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Third personal best this season

Alfie Naylor beat his barbel personal best for the third time this season with this 15lb 4oz River Trent fish.The 33-year-old, from Newark, made the most of a two-hour session after work when he legered a boilie in an area he’d  been baiting up for some time.“All my fishing has been done in short sessions, and it really has paid ...

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  • 28 August 2015

Barbel famine ends with 14lb specimen

This superb 14lb barbel was certainly worth the wait for Mark Smith on a stretch of the River Nene.The Peterborough & District Angling Association bailiff had already packed away most of his gear and was only seconds from reeling in his rod when it was almost ripped off the rest by his biggest specimen for two seasons.His winning hookbait was ...

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  • 27 August 2015

Prebaiting is key to giant river barbel and chub

Some anglers bait their swim and then wait a couple of hours before fishing it, but Oliver Fisher took it to the extreme when he prebaited the Dorset Stour for over a month before taking a 6lb 12oz chub and a 13lb 10oz barbel in quick succession. The Dorset angler visited the waterway daily to introduce a carpet of pellets ...

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  • 26 August 2015

350lb of Severn barbel taken... on float gear!

Two friends shared in the biggest haul of barbel of the season when they banked 350lb of fish on float tackle.Armed with just two tins of meat apiece, West Midlands-based Dan Jones and Tom Shakespeare used their local knowledge of the middle reaches of the River Severn to great effect when they cast their simple float rigs out into the ...

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  • 24 August 2015

Patience finally pays with a 12lb 15oz barbel

A long wait for his first barbel of the season ended when Kevin Durman banked this personal-best 12lb 15oz specimen from a southern chalk stream. The Korum-backed angler had visited his local waterway every week since June 16, but the barbel had refused to co-operate on each occasion. Finally, visiting a spot prebaited with Sonubaits Hemp n Spicy Sausage and 6mm ...

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  • 23 August 2015

15lb Derwent barbel

Violent takes are usually what anglers experience when barbel fishing, but for Eathan Waddington a slight tap on the tip was the only indication he got before hooking into this personal-best 15lb 5oz specimen. Fishing a club stretch of the Derwent in Derbyshire, the Derby rod picked a spot with a large overhanging tree where he set up a feeder ...

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  • 18 August 2015

River Trent barbel at 13lb

The River Trent is the hotspot for barbel this summer and Jamie Newton took advantage when a session on the prolific water resulted in this fine 13lb specimen. The 16-year-old, Stotabaits field-tester tempted the huge fish on two hair-rigged Gravel Grenade 14mm barrel boilies from a weir close to his Nottingham home. Jamie’s set-up included a feeder of crushed boilies ...

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  • 13 August 2015

15lb 5oz Trent specimen barbel tops list of catches

Barbel anglers are smashing their personal bests as some of the nation’s premier venues begin to hit top form. Conditions have tested UK specimen anglers with many rivers running low and clear, but rivers such as the Trent, Severn and Wye have been producing exceptional fish for travelling anglers. The best fish of the week sets a new personal best ...

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  • 10 August 2015

Four Wye barbel in four casts

River barbel don’t come much better looking than this immaculate fish banked by Angling Times columnist Paul Garner. The Peg One consultant enjoyed a short stint on the Birmingham Anglers Association’s new stretch of the River Wye at Stacklands and fished a simple pellet feeder rig with hair-rigged boilie pellets to bank four sizeable barbel in as many casts. “I ...

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  • 07 August 2015

Pellets woo big barbel

A handful of pellets was all that Steve Stratton needed to tempt this 15lb 8oz barbel from the River Loddon. The Farnborough rod decided against laying down a large carpet of loosefeed and instead introduced a few halibuts over the top of his 15mm hookbait. Within less than an hour of starting, the rod tip tapped several times before it viciously ...

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  • 04 August 2015

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