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16 Oct 2018

Parkdean Resorts Masters 2018

Craig Edmunds picked up the £25,000 first prize after taking the 2018 Parkdean Resorts Masters crown in a challenging final on Jenny's Lake, having never fished the water before.

Craig, 37, from Bristol drew Peg 21 in Zone 4, an end peg, and with a strong wind blowing into that end of the lake, he felt there was a good chance for few carp, which dictated how he would fish the four-hour event.

“I've drawn my peg, and a few people had said that it's not the best area, but with the wind hacking down there, it 'screamed' carp to me, so I knew that having never fished the lake before, if I kept it simple and fished to my strengths, I might have a chance,” he said.

It was a mammoth ask, as the 24-angler field featured no less than 12 former finalists, which included three past Masters champions; Darren Cox, Harry Billing and Des Shipp, plus Andy Power – currently one of the county's best commercial anglers, and who regularly appeared in big-money finals.

The final also featured a new pegging format, which saw competitors drawn into six four-peg zones, on both sides of Jenny's, with the winner of each picking up a cheque for £1,000 – a new and welcomed addition to the already popular event.

Craig started on meat fished short – at five metres, where he netted a good fish in the first 30 minutes, but after things slowed down, he took the gamble to switch to a more positive feeding approach.

“It was clear that with the rain and strong winds, it was going to be a hard match, and not having seen much caught to my left, I decided to attack the peg, and start putting a lot of bait in,” said Craig. “It was a good decision and I had a good 90 minutes where I caught fish steadily – all on meat.”

Elsewhere, the action in the first hour was limited, with Jordan Hollaway on Peg 3 – at the other end of the lake, seeing the most action in Zone 1. Another early pacesetter was Chris Barley on Peg 14 in Zone 3, who’d had two good fish on the feeder.

Unlike other big-money events, the Parkdean Resorts Masters is only four hours in duration, so the competitors have to try and make something happen early to give themselves a chance of winning, and it seemed that Craig had got his tactics spot-on, especially in the middle section of the match.

However, the action on Jenny's is well known to improve, as the match goes on, and at the half-way stage it had become clear that more anglers had started to come into the picture. Scott Puddy on Peg 7 in Zone 2 had netted a few big carp, and in Zone 3, all four anglers, Chris Barley (Peg 14), James Dent (Peg 15), Dan White (Peg 16) and Harry Billing (Peg 17), had all picked up the pace and landed some good fish. Ryan Bennet on Peg 19 in Craig's Zone had also found the fish, so the pressure had ramped up!

The weigh-in started at Zone 1 with Jordan Hollaway taking the section with 25-8-0, thanks to a good first half of the match. In Zone 2, Scott Puddy claimed the £1,000 section prize with 41-3-0. The best of the action in the final hour came from Zone 3, and that saw James Dent, 46-5-0, edge out Dan White, 41-10-0, to lead the field at the half way stage of the weigh in.

All the attention was then focused on Zone 4, and Craig Edmunds. He tipped 63-8-0 onto the scales to put him in pole position, but he then had an agonising wait while the scales moved to the far-bank pegs, and to Des Shipp, who was the first to weigh-in in Zone 5. However, it quickly became clear, as Des lifted his net out of the water that he had not got enough to claim what would have been a third Masters title, and that Craig was the 2018 champion. Des' 41-5-0 won his Zone, and in Zone 6, Jon Arthur pipped Tom Edwards by two ounces, claiming the section with 9-0-0.

“I'm lost for words!” exclaimed a cold and soggy Craig, after his traditional winners dip into Jenny's lake. “To be honest, it hasn't sunk in yet. I should imagine that when I get home and think about it, it will sink in what I've achieved. It's the Parkdean Resorts Masters! It's my best achievement by far. I'm over the moon!”

01 Oct 2018

Reel in a Festive Break

The most magical time of year is approaching fast and whether you join us for Christmas or to celebrate New Year, we’ve got a fun filled festive programme to keep the whole family smiling.

Highlights include:

  • Wintery strolls around the lakes
  • Special Boxing Day and New Year’s Day fishing matches
  • A special visit from Santa and a gift for children plus fun with the Starland Krew
  • Fantastic festive evening entertainment including live bands and shows from our Troupers
  • See in 2019 with an exciting New Year’s Eve party

Choose from a selection of cosy lodges and to make your stay extra special why not let us take care of the cooking and washing up? There’s delicious Christmas Day lunch, Boxing Day carvery, New Year’s Eve buffet and New Year’s Day carvery.

