Exclusive pics, rig and tac­tics be­hind 19lb giant

Paste-wrapped boilie lures south­ern giant

Angling Times (UK) - - NEWS -

“The fish im­me­di­ately bolted down­stream and I just had to keep hold­ing it and hold­ing it”

YOU’RE look­ing at the big­gest bar­bel of the sea­son – a mighty fish of 19lb 10oz caught by Adrian Eves.

The Fox and Dy­na­mite Baits­backed rod smashed his pb by 2lb 5oz when the huge fish picked up his paste-wrapped 15mm The Crave boilie on an undis­closed south­ern river. Adrian, who has only just re­vealed de­tails of the fish he caught towards the end of 2017, reck­ons his suc­cess was all down to a pre­bait­ing cam­paign. He said: “It was midafter­noon, and af­ter bait­ing a few swims I set­tled in front of a snag where I knew there was deeper wa­ter. I’d used the same tac­tics the week be­fore and lost a fish.”

Adrian fished up­stream of the snag so he could use the flow to bully any­thing he hooked out of the swim. He con­tin­ued: “I wasn’t fish­ing for long when I re­ceived a sin­gle tap and then the whole rod sailed around.

“The fight was ridicu­lous. The fish im­me­di­ately bolted down­stream and I just had to keep hold­ing it and hold­ing it.

“I knew if I gave it any lee­way I would lose it, but af­ter what seemed like an eter­nity (but was prob­a­bly only a cou­ple of min­utes) I man­aged to pull it to the sur­face.

“At this point I re­alised it was a new per­sonal best, as the girth of the fish was mas­sive.

“The land­ing of the bar­bel was very fraught, as there’s a 5ft drop to the wa­ter, but luck­ily I was able to scoop it into the net.”

Adrian used a Fox Duo Lite multi-tip rod cou­pled with 15lb main­line, a lead­core leader and a Fox 15lb Camo­tex hook­link to land his new per­sonal-best bar­bel.

He con­cluded: “I’ve caught lots of big bar­bel in the past, but this beats them all. Most of my catches have been made at night, so it was fan­tas­tic to see its colours and how im­mac­u­late this fish was in the full light of day.”

Adrian chose Dy­na­mite The Crave boilies, wrapped in paste and fished close to a snag.

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