YATES STRIKES GOLD AT SIL­VER­FISH FES­TI­VAL

To­tal weight needed af­ter tough sec­ond day at White Acres

Angling Times (UK) - - MATCH NEWS - DREN­NAN SIL­VER­FISH FES­TI­VAL (SAT & SUN) White Acres Hol­i­day Park (75 pegs)

PAUL Yates en­joyed a week­end of two very dif­fer­ent halves to win this two-day sil­ver­fish event at the Cor­nish com­plex.

He recorded a bite-a-chuck section win on the first day of ac­tion, be­fore hav­ing to tough it out on the Sun­day to claim a sec­ond section max­i­mum. That sealed the £700 prize on to­tal weight af­ter he fin­ished tied on two points with Kian War­dle.

The match was fished by the cream of the UK match scene, and rules dic­tated that an­glers would fish one day with F1s and brown gold­fish count­ing. On the sec­ond it was sil­ver­fish only.

Paul’s 54-12-0 to­tal meant he fin­ished over 12lb clear of Gar­bolino man Kian, with Des Shipp tak­ing third as the best of a clutch of an­glers on three points.

“On day one I was in the sil­ver­fish only zone and drew peg 26 on Pollawyn Lake,” Dren­nan/Don­caster Fish­ing Cen­tre man Paul said.

“The plan was to fish shal­low on the long pole for roach and the oc­ca­sional skim­mer, be­fore chang­ing to shorter lines on the deck for skim­mers and bar­bel. And it worked re­ally well! I be­gan at 11m to 13m, loose­feed­ing caster and fish­ing caster on the hook be­tween 2ft 6ins and 4ft deep. For two and a half hours I had a bite a chuck, mainly from small roach but with quite a few bet­ter 12oz fish and the odd skim­mer.

“I then changed to a 5m line where I’d fed ground­bait with pinkies, chopped worm and red mag­gots and caught skim­mers up to 1lb. It was slow go­ing – if you were pa­tient, you got a bite,” the for­mer Eng­land man con­tin­ued. “With 45 min­utes to go, I changed to a shorter line at an an­gle to look for bar­bel and caught six up to 3lb on mag­gots. The scales gave me 48-12-0 and an easy section win.

“Day two gave me Python Lake peg 23, an end peg but an area that can be hard,” Paul said.

“F1s counted, but with 35 min­utes to go I’d caught a roach and a skim­mer! In the clos­ing stages though, some F1s turned up and I caught four plus a roach on sin­gle pinkie fished over lit­tle balls of ground­bait and pinkies at 13m well down the peg. The F1s seemed to be in the wide ar­eas, whereas my section was nar­row. I weighed 6-5-0 and just 2lb was sec­ond in the section, so that big weight on day one helped!”

Over­all: 1 P Yates, Dren­nan/Don­caster Fish­ing Cen­tre, 2pts (54-12-0); 2 K War­dle, Gar­bolino, 2 (42-9-0); 3 D Shipp, Pre­ston In­no­va­tions, 3 (104-2-0); 4 C Van­dervleit, Dren­nan/Bait-Tech, 3 (92-5-0); 5 F Gianon­celli, Pre­ston In­no­va­tions, 3 (85-15-0); 6 J Arthur, Dren­nan, 3 (79-6-0); 7 D Bar­low, Dren­nan/ Bait-Tech, 3 (63-0-0); 8 A Power, Pre­ston In­no­va­tions, 3 (42-15-0); 9 D Davies, Dren­nan/Van Den Eynde, 4 (95-1-0); 10 L Kerry, Pre­ston In­no­va­tions, 4 (56-4-0).

Paul Yates’ open­ing day catch pushed him to vic­tory.

The top three – Des Shipp, Paul Yates and Kian War­dle.

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