Eight-year-old Rio bags 19 dou­bles to a best of 13lb 10oz

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK - MARK PECK

ASCHOOLBOY has achieved what many sea­soned spec­i­men an­glers can only dream of – haul­ing in an in­cred­i­ble 19 dou­ble-fig­ure bar­bel in a sin­gle ses­sion.

The re­mark­able catch, which to­talled over 200lb, was made by eight year-old Rio Kas­sim, who was fish­ing the pro­lific Colling­ham Weir day-ticket stretch of the River Trent in Not­ting­hamshire.

Ac­com­pa­nied by his dad, Leon, and two friends, the young­ster bagged 20 fish in to­tal, only one of which failed to make the 10lb mark. They in­cluded four over 13lb, topped off by a per­sonal-best 13lb 10oz spec­i­men.

Even more amaz­ingly Rio, who had only fished a river twice be­fore in his life, achieved his mem­o­rable feat us­ing a mea­gre three pints of mag­gots.

The catch, which will no doubt raise eye­brows in the an­gling com­mu­nity, also left his dad in to­tal shock.

Leon told An­gling Times: “It was just one of those days when ev­ery­thing went to plan and the tip just kept wrap­ping round – it was in­cred­i­ble.

“By the end Rio was ex­hausted and could barely stand up in the gravel, but he put all of us to shame that day.”

The group ar­rived on the river early in the morn­ing to en­sure they could bag swims, and it didn’t take long for the ac­tion to start.

Just half-an-hour into the trip, Rio’s rod was loop­ing over as the first bar­bel took a lik­ing to his mag­got feeder set-up with dou­ble mag­got hook­bait. Eleven hours later the sun was set­ting on a day the young­ster will never for­get.

“The only prob­lem is, the catch has spoiled him now.

“He will ex­pect the fish­ing to be as good as that ev­ery time we go.

“He will be try­ing to bet­ter that haul of huge bar­bel for the rest of his life,” added Leon.

“It was just one of those days when ev­ery­thing went to plan – in­cred­i­ble!”

Rio’s best Trent bar­bel went 13lb 10oz.

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