Additional charges apply for festive food options and these must be booked in advance. The pool is open on selected dates and times. Please contact the park reception for details.

24 Aug 2018

Fresh investment gives a big boost to White Acres

Angling Journalist Steve Martin has been looking at the changes happening at Cornwall's Mecca of angling, and what's in the pipeline for the future.

On a recent visit to Cornwall angling Mecca White Acres I discovered that there had been a number of major upgrades made to some of its 13 lakes during the off season.

An ever-popular destination for UK anglers, the complex had received a big investment from that had enabled Clint Elliott and his fisheries team to instigate a rolling plan of improvements that would reinvigorate the fishing side of the park.

The team had already upgraded some of the early-numbered pegs on Jenny's lake recently, but over the 2017/18 winter the swims on the lodge side of the lake had been rebuilt and expanded, and the surrounding path levelled and resurfaced.

Similar work had also been carried out on the venue's original match lake Pollawyn, where the outer path had also been resurfaced and the old swims on the 'high bank' repaired and improved, so there is now more room, compared to the original, small platforms.

“The plan is to eventually repair all the pegs on Pollawyn, and upgrade the rest of the paths, explained Clint, during our meeting, where he revealed the work that had been carried out, and his future plans. “We've also vastly improved the path on Two Oaks, and repositioned and repaired all of the swims.”

It had been a busy winter for the small fisheries team, which had also seen Python Lake netted and completely drained, checked out and refilled, before adding a completely new stock of 7,000 8oz carp. “Python will become a brilliant pool in the next few years, once the new stock has settled down and grown on,” added Clint.

On the subject of stocking; Clint pointed out that the team had moved 10,000lb fish around the complex, which included a mixture of tench, bream and carp being added to Jenny's (2,600) and Pollawyn (2,600). They were also growing more fish in the fisheries on-site stock ponds that would be added to in the future.

One small observation; while I was on the complex I saw the upgraded paths used by both wheelchair and mobility scooter owners, so it was clear that the improvements had already made access to the lakes much easier for all.

You cannot help but be impressed, as you walk around, with the fresh look of the lakes that have already been improved, and it's already clear that the latest stocking policy has boosted the fishing, so there's a real positive vibe.

11 Jul 2018

Rob Hughes

This Easter, England Carp Team Manager and BT Sport presenter Rob Hughes spent a few days down at White Acres with his family. Here’s what he had to say:

“This spring I had a really nice break, down at White Acres Holiday Park in Cornwall. Just like most of you reading this, we all lead busy lives, so fitting in everyone’s needs is a bit tricky. The compromise between a trip with the family and a spot of fishing was exactly what was needed.

White Acres is a large holiday park with something for everyone. A bar, restaurant, swimming pool, gym and entertainment area as well as loads of different things to do outside. There’s peace and tranquillity or hustle and bustle in equal measure, depending on your wishes…. and of course there is the fishing. Accommodation wise there are different types available from caravans to luxury lodges and lakeside options too. We stayed in the newer area called Nelson’s Meadow which is right by the side of Nelson’s lake; a carp and cat-fishing venue which suited me down to the ground.

The fishing was the major attraction for us, and with two kids (16 and 11) I wanted somewhere that would offer something that would suit all levels. Some carp for me and some action for the kids. There’s 13 lakes on site with a bit of everything for everyone including two lakes that have carp running to very respectable sizes. Pats Pool and Nelson's offer some great carp fishing with a good head of double-figure fish running up to mid/upper 30s. All the other lakes have a good mix of stock and are regularly used for matches and festivals. Float or feeder fishing can be very effective and it’s a brilliant place for the kids to get a bite or for you to test your match skills. They have regular festivals throughout the year if you fancy a trip away with the crew.

We spent three days there in total, and to be honest would loved to have stayed a little bit longer. It was brilliant. After checking in and seeing our lodge with the usual excitement of arriving and choosing rooms, there were plenty of “oooh’s” and “wow’s” from the kids, and lots of nods of approval from the wife. The accommodation was more than impressive. It was a contemporary lodge that had loads of wow factor for sure. We all felt a bit special living in such a wonderful place overlooking the lake with its magnificent morning views. Taking the family away to a fishing resort could always be seen to be a little bit risky. Not here. Everybody loved the place.

