Ellis Driscoll wins Whiteacres Coca Cola Drennan Junior Festival

The Junior Festival was held at the end of March at top Cornwall complex Whiteacres – and was won by 13 year old Ellis Driscoll, from Newport in South Wales. Ellis produced two perfect section wins over the two days – with very creditable weights in very tough, cold conditions.

Well done to Ellis Driscoll, 17, from Newport in South Wales who won the 2013 Coca-Cola Drennan International Junior Festival at Whiteacres, Cornwall in late March!

Ellis pictured above fishing during a much warmer match!

Final Result

1st Ellis Driscoll,   10 pts,   total weight 79lb 00oz
2nd Charlie Clarke,   9 pts,   total weight 117lb 01oz
3rd Bradley Gibbons,   9 pts,   total weight 62lb 02oz

Ellis has sent us this detailed report on the festival:-

“On Day 1 I was on Trelawny and having had a practice on the lake the day before, I knew it would be hard! I had a bit of luck drawing peg 23 (some call it “the F1 bay”) and I had a great chance of winning my lake if not the section, but to win I’d have to work hard to beat the angler on peg 20 in particular.

There are strict rules at Whiteacres regarding permitted baits and quantities. I used a mix of ABC Betaine green CP70 method mix, micro pellets, 4mm pellets, 6mm pellets and casters. As a back-up plan I had some 6mm cut meat which I would fish at short range if necessary. I also had expander pellet hookbaits and of course a kilo of worm.

I started my match by feeding half a pot of dampened 4mm pellets and a few hookers at 13m – this would be my main approach. I fed a short line with meat and one line down the side with chopped worm. I started on my short 6m line and had 5 quick fish but it soon died so I had a look down the side with chopped worm but after some very small fish only I had a look on the long line with a 6m pellet, feeding at 4metres with a catapult. After an hour I had counted 25 F1’s and thought “I am doing okay”. I could see the angler on peg 20 catching quickly against the island and figured I’d need a lot more as he was getting a bigger stamp of fish. Now and again I had a look on my meat line and caught the odd fish, but not enough. I stuck on my long line and just pinged bait over the top, and after another 10 quick fish it was looking good for a section win! The ‘all out’ sounded and I had a fish on at the whistle – “15 minutes to land it” said Dad. I landed it and had 40 odd fish for a weight of 42lb 8oz – enough to win my section and finish 2nd on the lake.

On Day 2 I was on Jenny’s Lake. I was lying 2nd out of 19 and having won my section on Day 1 I needed the other section winners to blow-out on Day 2! I had no idea what to expect on Jenny’s, it seemed from previous results there were a handful of pegs you could do well on. I drew peg 15 – a good open water peg and also drew in the same section as another section winner from the previous day – this meant I would have to beat him to win.

There being a good stock of both Tench and F1 carp I decided to go with the worm and caster approach, plus meat and corn ‘down the side’. I used a kilo of worm, some casters, meat, corn and the ABC Betaine green CP70 method mix.

At the start of the match I fed some chopped worm and caster at 13m and fished straight over it. I got the odd fish, and other anglers were struggling so I was doing okay. I fed again and had a chuck on the method and got three F1s in 3 chucks. Ten minutes later I went back on the worm line and had several Tench and decent skimmer Bream – from that point I caught steadily and was confident about another section win! The ‘all out’ sounded and the weight to beat was 28lb. I weighed-in 34lb 4oz; another section win! It turned out I was the only angler to win my section on each day, with an overall weight of 79lb and 10 points I was the 2013 Drennan Coca-Cola Junior White Acres Champion!”

– Ellis Driscoll

Well done to Ellis Driscoll, 17, from Newport in South Wales who won the 2013 Coca-Cola Drennan International Junior Festival at Whiteacres, Cornwall in late March!

Check out the White Acres fishing website for full details on the venue.