Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

THIS is a pic­ture of one of the biggest braces of Thames bar­bel ever landed.

The fish, weigh­ing 16lb 6oz and 14lb 10oz, were taken by Lon­doner John Llewellyn from an un­named stretch of the wa­ter­way. The Lone An­gler-backed big-fish man tempted them on paste-wrapped KS15 bal­anced Wafter boilies, af­ter pre­bait­ing a swim for a few days.

John only de­cided to go bar­bel fish­ing af­ter care­fully watch­ing both the weather and lu­nar fore­casts. He told An­gling Times: “I was aware that a low pres­sure sys­tem was com­ing in at end of the week, and I also knew it would be just a few days be­fore the full moon – which is a key mo­ment in the lu­nar cy­cle when it comes to fish feed­ing.”

John used a size 6 hook and 15in hook­link to make his catch.

“A few days be­fore the full moon is a key mo­ment in the lu­nar cy­cle for fish”

John and his pair of huge Thames bar­bel.

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