Trent on Fire Mates share bar­bel haul

Three friends share an amaz­ing haul of 48 bar­bel, in­clud­ing 21 dou­bles to a best of 11lb 15oz

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

AGROUP of friends have shared the ses­sion of a life­time on the River Trent when they net­ted 21 dou­ble-fig­ure bar­bel. In the most pro­lific 24-hour spell of their angling ca­reers, Daniel Best, Ge­orge Gorst and Stephen Wall banked no fewer than 48 fish dur­ing an in­cred­i­ble visit to Gun­thorpe Weir on the mid­dles reaches of the river in Not­ting­hamshire. Af­ter the three had built up their swim with bait, the ac­tion was so hec­tic that the North West-based an­glers had to reel their rods in and fish with one rod be­tween the three of them. Even this didn’t af­fect their catch rate as they all set new per­sonal bests, with 21 fish weigh­ing be­tween 10lb and 12lb. Daniel Best ex­plained to Angling Times just ex­actly how the fran­tic 24 hours panned out: “Af­ter a long drive across the Pen­nines we ar­rived at the Trent around lunchtime and things started slowly,” he said.

“I opted to fish one rod with rolling meat, but af­ter three hours I’d had no fish and en­coun­tered plenty of snags, so it was time to get the feeder rods out. That’s when it all kicked off big time.

“At 8pm I had my third dou­ble at 11lb 4oz and at 1.30am Ge­orge landed a 9lb bar­bel and a new per­sonal best of 11lb 15oz fol­lowed at 6am – game on!”

Daniel pro­posed a move to the tip of the is­land and cast straight into the weir. That re­sulted in a fur­ther two dou­bles and a fish of

10lb 1oz for Stephen – his first-ever dou­ble. It was from that point on that the ac­tion stepped up yet another gear.

“By now the fish­ing was men­tal,” Daniel added. “We used one rod be­tween us and then took it in turns to catch a fish.

“Stephen landed a new per­sonal best at 10lb 13oz and luck­ily, when it was my turn, I man­aged to bag another dou­ble, fol­lowed by another and another. I think I had 12 dou­bles in the end.”

All the fish fell to 12mm ProSushi boilies fished on 4ft combi-links with size 10 Krank hooks, along with 5oz feed­ers loaded with bro­ken boilies and ground­bait.

“It was an un­be­liev­able ses­sion and one that just leaves you look­ing at each other with wide eyes. All you can re­ally do is shake your head and laugh,” Daniel said.

“At the fi­nal count we ended up with 48 bar­bel – 21 dou­bles and three per­sonal bests – and Stephen fi­nally caught his first dou­ble. It’s a day that we will never for­get.”

Do you want some Trent bar­bel ac­tion? Turn to page 20 for a com­plete guide to the best hotspots on the river

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