RiverFest Re­ports from lat­est events

Pel­let feeder puts him ahead in thriller on the Severn

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

YET another big name has been added to the RiverFest fi­nal af­ter the lat­est heat on the River Severn ended in thrilling fash­ion.

With bar­bel, chub and small sil­ver­fish all present in the Bridgnorth sec­tion, it was any­one’s guess what at­tack would be most ef­fec­tive, but river fish­ing ex­pert Hadrian Whittle’s big-fish gam­ble paid off.

The Ka­masan Star­lets man drew peg 30 and used the pel­let feeder in the hope of hav­ing the odd bite. He got just that with a brace of bar­bel and three chub giv­ing him a win­ning to­tal of 19-12-0.

He didn’t have it all his own way, though, with Liam Dar­ler – who was in the same sec­tion – pil­ing on the pres­sure. He ul­ti­mately fell just short with 18-3-0 that was made up of two bar­bel and a chub from peg 28.

The two other an­glers to qual­ify were Zone B win­ner Rich Duke, who landed 14-0-0, and Zone C cham­pion Ge­off Maguire with 14-8-0.

RiverFest ac­tion was also on show on the River Thames at Clanfield, where another full house was forced to strug­gle in the blus­tery con­di­tions.

Only two men broke the dou­ble-fig­ure mark. Top­ping the pile at the end of a tough five hours was Deron Harper on peg 8 with 11-8-0 of sil­vers taken on float­fish­ing tac­tics.

Sec­ond – and also go­ing through – was Andy John­stone with 10-2-0 from peg 43. The fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing spot was se­cured by Nick Early from peg 27.

Six more heats will be staged in the com­ing weeks be­fore the big fi­nal takes place on the River Wye in Here­ford on Novem­ber 19 and 20.

Hadrian Whittle bagged his place in this year’s big-money RiverFest fi­nal.

The Severn at Bridgnorth was in top form.

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