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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

Trent barbel rattles venue record at 19lb 1oz

Two chunks of luncheon meat and a blade of grass is all Daniel Jamson required to land the fish of a lifetime in the form of this record-shaking 19lb 1oz barbel.The monster specimen, caught from an undisclosed stretch of the River Trent, is the biggest landed this season for the species and is just three ounces short of the current ...

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  • 14 November 2014

Goulder's nine barbel topped by trio over 10lb

Former Drennan Cup holder, Darran Goulder, took full advantage of an in-form River Wye to land nine barbel, including three over the 10lb-barrier.The Kent-based Fortis Eyewear boss made the trip to the Herefordshire waterway where he cast 4oz open end feeders filled with 6mm pellets and groundbait in to the main flow.“Conditions were perfect – relatively mild with a couple ...

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  • 06 November 2014

14lb River Severn barbel gives angler the run-around

A bit of extra pace and colour in the lower River Severn helped David Benfield bag this 14lb barbel.The 29-year-old roof tiler smashed his personal best by 3lb after a surging fight. He said: “It hugged the bottom and I had to run up the bank and around some trees, but thankfully it wasn’t a long battle.”David used dampened Sonubaits ...

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  • 31 October 2014

30-year quest for double figure barbel ends

Reg Long has been visiting the River Severn at Bridgnorth for almost 30-years in search of a double figure barbel… and he finally achieved his goal last week.This 11lb 11oz personal best specimen was the Bromley, Kent man’s well-earned reward and fell to a hair-rigged chunk of luncheon meat fished over a bed of hemp and micro pellets. The retired ...

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  • 31 October 2014

14lb 4oz barbel within ten minutes of casting out

A bite within 10 minutes of casting out produced this 14lb 4oz barbel for Alan Stagg during a session on a Thames tributary.The Gardner media manager’s rig was positioned just half a rod length from the bank over a spot which he’d primed a few hours before with a mix of 4mm trout pellets, hemp and chopped CC Moore Odyssey ...

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  • 17 October 2014

Amazing week for big barbel

It has been another fantastic week for the nation’s barbel anglers with some of the season’s biggest specimens gracing the bank from rivers at opposite ends of the country.Darren Worton targeted a Christchurch Angling Club-controlled stretch of the Dorset Stour and set a new personal best for the species when a huge 16lb 9oz fish slid over the net.After quietly creeping ...

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  • 16 October 2014

Brothers bank personal bests from Hampshire Avon

Two days on the Royalty stretch of the Hampshire Avon saw brothers Josh and Toby Searl both bank a personal best 13lb-plus barbel.It was 31-year-old Josh who struck first with a stunning 13lb 7oz whisker, adding an 11lb 4oz fish just hours later. Touch ledgering paste with a PVA bag of micro pellets did the business for the Fordingbridge angler, ...

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  • 16 October 2014

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