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Trent barbel personal best is worth a soaking

Donovan Stowe braved torrential rain and was duly rewarded with a new personal best barbel from the River Trent.The 15lb 11oz specimen was taken by the Nottingham-based 33-year-old on a piece of luncheon meat mounted on a size 8 Fox hook and a 20lb Gardner braided hooklink, and beat his previous pb for the species of 14lb.He said: “I’ve never ...

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  • 23 July 2014

Big Kennet barbel brace

A no feed approach paid off handsomely for Neil Macdonald when he banked a brace of double-figure barbel, including this 13lb 1oz specimen.The 37-year-old Reading & District Anglers Association member landed this fish and another weighing 10lb 3oz from the same swim on his local Lower Benyons stretch of the River Kennet in Berkshire. Neil’s setup included a legered double ...

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  • 18 July 2014

Big barbel from the Wye for Welsh actor

Top Welsh actor Julian Lewis Jones has recently turned his hand to coarse fishing and enjoyed some excellent barbel and perch catches from the River Wye.The star of TV comedy series Stella, who is better known for his sea fishing exploits, targeted the Herefordshire waterway with big-fish hunter Terry Theobald, and the pair landed eight barbel to 7lb 8oz and ...

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  • 17 July 2014

Three trips to Warwickshire Avon results in two new personal bests

In three trips to the Warwickshire Avon Barry Peck has managed to break both his barbel and chub personal best.After years of trying to catch a 5lb-plus chub from the waterway he finally achieved his target and beat his pb for the species with a 5lb 5oz specimen.He said: “I caught four chub of 4lb 15oz last season and was ...

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  • 15 July 2014

New personal best barbel after seven year wait

Adopting a mobile roving approach saw Mark Erdwin bring a welcome end to a seven year wait for a new barbel best with the capture of this 15lb specimen from the River Loddon.The Reading-based running water enthusiast had fished four different swims on a low-stock stretch of the waterway during the evening with little to show for his efforts. Settling in ...

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  • 14 July 2014

New personal best with 14lb 1oz barbel

Bait tester Jay Carrick was confident a Warwickshire Avon weir pool would be home to a shoal of large barbel, but he never expected to tussle with anything as big as this personal best 14lb 1oz specimen so early in the season.The Three Foot Twitch consultant relied on two legered Lamprey flavoured pellets in the pacey conditions and his heavily ...

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  • 03 July 2014

13lb 13oz barbel within half an hour of the rivers opening

Shane Tooth may well have landed the first fish of the new season from any water in the land after he took this 13lb 13oz barbel within half an hour of the rivers opening.The Earl of Harrington’s AC member gambled on a stretch of the waterway he had never visited before and set his stall out in a snaggy swim.“As ...

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  • 03 July 2014

Trio of barbel on opening day topped by 14lb 2oz specimen

This 14lb 2oz barbel was the best of a trio of specimens landed on opening day by Andrew Cunnington.The Stamford, Lincolnshire-based rod headed up the A1 to fish a stretch of the River Trent and offered a pellet hookbait on a 4ft hooklink in conjunction with a 4oz feeder to hold bottom.He said: “Other barbel of 10lb 4oz and 7lb ...

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  • 30 June 2014

Best start to river season for years

Predictions that the nation’s rivers would be in red hot form for the start of the season were proved correct as match, pleasure and specimen anglers alike enjoyed one of the finest opening weeks in history.Confidence was high that the River Trent would kick-start with the same memorable sport that it produced last year and Richard Easom got off to ...

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  • 30 June 2014

15lb barbel from Bedfordshire river

This 15lb barbel was caught by Thomas Finney during a session on a Bedfordshire river.The catch came just a few days after the South African-born 23-year-old had landed a new personal best chub of 6lb 15oz from the same stretch.Adopting a roving approach, Thomas positioned a lump of luncheon meat in the margins and following a powerful fight he beat ...

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  • 04 April 2014

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