Duo Close To Glory At Whiteacres

This week sees the final chance for anglers to qualify for the Final Week at Whiteacres, and then hopefully, the Parkdean Masters Final next Saturday. Guru anglers Steve Ringer and Andy Bennett are fishing the Maver Festival this week and, what’s more, they’re right in the running!
The Whiteacres Maver Festival is one of the five main Whiteacres festivals, which are among the most prestigious events in the match-angling calendar. They consistently attract the cream of the match-fishing fraternity, all of whom have eyes for the coveted title and £25,000 cheque that goes to the winner of the Parkdean Masters.
To qualify for next week’s final week, anglers have to secure a top-fifty placing in one of the four preceding festivals. Having managed that, Guru’s Adam Rooney, James Cooper, Steve Ringer, Andy Bennett and Dean Barlow will be part of the 180-strong field next week.

Back to this week though, and Steve Ringer, currently placed third after three section wins and a second from five days, can still get maximum points with a section win today. However, because Des Shipp is one point ahead at the moment, a section win for him would see the festival win slip away from Steve. Guru brand manager, Adam Rooney, told us, “Steve is on Bolingey today, a venue that he’s notoriously strong on; so you wouldn’t bet against him claiming that all-important section win. After that, it’s out of his hands and depends on Des’ result.”
Guru’s reigning Kamasan Matchman of the year, Andy Bennett, is sitting on Steve’s coat tails in fourth with two wins and two second in sections. He has amassed a massive total weight (close to 400lb), which could be the difference if things are neck and neck at the final reckoning. “In theory, Andy can still win it,” Adam told us, “But he’ll be looking to frame. He’s ridiculously consistent finishing in the top-ten in most of the festivals. It’s surely just a matter of time before he wins one. He’s on Porth today and has done his research. I’m hoping that he’ll get favourable draw, because he’ll make the most of it.”

The match finishes at 5pm today, so we’ll be able to let you know how Steve and Andy did on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Tackle.Guru this evening.

We’ll also be giving you updates as the final week progresses next week, and hopefully one of our Gurus inches towards that £25,000 prize.