THE RECORD BAR­BEL THAT NEVER WAS, AND ITS LIK­ING FOR BLACK PUD­DING...

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

ON NOVEM­BER 11, 2008, Angling Times broke the news of a new Bri­tish record bar­bel fol­low­ing the cap­ture of a 21lb 2oz gi­ant from the River Wen­sum.

Nor­folk an­gler Chris Mack landed the huge fish, known as ‘The Beast’, on only his sec­ond cast of a brief af­ter­noon ses­sion on a stretch of river not far from his home at Els­ing, near East Dere­ham. It beat the ex­isit­ing record by just an ounce.

What made the cap­ture par­tic­u­larly note­wor­thy, though, was the unique hook­bait that lured the fish – a large chunk of black pud­ding fresh from Chris’s break­fast plate that morn­ing.

Un­for­tu­nately, the fol­low­ing week it was con­firmed that the record could not be claimed due to a lack of in­de­pen­dent wit­nesses. So it be­came the record that never was, and the home of the Bri­tish bar­bel record re­mained the Adam’s Mill sec­tion of the Great Ouse.

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