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Eighth double figure barbel of the year for Thomas Finney

This 15lb 4oz barbel is Thomas Finney’s eighth double figure specimen of the year from the River Ouse.The Bedfordshire-based 23-year-old adopted his usual roving approach and after blanking in several swims he found a spot with two submerged trees and dropped a baited rig alongside one of them.He said: “Around 20 minutes had passed and I was on my phone ...

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  • 18 September 2014

16lb barbel landed on a broken rod

Mike Lyddon endured the most hair-raising fight of his life when he landed this 16lb 6oz personal best barbel from a Thames tributary on a rod that snapped moments after setting the hook.The Gardner Tackle sales rep had prebaited a spot on the waterway for a week, introducing large quantities of particles, pellets and boilies in preparation for the session.On ...

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  • 14 September 2014

New swim results in 14lb 14oz barbel

Visiting a new swim paid on the River Kennet paid off handsomely for Paul Codman as he slipped the net under this 14lb 14oz personal best barbel.The Fleet-based rod has scoured the waterway for hotspots in recent years and decided to pitch up in a peg that he had previously ignored on numerous occasions.A bed of boilies dipped in sausage ...

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  • 12 September 2014

Long trip to the River Trent ends in 12lb barbel

A 200-mile round trip proved more than worthwhile for Darren Hurst as he banked this personal best 12lb 2oz barbel from the River Trent.The Bolton-based angler made the long journey to a stretch of the middle reaches and presented a 14mm Three Foot Twitch Dubby boilie in the fast current.The fish capped off a memorable session during which Darren also ...

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  • 05 September 2014

Perseverance pays off with 13lb Ouse barbel

The decision to persevere on the River Ouse proved to be a wise one for Garry Tear after he landed this 13lb 1oz barbel.A string of blanks on the waterway had left the Wellingborough-based rod contemplating a move to either the River Severn, Wye or Trent. Determined not to be beaten, however, he decided to have one more session.With the ...

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  • 03 September 2014

16lb 1oz specimen tops big week for barbel

The nation’s barbel anglers have taken advantage of the improving conditions this week with a number rivers hitting top form again.The biggest specimen was caught by Luke Ayling who landed a fish of 16lb 1oz during an overnight session on the River Thames.Just days earlier the Oxfordshire-based rod had landed a 14lb 3oz barbel from a local stretch of the ...

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  • 01 September 2014

Prebaiting rewarded with 14lb 3oz Thames barbel

Luke Ayling’s determination and effort on the River Thames were rewarded with the capture of this superb 14lb 3oz barbel.The Oxfordshire-based rod had prebaited a local stretch of the waterway for over a month with Lone Angler Sausage Sizzle pellets.His first outing produced a trio of chub to over 6lb, but just days later he returned during horrendous conditions and ...

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  • 29 August 2014

Huge River Avon barbel pulls rod from rest

This 13lb 8oz barbel was caught by James Champkin during a session on the Hampshire Avon.His first day on the river only produced a chub of 5lb 1oz but on the second day the Norfolk-based all-rounder baited two swims with a mix of hemp, pellets and 10mm boilies.“After no action in the first swim I moved to my second prebaited ...

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  • 28 August 2014

Stunning 12lb barbel from Warwickshire Avon

Prebaiting a virtually unfished area on the upper-reaches of the Warwickshire Avon paid off for Chris Mutton with the capture of this stunning 12lb 14oz barbel. The local rod fed a swim for two weeks before embarking on a short overnight session.On arrival he baited a gully two rod lengths out tight to an overhanging bush with two bait droppers ...

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  • 22 August 2014

11lb barbel best of seven from River Nene

Short sessions have proved to be the key to success for Adam Lowbridge whose run of form on the River Nene culminated in the capture of his first ever double figure barbel.The Peterborough-based rod has been fishing short 4 hour morning and evening sessions on a backwater of the popular waterway, landing seven fish in the space of a couple ...

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  • 22 August 2014

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