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17 October 2014 15:30
Phil Buckingham proved that you don’t need mountains of bait to catch big fish when he landed this 7lb 7oz chub from the River Lea.The 63-year-old vice president of the Barbel Society, opted for a no feed approach, instead casting a running lead rig with just a large chunk of hair-rigged meat into his swim at Kings Weir in Hertfordshire. ...
17 October 2014 15:22
A bite within 10 minutes of casting out produced this 14lb 4oz barbel for Alan Stagg during a session on a Thames tributary.The Gardner media manager’s rig was positioned just half a rod length from the bank over a spot which he’d primed a few hours before with a mix of 4mm trout pellets, hemp and chopped CC Moore Odyssey ...
17 October 2014 15:18
John Sucksmith enjoyed the ‘best roach fishing session of his life’ at the famous Lochnaw Castle Loch in Scotland.The venue is widely regarded as one of the UK’s finest specimen roach waters and the experienced angler from Lincoln proved why with no less than seven fish over 2lb including a 2lb 15oz 8dr personal best.Accuracy was the key to his ...
17 October 2014 15:16
Garry Christie only received one bite during a session on a remote Scottish loch – but he wasn’t complaining as it resulted in this 26lb 8oz pike.The impressive predator – which measured more than 46ins – fell to a small section of popped-up lamprey.Edinburgh-based Garry said: “My wife and I were on a three day highland break and I managed ...
17 October 2014 15:08
Former Drennan Cup holder Ted Bryan admitted that his latest session was one of the ‘toughest he’d ever experienced’ despite landing a string of big eels to 5lb 6oz.The Sydenham, London-based specialist spent 48 hours at a club lake in Sussex and primed his swim with a mixture of maggots, chopped worms and liquidised prawns. As darkness fell his target ...
16 October 2014 15:47
This estimated 37lb-plus pike was the biggest fish caught during the final of the inaugural British Lure Angling Championship held at Chew Valley Reservoir in Somerset.The impressive predator fell to the rod of Ben Tregoning whose day didn’t get off to the start he’d hoped for when his car broke down.Despite the initial set-back he still made it to the ...
16 October 2014 15:43
It has been another fantastic week for the nation’s barbel anglers with some of the season’s biggest specimens gracing the bank from rivers at opposite ends of the country.Darren Worton targeted a Christchurch Angling Club-controlled stretch of the Dorset Stour and set a new personal best for the species when a huge 16lb 9oz fish slid over the net.After quietly creeping ...
16 October 2014 14:21
Two days on the Royalty stretch of the Hampshire Avon saw brothers Josh and Toby Searl both bank a personal best 13lb-plus barbel.It was 31-year-old Josh who struck first with a stunning 13lb 7oz whisker, adding an 11lb 4oz fish just hours later. Touch ledgering paste with a PVA bag of micro pellets did the business for the Fordingbridge angler, ...
16 October 2014 14:13
Paul Elt proved how effective ‘dropshotting’ is when targeting big perch when he banked six fish over the 3lb barrier.His biggest specimen weighed in at 3lb 5oz and was taken by the Cambridgeshire-based specialist during a session at Grafham Water.The Drennan and Dynamite Baits-backed angler used the popular method to delicately work his Drennan Esox Jellignite shad that was attached ...
16 October 2014 10:42
Alan Stagg has continued his successful start to his barbel campaign, adding this 12lb 10oz to his tally during his latest out on a Thames tributary.The Hampshire-based specimen hunter used his trusty homemade bait dropper to introduce a bed of hemp and 4mm CC Moore pellets and fooled the impressive fish with a mag-aligner rig consisting of 15lb Trickster Heavy ...
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