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The secret life of barbel revealed

A ground-breaking study into the secret lives of specimen barbel has revealed revolutionary data that will give anglers the knowledge to put more fish on the bank. A three-year research project funded by the Environment Agency and undertaken by Hull International Fisheries Institute, saw state-of-the-art radio tags attached to stocks of river barbel to pinpoint their exact movements and this week ...

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  • 09 February 2015

Two double-figure barbel in a row

A prebaiting campaign finally paid off for Adrian Eves when he landed a brace of barbel to 14lb 6oz from the River Kennet.Having piled in several generous helpings of Dynamite Baits The Crave boilies leading up to the session, the Fox-backed angler was confident he could locate one of the venue’s elusive double figure specimens.Using a single boilie wrapped in ...

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  • 06 February 2015

Biggest barbel in Britain hits bank at 19lb 9oz

This is the picture of what is believed to be the biggest barbel in the UK.The record shaking specimen, weighing 19lb 9oz, was caught by big fish angler Thomas Finney from an undisclosed stretch of Southern river. The photo was posted on social media site, Facebook, by the 24-year-old who just four days earlier registered his previous personal best with a ...

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  • 26 January 2015

Four boilie trick leads to 17lb 1oz barbel

A baiting strategy based around just four boilies at a time has accounted for an incredible run of big barbel topped by this 17lb 1 oz specimen.Stewart Barnes only began targeting a pressured River Ouse tributary in Bedfordshire late last year and he’s now smashed his personal best for the species three times in four months and he says it’s ...

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  • 15 January 2015

18lb 9oz barbel smashes River Rother record

The River Rother barbel record has been smashed with the capture of an 18lb 9oz specimen.The fish, caught by Ian Duffy, was banked from a Petworth and Bognor Angling Club controlled stretch of the Sussex waterway.Amazingly, the Littlehampton-based rod only started targeting the species a year ago but his latest catch – which is also believed to be the biggest ...

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  • 29 December 2014

Three barbel for 40lb despite the freeze

A series of harsh frosts looked like they were would ruin Gary Lucas’ chances of success following a long baiting campaign on the River Thames, but he defied the odds to land a trio of barbel for 40lb.The London-based rod spent a month priming a potential hotspot with boilies and had pencilled in a date for his opening session.Despite freezing ...

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  • 12 December 2014

16lb barbel after switch in tactics

A quick change in tactics resulted in this cracking 16lb 3oz River Loddon barbel for Cliff Mosey.The Sandhurst-based rod had headed to the Berkshire waterway with his 11-year-old son, Henry, with the intentions of spending a couple of hours fishing for the chub with breadflake.But when he saw the river he had to have a rethink. He said: “The water ...

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  • 05 December 2014

18lb 6oz barbel is a record on the River Dove

The seemingly endless run of huge barbel from rivers nation-wide has continued this week with a series of personal best fish hitting the bank topped by new River Dove record of 18lb 6oz.Jim Ufton landed the specimen, which beat his old pb of 17lb 6oz and upped the venue best by 2oz, during a short evening session on the waterway.The ...

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  • 21 November 2014

Big week for barbel topped by new Severn record

A huge 16lb 11oz River Severn record barbel has been caught this week by Kevin Gittins during an evening session.It smashed the previous river record by 6oz and took over 25 minutes to land after picking up Kevin’s double boilie hookbait.“It ripped 40 metres off braid off my reel and then fought like a big carp for around 15 minutes until ...

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  • 17 November 2014

450 miles for a new barbel personal best

Marcus Weaver broke his personal best barbel twice in the space of six weeks after making a second 450-mile round trip to the River Trent.Weighing 15lb 4oz, the Three Foot Twitch consultant’s latest fish beat his previous best of 14lb 4oz which was landed from the same venue the last time he visited back in September. The South Wales rod tempted ...

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  • 14 November 2014

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