White Acres recently held its first ever Frenzee-backed festival. This is the first large festival of the year for the venue with one hundred and eighty anglers taking part over the course of five days. The event is fished to ‘traditional-style’ rules meaning anglers are not permitted to fish in-line feeders or bombs, pellets or paste – only traditional baits.
Among the one hundred and eighty anglers that took part was Welsh International, Lee Edwards. Despite difficult conditions, Lee fished a great festival missing out on overall victory on the final day. Below, Lee reflects on what could so easily have been his first sizeable win of 2017 had it not have been for some bad luck on day five.
Day 1 – Twin Oaks, Peg 33
“It was a windy start to the festival so I decided to set up a feeder rod and a bomb rod, as well as an edge line and a rig for fishing short at top five“.
“I had a few on the bomb to start, but bites quickly stopped. I managed a few more by fishing a feeder in same place, but it was quite slow going until the fourth hour when F1’s turned up down my edge in numbers“.
“Fishing worm due to the two on the water, I weighed in 122lb, which was made up of just a single carp with the rest being F1’s to win the section and take second place overall“.
Day 2 – Jenny’s, Peg 4
“Day two of the festival saw me draw peg 4 on Jenny’s lake. This can be a good area for catching Carrassio and, fortunately, it proved to be the case yet again“.
“All my fish on the day, with the exception of three, were all caught on the waggler with corn on the hook using 4lb line and a prototype 4g waggler. I had around fifty (50) Carrassio to win my section and finished third on the day with 66lb“.
“Surprisingly, the pole was a waste of time, but it was very windy again and there had been some heavy rain during the night“.
Day 3 – Canal, Peg 15
“Canal is normally end peg dominated so, having drawn where I had, I thought I’d be fishing for third in my section at best“.
“Yet again, conditions on the day were very windy making things very difficult with the need to fish at 14m and 16m to get amongst the F1’s and Carrassio’s. I opted to fish worms again so I could put a bit of line on the deck to try and stabilise the rig. I caught F1’s and Carrassio to weight 46lb, which surprisingly won the section. All my fish were caught long, apart from a few at 6m on meat“.
Day 4 – Bolingey, Peg 36
“Day four saw me on Peg 36 on Bolingey – a feast or famine peg. I set up a rig for fishing short at top five, another rig for fishing shallow in 3.5ft of water and an edge line“.
“I had one Carrassio and a roach on my top five line all day, which I couldn’t believe! I had a spell fishing in 3.5ft with corn and meat until I had my first bite down the edge. I fished maggot and picked up odd fish for the last hour and a half of the match to weigh in 155lb, which won the section and was good enough for second overall on the day“.
“After four days, I was winning the festival overall going into the final day“.
Day 5 – Pollawyn, Peg 12
“Not the best peg to find myself on for the final day with the outcome of the festival in the balance. The section here normally gets won from pegs 1 or 13“.
“To cut a long story short, the fishing on the day was rock hard with me struggling to find fish on anything! I managed a small carp and a F1 on the bomb and meat over to the island to start off with, which gave me a bit of a lift, but that was it on this line“.
“Unfortunately, my skimmer lines produced very little, with just a few fish gracing the net. They were of a decent size mind. I normally feed casters down the edge to catch the perch and roach but they were few and far between. I also fed 6mm cubes of meat to the island and fished a 3g waggler with a 12ft Elite match rod in desperation, but had very little interest. In two casts I managed a 6oz skimmer and then connected with what felt like a good double-figure carp which, unfortunately spat the hook as I was bringing it in – one of those strange big fish that didn’t really fight – just waddled“.
“With forty five minutes to go, I fed some groundbait and worms on my caster line to try and bring some carp in. It partly worked producing two koi carp around 4lb each as well as a missed bite before the match was over. At this point I knew I would be around fourth at best“.
“Upon the scales arriving at my peg, it was confirmed I’d lost the section by 6lb – that fish coming off had cost me winning the festival! This won’t be the first time this has happened and it certainly won’t be the last“.
“The fishing was good considering the heavy rain and the constant wind and I had a great time with some great company. On to the next one now…“