HADRIAN WHITTLE: 70lb Bleak Net
CATCHING big weights of small fish is all about speed, and match ace Hadrian Whittle wowed the angling world when he caught 70lb of tiny bleak in five hours.
He used a whip with a maggot hookbait to land an incredible 2,100 fish during a timed, recordbreaking session in front of the Angling Times cameras on a feature on his local River Wye in October 1999.
Hadrian averaged just over 400 fish an hour – which works out around seven bleak a minute, or the capture of a fish every eight seconds!
Up until this incredible silverfish haul, Hadrian already held the official British five-hour match record for the largest weight of bleak with 51lb 7oz taken on the same river in 1997.
The tools that helped him make match fishing history were four whips, all made from the top three sections of Garbolino Renaissance poles with solid carbon flick tips fitted – allowing him to fish at 1.5m, 2m, 2.5m and 3m.
At the end of the session, which was accurately timed and supervised by Angling Times officials, Hadrian was left mentally and physically drained.
He was asked how he felt after completing a feat that many would find hard to comprehend and the only words he could muster were: “I wouldn’t like to do it all again tomorrow!”
“Hadrian averaged a fish every eight seconds of the match”