BIG BAR­BEL JUST KEEP ON COM­ING

Af­ter 30 years on the Dove, switch to Trent sees 16lb best

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

IN­CRED­I­BLE bar­bel sport on the na­tion’s rivers con­tin­ued this week, with a host of huge fish hit­ting the bank.

Re­spected spec­i­men all-rounder John Davey hit the jack­pot on his very first visit to the River Trent with a 16lb 14oz per­sonal-best bar­bel.

The 69-year-old, from Stoke-onTrent, has fished the River Dove for over 30 years, but de­cided to give the in-form wa­ter­way a try.

His run­ning rig was baited with a 16 mm Sticky Baits Krill boilie, and the hook­bait was ac­com­pa­nied by a stringer of match­ing baits.

The of­fer­ing was soon picked up by the spec­i­men, that beats his pre­vi­ous pb by 1lb.

“This is an in­cred­i­ble fish for this time of the year, and I wouldn’t be at all sur­prised if it goes 19lb in the win­ter,” said John.

“At first I thought it was a bream, as it just plod­ded around, but as soon as it got into the deep wa­ter un­der my feet I re­alised how wrong my first pre­dic­tion was.

“I was us­ing a pretty big net, but you wouldn’t have thought it be­cause the fish’s huge frame arched over in the mesh.

“It’s taken a long time to get on the Trent, but I’m get­ting back down there in the next few days af­ter this,” he added.

An­other an­gler to smash his per­sonal best was Craig Hor­ton, who banked two fish that many can only dream of.

Pre­bait­ing a stretch of Farn­ham Angling So­ci­ety’s River Lod­don paid div­i­dends as he won the bat­tle with a 16lb spec­i­men. He fooled it with hair-rigged pel­lets on a sim­ple run­ning rig.

It was the same tac­tics, but this time on a pres­sured free stretch of the Dorset Stour, that saw the an­gler – from Bas­ingstoke, Hants – com­plete an in­cred­i­ble bar­bel dou­ble by slip­ping the net un­der a pris­tine 14lb 11oz bar­bel.

“These were my first two ses­sions of the river sea­son, and they turned out to be my most mem­o­rable ever,” he said.

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