River record barbel

19lb 1oz fish forms part of an in­cred­i­ble 31lb 9oz catch dou­ble

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Full story and pics of mas­sive Thames and Cher­well fish

THE River Thames barbel record has been bro­ken with the cap­ture of a gi­ant fish weigh­ing 19lb 1oz.

The his­toric catch fell to big­fish an­gler Garry Teer from an undis­closed stretch of the cap­i­tal’s wa­ter­way.

It was one of a pair of fish taken by the Northamp­ton­shire man, who also landed a 12lb 8oz barbel as part of a mem­o­rable dou­ble hook-up.

Both barbel were taken on a sin­gle 20mm Bank­side Baits

Team Barbel boilie fished in con­junc­tion with a PVA bag of bro­ken boilies.

The larger of the two is be­lieved to be the same fish caught by the 51-year-old last month at a weight of 17lb 9oz, a fish that was re­ported in An­gling Times.

A shocked Garry told us: “I had only been at the river for a lit­tle over half an hour when my down­stream rod screamed off and the 12-pounder soon made its way into the net.

“As I was just about to re­lease the fish, my other rod, which I had cast on to the shelf of a deep hole mid-river, also screamed off. I knew this one was big as soon as I hooked it, as it just wouldn’t budge from the bot­tom.

“When I saw it in the net af­ter a good fight it just dwarfed the 12-pounder. It had a 22ins girth, the fat­test barbel I’ve ever seen.”

Garry’s win­ning rig con­sisted of a 2oz lead with a 2ft hook­link of E-S-P Strip Teaze tied to a size 8 hook with a small piece of tub­ing to act as a line-aligner and im­prove hook-ups.

His catch, which eas­ily beats the of­fi­cial wa­ter­way best for the species, an 18lb 2oz spec­i­men caught by Guy Robb in 2007, came dur­ing the same week that ru­mours were cir­cu­lat­ing of a

UK record 21lb 10oz barbel, again from the Thames. If true, this fish would beat the cur­rent Bri­tish record for the species, held by Graeme King, by a mere 9oz.

Garry’s 19-pounder comes as no sur­prise to him and other Thames reg­u­lars: “The river has the pos­si­bil­ity to throw up some re­ally special fish, not just barbel, and be­ing such a large wa­ter­way with

“In the net it dwarfed the 12-pounder. It had a 22ins girth, the fat­test barbel I’ve ever seen”

a high food source, barbel could eas­ily grow to record pro­por­tions,” he said.

An­other Thames reg­u­lar, John Gard, told An­gling Times: “The Thames has been on fire this sea­son with nu­mer­ous big barbel, es­pe­cially in the mid­dle reaches.

“A 21lb fish is cer­tainly pos­si­ble as the Thames can hold some real mon­sters. We have al­ready seen carp to 50lb and roach to over 3lb.”

It’s not just the main river that has been pro­duc­ing the goods for barbel an­glers – Thames trib­u­taries have also been throw­ing up some crack­ing fish, as Kenny Massey can tes­tify af­ter break­ing the River Cher­well record with a 15lb 9oz stun­ner. Un­de­terred by ru­mours that all the big barbel had been pre­dated in the stretch, the Lon­doner vis­ited a pri­vate stretch of the Cher­well in Ox­ford­shire where he’d pre­baited sev­eral like­ly­look­ing spots with bro­ken boilies.

On the day, Kenny set­tled in his first swim and threw in some free­bies be­fore cast­ing out a leger rig made up of 12lb main­line, a 3oz lead and a crit­i­cally-bal­anced meaty boilie wrapped in paste.

Af­ter only 30 min­utes he had a scream­ing bite that re­sulted in not only a new record but – amaz­ingly – his first-ever barbel from run­ning wa­ter. Had Kenny claimed a record, the cap­ture would beat the pre­vi­ous Cher­well best by a mas­sive 2lb 9oz, a record held by Mick Cole­man since 2002.

The 19-pounder dwarfs Garry’s other fish.

Kenny Massey’s 15lb 9oz River Cher­well barbel. Here it is... Garry Teer’s Thames mon­ster.

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