16lb 12oz pb fish takes bait just six feet from the bank

Angling Times (UK) - - NEWS -

A HOOKBAIT low­ered in just six feet from the bank saw Jerry Glee­son smash his bar­bel per­sonal best with this im­pres­sive 16lb 12oz spec­i­men.

Tar­get­ing a stretch of the River Derwent, he started his ses­sion by in­tro­duc­ing a bed of MAD Baits Pan­demic pel­lets and bro­ken boilies, then left his swim to set­tle be­fore start­ing to fish.

When the time felt right a sin­gle 14mm Pan­demic dumb­ell and a PVA bag filled with pel­lets and bro­ken baits was care­fully dropped on the spot – and min­utes later the huge fish fell into his care­fully-laid trap.

“It’s my tar­get fish, and to have it at such a big weight so early in the sea­son is a right re­sult,” said Jerry.

“I found a deep crevice in the riverbed ear­lier in the year where the fish tend to hold up, and this is where I had her from. It goes to show that do­ing your home­work and know­ing the make-up of your cho­sen spot can re­ally pay off.”

It beats his pre­vi­ous per­sonal best, a 14lb 12oz River Trent fish.

The Stock­port spe­cial­ist took his lat­est spec­i­men on a run­ning rig with a fluoro­car­bon hook-link and a hookbait on a long hair.

“By fish­ing a longer hair rig you get more pos­i­tive bites, and it helps de­ter chub which can be a pest when you’re set­ting your stall out for big bar­bel,” Jerry told An­gling Times.

“I al­ways set my­self a goal at the start of the sea­son and this bar­bel is right up there with the best mo­ments of my an­gling ca­reer.”

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