Big fish ga­lore!

Is the Trent the UK’s best river right now? Read our re­port...

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - BEN MILES News editor

THE Trent is smash­ing records, with more dou­ble-fig­ure barbel than ever be­fore be­ing banked from a venue that many be­lieve is ‘the best river in the coun­try’.

This in­cred­i­ble wa­ter­way has al­ready pro­vided hun­dreds of vis­it­ing rods with new barbel per­sonal bests and bumper hauls of fish. In­di­vid­ual spec­i­mens to al­most 17lb lead the charge, and some an­glers have re­ported up to 50 fish in a sin­gle ses­sion.

Many other rivers have suf­fered low wa­ter lev­els and strug­gled to find form due to the lack of rain­fall since June 16, but the Trent has sur­passed all ex­pec­ta­tions.

Day-ticket and club stretches in the Not­ting­ham area are pro­vid­ing some of the best ac­tion so far.

The river’s run of form con­tin­ues, as we can re­port an as­ton­ish­ing catch of 46 barbel by Clive Bon­nett dur­ing his first-ever ses­sion at Colling­ham Weir. The small­est was 7lb, while 14 were in dou­ble fig­ures.

Lin­colnshire an­gler John Mott banked two barbel for a com­bined weight of 26lb 10oz dur­ing a short ses­sion af­ter work on the ti­dal reaches of the wa­ter­way.

Pa­trick Clampitt runs the pop­u­lar APG Fish­eries at Gun­thorpe in Notts, and is a se­nior tester at bait man­u­fac­turer Angling Dy­nam­ics.

Pa­trick de­scribes the fish­ing on the Trent since the start of the sea­son as ‘noth­ing short of in­cred­i­ble’ and is of the opin­ion that it is ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing a Bri­tish record fish.

“I to­tally be­lieve that the Trent will pro­duce a record barbel in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture”

“This sea­son has been com­pletely men­tal,” he said.

“There have never been so many huge barbel, chub and carp in the river. The best catch we’ve heard of so far is of 50-odd barbel, with more than 40 of these over the 10lb mark.

“The av­er­age size of these barbel is just im­mense. I to­tally be­lieve this river will pro­duce a record in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture.”

And it’s not all about barbel ei­ther. Not­ting­ham res­i­dent Al­fie Naylor, who lives just 100 yards from the Trent, has not only net­ted count­less dou­ble-fig­ure barbel al­ready this sea­son, but chub to 6lb too.

He’s of the opin­ion that the rivers fish stocks have ‘gone through the roof’.

“I re­ally thought that the fish­ing couldn’t get any bet­ter than last sea­son, as I didn’t catch a barbel un­der 10lb un­til Oc­to­ber and I net­ted an 8lb chub… but the start to this year’s fish­ing has been some­thing else,” he said.

“I don’t think there have ever been more barbel in the river than there are right now.”

Clive Bon­nett had 46 barbel in one ses­sion.

Al­fie Naylor with a Trent chub top­ping 6lb.

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