch for the lakes though, as Paul racked up a string of impressive results, kicking off on Day 1 at Pollawyn Lake peg 36 where he took a lake win with 103-6-0. That was made up of around 45lb of skimmers and roach and 60lb of carp to 6lb, the carp falling to meat at 16m and the silverfish on meat and caster fished at 5m.
“On Day 2 I was at Trewaters, lakes I’d never seen before and I drew peg 37 and fished maggot at 16m towards the far bank for F1s,” Paul explained.
“I had around 120-130 fish for 86-14-0 and that gave me the section and third on the lake. Trelawney was next and I finished with 74-11-0 for the section again. I had two late 8lb carp to thank for that, taken on meat fished short. Meat on the bomb gave me three early fish before I got my head down and fished for silverfish on chopped worm and caster at 14.5m, I had some proper skimmers to 2lb in among around 40lb of fish.”
Porth Reservoir was next and Paul got peg 71 where he went all out on groundbait feeder, fishing worm and maggot and putting choppie through the feeder at 30yds to net skimmers for 20-6-0. On Day 5 a section win would all but seal the title and he saved his best for last with 258-14-0 for an easy lake win at Bolingey.
“I was on the bridge peg 27 and kicked off at 13m to the island with meat before coming short at 5m in the last couple of hours,” Paul added.
1 P Yates, Drennan/Doncaster Angling Centre, 36pts (dropping 9) 543-9-0
2 C Dicks, Maver, 36 (dropping 9) 313-15-0
3 G Albutt, Garbolino/Bait-Tech, 36 (dropping 8)
4 S Ringer, Shimano/Guru/Dynamite Baits, 36 (dropping 7)
5 J Granger, Sonu Baits Passies, 36 (dropping 5)
6 L Murawski, Dynamite Baits/Lewis’s Angler’s World, 36 (dropping 4)
7 M Leck, Maver Midlands, 35 (dropping 2)
8 J Parkhouse, Team Jinx Exeter Angling, 35 (dropping 1)
9 S Sanders, Preston Innovations, 34 (dropping 8)
10 P Ringer, Ringer Baits, 34 (dropping 6)