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08 April 2016 06:00
The final session of the river season will be one Gary Lucas will always remember after he slipped the net under two double-figure barbel topped by a 14lb 11oz specimen.Fishing on an unnamed stretch of the River Thames, the 3FT Baits tester fed just small amounts of broken boilies in PVA bags with matching boilies on the hook to tempt ...
01 April 2016 06:00
Record-breaking barbel and huge chub topped the list of specimens this week as the nation’s rivers produced an incredible end-of-season finale.Anglers across Britain certainly didn’t let flood conditions stand in their way, and one of the men hunting a new personal best was Richard Easom, who targeted the River Trent and banked a massive 17lb 8oz barbel.With only a few ...
26 February 2016 06:00
A bait-and wait campaign has accounted for the capture of one of the River Trent’s biggest ever barbel topping the scales at 17lb 9oz.The popular venue was almost bursting its banks, but that didn’t stop Adrian Garside from beating his personal best with this stunning specimen.The Stoke rod embarked on an overnighter slightly upstream of a likely-looking area of slack ...
16 February 2016 16:57
A two-month prebaiting campaign saw top specialist Adrian Eves beat his barbel personal best with this 15lb 7oz River Thames specimen.Catching big fish by design can often be about sheer patience and determination, and Adrian has these attributes in abundance – as he showed when he visited his chosen stretch twice a week for two months to introduce a few ...
09 January 2016 06:00
This is an image of what is believed to be one of the biggest barbel ever to be caught using a centrepin reel.Weighing a colossal 16lb 10oz, it was caught by Phil Buckingham, from the renowned stretch of the River Lea at Kings Weir. The 64-year-old vice president of the Barbel Society, tempted the fish using a small piece of ...
02 January 2016 06:00
A matchman who’s been barbel fishing for only five months has banked one of the biggest braces of the species in history.Former British match record holder Craig O’Brien banked two barbel of 17lb 10oz and 17lb 8oz, along with another fish of 13 lb 11oz during an incredible session on the River Trent.The Birmingham match ace took a break from ...
25 December 2015 06:00
Water bailiff Paul Oughton used his knowledge of the Warwickshire Avon to take this fine barbel of 15lb 6oz during a session with our own Martin Bowler. The Birmingham AA official was fishing a weir pool near Evesham. After introducing bait-droppers of boilies, pellets and hemp, he cast two boilie halves.It took a few hours before the big barbel struck.
18 December 2015 06:00
A boilie almost the size of a golf ball tempted the latest in an incredible run of big barbel for one of the UK’s most in-form specimen hunters – who landed a new personal best weighing 16lb 12oz.Incredibly, this is Luke Ayling’s third different fish over 16lb that he’s taken in under four weeks. It came during a session on ...
30 November 2015 11:30
This 16lb 7oz barbel is proof that some of the UK’s biggest specimens live in small rivers.Luke Ayling followed up his recent capture of a 16lb 1oz fish from the River Thames when he switched his attentions to its much smaller tributary, the Thame in Oxfordshire.He scaled down bait size, too. Instead of the large homemade hookbaits that he uses ...
26 November 2015 09:46
Rivers across the UK continue to produce some of the best barbel of 2015, with a host of specimens hitting the bank.The first, setting a new personal best for the species, fell to Nottingham’s Richard Easom who targeted the middle reaches of the River Trent and got what he was looking for – a 16lb 14oz specimen.After a biteless four ...
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