Bar­bel mad­ness Amaz­ing catches

River records and per­sonal bests are smashed across the UK

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - TONY GRIGORJEVS Se­nior re­porter

“The big bar­bel in the River Nene could well top 20lb this com­ing win­ter”

RIVER records and per­sonal bests have been smashed again as Bri­tain’s bar­bel con­tinue their au­tumn feed­ing spree.

Best of the week fell to Peter­bor­ough’s Martin Gray, whose 17lb 8oz fish from the River Nene ended a five-year quest to beat his pre­vi­ous pb of 16lb 10oz.

He in­tro­duced a hand­ful of boilies in the cen­tral chan­nel and cast a run­ning rig with a home­made 12 mm boilie over the top.

“The bite was re­ally ten­ta­tive, but then ex­pe­ri­ence told me that I was into some­thing spe­cial as the bar­bel made its way up­stream,”said Martin.

“There’s ev­ery pos­si­bil­ity that the big fish in here could top 20lb this com­ing win­ter.”

On the River Der­went, a run of 12 blanks ended for Ray Wil­liamson when he landed a 17lb bar­bel.

The Derby an­gler tar­geted an Earl of Har­ring­ton’s AC stretch, snar­ing the gi­ant fish just 3ft from the bank on a CC Moore Pa­cific Tuna boilie. His 2oz feeder rig in­cor­po­rated 4ft of flu­oro hook­length and was backed up with loose of­fer­ings.

Said Ray: “After all those blanks you start to ques­tion your rigs and baits, so I just went back to the same tac­tic that caught me a 16-pounder from the same river last year – and it worked a treat.”

The sec­ond huge bar­bel from the in-form Der­went is a club record­break­ing 16lb 10oz.

Pel­lets and boilies are what most an­glers take with them to catch big bar­bel th­ese days, but Phil Need­ham showed that the tra­di­tional ap­proach can still pay.

The Derby An­gling Fed­er­a­tion bailiff fished his own club’s stretch of the river, where he tempted the prized spec­i­men us­ing a small cube of meat after cre­at­ing a bed of hemp and caster via a bait drop­per.

Phil, who set the club’s bar­bel record with a 15lb 12oz fish last sea­son, used a 1½oz flat lead, 10lb flu­oro main­line and a short 8lb hook­length of the same ma­te­rial to catch the spec­i­men.

Most an­glers can only dream of catch­ing two 16lb bar­bel in one week, but that’s ex­actly what Matt Hughes man­aged to achieve with the cap­ture of two spec­i­mens weigh­ing 16lb 6oz and 16lb 4oz.

Fish­ing an un­named stretch of the River Trent, the Sut­ton Cold­field an­gler also net­ted four other dou­bles dur­ing two ar­ma­ch­ing ses­sions spent in a swim where he had caught fish to over 16lb last sea­son.

After ar­riv­ing to find a fairly low and clear river, Matt be­gan his ses­sion by feed­ing three hand­fuls of boilies.

He then cast out out two rods with 4oz grip­per leads on Nash weed­clip sys­tems tied to Korda Ntrap semi-stiff hook­lengths with size 6 ESP Cryo­gen hooks.

To keep the fish in­ter­ested he fed around six chopped and whole boilies ev­ery half-hour, pre­sent­ing a whole ver­sion with popped-up sweet­corn on the hair.

Dar­ran Goul­der had ev­ery rea­son to smile about his first-ever bar­bel from the River Thames, a fish that scaled 13lb 10oz.

A carp fish­ing friends said that he’d been catch­ing bar­bel, so the Shi­mano con­sul­tant from Kent de­cided to tar­get them. But he didn’t ex­pect a fish like this dur­ing his first evening ses­sion.

It was fooled with two 15mm Dy­na­mite Baits Spicy Shrimp & Prawn boilies fished in con­junc­tion with a size 8 hook.

Martin Gray’s 17lb 8oz bar­bel from the Nene.

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