First bar­bel is 16lb (in big brace too!)

...and sec­ond Thames fish goes 15lb 4oz to species rookie

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - BEN MILES

A DE­BUT bar­bel fish­ing ses­sion pro­duced two fish with a com­bined weight of more than 30lb for Scott Smith.

The 24-year-old, from Crow­marsh in Ox­ford­shire, be­came the envy of many when his first-ever of the species topped the scales at 16lb and was quickly fol­lowed by a 15lb 4oz bar­bel .

He tar­geted a lo­cal stretch of the River Thames, hair-rig­ging a Sticky Baits Krill boilie in con­junc­tion with a PVA bag of boilies and pel­lets.

“I’ve never caught a bar­bel be­fore so to catch two was bril­liant, but I wasn’t ex­pect­ing any­thing of this size,” said Scott.

“My mate, who knows all about fish­ing for bar­bel and carp on run­ning wa­ter, gave me some tips which I think re­ally helped me, plus this was the first time I’d tried fish­ing my own rigs. They were noth­ing fancy at all be­cause I’m still learn­ing.

“I re­ally can’t be­lieve my luck be­cause I wouldn’t have caught the sec­ond bar­bel if I hadn’t de­cided to leave one of my rods out for five more min­utes as I packed away the rest of my gear.

“It’s by far the best ses­sion on a river I’ve ever had.”

Up un­til this in­cred­i­ble catch, Scott’s big­gest river fish was a 5lb chub. The sim­ple rig that proved the down­fall of his two bar­bel con­sisted of a Korda 20lb N-Trap coated braid hook­link at­tached to a size 6 hook.

This 15lb 4oz fish was a su­perb fol­low-up.

Scott’s very first bar­bel weighed in at 16lb!

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