Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

AS the mil­len­nium dawned it was easy to dis­miss 15lb bar­bel, such was the growth rate of this species. All bets were off as to whether a 20lb fish would be taken.

It was only a mat­ter of time, given the dom­i­na­tion of the Up­per Grest Ouse at Adam’s Mill, which had pro­duced a string of record break­ers. Northamp­ton’s Tony Gibson fi­nally got over the line with a 20lb 6oz new Bri­tish record.

Tthe record went a few times af­ter that his­toric catch and Gra­hame King en­joyed a fine run of form, but this was the last breath of a dy­ing gi­ant as the river went into de­cline. The angling world now awaits the next record bar­bel – could it come from the Trent? Only time will tell.

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