An hour’s work for 15lb 4oz bar­bel

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

SIXTY min­utes on a south­ern river was all Iain McDon­ald needed to tempt his big­gest bar­bel of the sea­son in the form of this 15lb 4oz spec­i­men.

Af­ter be­ing dropped off at the wa­ter­way by a friend, the Can­ter­bury, Kent an­gler headed straight to a spot he had been reg­u­larly feed­ing with pel­lets and bro­ken boilies in the hope that the res­i­dent bar­bel would be on the feed.

Just an hour af­ter cast­ing a hair-rigged Bait Co. 3B boilie into his swim, Iain’s rod was wrap­ping round as the huge fish thor­oughly tested his 10lb flouro­car­bon hook­length and size 10 Dren­nan hook as it tore off down­stream.

A de­lighted Iain told An­gling Times: “I had been bait­ing the spot for a few days when­ever I vis­ited the river, and luck­ily few peo­ple ever fish it, so the bar­bel must have felt safe there. I never ex­pected to hook one as quickly as that, though.”

Iain McDon­ald’s 15lb 4oz bar­bel from the South.

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