Bar­bel dou­ble from 30 rivers for Phil Smith

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

SPEC­I­MEN ace Phil Smith made it a dou­ble-fig­ure bar­bel from a stag­ger­ing 30 dif­fer­ent UK rivers with this 10lb 12oz spec­i­men.

The Coven­try an­gler bagged his lat­est prize on a Trades and Labour Angling Club-run stretch of the River Ar­row in War­wick­shire.

Phil tempted it on a Mad Baits, 14mm Pan­demic boilie, fished over small pel­lets and bro­ken boilies.

He said: “I’ve been try­ing for dif­fer­ent river bar­bel dou­bles for 12 years. This year I was look­ing to try the Witham, the Ken­tish Stour and the Wan­dle, but some­thing drew me back to the Ar­row de­spite very few dou­bles ever be­ing caught on there. I was about to pack up for another failed at­tempt when the rod took off.”

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