River record

bar­bel falls to mag­gots

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THREE red mag­gots were the key to catch­ing a record-break­ing bar­bel from the River Itchen.

It weighed 16lb 10oz, smashes the cur­rent river best by 2lb 2oz, and was taken by 68-year-old Terry Lath­well from a swim on the lower river.

The gi­ant also sets a new per­sonal best for the Veru­lam An­gling Club mem­ber from Bore­ham­wood, Herts, whose sim­ple feeder tac­tics also fooled an­other big bar­bel of 12lb.

“I al­ways fish for bar­bel with mag­got hook­baits and ba­sic feeder tac­tics. I think too many an­glers go straight to boilies and pel­lets, so mag­gots are now some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent that the fish don’t see ev­ery day,” he said.

“The frame of the fish was hard to be­lieve and it made my 30ins land­ing net look a bit inad­e­quate.

“The fish had to fold a bit be­fore I could bring it to the bank, it was so thick across the back.”

Terry used a rig con­structed from 12lb Ko­rum Re­flo and a size 12 Dren­nan Su­per Spe­cial­ist hook.

His Itchen record su­per­sedes the cur­rent river best that weighed 14lb 8oz and was caught in 2014.

Good friend and re­spected big bar­bel an­gler Dave Cur­rell, who’s banked spec­i­mens to over 20lb, was there to wit­ness Terry’s his­toric cap­ture.

“Dave told me that he didn’t even re­alise that the bar­bel went that big in this river,” Terry con­tin­ued.

“My pre­vi­ous big­gest bar­bel was a River Ivel fish weigh­ing 15lb 2oz, which was a fish I was and still am very proud of, but this re­ally is some­thing else.”

Terry Lath­well with the 16lb 10oz spec­i­men that beat his pre­vi­ous best by over 1lb.

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