Bait-Tech Festival (Mon-Fri)
White Acres Holiday Park (140 pegs)
Andy Geldart has quite a record on these Cornish festivals, having won three plus the Parkdean Masters down the years but the Leeds angler had never been victorious in the Bait-Tech, the opening festival of the season at White Acres
– until now.
Scoring 32 points after dropped section scores were taken into account, the Matrix/Dynamite Baits angler and former Fish O’ champ ended in front to take the £1,600 top prize ahead of a cluster of anglers on 31 points. England man Callum Dicks proved the best of them to finish second by virtue of a better dropped score.
Andy’s week began on peg 6 of Trelawney Lake, where he weighed in 97-8-0 for a section win. He took F1s and the odd carp on meat at 5m plus around 20lb of silverfish on chopped worm and caster in the margins. He followed that up with more of the same on Tuesday at Trewaters peg 27. His 132-8-0 of carp saw him take second overall on the lake as he caught on bomb and bread and waggler and meat to the island and meat shallow on the long pole.
Wednesday proved to be Andy’s blip as Acorn Lake
peg 3 delivered a third in section with 89-0-0 of F1s and carp on meat at 6m. Thursday saw him back on track with a lake second and section win, thanks to 142-0-0 of big carp on meat fished at 7m and 5m from Bolingey Lake peg 42.
That set him up for a grandstand finish on Friday – and Pollawyn Lake peg 34 delivered with a section win to seal the title. Using bomb and bread and long pole and meat, his 66-0-0 was made up of five carp plus skimmers.
Result: 1 A Geldart, Matrix/Dynamite Baits, 32pts;
2 C Dicks, Maver, 31 (dropping six points); 3 P Holland, Guru, 31 (dropping four points – 547-6-0); 4 N Cornwell, 31 (dropping four points – 514-14-0); 5 R Wootton, Shimano/Dynamite Baits, 31 (dropping four points – 496-2-0); 6 J Howarth, Tri-Cast, 31 (dropping four points – 480-15-0).