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Centrepin record for barbel?

This is an image of what is believed to be one of the biggest barbel ever to be caught using a centrepin reel.Weighing a colossal 16lb 10oz, it was caught by Phil Buckingham, from the renowned stretch of the River Lea at Kings Weir. The 64-year-old vice president of the Barbel Society, tempted the fish using a small piece of ...

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  • 09 January 2016

17lb barbel hit for matchman

A matchman who’s been barbel fishing for only five months has banked one of the biggest braces of the species in history.Former British match record holder Craig O’Brien banked two barbel of 17lb 10oz and 17lb 8oz, along with another fish of 13 lb 11oz during an incredible session on the River Trent.The Birmingham match ace took a break from ...

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  • 02 January 2016

Big barbel worth the wait

Water bailiff Paul Oughton used his knowledge of the Warwickshire Avon to take this fine barbel of 15lb 6oz during a session with our own Martin Bowler. The Birmingham AA official was fishing a weir pool near Evesham. After introducing bait-droppers of boilies, pellets and hemp, he cast two boilie halves.It took a few hours before the big barbel struck.

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  • 25 December 2015

Giant bait for giant barbel!

A boilie almost the size of a golf ball tempted the latest in an incredible run of big barbel for one of the UK’s most in-form specimen hunters – who landed a new personal best weighing 16lb 12oz.Incredibly, this is Luke Ayling’s third different fish over 16lb that he’s taken in under four weeks. It came during a session on ...

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  • 18 December 2015

16lb 7oz river barbel slips up to two anglers

This 16lb 7oz barbel is proof that some of the UK’s biggest specimens live in small rivers.Luke Ayling followed up his recent capture of a 16lb 1oz fish from the River Thames when he switched his attentions to its much smaller   tributary, the Thame in Oxfordshire.He scaled down bait size, too. Instead of the large homemade hookbaits that he uses ...

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  • 30 November 2015

Another amazing week for monster barbel!

Rivers across the UK continue to produce some of the best barbel of 2015, with a host of specimens hitting the bank.The first, setting a new personal best for the species, fell to Nottingham’s Richard Easom who targeted the middle reaches of the River Trent and got what he was looking for – a 16lb 14oz specimen.After a biteless four ...

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  • 26 November 2015

First-class paste delivers 16lb 1oz Thames barbel

Hard work and dedication were key to fanatical angler Luke Ayling banking this superb 16lb 1oz barbel from the River Thames.The Oxford-based specialist has to fit his angling into a busy schedule due to work and family commitments, but he certainly gets the most out of his fishing, as was proved when the fish took a home-made 26mm boile wrapped ...

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  • 13 November 2015

Nene giant falls for homemade boilie

Former Drennan Cup champion Jamie Cartwright kicked off his autumn barbel campaign in fine style with this 14lb 7oz barbel.Fishing a stretch of the River Nene, the Northamptonshire Specimen Group member put his faith in a home-made boilie wrapped in matching paste and it did the trick in a swim which contained an underwater snag.The Northampton specimen hunter used a ...

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  • 07 November 2015

To Chris Yates, I dedicate this barbel best…

Adam Fisher dedicated the capture of his new barbel personal best to the legendary Chris Yates when he banked this 12lb 7oz specimen.Thousands of anglers have been inspired by Chris’s exploits, so you can imagine the honour it was for Adam to have Chris and two of his friends visit a stretch of the river called Seven Sisters, which is ...

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  • 31 October 2015

32 barbel in week on River Wye

The Wye upheld its reputation as the UK’s best autum barbel venue with a 200lb-plus catch by Andy Waters.Wetting a line well away from his Lowestoft, Suffolk, home, he made the draining 260-mile journey to the prolific river for a week’s holiday.Using a tried-and-tested pellet and groundbait feeder approach, he put a bend in the rod numerous times, finishing his ...

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  • 22 October 2015

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