Huge barbel on light gear

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CHAR­LIE COOPER tamed one of the best barbel of the sea­son when he man­aged to land this 14 lb spec­i­men on light gear in­tended for chub.

Fish­ing the River Thames in Ox­ford­shire, local an­gler Char­lie man­aged to net the fish by the skin of his teeth.

He ex­plained: “It fell to dou­ble sweetcorn hair-rigged to a size 12 hook.

“As I was af­ter chub, I was us­ing just 4 lb main line and a very old John Wil­son Avon quiv­er­tip rod, which thank­fully didn’t snap in two.

“It took a good 20 min­utes to land, and I was so re­lieved when she even­tu­ally squeezed into my small land­ing net,” he added.

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