HADRIAN WHITTLE: 70lb Bleak Net

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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”

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