Lee Green took home the silverware after a great performance.
One of the closest Wye Festivals ever sees Lee Green crowned champ.
The Wye Festival has been won by Gloucestershire's Lee Green following one of the closest matches in the history of the event.
Contested over three days, the fishing didn’t deliver the usual big weights associated with the event, but the spread over the Hereford Rowing Club stretch of the waterway meant an exciting competition that could have been anyone’s for the taking.
With 60 anglers fishing in the festival – organised by Hereford and District AA – it was barbel and chub taken on the feeder that accounted for the bigger weights. Large numbers of perch and dace also showed up to bolster net weights though, as did the bleak – one of the highlights of the match being Hadrian Whittle’s day two weight of 34lb 10oz made up of an estimate 1200 of them.
After three days of action the top three anglers were all on 5 points, the victor Lee Green taking the title through his two section wins, while the awarding of second and third (both of whom had the same number of section wins and seconds) came down to overall weight
“To be honest I was a bit worried as the weights produced weren’t as good as they have been on the event before thanks to the cold winter we had and the weird weather this summer which has seen the river running very clear,” event organiser Pete Golding told Match Fishing. “The anglers thought it was great though as there were no real flyer pegs and with 2hours of any of the days left anyone could have still won it.”
Day One Top Four
1 Hadrian Whittle 27lb
2 Dave Harrell 26lb
3 Mike Bradley 25lb
4 Pete Golding 24lb 3oz
Day Two Top Four
1 Lee Green 35lb 12oz
2 Hadrian Whittle 24lb 10oz
3 R. Jones 28lb 8oz
4 Spud Murphy 26lb 4oz
Day Three Top Four
1 Nigel Marchington 54lb 8oz
2 Stuart Harford 50lb 15oz
3 Dave Harrell 32lb 5oz
4 Lee Green 30lb 14oz
Overall Top Four
1 Lee Green, 5 points (2 section wins)
2 Spud Murphy, 5 points (both 2nd and 3rd had 1 section win each with positions given on weight)