We spent a nice few days with a mix of nipping into Newquay, popping down to the beach, and having some great fun fishing. Just a couple of hours at the beginning and end of the day was enough time for me to travel light and catch some carp, and a couple of hours with the whips and poles on a couple of the lakes kept the kids entertained. Everyone caught. Everyone loved it.

We had some great fun and all felt we would like to go back and spend a little more time there. Making memories are what trips like this are about and we certainly did exactly that."

To see more from Rob check out Rob Hughes TV on YouTube or visit

22 May 2018

2019 Festival Dates

2019 festivals are now available to book – click the link below for the all-important dates of our big events. Call the Fisheries Team on 01726 862 519 today to secure your place.

From events specifically for young anglers to matches for the seasoned professional and a range of top brand sponsors, there’s something for everyone.

Click here to see the full list of dates and events

18 Apr 2018

Lake Updates

Our winter work has run smoothly and the lakes are all fishing well. Check out a few highlights from what’s been going on to ensure your fishing experience is the best that it can be.

Pats Pool
1,000lb of bream and skimmers plus 200lb of small roach have been nettted and removed. The lillies have been cut back and removed, the trees have been cut back and all islands have been strimmed.

Jenny’s has received new pegs plus the pathways round the lakes have been improved. Over 2,000 fish have gone into Jenny’s from our stock ponds. These range from 1lb all the way up to 8lb.

Some fantastic new sturdy pegs added on Pollawyn. Pollawyn has also seen 1,700 Ghost F1’s added.

Ditches fully cleared out plus 500lb of fish added.

We’ve also expanded the Fisheries Team for 2018 to help keep our fishery running smoothly. We now have someone totally dedicated to lake maintenance. Their role will be to keep on top of tree trimming, peg and path repairs and anything else that may need replacing throughout the year to make sure your fishing experience is both a safe and enjoyable one. We also have a new fisheries warden. Their duties will be to assist in lake maintenance, maintain lake health and safety reporting and permit checking late into the evenings. Plus they’ll be out and about on the lakes for general assistance.

14 Mar 2018

New Festival Sponsor

A huge thank you goes to Milo, the Italian fishing tackle giants, who have sponsored our early spring festival for 25 years.

UK based Dynamite Baits have now taken over the sponsorship of this festival. This exciting news means that each festival attendee at the match receives a selection of products from Dynamite Baits, who are also supplying the overall top 10 prizes.

The festival takes place w/c 23rd April 2018 and we do have some places available. The warmer weather around this event means that you can expect to see some much bigger weights.

Contact the Fisheries Team today on 01726 862 519/526 to book your place.

03 Jan 2018

What’s New?

We’re busy preparing for our 2018 season and there’s so much to tell you about. From an extensive winter maintenance plan on the lakes to our revamped Tackle Shop, brand new accommodation and a fresh new menu in the restaurant – your White Acres experience will be better than ever.

We’ve decided to bring the rules of our five main 180 angler festivals in line with each other so the Frenzee Festival is no longer a pellet-free match. We’re looking at changing our bait limit and revising some of our other festival rules too so watch this space for more information. Plus there’ll be a new sponsor for some of our smaller festivals, which will ensure the prizes are even more exciting.

As part of our pre-season maintenance we’ll be giving the lakes their usual haircut – trimming back any overhanging trees and brambles but we’ve also got lots more in progress to improve your fishing experience.

We’re investing into new pathways around the lakes to make them more accessible for you plus we’re replacing over 75 pegs and re-building most of the pegs on Jennys and Pollawyn high bank to ensure that they are both safe and enjoyable to fish.

We’ll be continuing to carry out annual netting on the lakes. This helps to assist oxygen circulation and reduce algae, which improves water quality. We’ve introduced thousands of new fish into the lakes. Our first fish stocking took place in November with 1,700 Ghost F1’s into Pollawyn and around 1,000 into Jenny’s lake – plus more to come. To help us to do this we’re working to fully utilise all four of the lakes in our fish farm. This will enable us to be self-sufficient in our fish breeding and re-stocking programmes.


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