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.