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Is 19lb River Trent barbel now the UK's biggest?

The River Trent yet again proved why it’s one of the UK’S premier big barbel venues when John Parker banked what could now be the biggest barbel in the country. Tipping the scales at 19lb, the superb specimen came from John’s favourite stretch of the River Trent and smashed his personal best. The landscape gardener used a basic leger rig ...

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  • 28 July 2015

Cornish 30lb carp banked after a two-year break

A Cornish 30-pounder is an impressive fish, and this elusive mirror carp was even more special for Ashley Bunning. The powerfully built fish, known as Arnie, had not been caught for two years before it picked up the Gloucestershire-based angler’s bait at Porth Reservoir near Newquay. Ashley, who is originally from Devon, said: “After walking round the lake and finding ...

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  • 27 July 2015

Chuck it and chance it for a 54lb carp

We’ve all lobbed our rigs out at short range while getting properly set up – but few will have ever landed a 54lb carp as a result. That is exactly what happened to Corey Moore as he connected with one of the largest day-ticket carp in the country just moments after moving swims at Swan Lake on the Bluebell complex ...

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  • 27 July 2015

Long slog ends with five 2lb rudd

Hours of walking to find an elusive big rudd finally paid off for Gary Knowles when he banked this stunning 2lb 7oz fish from a river in the Eastern Counties. The Korum-backed rod made the exhausting journey from his Cheshire base and hiked along the bank to search for signs of feeding fish. Having walked several miles without any indications, ...

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  • 27 July 2015

Shock 94lb UK river catfish banked on 12lb line

A barbel fishing session has produced one of the biggest surprise specimens of another species ever from a UK river – a monster catfish weighing 94lb. It was caught by big-fish specialist Neil Bridges during a session on the River Severn in Worcestershire. Remarkably, the giant predator was landed using just 12lb mainline and a size 10 hook. The 45-year-old ...

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  • 27 July 2015

Impressive haul topped by a 10lb 8oz tench

This 10lb 8oz specimen topped an impressive haul of big tench for Darran Goulder. He kicked off his 48-hour session at a southern stillwater with the introduction of two gallons of Dynamite Baits mixed particles, 2kg of pellets and a gallon of red maggots. It was a tactic that certainly paid off for the Shimano-backed specialist from Kent, as he ...

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  • 26 July 2015

Clubs aim to bring hundreds to the bank for matches

The sight of hundreds of matchmen lining a river bank every weekend could soon become a regular occurrence on UK waterways thanks to a new initiative being piloted by a group of angling clubs. In a bid to rekindle the glory days of big competitions held on natural venues, a number of angling clubs in the South West have joined ...

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  • 25 July 2015

First-ever zander tips scales at 14lb

A double-figure river zander is hard to find, but Lee Crowther struck gold when he banked his first-ever ‘zed’ weighing 14lb. The West Yorkshire angler was targeting catfish on A1 Pits’ popular section of the River Trent in Notts when the specimen took his mackerel head hookbait. “After a searing run, it finally surfaced. I couldn’t believe my eyes, as ...

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  • 24 July 2015

Getting a taste for it on father-and-son fishing session

A Maiden father-and-son carp fishing session for Paul Heseltine brought him two thirties and three twenties. The 31-year-old Nottinghamshire angler took his four-year-old son Rylen to Monks Pit in Cambridgeshire and the pair notched up 10 fish in total, topped by mirrors of 34lb 3oz and 32lb 2oz. “It was made that little bit more special as this was the first ...

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  • 24 July 2015

Pepped-up pop-up fools Norfolk 42lb carp

This belting 42lb carp fell to Chris Abbott during an overnight session on a Norfolk stillwater. The 24-year-old targeted a slightly deeper spot 25 yards from the bank and tricked the fish on a low-lying hinged stiff rig made with a size 5 Nash Chod Twister hook. “I fished a single corkball Sticky Krill pop-up made with extra additives in a ...

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  • 23 July 2015

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