Snagged twice, but even­tu­ally it’s net­ted

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

THIS sublime 16lb 1oz bar­bel tops the list of catches in what’s been an­other fan­tas­tic early-sea­son week for the species. It was banked by Not­ting­ham rod Den Wil­lets and was the best of 20 bar­bel taken dur­ing a week’s fish­ing on a sec­tion of the mid­dle Trent. Ar­riv­ing in his swim on the eve of the new river sea­son, Den caught steadily from mid­night right through to Satur­day the fol­low­ing week – but it was his catch on the Thurs­day that re­ally set the grapevine buzzing. Den said: “Some friends and I had just started cook­ing on the Thurs­day morn­ing when my left rod on the in­side line ripped off. “It took me into a snag but af­ter five minutes I man­aged to free it. “In an­other cruel twist of fate it then swam into an­other snag that had been plagu­ing my mate Wayne all week.

“I thought I’d lost it but I didn’t give up, know­ing that some­thing spe­cial was on the end.”

Af­ter a tense few moments Den fi­nally man­aged to free the fish and his other friend Luke jumped into the wa­ter to net the prize.

“When he brought it up the bank I couldn’t be­lieve my eyes, and I knew then it was a new pb,” DenDen told Angling Times.

“When the scales read 16lb 1oz I was over the moon and couldn’t stop shak­ing – get­ting a fish that big on my first ses­sion of the sea­son was un­real.

“I ended the trip with more than 20 bar­bel, a tally that in­cluded eight dou­bles.

“I lost at least five big fish and caught an end­less pro­ces­sion of chub, a cou­ple of bream and an elu­sive river carp.

“It’s a start of the sea­son I shall never for­get, and I doubt I’ll ever have an­other like it.”

Den’s new bar­bel best fell to Vor­tex Baits Hy­droshrimp co­coons fished over a scat­ter­ing of the same in dumb­ell form.

Here’s a round-up of the week’s other spec­i­men bar­bel catches...

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