Hadrian adapts to chang­ing con­di­tions to take fes­ti­val

Angling Times (UK) - - MATCH NEWS -

RUN­NING wa­ter wiz­ard Hadrian Whit­tle warmed up for this week­end’s RiverFest Fi­nal as he de­fended his Wye Fes­ti­val ti­tle on his lo­cal river and earned him­self close on £1,000 in the 60- peg Shake­speare­backed event.

On a river that be­gan promis­ingly but then suf­fered an in­flux of cold, dirty wa­ter, the Sen­sas/Ka­masan Star­lets man re­turned points scores of three, one and one over the three days.

Rain in­jected cold wa­ter through the Here­ford sec­tion and that saw the small fish turn off and bar­bel play more of a part. The an­tic­i­pated big weights never ma­te­ri­alised and it was case of knuck­ling down to earn ev­ery ex­tra ounce to­wards the cause. Hadrian did just that.

“On day one I drew peg 58 at Bel­mont. I ex­pected to catch on the pole to hand but this didn’t work and I ended up on the Bolo rod with mag­got, run­ning a 4g and 5g float through be­tween three and five rodlengths out and feed­ing ground­bait,” Hadrian said. “That gave me 41-10-0 of dace and small chub for third in sec­tion but 42lb was sec­ond and 43lb won it so I should have done bet­ter. That was a wake-up call.

“Thurs­day gave me peg 76 on the rail­ings. The river was up and coloured, and fish­ing hard.

“I fished a flat float with mag­got at 7m and took 18 roach, in­clud­ing a 2lb fish, for 9-4-0 to win the sec­tion,” he con­tin­ued.

“Fi­nally, I ended up on peg 2 at the top of the Bel­mont sec­tion, a favourite peg of mine, al­though only an ounce had come off it the day be­fore. I knew that chub had been caught on peg 4 so I’d need to feed quite heav­ily to get them to move,” Hadrian re­vealed.

“I cast a big mag­got feeder across to the far-bank trees to get some bait in. At the half­way stage I’d caught a roach but then I pickd up a few chublets and then three proper chub to fin­ish with 11-6-0 and enough to win the sec­tion.”

Best weight of the week came on day three when Ian Win­ter bagged 64-1-0 of bar­bel from the top end of the Bar­ton­sham sec­tion on mag­got feeder.

Deron Harper took day one with 44-8-0 of roach and dace on Bolo rod and long whip tactics at peg 91 op­po­site the row­ing club, and day two honours went to Craig Haupt with three bar­bel for 25-0-0 off peg 19.

Win­ner Hadrian Whit­tle is flanked by Ian Win­ter (left) and Deron Harper.

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