White Acres’ Pre­ston fes­ti­val

Win­ner drops just two points to stay on Parkdean trail

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THE fes­ti­val sea­son at White Acres is over for another year.

The clos­ing Pre­ston In­no­va­tions event sported a full house, all chas­ing a top 24 fin­ish and a shot at win­ning the £25,000 Parkdean Masters.

Cleve­land ace James Dent bagged first dibs by win­ning the five-day clash by virtue of a bet­ter dropped score after fin­ish­ing in a three-way tie for top spot on 31 points.

Join­ing him with a fi­nal tally of three sec­tion wins and a sec­ond were Rob Woot­ton and Lee Ed­wards, but MAP-backed James dis­posed of a sec­tion sec­ond while Rob could only bin a third and Lee a last to hand the prize to the Yarm an­gler.

Un­usu­ally, it didn’t take a score of four sec­tion wins to take the ti­tle, and that made the fi­nal re­sult a whole lot closer.

Any one of half-a-dozen an­glers were in with a chance. James opened up on day one with a sec­ond in sec­tion, tak­ing 80-11-0 from the split sec­tion of Tre­wa­ters, Acorn and Canal Lakes.

Tues­day was much bet­ter, as the trip to Porth Reser­voir saw him re­turn with a max­i­mum after win­ning the whole lake with 18-2-0 of roach and skim­mers on long pole and chopped worm from peg 76.

James kept that mo­men­tum go­ing on day three as Bolingey Lake peg 45 saw him miss out on win­ning the lake by 6oz. Luke Sorokin did that by the nar­row­est of mar­gins. How­ever, the sec­tion was safely in the bag thanks to 169-4-0 of carp taken by James on short pole and meat.

On to Pollawyn Lake for day four, and James was now mo­tor­ing, 61-6-0 of carp and skim­mers on the pole see­ing him win the sec­tion to sit on 31 points. A sec­tion win on the fi­nal day would give him a great chance but another split sec­tion on Twin Oaks and Trelawney saw him take sec­ond to make things nervy. Drop­ping only two points over the week, how­ever, saw his con­sis­tency re­warded!

Over­all re­sult: 1 J Dent, MAP/Sen­sas, 31pts (drop­ping seven points); 2 R Woot­ton, Shi­mano/Dy­na­mite Baits, 31 (drop­ping six points); 3 L Ed­wards, Gar­bolino/ABC Baits, 31 (drop­ping one point); 4 A Power, Pre­ston In­no­va­tions, 30 (drop­ping seven points); 5 P Can­ning, Fren­zee, 30 (drop­ping six points); 6 A Leathers, Brown­ing Hot Rods, 30 (drop­ping three points).

Win­ner James Dent kept them guess­ing right up to the fi­nal day. Win­ner James Dent (right) with Des Shipp at the Pre­ston In­no­va­tions pre­sen­ta­tion.

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