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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

12lb 10oz barbel from Thames tributary

Alan Stagg has continued his successful start to his barbel campaign, adding this 12lb 10oz to his tally during his latest out on a Thames tributary.The Hampshire-based specimen hunter used his trusty homemade bait dropper to introduce a bed of hemp and 4mm CC Moore pellets and fooled the impressive fish with a mag-aligner rig consisting of 15lb Trickster Heavy ...

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  • 16 October 2014

Two 15lb river barbel banked

Low and clear conditions on many rivers hasn’t hampered the nation’s barbel anglers with Iain McDonald leading the way with this cracking 15lb 6oz fish.The Canterbury, Kent-based all-rounder travelled to a Thames tributary where he presented a 10mm Hookbait Company pellet over a clear gravel run.The first two hours of the trip passed without event, but just as the light ...

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  • 15 October 2014

Double-figure barbel from tiny Midlands river

An 18ins-deep river produced this surprise double-figure barbel for Chris Long.The Worksop angler caught it from the River Ryton, a tributary of the Idle, in Nottinghamshire. “The river is 8ft wide and 18ins deep at best,” said the 36-year-old. “I’ve fished it for years and had fantastic results with 5lb-plus chub, but my recent outing resulted in two barbel – ...

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  • 09 October 2014

14lb 11oz barbel caught from Derbyshire Derwent

The Derbyshire Derwent has produced numerous personal bests this season - and it threw up another one to Dale Moore when he netted this 14lb 11oz barbel.During a short three hour session he presented a legered halibut pellet over a small bed of freebies and received the all-important bite halfway through the trip.“I’m delighted at landing such a fish and ...

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  • 03 October 2014

15lb barbel and 7lb chub in one session from River Avon

Nigel Kennard made a triumphant return to the Hampshire Avon with the capture of a personal best 15lb 10oz barbel and a pb equalling 7lb 1oz chub.The 35-year-old postman from Bellingham, London hadn’t fished the venue for three years until last month. Arriving at a stretch in the middle reaches of the waterway he looked in several swims before spotting ...

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  • 02 October 2014

Competition winners bag up with Des Taylor

Competition winners Stuart Jessop and Phil McGuire made the most of a day’s fishing with Des Taylor with several fine barbel from the River Severn near Bewdley, Worcs.Using open-end feeder gear with scalded pellets, the two anglers from Lincoln and Sheffield and  were delighted with their efforts from a tough, low river affected by foam on the water.“They were proper ...

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  • 01 October 2014

River Dearne barbel record

Wayne Hopkinson has smashed the River Dearne barbel record with the capture of this 15lb 4oz specimen.The Rotherham-based rod targeted a rarely fished area of the South Yorkshire waterway and cast out a simple blockend maggot feeder rig over a shallow gravel bar surrounded by lots of streamer weed.Wayne told Angling Times: “To see the size of this fish from ...

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  • 26 September 2014

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