Ringer at White Acres - Steve Ringer

Steve Ringer has recently returned from a two-week festival at the well-known White Acres, situated in the stunning Cornish countryside. During this time he managed an overall 2nd place in the Maver festival, followed by 13th position in the Preston festival, which was enough to qualify him for the prestigious Parkdean final. Steve told us how his week unfolded…

“White Acres is a festival I look forward to and it’s growing each year. There is always a great atmosphere; with competitive anglers from all over the country, creating plenty of laughs along the way.

My first day was on Porth Reservoir where I drew peg 78, which isn’t a renowned area for producing large bags of bream. So, knowing that most of the field would be fishing on the main shoals, I decided to change my approach to target the smaller fish, to try and build a steady weight through the day. I managed a 4th in my section, which wasn’t the ideal start, but considering the area I was in, 16lb felt respectable.

Through the rest of the week I knew that I had no room for error, so with this added pressure I needed a good draw on Bolingey. I pulled out peg 50, a corner swim. So I opted to fish two different margin lines, on the right side of my swim. I kept picking fish out through the day and managed 174lb for a section win and a 2nd overall on the lake.

The following day on Pollawyn proved to be a struggle, until the last 90 minutes. I managed 11 carp, fishing meat at five metres, coming from nowhere to manage a last-minute section win and another second on the lake.

With three days gone and two section wins in the bank, all of a sudden I was back in the mix. That was until I pulled out peg three on Jennies; setting up in my swim I wasn’t so sure. How wrong I was, I managed 35lb of silvers very early in the day on casters, this got me back in the running. I decided to make a tactical change and fish 6mm pellets shallow for the F1s, in the last two hours I also managed three decent carp. Making my total 89lb for the day and another section win.

When it came the final day, winning the festival looked unlikely with the unstoppable Des Shipp in form and in pole position. Second place was still up for grabs, that is if I was able to win my section. Swim 31 on Twin Oaks was my home for the day. With my brother Phil winning off it on day one, I had all the information I needed to attack the peg, so the ball was firmly in my court. To cut a long story short I struggled for the first half of the day on the feeder, before having a run of F1s and then several carp. This gave me a total of 154lb and the all-important fourth section win. When it came to the final results, sure enough Des had deservedly had won the festival. I had managed to sneak into second position, to cap a pleasing week after such a poor start.”