Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THERE are strong claims that the cur­rent bar­bel record will be bro­ken within the next few months. But where it will come from has di­vided opin­ion (see story P8&9).

Could the Trent, voted by An­gling Times read­ers as their num­ber one river of choice for the past two years, take the ac­co­lade?

The num­bers of spec­i­men fish from the river are un­prece­dented, with re­ports of 16 pounders al­ready this au­tumn – and we’re still a few months away from the peak sea­son for this in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar species.

How­ever, the Thames could put a span­ner in the works of the Trent’s re­vival story with news this week of a bar­bel of over 20lb.

Just how heavy could this fish be as we near the end of the river sea­son?

Other rivers could be in con­tention too. I know a cou­ple of well-re­spected an­glers on other wa­ter­ways who’ve seen fish they can only gasp at, and ad­mit to hook­ing spec­i­mens they’ve sim­ply been un­able to land on bar­bel kit.

Which­ever river takes the crown, it’s sure to be an im­pres­sive fish and I can’t wait to see the pics!

Talk­ing of great pics, I en­joyed the fea­ture on pages 28&29 from two new faces to An­gling Times – Tom Syn­nott and Sean Ed­wards – who’ve found some stun­ning, golden-coloured pike on their lo­cal canal net­work.

As they put it, ur­ban fish­eries are un­pres­sured, and they can con­tain some of the most beau­ti­ful fish you’ve ever seen, so what are you wait­ing for?

Tight lines...

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