Neil’s 300-hour bar­bel pay­off

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

AFTER nearly 300 hours with­out a fish, Neil Wayte struck gold with this 17lb 4oz Thames bar­bel.

The big-river spe­cial­ist fished 14 con­sec­u­tive week­ends on his favourite stretch of the wa­ter­way be­fore his per­se­ver­ance paid off and the spec­i­men took his sin­gle 18mm Pan­demic boilie hook­bait.

“The take was an ab­so­lute flyer,” Neil told An­gling Times. “It ran up­stream for 40 yards and un­der some near­side bushes, but thank­fully I pulled it free and into the net. It was the fat­test bar­bel I’ve ever seen!”

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